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

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., James E. McGuigan, M.D., Laurie Cassel Libros, Karen Carter, Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. Seated, Baharak Moshiree, M.D., M.S.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., James E. McGuigan, M.D., Laurie Cassel Libros, Karen Carter, Maria T. Abreu, M.D., Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. Seated, Baharak Moshiree, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Baharak Moshiree Honored with the Chester Cassel Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology

At a ceremony before her friends, colleagues, and Miller School of Medicine leadership, Baharak Moshiree, M.D., M.S., Director of Motility in the Division of Gastroenterology, was presented with the Chester Cassel Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology.

The ceremony took place June 9 at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, adding to an already impressive roster of 13 additional endowed chairs in the Department of Medicine. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, said an endowed chair is one of the highest honors given at leading universities.

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From left, Children's Trust Board Chair Laurie Weiss Nuell, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., and Children's Trust President and CEO Charles Auslande.

From left, Children's Trust Board Chair Laurie Weiss Nuell, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., and Children's Trust President and CEO Charles Auslande.

Dr. Eduardo Bancalari Receives ‘Champion for Children’ Award from The Children’s Trust

Dr. Eduardo Bancalari, an internationally renowned neonatologist, received the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award from The Children’s Trust at the organization’s annual awards luncheon on June 12.

Bancalari, Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief of Newborn Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, received the award for his contributions over a 50-year medical career. The Lawrence award, named in honor of David Lawrence, Jr., retired publisher of the Miami Herald and Founding Board Chair of The Children’s Trust, is given to an individual for a lifetime of achievement, and is the event’s top honor.

Read more about Dr. Bancalari's award »

Michael Hoffer, M.D.

Michael Hoffer, M.D.

Dr. Michael Hoffer Receives Additional $250,000 for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Michael Hoffer, M.D., Director of the Vestibular and Balance Program in the Department of Otolaryngology, has been awarded an additional $250,000 by the NFL, Under Armour and GE Ventures to continue studying mild traumatic brain injury and the use of the I-Portal PAS goggle for mTBI diagnosis. The funds will enable Hoffer and his team to transition their initial lab studies to site-of-injury tests in the Miami community. Hoffer will also continue making enhancements to the I-Portal PAS goggle and software.

The research is part of the NFL and Under Armour’s Head Health Challenge project, which awarded seven grants. Hoffer was originally awarded a $500,000 grant to be given in two $250,000 increments. The initial $250,000 was used to launch the Head Health Challenge project by the University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh and Neuro Kinetics Inc., the manufacturer of the I-Portal PAS goggle. The second increment just awarded to Hoffer was dependent on successful performance of the initial study aims.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Family Medicine served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

During the exercises, 11 stations were set up, each with objectives to measure specific competencies. At most stations, students encountered people portraying patients and were required to obtain an appropriate history from them, perform an appropriate physical exam or display proficiency in communication skills. The exercises are modeled after the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination, a required component of medical licensure in the U.S.

Read more about the clinical skills exercises »

Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Awards Career Development Grant

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Miami has selected Emmanuel Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology, to be its newest Mentored Translational Research Scholar.

This KL2 program helps junior faculty develop successful careers as independent investigators by providing up to three years of renewable annual funds including 75 percent salary support for protected research time and additional funds to support research expenses and research-related travel.

Read more about Dr. Thomas' CTSI award »

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes MCAT/Motivation participants at the program's June 1 orientation.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes MCAT/Motivation participants at the program's June 1 orientation.

Diversity Program Shapes Tomorrow’s Doctors and Allied Health Professionals

Designed to be a mini first-semester medical education experience, the MCAT/Motivation program exposes the participants to both clinical and classroom settings where they dissect cadavers in anatomy lab and shadow physicians on clinical rotations. The seven-week intensive summer program kicked off on June 1. Now in its 35th year, the initiative aims to build diversity in the medical and allied health professions by providing students from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission to schools in these fields.

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UHealth Hosts the American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Symposium for Area Employers

UHealth – University of Miami Health System is once again teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to help local employers create “fit friendly” workplaces. This year’s Fit Friendly symposium, titled “Creating a Culture of Health,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center on the medical campus.

Read more about the Fit Friendly symposium »

Hurricane Season is Here — Download the UHealth/Miller School of Medicine Hurricane Update Now

June 1st marked the beginning of the 2015 hurricane season, and now is the time to prepare.

Learn some of the most critical unit and personal preparedness steps that should be taken.

Read more about the Hurricane Update »

Exercising with Diabetes Panel Discussion, June 26

Join the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center and Diabetes Research Institute as our expert panel discusses the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of exercising with diabetes. The event takes place at noon on Friday, June 26, at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, Classroom C, in the Clinical Research Building. The panel discussion is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should RSVP by June 19. For more information, click here or contact the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center at 305-243-7804 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

InsideUM Transforming Lives Edition Now Available

The Transforming Lives edition of InsideUM is now available. Read through the pages of this issue to discover how we are building a better “U” together.