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

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Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Robert W. Irwin, M.D.

Dr. Robert W. Irwin Named Interim Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Robert W. Irwin, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, has been named interim Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He succeeds Diana D. Cardenas, M.D., M.P.H., who became the department’s inaugural Chair in 2006 and retired in September.

Irwin is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, sports medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine. His research interests are in ultrasound medicine, sports and spine, and medical education. In addition to his clinical practice and research, Irwin has been very active in medical education, especially the musculoskeletal training that is his specialty, and in school administration, guiding and mentoring students, and working with student organizations.

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Survivor Diana Fleeman danced in the flash mob to salute the Sylvester doctors who saved her life.

Survivor Diana Fleeman danced in the flash mob to salute the Sylvester doctors who saved her life.

Breast Cancer Survivor says ‘DCC with Me!’

Two years after being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, Diana Fleeman is “hip-hopping” forward with her life, thanks to her “amazing team of doctors” at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

“I feel very fortunate to be treated at Sylvester,” says Fleeman, who plans to raise funds for Sylvester in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) on February 20, 2016, at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. “I’m looking forward to participating in the DCC’s 5K walk, along with a good friend who’ll be riding his bicycle.”

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Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Team Receives NIH Grant for Study of Epigenetic Processes in Alcoholism

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the research team of Claes Wahlestedt, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the Miller School of Medicine, a $1.725 million, five-year grant to study epigenetic mechanisms that underlie alcoholism. The research could lead to new treatments for this prevalent and debilitating disorder.

Excessive alcohol consumption costs the United States more than $200 billion a year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder and despite treatment efforts, more than 80 percent experience relapse. Long-term changes in brain function underlie these pathological drinking behaviors

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Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Newly Discovered Virology Principle Helps Guide Vaccine Development

Viruses that infect humans and other mammals are classified into 22 distinct families. Six of these families are classically persistent — that is once infected by one of these viruses, the individual will have the infection for life. These persistent families include the herpesviruses and HIV, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

A new study by researchers at the Miller School of Medicine describes for the first time a new general principal of virology — that all members of the six persistent families use an unusual strategy to stringently regulate, in a time-ordered fashion, the expression of the proteins that make up the virus particle. This is called temporal regulation of viral protein expression. The findings are shared online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., Nancy Batchelor, Fr. Patrick O’Neil, Karen Batchelor, Jon Batchelor, Doug Batchelor and Sandy Batchelor.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., Nancy Batchelor, Fr. Patrick O’Neil, Karen Batchelor, Jon Batchelor, Doug Batchelor and Sandy Batchelor.

Researcher Wins 2015 Micah Batchelor Award to Study Preterm Birth and Kidney Disease

Surrounded by her colleagues, family, and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leadership, Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Miller School, received the prestigious 2015 Micah Batchelor Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Research.

The award was presented October 13 during a ceremony on the second floor at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, which was dedicated in 2001 with a $10 million gift from the Batchelor Foundation to improve children’s health.

Read more about Dr. Abitbol's Micah Batchelor Award »

Department of Pathology staffers wore pink lab coats -- and shared pink donuts -- to support breast cancer research.

Department of Pathology staffers wore pink lab coats -- and shared pink donuts -- to support breast cancer research.

Department of Pathology Hosts ‘PINK’ Day

On October 22, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Pathology engaged its teams in a day of thankfulness and purpose. In keeping with the thematic use of the color pink in October, the department decided to give ‘PINK’ its own special meaning.

P – Pathology
I – Interaction (through)
N – (k)Nowledge (and)
K – Kindness

“While we in pathology do not often have direct contact with patients, what we do is fundamental to all of our patients,” said Richard J. Cote, M.D., Professor and Joseph R. Coulter Chair of the Department of Pathology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Chief of Pathology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Director of BioNIUM. “Many decisions about how we care for and treat patients are based on the results we provide. The patients may not see us, but we know they benefit from our care.”

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Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams volunteered to test the portable, concussion-detector goggles in their training room at the BankUnited Center last week.

Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams volunteered to test the portable, concussion-detector goggles in their training room at the BankUnited Center last week.

Basketball Players Help Test Concussion Goggles

One day, athletes of all ages, from pee wee players to major leaguers, could know on the sidelines whether they’ve suffered a concussion, or are ready to return to play, thanks to a research study that continued last week at the BankUnited Center, where under the auspices of the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology, members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams tested high-tech goggles designed to detect mild traumatic brain injury.

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The participants of the Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium, which took place on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

The participants of the Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium, which took place on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium Draws Leaders

The Miller School of Medicine recently hosted an international gathering of some of the world’s most renowned cystic fibrosis experts. Clinicians and researchers from four continents traveled to Miami for the Eighth Annual University of Miami Cystic Fibrosis Symposium – The Robert “Budge” McKey Symposia, supported by the Batchelor Foundation.

The three-day event was held October 11-13 to share the latest in CF developments.

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UMIT’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month Tip: Back Up Your Data

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, UM’s Information Technology (UMIT) department would like to remind you to back up your data. In the event of a natural disaster or IT downtime, critical data can get lost, so it is important to store data in a secure location. Backing up data is one of the most vital steps in protecting your data, but most people are unaware of where to store their data.

The University of Miami offers all faculty, staff, and students a cloud-based data storage and file sharing solution named Box, which has recently been upgraded to unlimited data storage. Box enables people to easily store and manage content in a secure online environment, while being able to share files and collaborate with individuals and teams. This service is available at no cost.

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Open Enrollment Ends November 2

Open Enrollment, your annual opportunity to make changes to your benefits, is underway and ends on Monday, November 2. This year, open enrollment is taking place in Workday and, unless you make changes in Workday, your current benefits, with the exception of flexible spending account elections, will roll over to 2016. Visit miami.edu/benefits to learn more about your benefit options and download the 2016 ’Canes Total Rewards Guide.

Public Transportation Program

The Public Transit Program at the Medical Campus offers significant incentives aimed at promoting public transit among full-time faculty and staff that includes significantly reduced transit pass prices based on annual earnings. This includes Metrorail, Metrobusses, “Park and Ride” express buses, and Tri-Rail.

Discounted Public Transit is available to all full-time faculty and staff who have benefits, and to all students on the Medical Campus. For more information, click here.

Sylvester to Hold Lung Cancer Awareness Fair November 12

In observance of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Thoracic Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Thoracic Surgery Division at University of Miami Hospital will host a health fair on lung cancer awareness on Thursday, November 12, for health care providers, staff, faculty, students, and anyone in the community interested in learning about the latest on lung cancer.

Information will be provided on smoking cessation, lung cancer prevention, surgery, treatment, and will include lung cancer screenings, which are now covered by UM’s Aetna insurance.

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General Internal Medicine Discussion Panels Raise Student Awareness

In an era of increasing specialization, general internal medicine physicians are the “quarterback” of health care, coordinating a patient’s evaluation and treatment to ensure the best possible care. General internists provide patients with a full range of treatment, from primary to complex care. At the Miller School of Medicine, general internists are also leading health care into the future, serving as leaders in medical education and conducting important research on how care is delivered to patients.

The Miller School’s Division of General Internal Medicine is also playing a leadership role nationally in promoting the field to medical students. After a competitive national application process, the division was one of six selected to pilot the Society of General Internal Medicine’s “Proud to be GIM” campaign to raise student awareness about careers in general internal medicine.

Read more about the Proud to be GIM campaign »

Fulfill Your Hoop Dreams at Miami Women’s Basketball Fantasy Camp - Tonight!

Head coach Katie Meier and the University of Miami women’s basketball team are set to host the sixth annual Miami Women’s Basketball Fantasy Camp tonight!

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the camp will be held in the Fieldhouse, adjacent to the BankUnited Center on the UM campus. The event is free to the public and is open to both men and women of all ages and skill levels.

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Miami Valves 2015 Conference October 29-31

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education will host Miami Valves 2015 from Thursday, October 29, to Saturday, October 31. The conference will be held at The Alexander Resort on Miami Beach, 5225 Collins Avenue. A maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Nursing Credits will be offered.

Organized by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, the conference will showcase the latest in transcatheter valve replacement. As part of the natural progression of the Masters in Repair of Structural Heart Disease Conference, which has a long history of excellence, Miami Valves is expected to draw hundreds of scientists and clinicians in the field.

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UM Employee Discounts Available for UHealth-Sponsored Festival Miami

Festival Miami, Florida’s premier live music festival, presented by the University of Miami Frost School of Music and UHealth-University of Miami Health System, wants you to enjoy an incredible array of live music on our beautiful Coral Gables campus. UM employees may take $5 off per ticket for up to four Festival Miami tickets per concert, available online, by using promo code EMP515 at check out. Tickets start at just $20, plus a $4 per ticket convenience fee.

The festival runs through November 7, offering vibrant performances by the biggest names on the music scene from around the globe who will showcase their talents alongside the outstanding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 20 performances organized into four themes — Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas and Creative American Music — will be held in the intimate setting of the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the Coral Gables campus.

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Make Your United Way Contribution by October 31 for a Chance to Win Great Prizes

All faculty and staff who make their 2015 United Way contributions by Saturday, October 31, will have a chance to win one year of free campus parking and other fabulous prizes in the Team UM United Way raffle. So make your contribution now and help the U, which to date has raised more than $317,500 of its $1.18 million goal, improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in our community. For more information, click here.

The Fine Art of Health Care Series Continues

Studying art can improve your powers of observation. Can it also make you a better health care provider? The Lowe Art Museum on the Coral Gables campus is offering one more session in its three-part series of workshops, “The Fine Art of Health Care,” to help students in health care graduate programs learn the answer.

Participants will learn Visual Thinking Strategies, a method shown to improve important skills needed in all health care professions. Students will have the opportunity to collaboratively look at works of art in detail to hone their observation, listening and communication skills.

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Synergy 2015 Early Registration Extended

The Synergy 2015 conference will take place from November 5-8 at the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach. Early registration to receive the best pricing has been extended to October 30.

This annual symposium offers attendees a review of a variety of oncological diseases combined with the latest developments in medical, interventional and surgical therapeutic options across multiple disciplines.

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2016 Winter Symposium, January 24-27

The University of Miami’s 2016 Miami Winter Symposium will be held January 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. This year’s theme is “Inflammation: Causes, Prevention and Cures.” The annual event highlights advances in science discovery and brings together hundreds of scientists from the academic and industrial worlds.

Renowned scientists from institutions across the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel and other countries will be featured. While registration fee waivers have been exhausted, discounts are available for Miller School of Medicine faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. A limited number of session passes are available for purchase.

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Acupuncture for Physicians - Register Now

“The Art and Science of Acupuncture for Physicians,” offered by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s iCamp (Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs), is designed to help physicians integrate acupuncture into their practice. The course provides theoretical background, scientific evidence-based research and clinical application of the principles of acupuncture. Treatment protocols appropriate to acupuncture and related therapeutic approaches will be presented.

The five-month program begins January 9, 2016, and meets two weekends each month through May. Discounts are given to participants who register by November 23. For more information click here, or call 305-243-4751.

Miami Neonatology 2015 Open for Registration

Miami Neonatology 2015 will be held November 11-14 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The conference strives to provide medical professionals with comprehensive knowledge of the leading trends and best practices in neonatology. Presentations will highlight the most current concepts in the pathogenesis, management and prevention of problems in the newborn infant.

Miami Neonatology 2015 will provide attendees with an extensive educational program featuring new developments in treating conditions that are causally associated with morbidity and mortality in the neonate. Participants will understand the importance of the preventive approach in minimizing medical complications and optimizing developmental outcome.

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ICD-10 Tip of the Week: Under-dosing

Under-dosing is a new concept with ICD-10. Document Under-dosing is when a patient is taking less of a medicine than prescribed.
If known, your documentation should capture:
 Intentional, Unintentional or Non-Compliance behavior?
 Is this the Initial or Subsequent encounter related to Under-dosing?
 Reason the patient is not taking the medicine?
 Financial hardship?
 Age-related debility?
 Other reason given? For additional information E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)