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17 February 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 7

KUMC clinical trials program deemed safe, ethical by FDA

Research projects involving human subjects at KUMC are meeting the standards of safety established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a notice recently sent to officials at KUMC.
The FDA report noted “no significant deviations from FDA regulations or acceptable standards of good clinical practice” in its evaluation of KUMC clinical studies of products regulated by the FDA.
The notice of compliance was based on a July 1999 inspection of the KUMC Human Subjects Committee. The committee, which acts as the medical center’s institutional review board, oversees all clinical trials involving human subjects at KUMC to ensure that trials meet strict internal guidelines for safe and ethical treatment. The committee includes about 20 health care professionals from all three KUMC health science schools and a hospital chaplain who volunteer their time to the effort, as well as one lay representative from the community.

Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) Project Coordinator Renea Studer, RN, BSN, left, and Nurse Practitioner for STAR Cece Atherton, ARNP-C are among those whose work is subject to FDA scrutiny.

The clean bill of health for KUMC is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that, since 1998, seven major U.S. universities have been forced to temporarily suspend clinical research projects due to infringements of FDA regulations.
“It’s quite an accomplishment,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Welch, MD. “The institutional review board here at KUMC has the reputation of being one of the most rigorous in the nation, and that’s well substantiated with this report. It’s a great tribute to the committee members and the administrative staff, Sharon Grable and Donna Devosha, especially considering that the board here is probably twice as busy as boards in the rest of the nation.”
“This represents the seriousness with which people at this institution take our responsibility to protect people participating in medical research at KUMC,” added Jerry Menikoff, JD, MD, assistant professor of History and Philosophy of Medicine and chair of the Human Subjects Committee. “The staff and members of the committee put in a lot of time and take this very seriously.”
KUMC participates in a variety of regional and national studies, many of which are funded through federal grants. Some involve new drugs or devices being 
considered for FDA approval, such as new types of antibiotics or antifungals for individuals with compromised immune systems. KUMC also participates in research into new uses of existing FDA-approved drugs, such as the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR), which compares the effectiveness of the two drugs in the prevention of breast cancer in women at high risk for developing the disease.

Five-digit dialing

Don’t forget to add an “8” when dialing all KUMC, KU MedWest and Dialysis Center extensions beginning Sunday, Feb. 20.

Executive Forum

Survey to improve campus 
for present, future students

Dorothy Knoll, PhD
Dean of Student Services 
University of Kansas Medical Center

People call us at home to conduct surveys. E-mail surveys appear on your computer screens regularly. Mail often includes a survey and begs your assistance. Is it worth our time to respond? Do changes occur as a result? 
For the students at KUMC, the answer is YES!
In previous years, students at KUMC have completed the Student Needs Assessment survey. The last time this survey was distributed was in February of 1998. Because of the concerns the students voiced when completing this survey, they will soon have their own self-enclosed Student Health Center, which will be located in the Student Center.Following its completion, significant renovation will begin on the Student Study/Computer area on the first floor of the Student Center, followed by renovations in the Student Game/Lounge area on the ground floor. For more detailed information on these renovations, see the story on page 6 of this issue. 
Students will again have a chance to let the faculty, staff and administration know their opinions on a variety of services and issues. The 2000 Student Needs Assessment will be in the mail on Feb. 21. Please take the time to complete and return the survey, to help us improve KUMC for you and future students.

KU Med meets challenge with teamwork, dedication

Irene Cumming
President and CEO 
KU Med

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., the Emergency Department received a phone call. A large amount of pepper spray had been released into the building at Rosedale Middle School, and 13 children were on their way to KU Med for treatment.
Acting quickly, Emergency Department personnel were able to relocate existing patients and prepare for the influx of children. Respiratory therapists were called in, as well as additional nurses from Pediatrics, various patient care units and Nursing Administration. Hospital Executive Office and Biomedical Technology staff also joined in the efforts. Pamela McCoy, MD, clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, coordinated and directed the various people and procedures. By the time all the patients had arrived, the total count was 23—not 13—and included one teacher who was 
pregnant. KU Med was the only hospital that received patients from the school.

Emergency Department Nurses Alan Canfield, ADN, Beth Guilfoil, BSN, and Tammy Murray, BSN, were among those who cared for the 23 patients from Rosedale Middle School.

This incident symbolizes KU Med’s commitment to patient care—and to our community. Despite the short notice, high volume of patients and other challenges, employees from various departments came together to meet the needs of our community. The children and families of Rosedale Middle School looked to us for help in a time of crisis, and we came through for them with efficiency, expertise and compassion.
I congratulate all of you for consistently meeting challenges like these with outstanding dedication and performance. In times like these, we prove our strength as a team. 

School of Allied Health prepares students for diagnostic careers

Clinical diagnosis often relies on the skilled services of allied health practitioners. The School of Allied Health at KU Medical Center offers four undergraduate programs for students interested in laboratory sciences and diagnostic imaging careers. 
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, for example, prepares students for careers as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists. The curriculum includes laboratory procedures used in diagnostic bacteriology, mycology, virology, immunology, parasitology, hematology and other areas. The field offers excellent employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, research laboratories and physicians’ offices. Class size is limited to 18 students per year. For more information, visit
The Cytotechnology Program prepares students to become cytotechnologists, who work with pathologists to diagnose diseases. Using microscopes, cytotechnologists specialize in differentiating normal cells from abnormal or malignant components, and make the final diagnosis of normal gynecologic and the preliminary diagnosis of all non-gynecologic material. The program combines lectures in anatomy, histology, physiology and pathology with microscopic and cyto-preparatory instruction. Job opportunities for graduates with a BS in cytotechnology are excellent in hospitals and laboratories. For more information, visit
Nuclear Medicine Technology is a branch of medicine which utilizes gamma rays from radioisotopes for diagnostic imaging. The Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program prepares students to enter the field as entry level nuclear medicine technologists. Graduates are eligible to take the national examinations given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and/or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. The curriculum includes patient care, radiation safety, nuclear medicine and radiation physics, radionuclide chemistry and radiopharmacy and Positron Emission Tomography, as well as clinical training in several disciplines. Class size is limited to four. For more information, visit

Nuclear Medicine Technology student Todd Stratton, right, prepares patient Alice Ann Higdon for a procedure while Education Coordinator Jewell Saunders observes.

Diagnostic Ultrasound is a branch of medicine which uses high frequency sound waves for diagnostic imaging. The Diagnostic Ultrasound Certificate Program is one year and prepares students for an entry level sonographer position. Graduates are eligible to take the examination given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the areas of Abdomen, OB/GYN and Ultrasound Physics. Students receive training in ultrasound physics, clinical imaging procedures, medical law and ethics, and experience in patient care and imaging. Class size is limited to two. For information, contact Candace Spalding, ARDMS, RT(R), at ext. 6802 or e-mail <cspalding>.

Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases David Meyers, MD, will assume the role of a Civil War era physician during a presen-tation Thursday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in Rieke Auditorium. Lunch will be served to the first 150 attendees. The event is sponsored by the Internal Medicine Student Interest Group, the Military Medical Student Association and the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine.

Front & Center

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Patrick Moriarty, MD, and Vice President of Business & Strategic Development Tajquah Hudson were among those from KU Med who attended Heart Ball 2000. The Feb. 12 event was a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD, signed copies of her autobiography for students and employees during a visit to KUMC Feb. 11. Dr. Elders also delivered the keynote address at a dinner and dance that evening at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel.

There was never a dull moment on Valentine’s Day for KU Med volunteers such as Dorothy White, left, and Bonnie Barber, who worked throughout the day to keep up with flower deliveries for patients and employees.

KU Med was underwriter of this year’s annual dinner and auction to raise funds for Sunflower House, a child abuse prevention center for Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. At the Feb. 12 soiree were, l-r: Jan Hansen; Oral Surgeon Chris Cumming, DDS; Vice President of Ambulatory Services Chris Hansen; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Scott Glasrud; President and CEO Irene Cumming; Jeff Cleveland; Shirley Allenbrand, and KU Hospital Authority Board Member and event co-chair Mark Parkinson.

Juanita Katlin was one of the participants in the Feb. 15 Senior Wellness “Surfin’ the Net” computer class. Here, Katlin receives some guidance from class instructor Jim Bellamy, Information Resources.

The KUMC Student Wellness Program observed National Condom Week with a booth in the Courtyard Café offering free information and condoms. Attending the booth Feb. 14 were HIV Prevention Counselor Gary Woolverton and Peer Educator Marissa Coleman of the Kansas City Free Health Clinic, and Coordinator of Student Health Services Katy Scott.

Professor of Family Medicine Bruce Liese, PhD, was recently featured on a WDAF-4 news segment on alcoholism. Dr. Liese facililtates the Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment group each Tuesday at 1 p.m., sponsored by Family Medicine.


Student Center renovation
The Student Center will soon be 
renovated, as a result of feedback from the last Student Needs Assessment Survey. The first of these renovations will be the relocation of the Student Health Center from the Family Medicine Department to an area of the Student Center now being used for storage. The new Student Health Center will offer students a convenient location designed exclusively for them between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The renovation process is expected to begin this summer.
The student study and computer areas on the first floor of the Student Center will also be reconstructed within the next school year. These areas will be completely reconfigured for a more efficient use of space and will be designed for a quieter atmosphere. The adjacent rest rooms will be enlarged. Following these improvements, the game room and student lounge on the ground floor will also be remodeled.

Student Research Forum
Students interested in participating in the 2000 KUMC Student Research Forum should submit an abstract of their work to 5015 Wescoe Pavilion by 
Feb. 25. The Forum is scheduled for April 5 at noon in Rieke Auditorium. A workshop and an awards banquet for presenters will follow on April 6. 

‘Reel’ life: Students film documentary
Faisal Vali is hoping to “contribute something novel to the KUMC community.” And judging by the ambitious project he has taken on—producing a documentary about student life at KUMC—he will.
“We want to capture the medical school experience by exploring various aspects of its effect on students—social, spiritual and academic,” said Vali, who joined with fellow first-year medical students Usman Latif and Ahmed Shaikh to form a “Medical Student Documentary” organization. “We want to look at how much the student is actually influenced and prepared by the teachings and the rigorous schedules of medical school.”
In order to achieve their goal, Vali, Latif and Shaikh have selected four subjects, whom they will “shadow” throughout their years at KUMC. All four are now first-year students and were chosen on the basis of an e-mail survey and their comfort level in front of the camera. The group is also planning to choose a student from this fall’s incoming class to be filmed.
Vali stressed that the documentary would present an authentic view, because the filmmakers themselves are medical students. He also emphasized the diversity of the film’s subjects, which include “a ‘typical’ student who just graduated from college and directly enrolled into medical school, a student who has had previous careers, and a student who is married with kids.” 
The four students featured in the documentary are Darren Klish, Joe McDonald, Janelle Yutzie and Nelli Zimmerman.

Upcoming events

February 23: The KUMC Student Wellness Program, the American Medical Women’s Association and Students for Women’s Wellness will sponsor the next session in the “Discovering Balance” series, “Helping Others Achieve Healthy Eating Habits,” from noon to 1 p.m. in Wahl Hall East. Roni Schwartz, a registered dietitian from the Baptist Medical Center Eating Disorders Unit, will present a program designed to educate health care professionals about the symptoms of and treatments for eating disorders. 
February 24: The Pediatric Interest Group will sponsor a presentation by Lynn Sheets, MD, clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, from noon to 1 p.m. in 1015 Orr-Major. The subject of Dr. Sheets’ program will be child abuse.

Kirmayer contests
Kirmayer Fitness Center is sponsoring an essay contest as part of its 10th 
anniversary celebration. The winner will receive a one-year membership to Kirmayer. Second and third prizes will be six- and three-month memberships, respectively. Participants should compose a 500-word, typed essay on the topic, “Why Do I Love Kirmayer Fitness Center?” Entries are due to Kirmayer by 9 p.m., Feb. 23. A ribbon-cutting prediction contest is also underway. Accurately predict when the ribbon-cutting for the Kirmayer additions will be and win a gift basket. Participants may guess as many times as they wish. E-mail all guesses to Amy Howle at <ahowle> no later than Feb. 29.

Junior Volunteers
The Office of Volunteer Services will accept applications for the Summer Junior Volunteer Program through May 1. The program will run June 5 through Aug. 11. For more information or to receive an application, contact Marilyn Coup, ext. 6560, or e-mail <mcoup>.

Five-digit dialing
Don’t forget to add an “8” when dialing all KUMC, KU MedWest and Dialysis Center extensions beginning Sunday, Feb. 20. To call the KU Lawrence campus, dial “4” and the last four digits of the number. For KU School of Medicine-Wichita calls, dial “3” and the current four-digit extension. Remember also to re-program any speed-dial buttons and PC modemsettings that now use a four-digit extension or KU Lawrence phone number, and to change any printed or web-based material containing four-digit extensions. To facilitate the change from four- to five-digit dialing, normal phone service will be shut down from 4:30 to 5 a.m. and voice mail service will be unavailable from midnight to 5 a.m. Feb. 20.

Weekly calendar
The KUMC weekly calendar is now being sent by broadcast e-mail, rather than through campus mail. Anyone wishing to list a conference, seminar or event on the calendar should submit the information to University Relations, fax: 5244, or e-mail <vbuckley>. Please submit all information by noon on Tuesday of the week before the event.

Language classes
The Office of Interpretive Services will offer Beginning Spanish classes each Wednesday from March 22 through May 24. Two sessions will be offered each Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Beginning American Sign Language classes will also be offered each Tuesday from March 21 through May 23. One session will be from noon to 1 p.m. and another from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Class locations will be announced to those who register. Textbooks will cost approximately $12 for the Spanish class and $29 for Sign Language. Family members and roommates may share a text. To register, pick up a form at the Interpretive Services office, 1007 Sudler. Forms must be placed in an envelope and mailed or hand-delivered to 1007 Sudler by Feb. 29.

Ibanez Cimar guitar, good cond. & sound, asking $135. Call 816-746-1216.
1979 Ranger 17’ bass boat, 150 HP Mercury, SS prop., trolling motor & trailer, $3,000 OBO; 4 BF Goodrich all terrain tires, 33/12.5-15, never mounted, $400; 4 Pro Comp 8” off-road driving lights w/covers, 130 watts, $100. Call 913-342-6758.
Medela Pump-In-Style electric double-pump breast pump, lightly used, $270 new, will sell for $135; Jenny Lind white crib w/mattress, $55. Call 913-362-4028.
PowerBook 1400c/G3 laptop, 250 MHz, 64MB RAM, active matrix screen, loaded w/tons of extra software & accessories incl. docking station, 56K/Ethernet modem & monitor out card, $1,400 OBO. Call 913-631-6518.
Entertainment center, approx. 4’ x 4,’ holds up to 27” TV on left, 3 stereo components on right, VCR below, 3 storage compartments, oak like-wood finish, $100. Call 816-532-3085.

1998 Ford Supercab 150XLT pickup, exc. cond., 2-tone ext., standard trans., loaded w/CD changer & towing package, 22K mi., $21,000. Call 913-888-7318. 
1983 El Camino, runs good, very clean, $3,050 OBO; 1986 Chevy Suburban, runs good, very clean, $2,750 OBO. Call 913-840-4726.
1994 Saab 900-S, 4-dr., leather int., V6, 5-spd., 77K mi., $9,800. Call 913-831-2829.
Toyota Rav 4 accessories: 1 hard spare tire cover, $95, 1 rear cargo cover, $30. Call Serena, 816-322-4806.

For Sale: 3 BD, 2 BA home, walking distance to KUMC, 4138 Springfield, dining room, basement, deck, off-street parking, alum. siding, new central air/heat, completely furnished, presently a sharehome for 3 adults bringing in $900/mo. rent, $79,500. Call 816-468-5411.
For Rent: Seeking female student to rent room in my home, close to 75th & Metcalf, $500/mo. negotiable, references required. Call Margaret for interview, 
For Rent: New duplex, 1 block from KU Med, washer/dryer, microwave, private drive, building completion in June, taking applications now. Call Chris, 913-851-0812.

Women 25-35 years old who have had at least 1 sunburn needed for a study on hormone receptors. Involves 2-3 short visits and 2 skin biopsies. $200 compensation. Call Karen or Kyra, ext. 2029.
Post-menopausal women not on hormone replacement and who have had at least 1 sunburn needed for study on estrogen and the skin. Involves 2-3 short visits and 2 skin biopsies. $200 compensation. Call Karen or Kyra, ext. 2029.

Employees from KU Med, the University and KUPI, and students from all KUMC schools are needed for focus groups on In The Center. If interested, call Laurel Garrett, ext. 1291.


Friday, February 18:
• Pediatrics Grand Rounds, “Advocacy for Impairment in Medicine,” 8 a.m., Lied Auditorium.
• Psychiatry Grand Rounds, “Awareness & Understanding of Depression in the Black Community,” 10:30 a.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
• NIH Roundtable CenterNet Broadcast, “Drug Interactions with Complementary Medicines,” 10:30 a.m., 3015 Sudler Auditorium.

Monday, February 21:
• Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.
• “Weight Management-A Key to Preventing Diabetes,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mission Family Health Care, 6511 Johnson Dr., Mission.

Tuesday, February 22:
• Center on Aging Lecture Series, “Access to AMI Care in Rural Kansas,” 4-5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
• Prostate cancer screening, 5-6 p.m., Family Care of Blue Springs, 1523 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs.

Wednesday, February 23:
• Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107 KU Med.
• Outcomes Management Series, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wahl West Auditorium.
• KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 2023 Wescoe.
• Stroke Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Westwood City Hall, 47th and Rainbow.
• National Stuttering Project Support Group, 7-9 p.m., 1018 Orr-Major.

Thursday, February 24:
• Research Institute Clinical Trials Educational Luncheon Series, noon-1 p.m., 2035 Delp, RSVP to ext. 5724 by Feb. 22.
• Kansas Cancer Institute Research Round Table, noon-1 p.m., Wahl West Auditorium.

Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor

IN THE CENTER is the employee and student publication of the University of Kansas Medical Center. It is published weekly by the office of Public Relations and Marketing. The deadline for submitting news briefs is noon on the Thursday before they are to appear. Send story ideas to Ken Arnold, editor, G114 Hospital, or e-mail: <karnold> or call ext. 1298.

Ad Policy
Send or bring your ad to G114 KU Hospital, or fax to ext. 1225, or e-mail: <karnold> by noon Thursday of the week before it is to run. Ads run free of charge for employees, students and volunteers. For-sale ads are limited to three items. All ads must include the advertiser’s name and work extension (or medical student box number) for verification. Only home phone numbers–no pager numbers or KUMC extensions–will be published. No ads for commercial services or pets for sale will be accepted. Ads will not be taken by telephone. Only one phone number per ad. Ads may be held a week of space is limited.

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