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The Carver College of Medicine’s Statement on Diversity: Consistent with its academic mission and standards, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. As a community of faculty, staff and students engaged in research, patient care, scholarship, teaching and learning, the College of Medicine fosters an environment that is diverse, humane, and welcoming. Efforts are made to provide a supportive environment in which people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures may encounter each other in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and mutual respect.
Please see the OSAC Diversity at Iowa website for information on a range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities, student organizations, support services, and mentoring networks.
Parking around the medical school is very limited. It is suggested that students search for housing that is within walking distance or is close to public transportation.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a 100 percent smoke-free campus. The University Hospital Advisory Committee (UHAC) approved a change to the UI Hospitals and Clinics’ policy regarding where smoking is permitted. That policy limited smoking outdoors at UI Hospitals and Clinics to designated smoking shelters, and had a future goal of banning smoking on campus entirely by July 1, 2006. On May 17, 2006, the UHAC approved the Smoke-free Environment Policy, which prohibits smoking anywhere on UI Hospitals and Clinics grounds, and includes Parking Ramps 1, 2, 3, and 4. The purpose of this policy change is to eliminate the dangers of secondhand smoke for individuals entering and exiting our health care facility.
Policy enforcement and the consequences of violation are not changed in the policy. It is the responsibility of every individual working at UI Hospitals and Clinics to ask policy violators to observe our policy and either extinguish their cigarettes, or move off campus to smoke. As with any other policy violation, staff that violates this revised smoking policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
We are making this change because we share the same goal as the Iowa Hospital Association, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control, and several other Iowa hospitals—to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Research now suggests that secondhand smoke exposure, even when experienced in the outdoors, is even more dangerous than believed previously. For example, we now have a considerable amount of data demonstrating that relatively small exposures to toxins in tobacco smoke seem to cause unexpectedly large increases in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
We are not alone in efforts to reduce/eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Many Iowa hospitals have either become smoke free or have set dates by which they will become smoke free. For example, Cedar Rapids’ two hospitals went smoke free on January 1, 2006. In Des Moines, both Mercy Medical Center and Iowa Health Systems will be smoke free by July 1, 2006. In addition, the UI Health Sciences campus will become smoke free as of January 1, 2007. This includes the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. In the meantime, we are asking that you voluntarily refrain from smoking on the grounds of the UI Health Sciences campus, even though that smoke-free policy will not be implemented for several more months.
The location of our grounds within a larger University campus and the large numbers of daily visitors make this change challenging. At the same time, we recognize our responsibility to patients, their families, visitors, and staff to create a safe and healthy environment in which to both receive and give care. This policy change is not meant to make individuals quit smoking, however, we are committed to assisting staff members and others who wish to stop or reduce their smoking.
Staff members can purchase over-the-counter nicotine replacement products (gum and lozenges) in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacies and cessation counseling is available at no charge through the University Employee Health Clinic.
UI Hospitals and Clinics has been smoke free inside our buildings since the early 1990s. Prohibiting smoking outdoors on our campus reflects our responsibility to create a safe and healthy environment in which to receive and to give care.
We hope that you will respect and support these actions to reduce secondhand smoke exposure to yourself, your co-workers, and our patients and visitors. Please discuss your questions with your supervisor.
This message sent on behalf of Director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics Donna Katen-Bahensky and Dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Jean E. Robillard, MD.
On-call rooms are assigned by OSAC in order to provide accommodations for medical students during their overnight stays in the hospital. In order to maintain a secure and safe environment of these call rooms, access is provided to the requesting party through OSAC. Contact Marcia Hopp at 335-8053.
Contact Damien Ihrig in OSAC, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions on these guidelines:
Only fourth year medical students from LCME accredited institutions (that is, allopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada) may participate in the Carver College of Medicine’s clinical programs. Thus, the College cannot approve students from foreign institutions or from colleges of osteopathic medicine for registration in our clinical electives. Visiting students must also comply or have complied with our requirements regarding immunization and background checks and provide their own health and malpractice insurance coverage. All applications by visiting students to participate in clinical electives at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine must be processed through the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (www.medicine.uiowa.edu/md/visitingstudents/) and may not be arranged directly with a department.
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