News : 2012

Residents at the regional campus complete their third-year clinical clerkships and participate in several fourth-year rotations in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

UM’s Regional Medical Campus Earns Three-Year Accreditation

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus has earned institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the next three years, the maximum allowed. The institution is the sponsor of three graduate medical education programs on the regional campus.

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Stephen Symes, M.D., discusses the medical evaluation process at the Human Rights Clinic asylum workshop.

Miller School Team Hosts Human Rights Clinic Workshop

On a recent day in November, a group of Miller School physicians, residents and M.D./M.P.H. students turned their attention from medicine to human rights. Led by Stephen Symes, M.D., associate professor of medicine, members of the Human Rights Clinic of Miami held a workshop on the Miller School campus to help people fleeing persecution in their country of origin seek protection in the U.S.

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Melissa D. Stone, right, chats with another AAMC conference attendee about her poster on the ethics education program.

Miller School Students and Faculty Present at AAMC Annual Meeting

A handful of students, including one who was invited to showcase a free and easy student-initiated Miller School program that provides hands-on ethical training to medical students, were among the presenters at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this month.

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Team Square members, Austin Perlmutter (in green), Kyle Stoffers (in orange headband), Adam Rosen (in red) and Alex Barsam, perform the most creative push-up.

Public Health Student Association and MedFit Host Third Annual Push-Ups for PHSA

The medical student group MedFit and the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) hosted the third annual Push-Ups for PHSA competition at the Medical Wellness Center on November 7 to raise funds for the healthy cooking and nutrition class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Overtown.

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Christopher Estes, M.D., accepts his award from Lydia Fein.

Miller School Educator Receives Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

Christopher Estes, M.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, was honored with the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award by the international Medical Students for Choice organization for his outstanding guidance and support of the Miller School’s chapter.

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Daniel Lichtstein, M.D.

Dr. Daniel M. Lichtstein Designated ‘Master’ by American College of Physicians

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and Regional Dean for Medical Education, has been elected to Mastership in the American College of Physicians for his role as a citizen physician, educational innovator, humanist, and teacher-learner who inspires those around him and sets high standards for the practice of internal medicine.

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Discussing ethical dilemmas outside the nursing school are, clockwise from bottom right, DNP students Dennis Stevens, Siwei Liu,  Marlene Velasquez Sedito, Marcia Dodo, Hector Mercado, Karen McNeely, Rebecca Lee, Diane DeJesus, M.D. student Brett Van Leer-Greenberg, and DNP student Jorge Valdes.

UM Medical and Nursing Students Launch Joint Forum to Discuss Ethical Dilemmas, Build Relationships

Resolving challenging dilemmas is never easy, but as medical students from the Miller School of Medicine and doctoral nursing practice students from the School of Nursing & Health Studies learned in the first joint medical/nursing ethics session held on the Coral Gables campus this month, inter-professional dialogue can enhance teamwork and improve decision making in morally distressing situations.

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Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Study Finds Social Networking Sites a Growing Factor in Medical Student and Resident Selections

In the largest study of its kind, Miller School researchers who queried hundreds of medical school admissions and residency selection professionals conclude that social networking sites will increasingly influence the selection of medical students and physician trainees in the U.S.

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From left are M.P.H. students Kelly O’Brien, Max Johansen, Daniella Orihuela, Courtney Avery, and M.D./M.P.H. students Mari Janowsky and Brigitte Frett, and Jamal Jones, CWC coordinator and M.P.H. student.

Sowing the Seeds of a New Era: Overtown Launches Community Garden

UM faculty, staff and students could be seen one evening last month building garden beds and digging in the dirt with community members, including a number of eager children, who gathered in Miami’s Gibson Park to establish Overtown’s largest community garden.

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Second-year student Chris Kumetz collects a patient’s blood for a lipids and cholesterol screening. (Photo by Nicole Mandel)

DOCS’ 18th Little Haiti Health Fair Draws Grateful Patients

For most of the Little Haiti Health Fair’s history, Antoine Dorismond’s shop was just up the street, yet the clothing designer never managed to drop in for the free health screenings. Determined not to miss out this year, he was among the few dozen people already in line when student Ryan Dauer arrived at 6 a.m. this past Saturday to ensure the 18th annual student-run fair would open without a hitch three hours later.

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Bringing the Community Wellness Coalition and the Miller School’s AMSA chapter together are, from left, Jamal Jones, Chanelle Diaz, Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., Mari Janowsky and Brigitte Frett.

Community Wellness Coalition Partners with AMSA to Improve Health in Overtown

The Community Wellness Coalition at the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity has joined forces with the Miller School’s chapter of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) to improve health opportunities for Overtown residents.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., fifth from right, is surrounded by Sabrina Taldone, Sarah Sonny, Mitch Phillips, Laura Teisch,  Gabe Mascaro (back row), Dalal Eldick, Danielle Bodzin, Jamie Rosenkrantz, Jonathan Steinman, and Amar Deshpande, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine.

DOCS Program Promotes Wellness at First Dean’s Walk/Run

With the first Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) health fair of the year under its belt, the student-run organization introduced a wellness event of another kind: the first Dean’s Walk/Run.

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Wasif N. Khan, Ph.D., discusses job interview strategies and the job talk presentation with Maitreyi Das, Ph.D.

Postdoc Programs Office Launches Interview Support Program

With job interviews approaching, the Postdoctoral Programs Office is offering support to postdoctoral fellows who face the daunting task of preparing for two critical challenges — the “job talk” and the “chalk talk.”

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On set with Maya Angelou, Ph.D., from left, are Christina Delphus, Ed Talavera and Ali Habashi.

Poet Maya Angelou Lends Voice to Film Series on the Miller School’s DOCS Program

Dr. Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, writer, educator, filmmaker, actress, historian, and civil rights activist, was interviewed in her Winston Salem, North Carolina, home for a UM film series about the Miller School’s Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service

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First-place winner Joana Almaca, Ph.D., right, smiles as Wasif Khan, Ph.D., presents the second-place award to Danusa Menegaz, Ph.D.

Miller School Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day Gains Momentum

A vast array of the Miller School’s research projects by a record-breaking 46 postdoctoral fellows – a 35 percent increase from last year’s turnout – were on display September 18 at the annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day.

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From left, Hansel Tookes, Chanelle Diaz, FMA President Vincent DeGennaro, M.D., and Marek Hirsch

Medical Students Rally to Enact Clean Syringe Programs in Florida

In an unprecedented move that could significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases, the Florida Medical Association voted at its annual meeting in July to seek legislation that will legalize syringe exchange programs for injection drug users. The resolution, submitted by the FMA’s Medical Student Section, was written by Miller School students Marek Hirsch and Hansel Tookes.

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M.D./M.P.H. student Rammy Assaf, left, and Emanuel Washington, director of the Overtown Optimist Club, are surrounded by the mounds of backpacks distributed at Gibson Park.

Miller School Students Help Overtown Get Back to School

With the success of the first-ever Cabaret showcase still fresh on their minds, Miller School students partnered with the Overtown Community Optimist Club to distribute essential school supplies to more than 500 Overtown students at Gibson Park during the August 18 weekend.

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Rachel Franklyn reports for an observation day in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

For Four Miller School Students, “Last Summer” Leaves Lasting Impression

Knowing this summer would be their last chance in the foreseeable future for exploration and adventure, four rising second-year Miller School students spent their “last summer” in Israel gaining incomparable first-hand knowledge of a different health care system.

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Alex Mechaber, M.D., tells the Class of 2016 he sat in the same auditorium for his own orientation 22 years ago.

Class of 2016 Begins with High Expectations

Rachel Thompson may not have taken the traditional route to medical school, but she is rather typical of the Miller School’s Class of 2016, the “smartest” in the school’s history. An economics major who found her calling while working for a business consulting firm that was developing medical curriculum, Thompson was accepted to three other medical schools, but chose UM’s.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., Elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., has been elected President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System, and will represent the nearly 2,500 physicians, licensed independent practitioners, and allied health professionals as they work with Jackson Health System Chief Executive Officer Carlos Migoya and his leadership team.

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Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Alex Mechaber, M.D., Named to National Committee for Student Medical Licensing Exam

Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, has been appointed to serve as a member of the prestigious Step 1 Committee of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), a three-step exam for medical licensure in the U.S.

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Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Two Miller School Faculty Members Appointed as Assistant Deans

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of rehabilitation medicine, has been named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health and director of education for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, has been named Assistant Dean for Public Health.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes the new class of M.D./M.P.H. students.

Second M.D./M.P.H. Class Continues “Tremendous Journey”

The Miller School of Medicine officially kicked off the 2012-13 academic year on June 25 by welcoming its second class of M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree students at a day-long orientation in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building. “This was a tremendous journey for you,” Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, told the 48 students from 18 different states in his welcoming remarks.

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Students Peter DeMaria, left, and Edwin Hayes wait to enter an OSCE station.

Medical Education Celebrates 17th Annual OSCE Exercises

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year medical students from the Miller School’s Miami and regional campuses for the 17th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of medical students.

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Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., accepts the Excellence in Medical Education Award.

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., Honored as ‘Hero in Medicine’ for Education

Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and regional dean for medical education who has shaped medical education in Palm Beach County for the past six years, is the 2012 recipient of the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Excellence in Medical Education Award.

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University of Miami Hospital

UM Hospital Earns Statutory Teaching Hospital Designation

University of Miami Hospital has earned designation as a statutory teaching hospital from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration — becoming just the 10th such teaching hospital in the state.

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From front, Yaima Alonso, Kelvin Allenson, Nicole Akar-Ghibril, Benjamin Addicott, Jennifer Chen, Johnathan Castano and Andrew Camp, lead the class of 2012 into the BankUnited Center.

Class of 2012 Graduates Eager for New Responsibilities

With an abundance of enthusiasm and several reminders of their new responsibilities, the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2012 accepted their doctor of medicine degrees and contemplated their futures as they exited the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus on May 12.

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 Front row from left, Anne Kimball; Stefania Prendes-Alvarez; Karina Lifschitz; Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Jonathan Colasanti, M.D. Back row from left, David Haverman; Carly Rivet; Devlin Paiva McGlohn; Mihai Puia-Dumitrescu, M.D.; Vanessa Cutler; and Eric Hecht, M.D.

Public Health Springboard Program Supports Eight New Research Projects at the Miller School

Thanks to a generous $100,000 gift to the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, 10 public health graduates and Miller School students have received eight grants under the Public Health Springboard Program that supports innovative, independent projects by students who are working toward or recently earned a Master of Public Health.

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Juliet Nissan credits her mentors, including, from left, Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Carl I. Schulman, M.D., MSPH, Ph.D., and Michael C. Lewis, M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, for making Jackson her top choice.

Class of 2012 Can Celebrate Match Day Successes at Commencement

After striding across the stage to pick up their M.D. degrees at the BankUnited Center on May 12, members of the Class of 2012 will head to some of the most competitive residency programs and prestigious institutions in the country. The class could, in fact, take a collective bow for their notable Match Day success, which created a buzz among underclassmen and is sure to be a great recruiting tool for prospective students.

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Jametria Howard-Jones, left, who collected the Miller School's diversity award, is pictured with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., and Tajh Ferguson, president of the Miller School chapter of SNMA.

Miller School Honored for Excellence in Diversity

The Miller School has been recognized again for its unwavering commitment to diversity, this time earning the Student National Medical Association’s award for Diversity in Medicine: Excellence in Institutional Diversity.

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Maureen Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine, won two 2012 Paff Teaching Awards at the ceremony students hold each year to honor exceptional faculty.

Students Recognize Outstanding Teachers with 2012 Paff Awards

To pay tribute to one of the Miller School’s most memorable faculty members and recognize the outstanding faculty who uphold his spirit, students awarded 15 George Paff Teaching Awards on April 11 to faculty they admire for imparting medical education with the kind of dedication, compassion, excellence and zest Paff made famous.

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Prospective students who returned to the Miller School for a second look listen to a presentation.

Potential Students Take a Second Look at the Miller School

Just before 9 a.m. on Friday, April 13, prospective medical students, many of them accompanied by their parents, filed into the Miller School’s Lois Pope LIFE Auditorium for the start of Second Look Day, when students who have been accepted to multiple schools revisit the ones on their short list.

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Mark O’Connell, M.D., discusses the new Academy of Medical Educators with interested faculty.

Miller School’s Academy of Medical Educators Holds Inaugural Meeting

The Miller School’s Academy of Medical Educators held its inaugural meeting and orientation on March 26, attracting about 75 faculty members who came to learn more about the mission and membership of the organization established last fall to recognize and reward teaching faculty, and nurture junior teaching faculty into well-rounded experts.

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Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., delivers the symposium keynote address.

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Delivers Keynote Address at Annual M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium

Noted medical anthropologist, physician and author Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., delivered the keynote address at the Miller School’s M.D./Ph.D. Student Research Symposium.

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The architects of the new M.D./J.D. program are, from left Mark O’Connell, M.D., Sandy Abraham, M.A., M.B.A., and Dean Patricia White, both of UM School of Law, and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Miller School and Law School Launch Joint M.D./J.D. Degree

The Miller School and School of Law now offer a joint M.D./J.D. degree program that can be completed in six years—one year less than if the degrees were pursued separately.

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Marvin Smith, left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt. M.D., make the “U” in celebration of Smith’s first-choice match to a UM/Jackson residency.

Match Day Sends Miller School Seniors to Top Residency Programs

177 Miller School seniors gathered under a large white tent with family, friends, classmates and professors cheering them on as they took part in the annual event—the highly anticipated, often nerve-wracking ritual known as Match Day, held March 16 on medical school campuses across the United States.

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Miller School Maintains Highest Grade for Conflict of Interest Policy

The Miller School of Medicine received an ‘A’ grade for the second year in a row from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) for its conflict of interest policies governing interactions between students or faculty and health industry entities.

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Julia Belkowitz, M.D., received the AMSA National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence on March 10.

Dean of Students Honored with National Award

Julia Belkowitz, M.D., assistant regional dean for student affairs and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, received the American Medical Student Association’s National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence this past weekend.

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Dyani Loo, left, and Brigitte Frett

Two Miller School Students Awarded Global Health Fellowships

Two Miller School students received global fellowships awarded by the American Medical Women’s Association this year, which matches the number of Miller School recipients last year, when the program was inaugurated.

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Nicholas J. Rohrhoff, Class of 2012

Miller School Student Writes Essay in New England Journal of Medicine

In an essay in the ‘Perspective’ section of New England Journal of Medicine, fourth-year Miller School student Nicholas Rohrhoff writes about the importance of physicians and medical students asking patients about their lives. How people live, he notes, should help determine their best course of treatment.

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Hilit Mechaber, M.D., associate dean for student services, pins first-year student Kevin Hu while Sanja Galeb awaits her turn.

Class of 2015 Celebrates First Year at Pinning Ceremony

Freshmen at the Miller School were officilly welcomed into the profession of medicine at the 12th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, which included a keynote address by the ceremony’s namesake.

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Conference organizers include, from left, Stephen Symes, M.D., Rosanne Henry, Jametria Howard-Jones, SNMA President Michael Knight, a Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine student, Tynisa Harvey-Blount and Stefanie Brown, M.D.

Miller School Hosts Student National Medical Association Leadership Meeting

The Miller School and its campus chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted about 60 medical students and two dozen pre-med students attending the SNMA’s 2012 National Leadership Institute held last month at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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Miller School Offers New Master's Degree in Clinical and Translational Investigation

The Miller School is now offering a master’s degree in clinical and translational investigation to create a structured educational program that offers trainees of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds formal graduate training in the principles and practice of translational science and clinical research.

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Melissa Swain, J.D., left, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., discuss the Pathway in Health Law with student Juhi Jain.

New Pathway in Health Law Further Personalizes Medical Education

The new Medical Student Pathway in Health Law was developed to address the growing national trend of medical-legal partnerships in hospitals and health centers.

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