Archive for the ‘Internal Medicine & Geriatrics’ Category

University Hospitals Case Medical Center Remains Among the Elite in U.S. News & World Report Annual Survey

July 16, 2010

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) has again ranked among the elite in the latest U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings.  In this year’s survey, UHCMC ranked seven clinical specialties in the top 50 for hospitals and health systems nationwide.

Top among clinical departments at UHCMC, the Department of Medicine again contributed four of the specialties – Gastroenterology (28), Geriatrics (28), Cancer (34), and Pulmonology (42). This contribution by the Department of Medicine figured significantly into UHCMC joining only 152 other hospitals, or the top 3% of the nation’s 5,000 eligible healthcare organizations.

“This consistent level of excellence in compassionate, cost-effective patient care is a testament to the quality and dedication of the full time faculty in the Department of Medicine and to the leadership of our organizations.”

Richard A. Walsh, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine

Dr Sarah Augustine honoured with Clinical Gender Equity Award

May 20, 2010

Dr. Sarah Augustine was honoured with the American Medical Women’s Association Clinical Gender Equity Award.

This award is supported by the Women Faculty of the School of Medicine but decided upon by the senior year medical student body to honour a faculty member who the students feel exemplify the principle of gender equality in their teaching and who promote a gender-fair environment for education and training of physicians.

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Drug assistance programs keep seniors on track ::

March 23, 2010

Peter DeGolia, MD, Director of Geriatric Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, comments on medication management programs and the potential impact for seniors. Read the full article at USA Today.

Learn more about the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

International Journal of Clinical Practice Most Read Article 2009

February 24, 2010

The Department of Medicine’s Dr. Clifford Packer’s editorial, “Cola-induced hypokalemia: a super-sized problem” was the most-read article in International Journal of Clinical Practice for the year 2009.

“Consider this curious case: a 44-year-old ostrich farmer from the Australian outback developed sudden onset of muscle weakness after returning home from an evening of kangaroo-shooting. He had difficulty in getting out of his bath and was unable to stand while waiting for help to arrive. His respiratory status deteriorated, and he required intubation and mechanical ventilation. He was found to be profoundly hypokalaemic with a serum potassium level of 1.4 mmol/l. He had been drinking 4 l of Coca-Cola per day over the past 3 years, and drank up to 10 l to slake his thirst when he went for kangaroo-shooting at night. He was advised to curtail his cola drinking, and his potassium level normalised, his weakness resolved, and he made a full recovery”

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