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Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School of Medicine, Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Miller School Moves Up to #46 in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Demonstrating its push for excellence, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has climbed to Number 46 in the 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Under the leadership of Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of the University of Miami Health System, the Miller School has moved up from a Number 56 ranking in 2006 – a rise of 10 positions in the past eight years.

“Our climb in the national rankings reflects the improving caliber of our medical students, master’s students and Ph.D. (research) students, the advances in our education curriculum and the world-class quality of our researchers and educators,” said Goldschmidt. “We are deeply committed to excellence in all aspects of the Miller School’s mission, including education, research and clinical care.”

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At the 2014 Freshman Pinning Ceremony, Dean Goldschmidt tells first-year students: “Always put the needs of the patient first.”

At the 2014 Freshman Pinning Ceremony, Dean Goldschmidt tells first-year students: “Always put the needs of the patient first.”

First-Year Students Honored at 2014 Freshman Pinning Ceremony

With their proud families and friends looking on, nearly 200 Miller School students in the Class of 2017 were honored on Friday evening, March 7, at the 14th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony. First-year members of the School’s 15 academic societies lined up at the dais, and as each name was called, the student walked across the platform and received a special pin.

The ceremony, named in honor of Dean Emeritus John G. Clarkson, M.D. ’68, takes place after students have completed more than a full semester of medical school. It welcomes them into the medical profession and into the Miller School “family.” This year, the ceremony was one of the kickoff events to Medical Alumni Weekend. Brian Simmons, a third-year student, and Priyanka Debna and Richa Taneja, both second-year students, were the ceremony directors and introduced the speakers.

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Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., left, and Mark T. O’Connell, M.D., right, congratulate Mike Kelley on being tapped for the Iron Arrow in a ceremony held on the Schoninger Quadrangle.

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Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., left, and Mark T. O’Connell, M.D., right, congratulate Mike Kelley on being tapped for the Iron Arrow in a ceremony held on the Schoninger Quadrangle.

Iron Arrow Taps Six From Miller School

On March 5, six highly respected Miller School clinicians, researchers, administrators and students were tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest award at the University of Miami.

The six tappees were Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Adam Crosland, M.D./M.P.H. student; Duane G. Hutson, M.D., professor of surgery; Michael Kelley, Executive Director for Strategic Operations at Bascom Palmer; and Joe Natoli, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Miller School and UHealth, and UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

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Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., second from right, accepts the Florida Heart Research Institute Award, with colleagues, from left, Roberto I. Vazquez-Padron, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology, and Keith Webster, Ph.D.

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., second from right, accepts the Florida Heart Research Institute Award, with colleagues, from left, Roberto I. Vazquez-Padron, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology, and Keith Webster, Ph.D.

Dr. Lina Shehadeh Recognized for Innovative Cardiovascular Research

Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division, has been recognized for her outstanding dedication to the mission of the Florida Heart Research Institute in the area of research.

Kathleen DuCasse, Chief Executive Officer at Florida Heart Research Institute (FHRI), presented Shehadeh with the award in recognition of her innovative RNA research at the institute’s March 5 annual meeting at the Sabadell Financial Center in Miami.

In presenting the award, DuCasse said Shehadeh and her research team have advanced the institute’s mission of supporting programs that can be translated into therapeutic applications for cardiovascular disease. Shehadeh’s research on using microRNA and RNA aptamer molecules in regulating cardiovascular events such as cholesterol, heart failure, and stem cell differentiation, constitutes a program that aims for discovery of novel therapeutic molecules.

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Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen

Miller Student Named to Elite Group Transforming Global Health Education

Second-year medical student Joshua Cohen has been elected to join a select group of educators working to transform how health education is delivered across disciplines around the globe. As a winner of the NCLEX-RN Content Competition, a collaboration between Khan Academy, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Cohen will develop educational tutorials to help nursing graduates prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam.

“This is a great honor, and we are very proud of Josh,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and associate professor of medicine. “Josh’s work at the Khan Academy will be very helpful as we embark on our own new innovative educational initiatives.”

The partnering organizations launched the international competition last fall to generate interest among health profession students, faculty, and practitioners in creating innovative healthcare tutorials with videos and exercises, which will be made available for free through the Khan Academy website.

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Second Annual Week of Well-Being Gets Underway

The second annual Week of Well-Being, presented by Fidelity Investments, kicked off yesterday and runs through Friday, April 11. Featuring five days of wellness-related events, this year’s line-up is an impressive array of activities that will transform the way faculty, staff and students think about their overall wellness.

Among the events you won’t want to miss on Tuesday, April 8, is an engaging lecture on men’s health by Bruce Kava, M.D., associate professor of clinical urology, at 11 a.m. and an insightful presentation on clearing the clutter and getting organized by UM alumna Meryl Starr from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bascom Palmer’s Jose Berrocal Auditorium.

Faculty, staff and students also can take advantage of a free five-day trial pass to the Fitness and Wellness Center and enjoy several complimentary fitness classes, as well as yoga on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

For a complete schedule of Week of Well-Being activities and to watch live streaming events, visit miami.edu/wellcanes.

Last Day to Pick Up Tickets for Family Night with the Miami Marlins is March 26

In appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of its employees, the University of Miami will host Family Night with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 5, at Marlins Park in Little Havana. Playing their third season in their new 37,000-seat ballpark, the Marlins will take on the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m. The last day to pick up tickets on the medical campus is Wednesday, March 26. Tickets may be picked up on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every regular and contract employee can receive one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for $1 each. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Each ticket comes with a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink or bottle of water.

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UMIT Security Solutions—Phishing: Don’t Get Hooked!

Can you protect yourself from getting hooked? Phishing is the act of sending a fraudulent email claiming to represent a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to retrieve private information from the user, including passwords, account details, and other personal information. Criminals are always on the hunt for new targets and the University of Miami is no exception. Like many institutions, we have had several reports of phishing emails targeting our faculty, students and staff. The University of Miami Information Technology department is working hard to provide solutions to defend and block these threats from reaching your mailbox, but we must all remain highly vigilant against these targeted emails.

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22nd Annual Florida Bioethics Conference Set for April 4

The University of Miami Ethics Programs will host its 22nd annual spring conference in conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network on Friday, April 4, at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive.

The educational program — one of the oldest and largest conferences in the country dedicated to ethics in healthcare — will feature presentations on recent brain death controversies, military medicine, pediatric health disparities, concussion and sports, the Affordable Care Act, and clinical professionalism in healthcare.

The conference is made possible by leading regional hospitals and other healthcare institutions that have identified professional development in ethics as an essential component of high-quality practice. These include UHealth (University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics), Jackson Health System; the Miami VA Healthcare System and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

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Doris Ugarriza

Doris Ugarriza

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Nurse Educator and Researcher Opens Doors for Others

UM alumna Doris Ugarriza, senior associate dean for academic programs at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, shows her gratitude by giving back to her alma mater. Tell us why you support the U, or about a colleague who does.

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