News : 2014

The National White Coat Die-In demonstration, coordinated with 70 schools nationally, took place Dec. 10 in front of the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building.

Medical Students Join National White Coat Die-In

Dozens of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students recently participated in the National White Coat Die-In in response to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

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From left, Laurence Gardner, M.D., Paolo Romanelli, M.D., Carla Maffeo, M.D., Charlotte LaSenna, Marco Romanelli, M.D., Ph.D.

Family Ties: Dermatology Programs Draw Miami and Pisa Closer Together

Five thousand miles and 1,000 years of architecture separate pre-Renaissance Pisa and modern Miami, but a pair of dermatologist brothers — born in Tuscany and raised in South Florida — has bridged the gaps between the two cities with medical conference and student-exchange program initiatives.

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Johanna Kreafle

Miller Student Receives AMA Recognition for Patient Education Initiative

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine student Johanna Kreafle recently won an American Medical Association poster competition for a novel program she co-founded that educates patients about their health in the waiting room as part of their doctor visits.

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Rotary Club of Miami members, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leadership and medical students celebrated the first Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship Pinning Ceremony at the UM Life Science and Technology Park.

Rotary Club of Miami Hosts First Scholarship Pinning Ceremony

The Rotary Club of Miami has been awarding medical students the Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship for more than 30 years, and recently they added what they hope will become an annual tradition to the program.

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Amar Deshpande, M.D.

Dr. Amar Deshpande Named Assistant Dean for Medical Education

Highly regarded as an educator by colleagues and students alike, Amar Deshpande, M.D., associate professor of medicine, is taking on a new role that will further transform medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. Deshpande has been named Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Competency Assessment, a new position that will create a coordinated continuum between undergraduate and graduate medical education

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Fourth-year medical student Jason Heffley presents his second-place poster at the Future of Medicine Symposium.

Future of Medicine Poster Symposium Highlights Student Ambition

The work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium October 9 and 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

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U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Robert C. Hendel, M.D., pay tribute to the

Florida Cardiologists Meet with Lawmakers and Congressional Staff in Washington

Robert C. Hendel, M.D., professor of medicine, radiology and interim Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, was part of a delegation of Florida cardiologists who met with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C.

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Kaitlin Young

Student Wins First Place for Fragile X Syndrome Presentation

Medical student Kaitlin Young recently won first place for her oral presentation on a novel way to diagnose patients with Fragile X Syndrome.

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Alina Perez, co-president of the Medical Parents Association, speaks to parents and incoming freshmen at the Medical Parents Orientation, which was held at the Student Activity Center August 6. Vicky Egusquiza is the co-president of the MPA.

Families Encouraged to Get Involved at Medical Parents Association Orientation

Amid the pride and excitement of sending their daughters and sons off for the first year at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, parents recently had the opportunity to see how they, too, can become a vital link in the educational experience. The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation session August 6 to welcome the Class of 2018, and to urge their families to get involved.

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Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., left, demonstrates the new ultrasound simulator for David A. Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Center for Patient Safety Reveals Advanced Ultrasound Simulator

Resident physicians will now have access to the most comprehensive ultrasound and echocardiography simulator in the Southeast region, thanks to a project spearheaded by University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital physicians, residents and leaders, and funded by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), the union that represents housestaff at UM/Jackson.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., speaks with medical students about their future.

Dean Goldschmidt Welcomes Class of 2018

In a changing healthcare climate, tomorrow’s doctors will focus on delivering preventive care to keep their patients healthy, while developing new strategies like regenerative medicine to address acute and chronic conditions, according to Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

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One skills-based exercise required team members to navigate an oversized gameboard using communication, leadership, situational monitoring and mutual support.

Inaugural Chief Resident Orientation Focuses on Skills for Success

Chief residents play many roles — leader, administrator, educator, mentor and counselor — but changes in graduate medical education are making them busier than ever before. In an effort to provide some guidance, the Miller School and Jackson Memorial Hospital recently held the first orientation specifically for new chief residents. The one-day program brought 55 of them together, representing every department in the school.

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Shailee Patel, center, receives a certificate for completing a two-year Translational Science Wound Healing Research Fellowship, from Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D., and Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., the Harvey Blank Professor and Chair of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery.

Student Researcher Honored with a Dozen Accolades in Two Years

Thanks to an inimitably successful two years of research at the Miller School, Shailee Patel can add a remarkable list of accomplishments to her curriculum vitae as she heads back to medical school to complete her fourth-year clinical rotations.

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William Burns beside his plane on an aircraft carrier deck.

Medical Student, a Former Navy Pilot, is Named UM’s First Tillman Military Scholar

William Burns, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who is entering his fourth year as a medical student, has been named the University of Miami’s first Tillman Military Scholar. The $15,000 award is given by the Pat Tillman Foundation to active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses who are pursuing higher education, and who wish to continue to be of service to others.

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Miami Model diversity program attendees.

Miami Model Program Prepares Aspiring Medical Students

Port-au-Prince native Djamel Joachin was inspired to join the medical field in the chaotic aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake. The then-engineering major traveled from Gainesville to Haiti to translate for doctors, but suddenly found himself drawing blood from patients. Attending this year’s Miami Model diversity program puts Joachin closer to his dreams of going to medical school.

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Michael Maguire consults with C.B. Wohl, M.P.H., assistant clinic director at Caridad Center.

M.D./M.P.H. Student Michael Maguire Wins National Leadership Award

Third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire, M.S., is a 2014 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s esteemed Leadership Award. The national award recognizes Maguire for his excellence in community service, advocacy and education, and includes special training to develop his skills as a future leader.

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Corey Martin, M.D., student speaker for the Miller School Class of 2014, makes the ‘U’ as he congratulates his classmates at Saturday’s medical commencement ceremony.

Class of 2014 Celebrates the End of a Journey

“We made it!” With that declaration, student speaker Corey Martin, M.D., captured the feeling of the entire Class of 2014 as the Miller School graduates received their medical degrees at the commencement ceremony held at the BankUnited Center Saturday evening.

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Marie-Denise Gervais, M.D.

Marie-Denise Gervais, M.D., Named Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity

Marie-Denise Gervais, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine and community health, has been named the Miller School’s first Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity. The new position takes effect June 1.

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Alexandra Young

Second Look Day Dazzles Class of 2018 Prospects

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” goes the old saying, but that isn’t always true. For Alexandra Young, who joined 137 other physicians-to-be in the Lois Pope LIFE Center’s Apex Auditorium on April 11 for the Miller School’s fourth annual Second Look Day, getting an up-close look at the campus was a first-time thrill.

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At the Miami CTSI’s Boot Camp, participants learn about the foundations of translational research from UM’s top investigators.

Clinical and Translational Investigation Master's Program Prepares Future Leaders in Research

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute has developed a Master’s of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation designed to provide formal graduate training to new and early stage investigators who will be prepared to deal with the challenges facing translational research.

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Richard Tiberius, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Tiberius Retirement Reception Friday, March 28

Please join us for a retirement reception to honor a true scholar, artist, and naturalist, Richard Tiberius, Ph.D., and his remarkable career in medical education, at noon on Friday, March 28, at the Louis Calder Memorial Library, History of Medicine Room.

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Dalal Eldick celebrates her OB-GYN match at Jackson Memorial Hospital with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Emotion and Pride Mark the Miller School’s 2014 Match Day

There were shouts of triumph, gasps of relief, and tears of joy as fourth-year Miller School students learned where the next chapter in their education would take them. They were called one by one to the dais and opened the sealed envelope containing the name of the residency program with which they had been matched.

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Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, whom he has introduced to countless students.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Medical Education Pioneer is a Donor for All Seasons

Over his long and distinguished career at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., revolutionized medical education around the world. He created Harvey, the world’s first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, and UMedic, an innovative computer- and web-based program, to train physicians, emergency responders and military personnel to save countless lives.

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From left are Nanette Vega, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Hilit Mechaber, M.D., and medical student Marissa Orenstein.

Dr. Hilit Mechaber Honored for Contributions to Women in Medicine

Hilit Mechaber, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Services, was honored at the 43rd University of Miami Women’s Commission Annual Breakfast, where she received the May A. Brunson Award, which is named in honor of UM’s second dean of women, who served the University from 1946 to 1970.

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From left are Arash Sayari, Christine Bokman, Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

Miami Students Without Borders Leadership Program Gets Funding to Expand Global Reach

A project led by third-year medical students Christine Bokman and Arash Sayari has received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Leadership Project award to help promote physician leaders in local and global communities most in need.

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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School Moves Up to #46 in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Demonstrating its push for excellence, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has climbed to Number 46 in the 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report.

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Joshua Cohen

Miller Student Named to Elite Group Transforming Global Health Education

Second-year medical student Joshua Cohen has been elected to join a select group of educators working to transform how health education is delivered across disciplines around the globe. As a winner of the NCLEX-RN Content Competition, Cohen will develop educational tutorials to help nursing graduates prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam.

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Paul and Swanee DiMare.

Miller School Receives Largest Medical Education Gift Ever — $6 Million in Scholarships for Medica

South Florida philanthropists Swanee and Paul J. DiMare have made a $6 million gift to support medical education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The gift, part of the $12.5 million pledged by the Paul J. DiMare Foundation to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, will fund scholarships for promising medical students.

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From left are Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., Ana Palacio, M.D., Kiera Wallace, Marie Fatil, Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D, M.S., M.A., and Ikenna Okoro.

Resident Scholarly Activity Program Helps Undergrads Become Scientists

The Resident Scholarly Activity Program (RSAP), traditionally a curriculum aimed at improving the quantity and quality of research projects pursued by residents, enrolled its first group of undergraduate students to complete an adapted model geared specifically toward their needs.

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