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Students of the Class of 2017 listen intently as Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes them to their first day of class.

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Students of the Class of 2017 listen intently as Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes them to their first day of class.

Miller School’s Class of 2017 Arrives

With the U.S. healthcare system in transition, tomorrow’s physicians will increasingly focus on delivering preventive care, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, told the 150 members of the Miller School’s M.D. Class of 2017 at orientation on Monday. They join the 48 members of the M.D./M.P.H. Class who began their M.P.H. coursework in June as part of their dual-degree program.

“Your job as physicians will be to keep people in good health, while being able to deal with medical problems when things don’t go right,” Goldschmidt said. “That’s a dramatic difference from the past, and you will be leaders in managing that transition.”

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Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

Miller School Offers Brain Cancer Vaccine to Recurrent Cases

A revolutionary brain cancer vaccine clinical trial once limited to patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme is now offered to UHealth patients with a recurrent brain tumor. As in the original study, the patient’s own tumor cells are used to develop the vaccine that is designed to target the immune system, offering hope to those with the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, is leading the trial only available in Florida at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We’re taking the same principle behind the original vaccine and now examining how it works in patients who have had their tumor return,” said Komotar.

The heat shock protein vaccine (HSPPC-96) is created using the patient’s tumor cells and is designed to target the immune system, activating a patient-specific T cell response, without injuring normal neural and glial structures.

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Doug Borst listens to AAFP board member Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., at a Family Medicine Interest Group workshop. <em>Photo courtesy of the AAFP</em>

Doug Borst listens to AAFP board member Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., at a Family Medicine Interest Group workshop. Photo courtesy of the AAFP

Medical Student Lobbies for Improved Primary Care Access at National Conference

At the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference, fourth-year Miller School medical student Douglas T. Borst presented a successful resolution for improving patient access and was elected the national student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

In addition to workshops on career planning, clinical skills and practice management, the August 1-3 conference with a theme of healthcare transformations offered the opportunity to meet representatives from the nation’s best family medicine residency programs. For Borst, who is also pursuing his M.P.H. at the Miller School, the conference was also a gateway to medical policy and a chance to help thousands of Americans gain access to care.

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2013 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns are, back row, from left, Kevin Clark, Kassala Collington, Sachin Parekh, and Michael Ivory, and front row, from left, Julie Luo, Briana Ramirez, Tiffanie Henriquez, and Isabelle Csete.

2013 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Interns are, back row, from left, Kevin Clark, Kassala Collington, Sachin Parekh, and Michael Ivory, and front row, from left, Julie Luo, Briana Ramirez, Tiffanie Henriquez, and Isabelle Csete.

Hussman Institute Hosts Gifted High School Students for JJ Vance Memorial Internship

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the Miller School hosted eight high school interns for the 2013 JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in the Biological and Computational Sciences, which offers rising seniors from Miami-area high schools a unique opportunity to be directly involved in scientific research.

The interns, selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of nearly 60 students representing 24 high schools, spent eight intense weeks working alongside faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and staff at the Hussman Institute, where they assisted with ongoing research and worked with mentors on their own individual projects.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and UM Trustee Stuart Miller cross the finish line at the 2012 Dolphins Cycling Challenge.

Get Half Off Dolphins Cycling Challenge Registration by Joining Team UM Sylvester

The University of Miami will pay half of the $150 registration fee for faculty and staff who sign up to ride in the fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge as part of Team UM Sylvester. The offer does not apply if you register with another team.

To take advantage of this special offer, send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number.

The 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge, a two-day tri-county cycling event that benefits the lifesaving research and treatment programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is scheduled for November 2 and 3, with routes ranging from 13 to 170 miles.

More than 1,400 cyclists participated in last year’s ride, raising $2.2 million. Shira Kastan, assistant vice president of government and community relations, and Bill Kingston, executive director of development at Sylvester, are spearheading UM’s efforts for this year’s DCC.

August Savings and Activities at UM Life Science & Technology Park

The University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, at the corner of NW 7th Avenue and 20th Street, has exclusive specials and events lined up for August.

View August specials and activities at the LSTP »