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Avoid Being de-Natured: Tips for Success in Publishing Your Next Paper in the Journal of Your Choice

No matter how long you've been in research, the publication process can be fraught with peril. What are high-profile journals looking for? Are cover letters important? What should they say, and NOT say? Can you appeal when your paper is rejected? Chris Gunter will address all of these questions and more in an informal format.

Chris Gunter, PhD [guest speaker]
Senior Editor, Nature

Date: September 11, 2007 (Tuesday)
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Dr. Chris Gunter earned a bachelor's degree in both genetics and biochemistry from the University of Georgia in 1992, and PhD in genetics from Emory University in 1998. Her research centered on human genetics, specifically on fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation. She then completed postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University, examining the mechanisms of mammalian X-chromosome inactivation. Dr. Gunter also earned publishing experience at several journals, including Human Molecular Genetics and Science. In 2002, she joined the international journal Nature, serving as the primary editor for genetics and genomics manuscripts and secondary editor for manuscripts in many different areas of biology.

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Physician Shortages- How Could They Happen and What Can Be Done About Them?

Dr. Cooper will be discussing the policy perspectives that led to the notion of physician surpluses, the selective use of data that was employed to sustain such a myth and his fight to correct the misconceptions that were spawned in that manner. He will also discuss the difficulty that now exists in correcting the problem because so much time has been lost.

Richard "Buz" Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania

Date: October 24, 2007 (Wednesday)
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Richard A. Cooper, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1961 and received his training in internal medicine, hematology and oncology at the Harvard Medical Unit of the Boston City Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. Following two years on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cooper became Chief of the Hematology Section in the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently Director of Penn’s Cancer Center, positions he held for 14 years. In 1985 he moved to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he served as Executive Vice President and Dean for nine years and as the Director of the Medical College’s Health Policy Institute for an additional eleven years. In 2005, Dr. Cooper returned to the University of Pennsylvania as a Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Cooper has been a scholar in both hematology and health policy. In the years prior to his becoming dean in 1985, he published extensively on topics dealing with hematology, ranging from basic studies of membrane structure and the pathophysiology of hemolytic anemia to clinical studies of cancer therapy. Dr. Cooper’s more recent work in health policy has centered on the health care workforce, particularly physician supply. His principal contribution has been the development of the “trend Model” for projecting the future demand for physicians. This model, which is built around long-term economic and demographic trends, led Dr. Cooper to champion the notion of impending physician shortages and call for remedial actions, positions that most major organizations now support. His recent work has focused on finding solutions to the problem of physician shortages through changes in undergraduate and graduate medical education and on rebalancing the dependency of the US on international medical graduates. Dr. Cooper serves as co-chair of the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply.

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Endovascular Aortic Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms- What is the Cost of New Technology?

Endovascular stent grafts have been used since 1992 as an alternative to open repair in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Initially, the endovascular approach was used in high risk patients who were not candidates for an open procedure. Results from two studies in Europe have recently shown that both treatments are effective – however in follow up, mortality at 2-4 years is similar in both groups. The endovascular group also had many more complications due to those with a stent graft requiring subsequent procedures and additionally the endovascular stent graft is 40-50 times more expensive. A prospective randomized trial in the VA comparing these two methods of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is just ending enrollment in October, 2007. As one of the National Co-Principal Investigators, we will be following these 900 plus patients until 2011. The important patient outcomes including survival, need for reoperation and quality of life will be assessed. In this seminar, I will discuss the evolution of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair from the 1950’s until present day and how we should view the evolution to come in the future.

Julie A. Freischlag, M.D [guest speaker]
The William Stewart Halsted Professor
Chair, Department of Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief
Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Date: November 15, 2007 (Thursday)
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

Dr. Freischlag is The William Stewart Halsted Professor, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She came to Johns Hopkins from the University of California in Los Angeles, where she was Chief of the Vascular Surgery Division and Director of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center. Dr. Freischlag completed her surgical residency and post residency Vascular Fellowship at UCLA. Before Dr. Freischlag returned to work at UCLA, she was a Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she was also the Vice Chair of the Vascular Surgery Section and Chief of Surgery at Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Freischlag is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome. She is presently conducting a quality of life study on all patients before and years after surgical intervention for this disease. She is the national principal investigator of the VA OVER trial (Open Versus Endovascular Repair) of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The study is a prospective randomized trial which has already randomized almost 500 patients from 34 medical centers across the country. She is the Editor of the Archives of Surgery which is one of the major surgical journals. She also serves on several other editorial boards. She has published over 130 manuscripts, numerous abstracts and book chapters.

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Ensuring Personal Priorities Within a Professional Career*

(*Reserved for women only, please)

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Executive Director, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Prevention and Population Health
Director Program Development in Community Health
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Date: December 7, 2007 (Friday)
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Founders 3, Plaza B

The FOCUS WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.

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Stress at Work: What To Do about It*

(*Reserved for women only, please)

Karin L. McGowan, PhD F(AAM), MS
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Pediatric Pathology Vice-Chair for Faculty Support and Development
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Director, Microbiology Laboratory
Children's Hospital of Philadephia

Date: March 6, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 12 PM - 1 PM
Location: Founders 3, Plaza B

The WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.

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Taking Control of Your Finances*

(*Reserved for women only, please)

Start into Spring with some nuts and bolts financial planning. This Vanguard representative will cover essential components toward your financial health such as creating a spending plan; tax saving strategies; investing in the long term, and estate planning musts.

Matthew Wollick,CFP®
Certified Financial Planner
Vanguard's Institutional Financial Planning Services Group

Date: April 8, 2008 (Tuesday)
Time: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Penn Tower Conference Room, Bridge Level

The WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.

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Special Networking Session for Women Fellows & Residents*

(*Reserved for women fellows and women residents only, please)

FOCUS has arranged this late afternoon session to accommodate the schedules of fellows and residents. We hope you'll join us for some coffee, tea and a late afternoon snack. We'd like an opportunity to hear form you about how FOCUS can help enhance the Penn Medicine worklife culture for women fellows and residents from all departments. Come meet with your peers and discuss issues surrounding being a woman in medicine.

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Executive Director, FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Prevention and Population Health
Director Program Development in Community Health
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Date: May 7, 2008 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Founders 3, Plaza A

The FOCUS WIM SERIES
A mini-series reserved for women in academic medicine to address personal and professional challenges and opportunities. Tap into a most valuable resource: the collective wisdom of your peers. Whether it be tips on cleaning services, day care, or on negotiating salary, come with ideas and questions to strategize with a group of your colleagues.




Come Learn About the Programs at Penn That Can Complement Your Clinical Training! *

(*Reserved for women fellows and women residents only, please)

Panel will include Penn fellows pursuing programs at Penn including:
Robert Wood Johnson program
Masters in Science in Health Policy Research
MBA program at Wharton
Masters in Translational Research
Masters in Science at the CCEB

Date: July 24 , 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Maloney 5 Conference Room

Sponsored jointly by the Office of Graduate Medical Education
and
FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women

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