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A New Name

The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology soon will have a new name: the Image-Guided Interventional Laboratory. “We provide targeted interventions for our patients using sophisticated imaging guidance, including fluoroscopy, MRI, CT and ultrasound,” says division director Jeff Geschwind, explaining that the new name more aptly describes services provided. These remain unchanged and include image-guided diagnostic and mostly therapeutic procedures for patients with cancer, vascular and venous diseases such as arterio-venous malformations, and gynecologic conditions such as uterine fibroids. The division, which was known as the cardiovascular diagnostic lab (CVDL), has recently acquired new angiography equipment, which will further improve patient care. The division officially becomes the Image-Guided Interventional Laboratory, or IGIL, on July 1.

Memorial Service

Join the Department of Pediatrics in honoring Catherine Neill, professor emerita of pediatric cardiology, who died on Feb. 23. The memorial service will be held on June 23 in Hurd Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. A reception follows in the Houck Lobby courtyard of Phipps, from 4 to 6 p.m.

CF Web Site

Highly susceptible to respiratory infections, children with cystic fibrosis are forced to limit their social activities. The JH Cystic Fibrosis Center’s new Web site fights social isolation by bringing children with CF together in a live, password-protected chat room. Overseen by pediatric pulmonologist Peter Mogazel and launched with grant support and the oversight of the parent of a 12-year-old patient, the interactive site also keeps families up to speed on the latest information on the disease. Listings of clinical trials and message boards are planned. “No other CF site is this comprehensive,” says Mogazel. See for yourself at www.hopkinscf.org.

HopkinsOne

Originally scheduled to go live in July, HopkinsOne was postponed last December until at least January 2007. The date still is not definite. Consultants have been brought in to help determine when the project actually will be ready to roll.

Meanwhile, in April, employees participated in sessions on how business processes will work. Sessions were held in East Baltimore, Bayview and Homewood with simulcasts to other campuses, like SAIS in Washington. Combined attendance was 2,300. The briefings are key for staff in finance, HR, payroll, purchasing and sponsored projects. To watch them, go to www.jhu.edu/hopkinsone/Public/Toolbox/tobeprocess2.htm.

The Residents Speak

Three years since the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education mandated 80-hour work weeks for medical residents, a study of 185 pediatric interns and residents at the Children’s Center found that with the new work hours, residents reported less fatigue, better communication, improved ability to perform procedures and calculations and alertness during conferences. Did you say Duh? So did researchers. The only surprise, says senior author/pediatrician Julia McMillan, was that the most pronounced effect was on first-year residents. Future studies should measure whether this shift in perceptions carries on over time.

 

 

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