e-Update: News for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty and Staff

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From left, nursing students Paola Barragan and Jose Centurian and medical student and team leader Christie Thomas look for errors in the Room of Horrors.

From left, nursing students Paola Barragan and Jose Centurian and medical student and team leader Christie Thomas look for errors in the Room of Horrors.

First Joint Patient Safety Course Brings Medical and Nursing Students Together

Already a national model for teaching patient safety to medical students, the Miller School, in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Health Studies, launched what likely will be another trend last week, bringing nursing and medical students together for the University’s first joint patient safety course.

The weeklong Interprofessional Patient Safety Course uses realistic but simulated patient encounters with mannequins and actors to improve “situational awareness” and nurture the mutual respect and communication and team-building skills the future doctors and nurses will need to prevent errors and improve patient outcomes in the real world.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Conduct First-of-Its-Kind Screening for Underage Drinking

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences in the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, has been awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test the validity of a two-question screening survey designed to identify underage drinking among children and teenagers.

The first study of its kind, “Multisite Evaluation of a Brief Screener for Underage Drinking,” will screen 1,200 students – 400 sixth-graders, 400 eighth-graders and 400 10th-graders – from public schools in Miami-Dade County and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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From left, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., thanks Richard Bookman, Ph.D., for his service as Chair of the Biomedical Research Advisory Council, as Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., the newly-elected Chair, looks on.

From left, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong, M.D., thanks Richard Bookman, Ph.D., for his service as Chair of the Biomedical Research Advisory Council, as Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., the newly-elected Chair, looks on.

Daniel Armstrong Succeeds Richard Bookman as Chair of Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council

Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics, has been elected Chair of the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council (BRAC). Armstrong, who represents the American Cancer Society on the BRAC, succeeds Richard Bookman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Program Development and Science Policy at the Miller School, who served as BRAC Chair since 2006.

“Biomedical research on cancer and tobacco-related illnesses benefits Floridians in many ways,” said Armstrong. “It helps us recruit the investigators who can change the future of these diseases, creates collaborations across the state, and ultimately, and most importantly, improves the lives and health of those who are affected or might be affected by these diseases.” He praised Bookman for his many years of service in the role. “Richard chaired the BRAC during a critical time as biomedical research was building in Florida. He is a visionary leader, passionate about the research mission in Florida, and has left a solid foundation for us as we move forward.”

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Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D.

Jay S. Skyler, M.D., and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D.

Miller School Experts Suggest Broader Definition for Type 1 Diabetes in JAMA Editorial

In an editorial published June 19 in The Journal of the American Medical Association, two of the Miller School’s top diabetes researchers suggest that it may be time to broaden the definition of type 1diabetes “to include a pre-diabetic state.”

Co-authored by Jay S. Skyler, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and psychology and Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute, and Jay M. Sosenko, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics, and epidemiology, and Director of the M.D./M.P.H. program, the editorial, “The Evolution of Type I Diabetes,” accompanies the first longitudinal study of its kind to show that children who develop at least two autoantibodies to type 1 diabetes have a high probability of progressing to the disease within 10 to 15 years.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Miller School’s UTI Expert Finds Promising Avenues for Research in New Study

A new study further supporting the use of topical vaginal estrogen therapy to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in postmenopausal women takes “an important step forward” and suggests intriguing new avenues for research on the common bacterial infection that afflicts millions of women every year, according to an editorial in the journal Science Translational Medicine co-authored by the Miller School’s Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

One of the nation’s leading clinical authorities on UTI, Hooton, professor of clinical medicine and Associate Chief of Staff for the Medical Service at the Miami VA Healthcare System, was invited with Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D., a basic scientist at Washington University whose work with a mouse model of UTI led to important new insights into the pathophysiology of UTI, to weigh in on the study published June 19 in the prestigious journal of The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Their editorial, “Estrogen and Recurrent UTI: What Are the Facts?” was published in the same issue.

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The cardiology clinic in Deerfield Beach is open on Fridays by appointment.

The cardiology clinic in Deerfield Beach is open on Fridays by appointment.

UHealth Opens New Cardiology Clinic at Sylvester at Deerfield Beach

UHealth is now offering its world-renowned cardiology services to patients in Deerfield Beach.

Led by Robert C. Hendel, M.D., professor of medicine and Director of Outpatient Services for the Cardiovascular Division, the Cardiology Clinic at Deerfield Beach offers a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation and a full range of non-invasive cardiac testing, such as stress testing, Holter monitoring, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

The Cardiology Clinic is located within the Sylvester at Deerfield Beach facility at 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, and is available by appointment only on Fridays.

For more information or to make an appointment, call UHealth Connect, 305-243-CARE (2273), your dedicated employee appointment line.

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UMMG Wins High Performance Award for Physician Practice

The University of Miami Medical Group has won an award recognizing physician practice performance excellence. The Clinical Activity Suite Performer Award was presented by the UHC-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center at the annual conference held in Chicago on June 13.

UHC, University HealthSystem Consortium, is an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers focused on delivering world-class patient care. Working with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), UHC has developed the Faculty Practice Solutions Center, a web-based tool that provides clinical activity and revenue cycle performance data to support faculty practice.

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Early Deadline for Submissions

The submission deadline for the July 8 issue of e-Update is Wednesday, July 2, at noon. The University will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, July 4.

For inclusion in the July 8 issue, please send all requests to update@med.miami.edu by noon.