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Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., addressing incoming freshmen, says the Miller School will add more small-group teaching rooms.

Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., addressing incoming freshmen, says the Miller School will add more small-group teaching rooms.

Miller School of Medicine Unveils Innovative Medical Education Program

The Miller School of Medicine is in the process of developing a new medical education strategy with an innovative approach to training future physicians. “We are adopting an interactive self-directed learning model to augment the traditional lecture,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy. “This is a dramatic change that will allow us to teach medical students more effectively and efficiently and to deliver our graduate medical education programs to a much wider group of physicians.”

Under the new model, Miller School faculty would serve as facilitators, coaches and guides, leading small-group, case-based learning sessions following online or in-person presentations in that curriculum. Gardner added that the School is already beginning to implement some aspects of the proposed program, which will be rolled out gradually as additional resources are identified.

Read more and watch a video of Dr. Gardner describing the medical education program »

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Joan Muir, Ph.D.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Joan Muir, Ph.D.

Unique UM Family Intervention Gets $6 Million for New York City Outreach

Brief Strategic Family Therapy, the UM-developed family intervention designed to help prevent serious behavior problems and drug use in children, is one of five treatment models that have been designated for funding by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.

Developed by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Center for Family Studies, the BSFT model received $6 million to be implemented in all five boroughs of New York City starting this year.

Under the leadership of Szapocznik and Joan Muir, Ph.D., associate director of the BSFT Institute, the 12- to 16-week program offers a cost-effective, evidence-based, family-focused intervention that has gained international attention for its success in promoting positive family interactions and reducing drug use and delinquency in children.

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Myles Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., left, and Efren Manjarrez, M.D.

Myles Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., left, and Efren Manjarrez, M.D.

Department of Medicine Names Two New Division Chiefs

The Miller School’s Department of Medicine has two new division leaders, with the appointments of Myles Wolf, M.D., M.M.Sc., associate professor of medicine, as Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Efren Manjarrez, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, as Interim Chief of Hospital Medicine.

“I am delighted that Dr. Wolf and Dr. Manjarrez have accepted their new leadership roles in the Department of Medicine,” said Mauro Moscucci, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Medicine and Chief of the Cardiovascular Division. “They both bring tremendous expertise in their own fields. Dr. Wolf is perfectly poised to successfully lead the Nephrology Division toward further expansion and consolidation of its premiere position in research, clinical care and transplant at a national and international level. Dr. Manjarrez brings major expertise in patient safety, quality improvement and continuity of care. He will continue to foster the academic and clinical growth of the Division of Hospital Medicine, while working closely with the hospitals, other divisions and departments on the development of a fully integrated and seamless delivery of clinical care.”

Read more about Drs. Wolf and Manjarrez »

David S. Greenfield, M.D.

David S. Greenfield, M.D.

Dr. David S. Greenfield Elected Vice President of the American Glaucoma Society

David S. Greenfield, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Program at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, has been elected Vice President of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS). He will represent the more than 1,000 clinician and scientist members as they work to further enhance the society’s heritage as the leading glaucoma subspecialty organization and its mission to promote excellence in glaucoma patient care and preserve vision by supporting the advancement of education and research.

Appointed by the AGS Board of Directors, Greenfield assumed the two-year post January 1. His service as Vice President will be followed by a two-year term as President.

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Murray Levin and Joan Scheiner

Murray Levin and Joan Scheiner

Esman Foundation Pledges Support to Sylvester

The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation has made a pledge of $450,000 to support UHealth’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School.

The first of five annual payments of $90,000 was received on November 30, 2012, in the lobby of the cancer center by Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors. Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, Executive Director Murray Levin said, “Our mission is to help in any way we can.”

Mrs. Scheiner, a cancer survivor, thanked Levin for the pledge, saying, “It will make a difference in discovering new therapies to ease the burden of cancer for patients not only in South Florida, but across our region.”

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Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to Meet at UMH Next Week

The University of Miami Ethics Programs are proud to announce that the twelfth meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will be held at University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Center beginning Monday, January 14, at 9 a.m. During the two-day meeting, which is open to the public and may be viewed remotely via live webcast, the commission is expected to finalize its conclusions and recommendations for developing an ethical framework to assess pre-event pediatric medical countermeasure research, a project that it undertook at the request of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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