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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is principal investigator for the study at the Miller School.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is principal investigator for the study at the Miller School.

UM Pediatrics Selected for Research Consortium

The Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School has been selected as one of 11 organizations in a consortium that will suggest, design and participate in studies that will evaluate health care improvements in practice settings. The consortium is led by Ohio-based Battelle, an independent research and development organization, and is called the Battelle Women and Children’s Healthcare Partnership.

Under the direction of Battelle, the consortium provides access for research purposes to more than 3 million patients, including more than 1.7 million children and significant numbers of rural, low-income and minority patients.

The overall initiative under which the consortium falls is known as Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks II (ACTION II), awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Students and staff gather in a team-building huddle at the Dean’s Cup pep rally.

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Students and staff gather in a team-building huddle at the Dean’s Cup pep rally.

Dean Goldschmidt Rallies Students to Bring the Dean’s Cup Home

Medical students are generally encouraged to remain law-abiding citizens. But with the Dean’s Cup hanging in the balance, and only days before several sporting events determine whether the Miller School brings home the trophy or, heaven forbid, the UM School of Law keeps it another year, “breaking the law” is not exactly discouraged.

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Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Joins Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools

Through the leadership of Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., a national expert in health disparities, the Miller School has been admitted into Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS), a prestigious national association dedicated to improving the health of Hispanics through academic development, research initiatives and training.

Carrasquillo, associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, applied for HSHPS membership on the Miller School’s behalf after arriving here in May 2009. He will represent the school on the HSHPS board of directors and help HSHPS continue to be a significant voice in setting national policy on Hispanic health issues.

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David Birnbach, M.D.

David Birnbach, M.D.

Center for Patient Safety Earns High Praise at International Simulation Meeting

Researchers and educators from the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety (CPS) earned high praise from their colleagues at this year’s International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.

At a conference attended by more than 2,800 participants, the CPS team presented nine research projects and received a first-place award for Patient Safety Room of Horrors and a second place award for Enhancing Situational Awareness in Third-Year Medical Students Using Simulation-Based Education.

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The Pediatric Mobile Clinic is in a 47-foot bus.

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic is in a 47-foot bus.

Pediatric Mobile Clinic Wins Health Foundation Grant

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics at the Miller School has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida. The grant will be used to provide access to quality health care for Miami-Dade County children, from birth to age 21, who are either uninsured or underinsured – free of charge.

A 47-foot bus, the traveling clinic is fully equipped with three exam rooms, a laboratory/treatment area and a pharmacy. This year, clinic staff expect to have more than 2,500 medical visits/encounters with children, 97 percent of whom are uninsured and 13 percent who have special needs.

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In Memoriam

Joel S. Glaser, M.D.

Joel S. Glaser, M.D.

Neuro-Ophthalmologist Joel S. Glaser, M.D., Passes Away

One of the world’s most influential neuro-ophthalmologists and one of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s first faculty members, Joel S. Glaser, M.D., has passed away.

A graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Glaser completed his residency at Bascom Palmer and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of California in San Francisco. He joined the Bascom Palmer faculty in 1970.

Dr. Glaser practiced at Bascom Palmer for 25 years, and in 1995 left to set up a private practice with his good friend and colleague Dr. Norman Schatz. Dr. Glaser returned to Bascom Palmer in 2001 as a voluntary faculty member.

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