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Brett Van Leer-Greenberg, foreground left, and Rolla Zarifa, along with other freshmen, recite the Declaration of Geneva at the Class of 2014 John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony.

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Brett Van Leer-Greenberg, foreground left, and Rolla Zarifa, along with other freshmen, recite the Declaration of Geneva at the Class of 2014 John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony.

Freshmen Welcomed into the Medical Profession at Pinning Ceremony

Kicking off alumni weekend, the Class of 2014 was officially welcomed into the Miller School family and the medical profession Friday evening during the 11th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony, a celebration filled with pomp, circumstance, and plenty of pride.

There were cheers and a few tears of joy from picture-taking parents, friends and other loved ones as 149 members of the class, grouped with their academic societies, strode across the stage in pairs to receive the gold, orange and green pin awarded after the near-completion of the first year of medical school by an alumnus or upper classman.

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Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., ’61, looks on as Norman M. Kenyon, M.D., ’56, recounts stories about the medical school’s first graduating class at Saturday’s Alumni Banquet.

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Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., ’61, looks on as Norman M. Kenyon, M.D., ’56, recounts stories about the medical school’s first graduating class at Saturday’s Alumni Banquet.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2011 Sets Record Attendance

Alumni Weekend 2011 celebrated the Miller School of Medicine’s past, present, and future, with three days of activities dedicated to bringing together former medical school classmates. A record-breaking 400 medical alumni and friends attended seminars, ceremonies, professional workshops, and receptions, traveling from as far away as Guam and Washington State to attend.

The weekend began Friday afternoon, March 4, with a keynote address by Class of 1989 alumna Karen Koffler, M.D., on effective strategies to enhance wellbeing. A former emergency room physician, Koffler says that “a majority of ICU patients are there because what they do on a daily basis is not supportive of good health. I wanted to change that.” Dr. Koffler, who is medical director at Canyon Ranch Living – Miami Beach, highlighted 12 essential activities—from proper breathing to taking supplements—that health-conscious individuals should incorporate into their daily routines to cultivate better health and stay out of the ER.

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Alex J. Mechaber, M.D.

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. Collaborators on the grant include Purdue University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland at College Park.

Miller School and UM College of Arts and Sciences faculty will create case studies that use clinical cases to teach basic science concepts covered by the eight competencies in the SFFP report, which integrate biological concepts with underlying principles of chemistry and physics, as well as with their medical practices and biomedical research.

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From left, Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Marta Weeks-Wulf, and Kathy Vergara, M.A.

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From left, Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., Marta Weeks-Wulf, and Kathy Vergara, M.A.

Debbie School Reunion Celebrates 40 Years of Success

More than 100 alumni, parents, supporters, current and former employees and community partners attended the Debbie School’s first reunion last month, held in honor of the 50th birthday of Debra Jean Segal, the girl for whom the school at the Department of Pediatrics Mailman Center for Child Development was named.

Attendees at the February 18 gathering, which included tours, a symposium on the school’s research and a reception featuring historic photo collages and albums, celebrated the institute’s 40 years of success, and that of many of its thousands of graduates – young children with hearing impairments and other special needs who attended classes with typically developing youngsters.

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Medical students Yaima Alonso, left, and Juliet Nissan, center, hold their winning plaques after a blood drive competition with fellow classmates.

Medical students Yaima Alonso, left, and Juliet Nissan, center, hold their winning plaques after a blood drive competition with fellow classmates.

Blood Drive Competition Breaks Miller School Record

Miller School students recently completed the most successful blood drive in school history, donating 55 units of blood.

The Office of Marketing at the Miller School, in partnership with Community Blood Centers of Florida, hosted the February 9 blood drive in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, second-floor student lounge. All 12 Academic Societies and class years were represented at the competition, and team Imhotep, named after the earliest recorded physician in history, donated the most blood winning a pizza party and plaque.

Sixth Annual UM Family Night with the Marlins

In appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of the University’s employees, the president and provost will host the Sixth Annual University of Miami Family Night with the Marlins on Saturday, April 23, at Sun Life Stadium. Last year’s Family Night attracted more than 18,000 UM employees and family members, and over the years the event has become a very special annual gathering.

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Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D

Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D

Dermatology Chairman Publishes Fourth Edition of Textbook

Lawrence A. Schachner, M.D., the Harvey Blank Professor and Chair of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, has just published the fourth edition of his textbook Schachner and Hansen’s Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology. The third edition won the prestigious British Medical Association’s Book of the Year Award in 2005.

The book is considered by many as the bible of pediatric dermatology. The first definitive and best-selling textbook in this special area of dermatology, it is used worldwide by dermatologists, pediatricians and pediatric dermatologists.

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