News : 2013

Rimsky Denis

New Executive Director of DOCS Promises “A Life of Service” to Underserved

Talk to Rimsky Denis for five minutes, and you can’t help but be moved by his passion. The fourth-year medical student already has dedicated nearly a decade to bettering the lives of medically underserved populations in South Florida and around the world. And now as Executive Director of DOCS, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the student-run organization.

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Incident Reporting System Expands to Advance Professionalism Campus-Wide

The Miller School’s Physicianship Incident Reporting System, an information gathering database that for eight years has provided systematic feedback on professional behavior to students, has been expanded to include faculty, residents and staff. The system also serves as a direct link to leadership and administrators to inform them of conduct unbecoming of academic, community and future physicians or other professionals.

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Kartik Telukuntla, center, receives the Chairman’s Recognition Award from Florida Board of Medicine members Onelia G. Lage, M.D., and Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.

Medical Student Honored as Future Leader

Adding to a burgeoning list of accomplishments, fourth-year medical student Kartik Telukuntla has received the prestigious Chairman’s Recognition Award from the Florida Board of Medicine. Presented August 2 by Chairman Zachariah P. Zachariah, M.D., the award recognizes Telukuntla for embodying the characteristics essential to becoming a leader in the medical profession.

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Students of the Class of 2017 listen intently as Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes them to their first day of class.

Miller School's Class of 2017 Arrives

With the U.S. healthcare system in transition, tomorrow’s physicians will increasingly focus on delivering preventive care, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, told the 150 members of the Miller School’s M.D. Class of 2017 at orientation on Monday.

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Doug Borst listens to AAFP board member Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., at a Family Medicine Interest Group workshop. <em>Photo courtesy of the AAFP</em>

Medical Student Lobbies for Improved Primary Care Access at National Conference

At the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference, fourth-year Miller School medical student Douglas T. Borst presented a successful resolution for improving patient access and was elected the national student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

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Early Registration Available Through August 1 for 6th Annual Chair Summit

Early registration for the 6th annual Chair Summit, scheduled for September 26-28 at the Westin Tampa Harbor Island, is available online through August 1.

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The founders of the University's unique Industrial Ph.D. program are, from left, Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Zafar Nawaz, Ph.D., and Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Launches First Online Industrial Ph.D. Degree

Leading the University of Miami into the next frontier of education, the Miller School’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has established a unique degree program that will enable industry and government scientists to remain on the job – and in their labs – while earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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From left, nursing students Paola Barragan and Jose Centurian and medical student and team leader Christie Thomas look for errors in the Room of Horrors.

First Joint Patient Safety Course Brings Medical and Nursing Students Together

Already a national model for teaching patient safety to medical students, the Miller School, in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Health Studies, launched what likely will be another trend last week, bringing nursing and medical students together for the University’s first joint patient safety course.

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Sarah Eidelson, left, and Stephanie Adamczak review case scenarios before entering an OSCE station, as Ara Darakjian, second from right, and Steve Engel await their turn.

Medical Students Celebrate ‘Important Benchmark’ at 18th Annual OSCE Exercises

The talents of all 155 third-year Miller School students were put to the test this month at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, where they participated in the 18th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the students’ clinical skills. Nearly 80 faculty members from six departments served as faculty evaluators for the assessment.

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Members of the SHHADE team are, from left, Rimsky Denis, M.P.H., Karan Srivastava, Onyinye Ugorji, and Chaitanya Vadlamudi.

M.D./M.B.A. Students Create Winning Healthcare Business Model

Four Miller School M.D./M.B.A. students have gained local and national attention for their inspired business venture SHHADE — Supplying Home Healthcare Alternatives and Dedicated Education — a mobile medical service designed to reduce healthcare costs to insurers by providing in-home primary care to patients who overuse hospital and emergency services.

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Student Marshal Joseph Esterson, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, leads the commencement procession.

Miller School Awards Medical Degrees to the Class of 2013

With great exuberance and pride, and a huge sigh of relief, graduates of the Miller School of Medicine’s Class of 2013 took the Hippocratic Oath and were awarded their diplomas at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, at BankUnited Center. The graduation program marked the end of four years of intense medical education, preparing the 187 graduates to be physicians.

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Among the M.D./M.P.H. students who received Global Health Scholar Awards are, from left, Rachita Sood, Chase Socha, Priyanka Mehrotra, Michelle Picon, and Stephanie Blankenship.

Twenty M.D./M.P.H. Students Receive Global Health Scholar Awards

The Department of Public Health Sciences has awarded almost $40,000 in Global Health Scholar Awards to 20 M.D./M.P.H. students in the Class of 2016 who will explore a variety of public health issues in 13 different countries on four continents this summer.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, and James M. Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., discuss the importance of sun safety at the SunSmart 5K Run/Walk.

SunSmart 5K Run/Walk Helps Save Lives Through Prevention, Screening and Education

As the sun ascended over Key Biscayne streaming wisps of pink and orange across the sky, Miller School students, faculty and staff geared up for this year’s SunSmart 5K Run/Walk to promote sun safety and raise funds for melanoma research.

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Marie-Denise Gervais, M.D., accepts the Class of 2014's Paff Award as class member Paige Helmick, left, and Class President Sabrina Taldone, right, look on. To view more photos of this year's Paff Awards, click <a href=here" />

Outstanding Teachers Recognized with 2013 Paff Awards

Passion, dedication, patience and a sense of humor were recurring themes for recipients of the 2013 George Paff Teaching Awards. At a luncheon on April 30, Miller School students passed out 15 of the annual awards to faculty they laud as the best in their field — teachers with the same memorable traits that distinguished the late Dr. Paff.

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Jason Wagner, from the University of Florida, gives the Miller School's Second Look Day a thumbs-up.

Potential Members of Class of 2017 Return to the Miller School for a Second Look

Hazel Asumu already was leaning heavily toward UM for her medical education, but after spending the morning of Friday, April 12, hearing Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and members of the education team talk about what makes the Miller School extraordinary, the Duke University graduate was certain. “I’m definitely coming here,” she said. “It’s awesome. I can tell the faculty are really involved and invested in the students.”

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Thomas Hughes, center, receives the AAN Minority Scholarship from John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the American Brain Foundation's Board of Trustees, left, and Charles Flippen, M.D., Chair of the AAN Foundation's Minority Scholars Program.

Miller School Students Shine at American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

Three Miller School students were recognized at the American Academy of Neurology 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Thomas Hughes is the first Miller School student to be awarded the AAN Minority Scholarship, while Christine Greer received the AAN SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology) Scholarship, and Kevin Fu was recognized for his superior work and statistical analysis on the project he shared with Hughes.

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From left are Eric Weiss, Jessica Li, Gaurav Singh, Rep. Eduardo Gonzalez, Jenna Bordelon, Laura Stone, and Richa Taneja.

UM Medical Students Meet State Legislators for FMA Legislative Visit Day

Six Miller School students joined medical school classmates from across the state for the Florida Medical Association’s Legislative Visit Day at the Florida State Capitol.

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At the airway workshop, medical students John Collazo, left, and Nicholas Cortolillo observe while Chase Knickerbocker practices patient ventilation using a bag valve mask.

Miller School Hosts Emergency Medicine Symposium

More than 50 students from five medical schools across South Florida gathered on the Miller School campus this month to learn more about emergency medicine from leaders in the field at the second annual Southeast Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium.

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Amar Mandalia celebrates his internal medicine residency at Emory University.

Class of 2013 Celebrates Match Day Successes with Cheers and Tears

With hearts pounding, pulses racing, palms sweating and tears of relief flowing, members of the Class of 2013 bounded up on stage and, each in their own way, shared where they’ll spend the next three to seven years of their training – and likely their lives. Matthew Markert sang “I’m going to Kansas City,” when he tore open the envelope and saw his No. 1 choice, a neurology residency at the University of Kansas.

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Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, pins the Courvoisier Society's Shadi Damanpour.

2013 Freshman Pinning Ceremony Celebrates First-Year Students and Their Families

With high-fives, hugs, handshakes and big sighs of relief, 195 members of the Class of 2016 celebrated the near-completion of their first year of medical school during the 13th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, a now-cherished tradition named in honor of Dean Emeritus John G. Clarkson, M.D., a member of the Class of 1968.

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Event co-chairs Rujuta Pandya, left, and Lydia Fein present President Shalala with a Women’s Health Awareness Week t-shirt.

Miller School Student Groups Promote Women’s Health During Women’s Health Awareness Week

In celebration of the third annual Women’s Health Awareness Week at the Miller School, the Women’s Health Interest Group, in partnership with the Preventive Medicine Club, OB-GYN Interest Group, and American Medical Women’s Association, hosted a series of events supporting the cause, which concluded with a Health Education and Resource Fair in Alamo Park.

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Laura Stone, center, receives the Leadership Award from, at left, the AMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer James L. Madara, M.D., Foundation President Clarence Chou, M.D., and President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., and Jack B. Watters, M.D., Vice President for External Medical Affairs at Pfizer Inc.

AMA Foundation Honors Miller School Student With National Leadership Award

Third-year medical student Laura Stone is one of only 20 recipients of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award. The national award recognizes exceptional medical professionals — medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians — who positively influence healthcare beyond the practice of medicine.

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RSAP team members are, from left, Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., M.P.H., Deidre T. Campbell, Stephen Symes, M.D., M.P.H. and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H.

Resident Scholarly Activity Program Publishes First Paper Outlining Scholarly Success

Members of the Miller School’s Resident Scholarly Activity Program (RSAP) have published their first paper, which appeared in February’s AAIM Perspectives, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s section of the American Journal of Medicine.

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Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., addressing incoming freshmen, says the Miller School will add more small-group teaching rooms.

Miller School of Medicine Unveils Innovative Medical Education Program

The Miller School of Medicine is in the process of developing a new medical education strategy with an innovative approach to training future physicians. “We are adopting an interactive self-directed learning model to augment the traditional lecture,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy.

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Stephen Symes, M.D., right, talks to visiting medical students at the SNMA Regional Medical Education Conference.

UM SNMA Chapter Tackles Health Disparities and Community Health at Annual Conference

er the theme “Melting Pot of Modern Medicine: Exploring Cultural and Sociopolitical Barriers Within the Practice of Medicine,” the University of Miami chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted its Region IV Regional Medical Education Conference in November, bringing together more than 150 medical and pre-medical students from across the United States and the Caribbean.

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