News : 2011

RSAP’s co-directors are, from left, Leonardo Tamariz, M.D, M.P.H., Stephen Symes, M.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H.

Resident Scholarly Activity Program Seeks New Mentors to Expand Its Success

In 2007, the Department of Medicine established the three-year Resident Scholarly Activity Program, or RSAP, to give internal medicine residents experience in the arduous research process, from developing and investigating an idea to presenting the conclusion at a national meeting or publishing it in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Emmanuel Berchmans

Computer Buff Melds Medicine and Technology

Emmanuel Berchmans has always been a computer wiz devoted to sharing technology with others, so when he entered the Miller School’s Honors Program in Medicine he wanted to ensure that he and his classmates could stay up-to-date with the latest medical technology.

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From left, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., Alex Mechaber, M.D., and Ana Campo, M.D.

New Leadership Roles for Team in Undergraduate Medical Education

The Department of Medical Education has three familiar faces taking on new roles and responsibilities at the Miller School. The administration has been reorganized with Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, now in place as the sole leader overseeing all programs in undergraduate medical education.

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Mark O’Connell, M.D., center, receives the distinguished teaching award from AAMC Chair Thomas Lawley, M.D., left, and AOA Executive Director Richard L. Byyny, M.D.

Dr. O’Connell Honored for His Pioneering Contributions to Medical Education

Mark O’Connell, M.D., senior associate dean for educational development and the Bernard J. Fogel Chair in Medical Education, received the 2011 national Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award Saturday for his significant contributions to medical education over the past quarter century.

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Resident Arjun Mohan, M.D., won first place for his poster in the Clinical Vignette category.

Regional Campus Takes Top Prizes in Poster Competition

A medical student and a resident at the Miller School’s regional campus in Palm Beach County won the first poster symposium at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Future of Medicine Summit V last month.

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First-year medical student Brian Simmons administers eye drops to Guirlande Aime during her ophthalmology exam at the DOCS Little Haiti Health Fair.

Annual DOCS Health Fair Still a ‘Great Deal’ in Little Haiti

The Miller School’s Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), a student-run organization collaborated with faculty physicians and other partners to mount the 17th annual Little Haiti Health Fair, bringing crucial health screenings and education to hundreds of people.

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The academy was spearheaded by, from left, Mark O’Connell, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., and Richard Tiberius, Ph.D.

Miller School Launches Academy to Recognize Stellar Teaching

Following the lead of Harvard University and about 40 other well-known medical schools, the Miller School is launching the Academy of Medical Educators at the University of Miami to appropriately recognize and reward teaching faculty, and help develop junior teaching faculty into well-rounded experts.

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Stefania Prendes-Alvarez

DOCS Experience Inspires Mental Health Advocate

As an undergraduate student studying human nutrition at the University of Florida, Stefania Prendes-Alvarez accompanied a family friend, a physician on the volunteer faculty at UM, to one of the free health fairs organized by students in the Miller School’s Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS). The experience opened her eyes to the vast number of people who lack regular health care.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., encourages freshmen to serve the community.

Dean Goldschmidt Welcomes the Class of 2015

Telling most of the Class of 2015 they signed “a contract with society” by pursuing a career in medicine, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomed the Miller School’s newest students to a tradition of excellence in scientific discovery, patient care and community involvement.

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Robert Hernandez, M.D., welcomes freshmen with a dose of reality.

Miller School Welcomes Freshmen

In greeting the Miller School’s newest students at their freshman orientation last week, Robert Hernandez, M.D., tempered his words of welcome with an early dose of reality: “Medical school is a real challenge and you will be pushed here,’’ the senior associate dean for medical student administration told the students. “You will be pushed to your limit.’’

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JFK Medical Center in Atlantis

New Surgical Residency Program Approved at Regional Campus

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received approval for the first allopathic surgical residency program in Palm Beach County. The new five-year program at the University of Miami Regional Campus in Palm Beach County was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and will be implemented in close collaboration with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, where it will be based.

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Terrol Graham, left, and Artisha Scott

Paving a Pathway for Future Doctors

Amid the noontime din at the Jackson Memorial Hospital cafeteria, a group of young students eat lunch while chattering excitedly about their classes and their futures. They are not medical students—at least not yet—but the college juniors, seniors and recent graduates seem to blend in well with the physicians, medical students and dozens of hospital employees around them.

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From left, Nicholas Cortolillo and Chanelle Diaz, members of the first four-year M.D./M.P.H. class, discuss the program with Alex Mechaber, M.D., and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D.

52 Students Inaugurate Four-Year M.D./M.P.H. Program

Growing up in Miami-Dade County, Chanelle Diaz saw some exemplary models of health care delivery, but mostly she noted glaring health disparities. Diaz, a Williams College graduate who wants to “design systems to improve access to health care,” is certain she is on the best path to prepare her to be both physician and public health advocate who can help end those disparities.

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Third-year medical students, including Ryan Hudson, left, complete OSCE exercises at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

UMHC Hosts 16th Annual OSCE Exercises for Medical Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 191 third-year Miller School students for the sixteenth annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of medical students.

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Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

UM Awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Experiment Grant

The Miller School and the College of Arts and Sciences are the recipients of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to design and assess an innovative, competency-based, pre-medical curriculum in response to the “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP)” report issued in 2009 by the American Association of Medical Colleges–Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Gilberte Baldridge, left, a DOCS patient for more than 30 years, displays her original lab sheet, with Mark O’Connell, M.D.

Miller School Students Celebrate Four Decades of DOCS Health Fairs

The Miller School’s student-run Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service, DOCS, celebrated four decades of giving health screenings to residents of Big Pine Key. Today, the fairs are held throughout the region.

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