Devoted Student to Run in Support Professor’s Mother

stk62716corA Rush University graduate student has committed to run 54 miles on Saturday in honor of her professor’s late mother, Kathleen Mai, who died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), an incurable lung disease that results in deep tissue thickening and stiffening. The 5k/10k run and walk will be held at the Danada Equistrian Track in Wheaton, Ill., on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m.

The student, Sarah Brundidge, committed to run 54 miles—one mile for each year Mai lived—to raise funds for respiratory care research. The run is a fundraising event for the Kathleen Mai Research Fund, established to support student research projects in respiratory.

Mai’s daughter, Meagan Dubosky, assistant professor of respiratory care at Rush, established the fund along with the help of members from the respiratory care program’s student government. To date, more than $34,000 has been raised.

Children’s half-mile run/walk and Easter egg hunt to follow at 1 p.m. The last leg of Brundidge’s epic run will be around 2 p.m.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria on the Rise Among Kids

Dr. Latania Logan

Dr. Latania Logan

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options.

“Some infections in children that have typically been treated with oral antibiotics in the past may now require hospitalization, treatment with intravenous drugs, or both, as there may not be an oral treatment option available,” said Dr. Latania K. Logan, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center.

The team of researchers led by Logan analyzed resistance patterns in approximately 370,000 bacterial cultures from pediatric patients collected nationwide between 1999 and 2011.

They found that the prevalence is increasing in a resistant type of bacteria, which produces a key enzyme, extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), that thwarts many strong antibiotics, making them ineffective.

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Medical Students Meet Their Match on Friday

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Dr. Jonathan Myers waits to deliver residency “match” results.

A group of 128 anxious fourth-year medical students from Rush Medical College will gather together at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday, March 21, to learn where they will begin their residency training.

At 11 a.m., medical students across the U.S. simultaneously open envelopes containing information about their future in medicine. It is the culmination of a process that begins in the fall, when senior medical students apply to residency programs through a nationally computerized system. After interviewing at prospective programs, students electronically rank the programs in their order of preference.

Depending on a student’s chosen specialty, residencies last from three to six years and lead to eligibility for board certification in a primary care, or medical or surgical specialty. The residency is composed almost entirely of the care of hospitalized or clinic patients with supervision by more senior physicians.

This year marks the 176th anniversary of Rush Medical College and the 41th anniversary of Rush University. Rush Medical College is the first medical school in Chicago and was chartered in 1837, two days before the city of Chicago obtained its charter. It is part of Rush University Medical Center.

Media: Contact Rush Media Relations at (312) 942-5159 or page at 312-942-6000, enter PIN 1100, if you plan to attend or for more details.

Move to Family Birth Center Complete

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The new Rush Family Birth Center opened Sunday, March 9, as babies, moms and families moved in. With labor and delivery, mother baby and neonatal intensive care all on one floor, this center is transforming the care offered to women and children at Rush.

Donning green shirts with “Family Birth Center” on the back, hundreds of Rush employees started their day at 5 a.m. on Sunday. These collaborative teams included nurses, patient care technicians, physicians, students, information services professionals, environmental services staff, transport team members, security officers, food and nutrition staff, engineering staff and many more.

Whether staff members were wheeling our youngest patients to their new private rooms in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), packing up items in crates or boxes, saying tearful farewells to the old space or high fiving in the halls, it was a day to remember and be proud of at Rush. Continue reading

Dr. Pete Batra Joins Rush as Head of Otolaryngology

Pete Batra_130917Dr. Pete Batra has been appointed chairperson of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He joined Rush in January from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was an associate professor and co-director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Program.

Batra is an internationally recognized rhinologist who has given more than 150 invited lectures and presentations nationally and abroad on sinonasal and skull base disease. His research endeavors have resulted in more than 110 peer-review articles and book chapters.

“Dr. Batra is a leader in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck Surgery,” said Dr. Thomas Deutsch, dean of Rush Medical College and provost of Rush University. “He will be a major asset to Rush and we are fortunate to have his leadership.”

Read the news release.