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From left, Nicholas Cortolillo and Chanelle Diaz, members of the first four-year M.D./M.P.H. class, discuss the program with Alex Mechaber, M.D., and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D.

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From left, Nicholas Cortolillo and Chanelle Diaz, members of the first four-year M.D./M.P.H. class, discuss the program with Alex Mechaber, M.D., and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D.

52 Students Inaugurate Four-Year M.D./M.P.H. Program

Growing up in Miami-Dade County, Chanelle Diaz saw some exemplary models of health care delivery, but mostly she noted glaring health disparities.

Diaz, a Williams College graduate who wants to “design systems to improve access to health care,” is certain she is on the best path to prepare her to be both physician and public health advocate who can help end those disparities.

That path to innovation began at the Miller School on Monday morning when Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., joined faculty and staff in welcoming Diaz and 51 other students to the University of Miami’s inaugural M.D./M.P.H. program, one of a few in the country that enable students to earn both degrees in four years rather than the five years most M.D./M.P.H. programs require.

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Judy Schaechter, M.D., center, urges parents to ask about guns, joined by, from left, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley, and gun victim Yamel Trigo.

Judy Schaechter, M.D., center, urges parents to ask about guns, joined by, from left, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley, and gun victim Yamel Trigo.

The Miller School Hosts National ASK Day to Avoid Gun Tragedies

In February 2007, 15-year-old Yamel Trigo became the kind of statistic that the June 21 observance of National ASK Day at the Miller School was designed to prevent. While Yamel snapped a photo of her cousin holding a rifle the girls mistakenly thought was unloaded, the cousin pulled the trigger. The bullet pierced Yamel’s neck, consigning her to a wheelchair.

Every day 75 children like Yamel are shot in America, 65 percent of them by firearms they found in their homes, or in the homes of a relative or friend.

Calling that statistic “America’s shame,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho gathered with the Miller School’s Judy Schaechter, M.D., professor and associate chair of pediatrics, and trauma specialists, law enforcement officials and other child advocates to encourage parents to ask parents of their children’s friends the questions that have saved countless lives since the ASK – for Asking Saves Kids – campaign launched in 2000.

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From left, Diana Molina pacifies baby Jorge, while her husband Jose holds Iker and Fabio at a news conference with Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., and Salih Yasin, M.D., on June 21.

From left, Diana Molina pacifies baby Jorge, while her husband Jose holds Iker and Fabio at a news conference with Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., and Salih Yasin, M.D., on June 21.

Three of the Molina Quints Head Home from UM/Jackson

One by one, in their baby carriers, three of the Molina quintuplets made their long-awaited debut before television cameras and newspaper photographers during a news conference with their Miller School of Medicine physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Shortly after the June 21 event, the boys headed home with their mother and father, leaving one brother and one sister behind in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for just a little while longer.

The babies were born at 29 weeks gestation on April 6 at Jackson, after their mother, Diana Molina, underwent fertility treatments in Honduras. She and her husband Jose had been trying to start a family for almost a decade.

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Preparing a mock burn victim for transport are Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics Bernardo Bernardo (left) and Manny Lozano, who with teammate Michael Ung (not pictured) earned the top score at the advanced life support competition at the Gordon Center.

Preparing a mock burn victim for transport are Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics Bernardo Bernardo (left) and Manny Lozano, who with teammate Michael Ung (not pictured) earned the top score at the advanced life support competition at the Gordon Center.

Paramedics Test Skills During Emergency Response Competition at the Miller School’s Gordon Center

Can you communicate with a deaf person, assess the trauma of a flash burn, respond to an unconscious 7-year-old or, most importantly, recognize carbon monoxide poisoning? These were just a few of the scenarios that three-member teams faced during the 18th annual Stephanie Browne Advanced Life Support Competition at the Miller School’s Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.

The crews were judged on their ability to function calmly in a tense and demanding environment, work effectively with their colleagues as a team, and act quickly with little hesitation to achieve a positive outcome for each patient. Luckily, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue achieved all of these before taking home top honors in the competition, which is named for a registered nurse and paramedic who died in 1997 after serving nearly a decade as an instructor and coordinator of emergency medical skills training at the Gordon Center.

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Seated from left are Kathryn Flavin, Lauren Reece, Niesia Williams, and Marc Sherwin. Standing from left are Ana Godur, Linda Parker, R.D., L.D., D.Sc., JoNell Potter,  A.R.N.P., Ph.D., Brian Galea, Ester Avero, Elizabeth Patberg, Alexandra Byrne, and Leo B. Twiggs, M.D.

Seated from left are Kathryn Flavin, Lauren Reece, Niesia Williams, and Marc Sherwin. Standing from left are Ana Godur, Linda Parker, R.D., L.D., D.Sc., JoNell Potter, A.R.N.P., Ph.D., Brian Galea, Ester Avero, Elizabeth Patberg, Alexandra Byrne, and Leo B. Twiggs, M.D.

OB/GYN Kicks Off Summer with Annual Scholars Program

During a June 14 breakfast at the Clinical Research Building, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology welcomed 11 students to its annual Summer Scholars program. Now in its fifth year, the program admits high school, undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in women’s health.

The goal of the program is to immerse students in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology by assigning them to a faculty mentor, who they shadow for seven weeks. Students have the opportunity to observe physicians on the labor and delivery floor at Jackson Memorial Hospital and in the operating room at University of Miami Hospital.

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New Location for Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Executive Offices

The executive offices for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have moved to the eleventh floor of the Clinical Research Building.

To reach the office of Ira Karmin, M.D., assistant professor and interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology, please call 305-689-8004. To contact the office of Ruth Srebrenik, vice chair for administration, please call 305-689-8001.

Are You Interested in a Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Safe Health District? Complete the Online Survey

The City of Miami and the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization are funding a study to assess bicycle and pedestrian mobility issues in the Health District.

The study will be used to create the Health District Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan, which will include recommendations for short- and long-term improvements to the area.

All Miller School employees and students are encouraged to participate in an online survey to provide input, which will be instrumental in the development of the Health District Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan.

The survey, which takes five to 10 minutes to complete, will close on July 11.

Early Deadline for Submissions

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the deadline for the July 5 issue of MED is Wednesday, June 29, by noon.

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