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Richard Thurer, M.D., speaks at the 26th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer.

Richard Thurer, M.D., speaks at the 26th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer.

Miller School Hosts International Lung Cancer Conference

Scores of lung cancer experts from around the world gathered at the Miller School of Medicine April 16 for the 26th International Conference on Screening for Lung Cancer. The two-day conference, a function of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), is focusing on screening research for current and former smokers, and patients who have never smoked but have been exposed to secondhand smoke and, therefore, are at risk for developing lung cancer and other diseases associated with exposure to tobacco smoke.

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center launched a lung cancer screening program in November 2011 – just as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network unveiled its recommendations for lung cancer screening guidelines – and has been selected as a screening site for another study initiative with broad implications.

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The editors are, from left, Tracie L. Miller, M.D., Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

The editors are, from left, Tracie L. Miller, M.D., Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.

Miller School Experts Publish First Book on Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome

When the Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., Tracie L. Miller, M.D., and Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., were growing up, nobody discussed, much less studied, metabolic syndrome in children. After all, the cluster of risk factors associated with an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems was found only in adults.

Now, the three pediatrics experts are the editors of what is believed to be the first comprehensive book on pediatric metabolic syndrome, which has an alarming prevalence among the growing number of overweight and obese children and adolescents across the U.S., and around the world.

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Maureen Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine, won two 2012 Paff Teaching Awards at the ceremony students hold each year to honor exceptional faculty.

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Maureen Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine, won two 2012 Paff Teaching Awards at the ceremony students hold each year to honor exceptional faculty.

Students Recognize Outstanding Teachers with 2012 Paff Awards

To pay tribute to one of the Miller School’s most memorable faculty members and recognize the outstanding faculty who uphold his spirit, students awarded 15 George Paff Teaching Awards on April 11 to faculty they admire for imparting medical education with the kind of dedication, compassion, excellence and zest Paff made famous.

Among the winners, selected by a vote of students in each class, were J. Donald Temple, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs for Latin America, who collected a record 24th Paff Award, this year from the Class of 2014, and Maureen Lowery, M.D., professor of medicine, who received two awards, one from the Class of 2014 and another from the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2015, the first Paff award bestowed by students in the new four-year dual degree program.

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Participating in the signing ceremony were, from left, David T. Tse, M.D.; Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.; Abdulla A. Al-Othman, Ph.D.; David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H.; Saleh A. Al Obeidan, M.D.; and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Participating in the signing ceremony were, from left, David T. Tse, M.D.; Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.; Abdulla A. Al-Othman, Ph.D.; David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H.; Saleh A. Al Obeidan, M.D.; and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Saudi Arabia’s Largest University Begin Collaboration

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and King Saud University’s department of ophthalmology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, are partnering in a new venture to significantly enhance ophthalmic education, clinical services and research activities for students at both universities.

Through a two-year agreement signed at Bascom Palmer on April 3, medical students and residents of KSU, the largest university in Saudi Arabia, will have access to a broad array of training and learning opportunities at Bascom Palmer, and can begin submitting applications for subspecialty electives within the next few months. Bascom Palmer also will host research fellows from KSU in its vision research laboratories.

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Kenneth Fields, Ph.D.

Kenneth Fields, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth Fields Named Interim Director of Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences

Kenneth Fields, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, who joined the Miller School faculty in 2004, has been appointed interim director of Ph.D. Programs in Biomedical Sciences.

Since 2009, Dr. Fields has served as the associate director of the program, which includes biochemistry and molecular biology, cancer biology, human genetics and genomics, microbiology and immunology, molecular cell and developmental biology, molecular and cellular pharmacology, neuroscience, and physiology and biophysics.

“Ken’s commitment to graduate education, impressive research in discovery science, and continued service to the University make him well-equipped to lead PIBS,” said William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for research, research training, and innovative medicine, and chief executive officer for research.

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Jametria Howard-Jones, left, who collected the Miller School's diversity award, is pictured with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., and Tajh Ferguson, president of the Miller School chapter of SNMA.

Jametria Howard-Jones, left, who collected the Miller School's diversity award, is pictured with former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., and Tajh Ferguson, president of the Miller School chapter of SNMA.

Miller School Honored for Excellence in Diversity

The Miller School has been recognized again for its unwavering commitment to diversity, this time earning the Student National Medical Association’s award for Diversity in Medicine: Excellence in Institutional Diversity.

“I am proud of this wonderful accomplishment and feel so grateful to have entrusted my medical education and training to an institution that embraces cultural awareness and competence among its entire student body,” said Jametria Howard-Jones, a second-year student and regional director of the SNMA who nominated the Miller School for the award presented at the organization’s Annual Medical Education Conference in Atlanta, April 4-8.

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Prospective students who returned to the Miller School for a second look listen to a presentation.

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Prospective students who returned to the Miller School for a second look listen to a presentation.

Potential Students Take a Second Look at the Miller School

Just before 9 a.m. on Friday, April 13, prospective medical students, many of them accompanied by their parents, filed into the Miller School’s Lois Pope LIFE Auditorium for the start of Second Look Day, when students who have been accepted to multiple schools revisit the ones on their short list. Greeting them on the projection screen was the phrase summarizing why they should choose the Miller School: “A tradition of compassionate service, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.”

Though much of the morning focused on the high value and clinical excellence of a Miller School education, faculty members, administrators, current students and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., brought the projected words to life by showing how deeply committed the Miller School is to caring for underserved people in its back yard and beyond.

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Support Sylvester: Call or Email Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott holds the key to ensuring that $7.5 million in state funding is allocated to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – funds that will be essential to continue growing Sylvester into a world-class cancer center for our community.

Thanks to the persistence of advocates, this important appropriation was included in the budget recently adopted by the Florida Legislature. The Governor’s action in the coming days will be critical in determining whether or not Florida takes an important step toward tackling cancer.

Show your support for Sylvester by contacting Governor Rick Scott at 850-488-7146 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

When you call, ask him to please approve the state funding in the budget for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, because our community deserves a world-class cancer center, which also serves as a medical destination throughout Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Once you have contacted Governor Scott, please email Jacqueline Fernandez, government relations coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to keep us informed on this advocacy effort.

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Rochelle “Shelly” Baer, LCSW

Rochelle “Shelly” Baer, LCSW

ACCESS Miami Guide Now Available at the Miller School

The latest edition of ACCESS Miami, a free local resource guide designed to help people with physical or sensory disabilities navigate Miami-Dade County, is now available at the Miller School’s Mailman Center for Child Development, suite 2035A, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

If you have ever wondered how to get from the boardwalk to the beach in a wheelchair, how to modify a home to accommodate a disability, or what transportation services are available for the disabled in Miami-Dade County, ACCESS Miami’s new fourth edition is for you.

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The UHealth Travel Clinic is open to the public and UM employees by appointment.

The UHealth Travel Clinic is open to the public and UM employees by appointment.

UHealth Travel Medicine Clinic Opens

Starting today, the UHealth Travel Medicine Clinic is open to UM faculty and staff, and their dependents, who need itinerary-specific medical advice and vaccinations for any travel, including business, personal or educational trips.

Clinic personnel are trained to administer country-appropriate immunizations, give advice on health concerns endemic to any country, and provide detailed prevention strategies for insect-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese B encephalitis, and food and water-borne illnesses, such as traveler’s diarrhea and high-altitude sickness.

Clinic visits are by appointment only, and although not required, it is advisable to schedule your appointment four to six weeks prior to your departure to allow for vaccines that are not immediately effective, or require multiple doses.

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