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

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Clockwise from left, Erryn Tappy, third-year student; Robert W. Irwin, M.D.; Nikhill Bhardwaj, second-year student.

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Clockwise from left, Erryn Tappy, third-year student; Robert W. Irwin, M.D.; Nikhill Bhardwaj, second-year student.

Miller School’s SafeSpace Program Responds to LGBTQ Students’ Issues

“It’s not easy feeling you have to pretend you’re something you’re not. It’s a continual challenge, and it wears on you.”

Erryn Tappy, a third-year M.D./M.P.H. student, is talking about her sexual orientation. It is not uncommon, she says, for other students, or even faculty members, to simply assume everyone in hearing range is heterosexual and to make comments or jokes — sometimes about a student, sometimes about a patient — that are disrespectful or “heteronormative,” a term describing the belief that heterosexuality is the only “normal” or correct orientation.

“Personally, I’ve had many experiences like this,” said Tappy. “I identify as bisexual, and there have been countless occasions where I’ve been with a preceptor who assumes I’m straight, and I’m afraid to correct them. I don’t always know how they will respond and if it will affect my evaluation. I feel like I have to choose between my identity and my grades, so I pick my battles.”

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The donors and scholars at the March 7 luncheon, which was a part of Medical Alumni Weekend.

The donors and scholars at the March 7 luncheon, which was a part of Medical Alumni Weekend.

Donors and Grateful Scholars Meet at Luncheon

For Miller School medical student Cameron Pole, the Paul J. DiMare Medical Scholarship was a major factor in his decision to come to the University of Miami. Without it, the third-year student, who is specializing in ophthalmology, would have incurred major debt.

Recently, Pole was glad to have the opportunity to deliver a face-to-face “thank you” to the donor who made his Miller School education possible.

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Pap Corps Walkathon participants.

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Pap Corps Walkathon participants.

Annual Pap Corps Walkathon Draws Thousands Who Share Goal to Beat Cancer

More than 2,500 people turned out for the 15th Annual Pap Corps Walkathon, the signature event of the grassroots organization that raises money for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Most of the attendees wore the event’s signature t-shirt with the simple message, “Come Together to Beat Cancer,” as they gathered and walked a 5K course around the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, March 14.

“We bring people together to get support and to get the word out about Sylvester and finding cures for cancer,” said Joyce Brett, seven-year Pap Corps member and co-chair of the Pap Walkathon with Beverly Berkowitz.

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Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., left, and 2014-2015 FOMA President Jorge Luna, D.O.

Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., left, and 2014-2015 FOMA President Jorge Luna, D.O.

Dr. Joshua Lenchus Receives Physician of the Year Award

Adding to his career honors, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hospitalist Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., President of the Medical Staff at Jackson Health System, has received the 2015 Physician of the Year Award from the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA). Lenchus received the award during a ceremony at the organization’s 112th Annual Convention in Weston, which was attended by more than 1,000 osteopathic physicians, health care professionals and students.

FOMA’s Physician of the Year Award is given to an osteopathic physician who has made significant contributions to the osteopathic profession, to patients and to the community locally and statewide. Lenchus received this award in recognition and appreciation of his devotion as a leader, educator and role model for osteopathic physicians in Florida.

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Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., left, discusses his poster with CaneSearch poster judge Danilo Tagle, Ph.D., Associate Director for Special Initiatives, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

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Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D., left, discusses his poster with CaneSearch poster judge Danilo Tagle, Ph.D., Associate Director for Special Initiatives, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

CaneSearch Research Symposium Focuses on Translational Science and Collaboration

Fostering collaborations to advance translational research was the focus of this year’s annual CaneSearch Research Symposium, which took place March 4 on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

More than 400 faculty, students and other members of the University of Miami community attended the symposium, sponsored by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

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2015 Iron Arrow Honor Society inductees.

2015 Iron Arrow Honor Society inductees.

Iron Arrow Taps Seven from the Miller School of Medicine

The Iron Arrow Honor Society recently held its semi-annual tapping ceremony, inducting 29 new members, including seven from the Miller School of Medicine. Those tapped from the medical school are W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology; Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at University of Miami Hospital; Shailee Patel, medical student; Erryn Tappy, medical student; Denise C. Vidot, research associate; and Salih Yasin, M.D., professor and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Rupa Prasad, center, with Rick Melnyck and Yvonne Diaz, M.D.

Rupa Prasad, center, with Rick Melnyck and Yvonne Diaz, M.D.

Medical Student Wins Acceptance to National Patient Safety Conference

Rupa Prasad, a third-year student with a strong interest in the relationship between process improvement and patient safety, has been accepted to the “Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience,” a national conference being held June 8-11 in Telluride, Colo.

The annual event brings together students and professionals from across the country in an interactive format to address ethical, professional, legal and economic dilemmas regarding transparency and the growing need for effective communication skills when medical errors and adverse events occur.

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Miller School otolaryngologists and visiting Chinese surgeons, who attended the Sino-America Otology Exchange Symposium and the Second Miami Advanced Course in Temporal Bone Dissection for Chinese Otologic Surgeons in Miami.

Miller School otolaryngologists and visiting Chinese surgeons, who attended the Sino-America Otology Exchange Symposium and the Second Miami Advanced Course in Temporal Bone Dissection for Chinese Otologic Surgeons in Miami.

Chinese Surgeons Attend Otology Exchange Symposium and Surgery Training Course

A delegation of Chinese otolaryngologists attended the third annual Sino-America Otology Exchange Symposium and the Second Miami Advanced Course in Temporal Bone Dissection for Chinese Otologic Surgeons in Miami. The event is organized by Fred Telischi, M.D., professor and James R. Chandler Chair of Otolaryngology at the Miller School of Medicine, Xuezhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Otolaryngology and Director of the Center for Communications Science and Disorders, and Simon Angeli, M.D., professor of clinical otolaryngology and Director of the University of Miami Ear Institute.

This year’s symposium, held February 26 to March 1, focused on surgical education, procedures and techniques of the temporal bone. Among the wide range of activities, the visiting doctors and professors attended presentations, observed surgeries and had the opportunity to dissect temporal bones in the Miller School’s state-of-the art microsurgery laboratory. The experience included cadaveric specimens under supervision by faculty members.

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Business of Health Care Conference to Focus on Technology, Access and Efficiency

As the nation and the world work to bring new innovation to health care, the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration will host the fourth in its series of premier health care impact conferences, The Business of Health Care: Disruptive Technology, Access and Efficiency.

This one-day conference promises to offer an unparalleled opportunity for the exchange of ideas on new technology in health care, the business of health care and the impact of changes in access to health care on the business community.

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Bike the Underline on March 21 and Glimpse the Future

Everyone in the UM community and beyond is invited to Bike the Underline on Saturday, March 21, when three MetroRail stations will be abuzz with activity — including free UHealth screenings, performances by Frost School of Music students, free yoga and Zumba classes, guided bike tours, art exhibits, refreshments, and much more — all aimed at attracting and engaging cyclists along the 10-mile paved path under the Metrorail line.

Taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brickell, University, and South Miami MetroRail stations, the inaugural Bike the Underline celebration is part of Miami-Dade County’s Bike305 initiative, which began in 2013 with the designation of every March as Bike305 month. New this year, Bike the Underline will introduce residents to the dreams and plans to transform the underused stretch of pavement under the Metrorail into one of South Florida’s most iconic transportation corridors and linear parks.

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2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” Monthly Series

U Innovation, the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami, has kicked off a year-long series of monthly seminars that are focused on the commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts.

The 2015 Concept to Commercialization “C2C” seminars feature guest speakers and are free and open to all UM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students. Each seminar will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room on the first floor of the Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue. Entrepreneurs at the Life Science and Technology Park are welcome to attend.

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Health Care Design Leaders to Discuss ‘Environment and Community’ at UM School of Architecture

A dynamic field at the threshold of significant change, health care is redefining its role in relation to community. From medical kiosks to urban health districts, the design of health care environments is responding to policy, science, technology and care-delivery innovations. At the same time, chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in the U.S., and an abundance of research has shown relationships between chronic diseases and the built environment. Poised at this intersection of health care and its relationship to community in the fullest sense of the word, this colloquium provides a forum for presentation and discussion to consider current strategies and challenges, as well as new opportunities.

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UM Campuses Provide Rooms for Nursing Mothers

The University of Miami provides Nursing Mothers Rooms at each of its campuses to support faculty, staff and students. Each room provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to express milk or nurse during their time on campus. There are currently seven rooms at the Miller School of Medicine that are equipped with a comfortable chair, a small table and an electrical outlet.

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Week of Well-Being Kicks Off This Week

Get ready to transform your life through wellness with the third annual Week of Well-Being. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a variety of activities, focused on workplace wellness that will take place during the week-long event. Attendees will enjoy workshops; exercise sessions led by UM alumna and fitness enthusiast Nicole Chaplin; nutritional classes; financial education seminars; and wellness fairs featuring free massages, vision screenings courtesy of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and much more. For a complete schedule and satellite location activities, visit Week of Well-Being.

Summer Volunteer Program Applications

Would you like to have volunteers work in your department this summer? The University of Miami’s Summer Volunteer Program starts on June 8 and runs through August 7, 2015. Eligible volunteers are encouraged to complete at least six weeks of the nine-week program, committing to a minimum of 100 hours. The Office of Human Resources encourages departments to submit their completed applications by April 30. Applications will be accepted beyond this date on a rolling basis.

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Only Eight Days Left to Register for the 2015 Corporate Run/Walk!

There are only eight days left to register for this year’s Corporate Run/Walk, so lace up your running shoes and get ready for an evening of healthy fun with friends and colleagues.

The Corporate Run/Walk is a 5K (3.1-mile) race that takes place on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. around downtown Miami.

Not only will you have a great time with friends and colleagues, you will also earn 250 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal and get that much closer to earning $300.

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Get Ready for Workday by Visiting the Homepage

Visit the Workday HR homepage to learn more about the upcoming implementation of Workday — on March 26 for the Coral Gables, Rosenstiel and Miller School campuses, UHealth specialty hospitals, and satellite facilities, and on June 18 for University of Miami Hospital — and the changes that will affect you during the transition. New information about training and what you can do to prepare for implementation is posted weekly. Any questions? Just click on the FAQ button.