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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, with Derek (holding Alexis) and Emily Estes.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., left, with Derek (holding Alexis) and Emily Estes.

Match Day 2016 Launches Exciting New Chapter for Miller School Students

Derek Estes’ joyful voice cried out “Jackson Memorial Hospital!” as he and his wife Emily opened the envelope and learned where he would be spending his internal medicine residency.

For the Estes, Friday was a day filled with life-changing themes. When they stepped off an early-morning flight with Alexis, the three-week-old baby they had just adopted in Virginia, it was only hours before Match Day activities would begin.

Match Day is the culmination of a secretive, tension-filled process that begins when graduating medical students apply to their top three residency choices. The programs make their selections, their acceptances are sealed in envelopes, and fourth-year students all across the country begin to learn their fates on Match Day at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, when the envelopes can be opened.

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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes a new class of medical students.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., welcomes a new class of medical students.

Miller School Moves Up Again in U.S. News’ Medical School Rankings

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine continues to rise in national rankings, climbing to No. 44 in the 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Under the leadership of Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., the Miller School of Medicine has risen 12 spots in the past 10 years in U.S. News’ annual ranking of the nation’s top research medical schools. Last year, the Miller School ranked No. 45.

“Our medical school’s steady rise in the rankings reflects the commitment of our students, staff and faculty to the University of Miami’s mission of transforming lives through education, research and service,” Goldschmidt said. “It is also an indicator of the high caliber of the students in our programs.”

Read more about the Miller School's rise in U.S. News' rankings »

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., with Lynda Gordon.

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., with Lynda Gordon.

Dr. Michael S. Gordon: A Visionary Educator, Clinician, Researcher and Philanthropist

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., enjoys standing on the frontier of medical education and taking a bold step into the future. In his long and distinguished career at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Gordon has saved countless lives around the world with his innovative concepts and ability to guide generations of medical students, nurses, physicians, surgeons and emergency first-responders.

“I believe there is no substitute for the enduring physician-patient relationship,” said Gordon, who is the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. “But students and professionals need to develop their skills to care for their patients, and innovative approaches can improve and accelerate the learning process.”

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Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.

Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, M.D.

40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology Conference Attracts Global Attendance

Pathologists from the Department of Pathology welcomed colleagues from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and other units at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and from around the world at the 40th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach.

The conference focuses on practical issues of interest to practicing pathologists and provides them with the opportunity to expand their skills and acquire new information that can be integrated into their practice. One of the primary aims of the course is to showcase the deep talent within the Department of Pathology and within the Miller School of Medicine overall.

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From left, Teresa Neira, Ph.D., Rosie Weisberg, Veronica Galego, Altheresa Clark, Ida Rodriguez, Vanessa Ruiz, Elise Santana and Lisa Merheb.

From left, Teresa Neira, Ph.D., Rosie Weisberg, Veronica Galego, Altheresa Clark, Ida Rodriguez, Vanessa Ruiz, Elise Santana and Lisa Merheb.

Celebrating Social Work Month at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, multidisciplinary teams of cancer experts provide patients with the most advanced diagnostics and targeted treatments available in South Florida. In addition to world-class cancer care, Sylvester also offers patients and families support that goes beyond physical treatment.

This month, Sylvester celebrates Social Work Month, honoring the group of dedicated professionals who help cancer patients and their families cope with difficulties related to cancer and treatment. These can include emotional distress or finding community resources such as transportation and financial assistance, to name a few. Social workers can assist with a broad range of issues to help remove barriers to care.

Read more about the role of social workers at Sylvester »

Gwen Wurm, M.D.

Gwen Wurm, M.D.

UHealth Pediatrician Contributes to Book about Impact of Parental Spending on Kids’ Well-Being

Gwen Wurm, M.D., assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, went to a Christmas party in the home of friends and ran into a mutual friend, Brett Graff, a writer and expert in consumer economics. As they looked at the pile of presents placed under the tree for the family’s children, the same thought occurred to both of them.

What if parents gave their kids less stuff and more time? What would the effects be on the family — not just its finances, but on the children’s physical and emotional well-being, both short- and long-term?

From those initial thoughts came follow-up discussions and ultimately, this month, a book — Not Buying It: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids (Seal Press, paperback, $16) — written by Graff, with a foreword and additional input from the point of view of a developmental pediatrician by Wurm, who is also Medical Director of the Medical Foster Care Program at Jackson Health System and on the Board of Directors of Our Kids Inc.

Read more about Dr. Wurm's writing »

From left, John Beier, Sc.D., Eduardo Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson Bermeo Fuentes, M.D., and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D.

From left, John Beier, Sc.D., Eduardo Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson Bermeo Fuentes, M.D., and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D.

Miller School Public Health Experts Conduct Zika Virus Seminar in Ecuador

Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences conducted a Zika virus seminar and training workshop on February 17 at Catolica University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

John Beier, Sc.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., senior research associate, spoke to an audience of 70 attendees — mostly faculty and students from the university, and staff from the Ministry of Health. The audience was extremely attentive, as the Zika virus has just appeared in Ecuador in the past two months, and it is spreading rapidly.

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From left, Sean S. Knowles, Tricia Scaglione, Au.D., and Katrina Acosta.

From left, Sean S. Knowles, Tricia Scaglione, Au.D., and Katrina Acosta.

Hearing Loss Prevention Promoted at Ultra Music Festival by UHealth Ear Institute

The UHealth Ear Institute made its debut at the Ultra Music Festival as part of the event’s wellness initiative for hearing conservation. UHealth audiologists Tricia Scaglione, Au.D., Dana Libman, Au.D., Brianna Kuzbyt, Au.D., Victoria Ledon, Au.D., and audiology fellow Corey Stoelb were on site each day to educate attendees about continuous over-exposure to loud noise that can lead to hearing loss and Tinnitus (ringing of the ears).

UHealth met one-on-one and in groups with members of the production crew, which included sound engineers and light controllers who work year round at these types of music festivals. The doctors also met with emergency responders from City of Miami Fire-Rescue and the Miami Police Department.

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Harry W. Flynn, Jr., M.D.

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Harry W. Flynn, Jr., M.D.

Hand Sanitizing Highlights National Patient Safety Awareness Week at Bascom Palmer

In its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute held several events during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 14-18. The Patient Safety Committee collaborated with a Patient Safety Awareness Week task force led by Marilyn Costache, Associate Medical Risk Officer, with site leadership by Aida Grana, Director of Business Operations, to plan events for this week.

The events included lectures, booth and poster displays, educational classes and simulation activity labs. One of the most memorable was a visit from Bascom Palmer’s costumed Hand Sanitizer Champion, who traveled through surgical and clinical areas, offering hand sanitizer to patients, families and staff while announcing, “Hand sanitizer for your safety!”

Read more about the activities at Bascom Palmer »

From left, Krystal De Palma, Dorothy Bendross-Mindingal, Ph.D., Daniela Cespedes and Milagros Pierre.

From left, Krystal De Palma, Dorothy Bendross-Mindingal, Ph.D., Daniela Cespedes and Milagros Pierre.

Sylvester and CHDS Representatives Participate in Domestic Violence Workshop

Team members from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity and the University of Miami Medical Group’s Community Health Delivery System (CHDS) participated in the 16th annual “No More Broken Hearts” domestic violence workshop created by Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingal, Ph.D., and held February 20 at the Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School. Participants included Krystal De Palma, a research coordinator, and Milagros Pierre, a community health worker, both from Sylvester/Jay Weiss, and Daniela Cespedes, a nurse from CHDS Primary Care Services.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., second row, far right, with workshop faculty and attendees.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D., second row, far right, with workshop faculty and attendees.

Center on Aging Hosts Workshop on Health Care Technologies

The Center for Research on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) hosted an extremely successful workshop – “Health Care Technologies for Older Adults: Design, Adoption, Implementation & Training Issues” – February 25-26 at the Center on Aging.

The workshop, the first of its kind to be held by the Center on Aging, attracted 20 representatives from technology companies and other universities in the U.S. and Canada who are involved in health care product development or research related to aging and health.

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Sylvester Joins Consortium to Preserve Fertility in Cancer Patients

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, recently joined the Oncofertility Consortium, a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. More than 220 universities and cancer centers from around the globe are members of the Consortium, including Northwestern University, Duke University, UC San Diego, and Mayo Clinic.

“My Sylvester colleagues and I are very pleased to be joining the Oncofertility Consortium,” said Julio C. Barredo, M.D., Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Sylvester. “The Consortium provides us with the opportunity to partner with colleagues from around the globe in an effort to reduce infertility rates after cancer treatment in pediatric and young adult patients.”

Read more about the Oncofertility Consortium »

Walkers stretch before beginning their trek.

Walkers stretch before beginning their trek.

Miami Walk Raises Funds for National Eating Disorders Association

More than 250 participants helped raise funds for research and treatment of a challenging psychiatric condition at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Miami Walk on March 13 at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“Eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices,” said Ingrid G. Barrera, Psy.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Director of the University of Miami Eating Disorders Program, which provides comprehensive treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders.

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24th Annual Florida Bioethics Conference, April 8

The University of Miami’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will host its 24th annual spring conference in conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network on Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. To view the conference program and register, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/hfqpkk.

The program – perhaps the oldest and largest community bioethics conference in the country – will feature presentations on climate change and bioethics, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), ethics committee operations, clinical futility, public health priority setting and oncology ethics.

Read more about the Florida Bioethics Conference »

Fourth Annual Week of Well-Being Brings a Celebrity Chef and a CNN Hero to the U

Whether you want to pick up some culinary tips and a tasty sample from Ortanique’s Chef Cindy Hutson, or learn how to beat the odds with CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa, the University of Miami’s fourth annual Week of Well-Being, now in its second day, promises to deliver. Other popular events scheduled for the week include Fitness Boot Camp with UM alumna and fitness expert Nicole Chaplin, food sampling and massages at the wellness fairs, and group yoga and zumba classes. This year, wellness will extend beyond the University and into the South Florida community with a food drive benefiting Camillus House and numerous community service opportunities. Don’t forget to share your Week of Well-Being experiences on social media by using hashtag #WOW2016, and follow @Inside_UM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live event coverage. To view a complete schedule of events and satellite location activities, visit the Week of Well-Being page.

UM Employees Juggling Work and Caregiving Duties to Benefit from Study

The art of juggling work responsibilities and home life may get a little easier for UM employees who are caring for an older adult with memory problems, thanks to a new research study “Caring for the Caregiver Network” at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center on Aging. The program will evaluate the extent to which a technology-based intervention reduces caregiver stress, enhances caregiving skills and improves the caregiver’s well-being. To enroll in the study or for more information, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 305-355-9200.

Registration Now Open for Essentials of Leadership May 2016 Series

Managers at the University of Miami have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills with Essentials of Leadership (EOL), a customized leadership program aligned with the UM Common Purpose and Values, and leadership traits and behaviors. EOL is comprised of interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities and coaching. Enrollment for the EOL May 2016 Series (6) runs through April 15. To learn more, visit Essentials of Leadership Program, or contact Workforce Engagement and Development at 305-243-3090.

***Notice: Schedule Change for e-Update Newsletter***

Beginning in April, the frequency of e-Update will change from weekly to semimonthly (twice a month), with publication on the first and third Tuesday of each month. There will be no issue next Tuesday, March 29. The new semimonthly publication schedule will begin on Tuesday, April 5.

One result of this change is that grand rounds, guest lectures and other calendar items entered into 25Live will be published looking forward two or three weeks at a time, depending on the number of Tuesdays in the month, instead of the current one week. The deadline for submission of news stories will now be at noon on the Wednesday prior to each Tuesday the newsletter will be published.

We look forward to continuing to report the interesting, exciting and groundbreaking activities happening throughout the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. Please continue to keep us informed by sending news to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D.

First Diabetes Summit, April 5-6

The Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes and the Diabetes Research Institute will host the First Diabetes Summit on April 5-6 on the Medical Campus. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together the diabetes research community across the University of Miami actively working in different areas of basic, clinical, bioinfomatics, health services and outcomes diabetes research. A main goal for this meeting is to stimulate innovative research and scholarship. At the same time, the meeting will serve as a platform to assess the landscape of diabetes research and identify faculty for future DRC and T32 applications. For more information please contact Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, M.D., at 305-243-5631 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2016 OHRP Research Community Forum, April 6-7

Come learn the latest in 21st Century Research: What You Need to Know About Vulnerable Populations, Emerging Designs, Technology and More.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections, the CITI Program, the University of Miami Human Subject Research Office, the University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Miami Children’s Research Institute, Baptist Health South Florida, Nova Southeastern University and the University of South Florida invite you to attend this informative and dynamic two-day event April 6-7 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel. Learn more and register for RCF 2016: http://www.rcfmia.org

For more information, contact Adiper Bellow (305) 243-0244 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium, April 8

The 12th Annual CFAR HIV Symposium will be held Friday, April 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive in Coral Gables. The symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians for a day of presentations by experts from around the country on HIV/AIDS. The goal is to educate infectious disease physicians (specifically HIV specialists), researchers and others involved in the field of HIV/AIDS.

This event is sponsored by the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the UM HIV/AIDS Institute, the South FL SE AIDS Education and Training Center, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The cost is $25 for UM faculty and staff; there is no charge for students, fellows and residents. Additional information and registration are available here.

Join the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk, April 17

UHealth Pulmonology invites everyone to join the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk that will take place on historic Virginia Key Beach on Key Biscayne on April 17. Each year, the UM Pulmonology Team saves lives through treatment and research, and they are asking for your help to raise money for an amazing cause. Come out with friends and family for a 5K walk, beach party, live music, car show, kids’ activities and plenty of food. To join the walk and help raise money, you can register here.

For more information contact Sherri Kelly at 305-243-1680.

Registration Ends Tomorrow for the 2016 Corporate Run/Walk, April 28

Grab your running shoes, boost your stamina and manifest your UM spirit because the 2016 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run is coming! The Corporate Run/Walk is one of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races and takes place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on Thursday, April 28. Last year, Team UM had our largest team ever and the second largest team overall with just over 1,450 participants.

Registration is open here. Be sure to sign up for the city’s largest office party and get ready to experience a night of exercise, food, entertainment and prizes.

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Women and Minority Leadership and Professional Development Symposium, May 13

The Women in Academic Medicine Advisory Board and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine present a leadership and professional development symposium on Friday, May 13, at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables campus. The event is intended to inspire and empower minorities, women, University of Miami faculty and alumni to assume greater leadership roles and to increase their value to the organization. The symposium will also show how to strategically leverage abilities and talents for positive results in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Space is limited. Additional information and registration are available here.