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Flanked by community health worker Ernesto Reyes-Arrechea, left, and Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., patient Telma Vega shows off her <em>Cariño</em> certificate.

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Flanked by community health worker Ernesto Reyes-Arrechea, left, and Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., patient Telma Vega shows off her Cariño certificate.

With Pushing, Prodding and Love, Diabetes Program Graduates Its First Class

Through most of the 11 years since Telma Vega was diagnosed with diabetes, she didn’t monitor her blood sugar, watch her diet or exercise. Now the 61-year-old Kendall resident speed walks at least an hour and 15 minutes every morning. She also reads food labels and keeps track of her markedly improved glucose level.

“I actually like walking now and I feel so much better,’’ said Vega, who credits her transformation to the support she received from Cariño, an aptly named program that celebrated its first graduating class during a December 7 luncheon at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute.

The intervention component of the NIH-funded Miami Healthy Heart Initiative study, Cariño, which means affection in Spanish, pairs community health workers, or CHWs, with Latino or Hispanic patients at Jackson’s Ambulatory Care Center who have poorly controlled diabetes and are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

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UM Trustee Stuart Miller, left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., shared the stage at the last LDI of 2011.

UM Trustee Stuart Miller, left, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., shared the stage at the last LDI of 2011.

LDI Celebrates UM Hospital’s Improvement Award

The final 2011 gathering of the quarterly Leadership Development Institute kicked off on a high note last week when Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., announced that University of Miami Hospital received one of Press Ganey’s Top Improver Awards.

The Dean shared the news by reading the award letter to UHealth leaders and managers attending the 14th LDI, and for good reason. The LDIs are designed in part to showcase and celebrate UHealth’s successes in implementing the UCare patient-centered service initiative, makingthe last one of the year the ideal forum to share the mounting evidence that the system-wide emphasis on enhancing patient satisfaction is paying off.

“University of Miami Hospital achieved this distinction by demonstrating continuous improvement in patient satisfaction performance over a two year period, and was among the top 5 percent on overall improvement in its respective database,’’ the Dean said, quoting the letter K. Robert Draughon, CEO of the nation’s largest patient survey company, sent to Anthony Degina, CEO of UMH. “Yours is one of only 18 organizations to be recognized in 2011 for attaining this outstanding level of performance.’’

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RSAP’s co-directors are, from left, Leonardo Tamariz, M.D, M.P.H., Stephen Symes, M.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H.

RSAP’s co-directors are, from left, Leonardo Tamariz, M.D, M.P.H., Stephen Symes, M.D., and Ana Palacio, M.D., M.P.H.

Resident Scholarly Activity Program Seeks New Mentors to Expand Its Success

In 2007, the Department of Medicine established the three-year Resident Scholarly Activity Program, or RSAP, to give internal medicine residents experience in the arduous research process, from developing and investigating an idea to presenting the conclusion at a national meeting or publishing it in a peer-reviewed journal.

Four years later, the program is an unqualified success, and heading toward its goal of becoming a leader in medical research education by improving the quality of research and clinically relevant questions pursued by medical residents. The proof is in the steady increase in the number of residents who have published or presented their findings, usually as part of a team with their mentors, in respected national journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, or at prestigious national conferences, such as the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session.

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