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Paul and Swanee DiMare.

Paul and Swanee DiMare.

Miller School Receives Largest Medical Education Gift Ever — $6 Million in Scholarships for Medical Students

South Florida philanthropists Swanee and Paul J. DiMare have made a $6 million gift to support medical education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The gift, part of the $12.5 million pledged by the Paul J. DiMare Foundation to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, will fund scholarships for promising medical students. The scholarship recipients will be known as DiMare Medical Scholars.

“This is the largest gift in support of medical education the School has ever received,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth. “The DiMares’ extraordinary generosity will help raise the quality of healthcare throughout South Florida for generations to come.”

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Michael J. Goldstein, M.D.

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D.

Michael J. Goldstein Named Director of Kidney Transplantation at Miami Transplant Institute

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., has been named director of kidney transplantation at the Miami Transplant Institute, a collaborative program between the Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Goldstein also has been appointed Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.

A renowned transplant surgeon, Goldstein specializes in high-risk kidney and pancreas transplantation and gears his clinical efforts toward improving patient access to transplantation through use of advanced immunosuppressant drug regimens and by maximizing the use of organs from deceased and living donors.

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ICD-10 Education Update

The Miller School/UHealth is dedicated to improving our ability to measure healthcare services provided to our patients, enhance clinical decision-making, track public health issues, and conduct medical research while complying with the new mandates of ICD-10 coding. The increased specificity of ICD-10 coding will require us to document a more thorough and detailed encounter with our patients, and it is crucial that we all take the necessary steps to prepare ourselves and our departments so that we may seamlessly transition to this new coding system. Accurate clinical documentation and associated proper coding will allow for quality and continuity of patient care and appropriate billing and reimbursement.

Although ICD-10 is more complex than its coding predecessors, we can all be ready for this change by taking appropriate actions. Based on plans developed by dedicated stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and administrators:

  • Residents and fellows have wrapped up their online education requirements as of December 2013, and plans are in place to educate incoming residents in July 2014.
  • Faculty and clinical providers are completing their online education requirements by March 2014 and will participate in department- and division-specific education plans and seminars through September 2014.
  • Hospital and professional (physician) coders and auditors have completed approximately 50 hours of online education and attended an onsite ICD-10 boot camp the week of December 16, 2013.
  • All other clinical employees in the clinical departments and hospital facilities will complete up to two hours of awareness education by April 2014.
  • Community physicians were required to partake in an education plan regarding ICD-10 as part of their credentialing and recredentialing process in January. This ensures consistency in the quality of documentation and coding provided by all members of the UHealth community and our partners.

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At last year's CaneSearch symposium, the poster session on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle featured more than 100 posters on obesity research.

At last year's CaneSearch symposium, the poster session on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle featured more than 100 posters on obesity research.

CaneSearch Symposium to Showcase Scientific Collaboration, Promote Research Resources

Committed to promoting excellence in interdisciplinary research, The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host its second annual CaneSearch Research Symposium on Thursday, February 20, on the medical campus.

This year’s event will showcase all aspects of research in neuroscience, with a spotlight on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS — two health issues especially relevant to South Florida.

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Miller School Women in Academic Medicine gather for a reception at the home of Anne Burdick, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller School Women in Academic Medicine gather for a reception at the home of Anne Burdick, M.D., Ph.D.

Honoring Women in Academic Medicine and Their Achievements

The Miller School’s Women in Academic Medicine (WIAM) hosted an intimate January 21 reception at the home of Anne Burdick, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery and Associate Dean for TeleHealth and Clinical Outreach, honoring women in academic medicine and recent successes and achievements of women faculty at UM. The event began with a networking hour during which attendees from various departments discussed topics of shared interest. The evening culminated with special recognition of women faculty, including those who were recently promoted in 2013, as well as honoring Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurological surgery and neurology, for her election to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, an extraordinary honor that reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine.

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Starbucks to Open Second Location on Medical Campus at Calder Library

Serving its world-famous coffee, delicious handcrafted beverages, and tasty pastries, Starbucks opens on the main floor of the Louis Calder Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 25, becoming the popular chain’s second store on the medical campus and fourth overall at UM. The first opened at University of Miami Hospital last November.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Calder Library Starbucks will be held at noon on February 25, led by Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Starbucks will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Apply Your Employee Benefits! Attend a Continuing Education Lunch to Find Out How

Apply your tuition remission benefit or employee discount to UM’s adult degree, online, and certificate programs. Join the Division of Continuing and International Education for an information session lunch on Monday, February 17, at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. at University of Miami Hospital, Seminar Center. Discover how you can earn a UM bachelor’s degree at a 60 percent tuition savings or attain a certificate in any of our healthcare, business, communication, or language programs.

Lunch will be provided during each session. Register for the 45-minute session you would like to attend. Are you unable to attend? Please visit continuenow.miami.edu to have our advisors contact you.

Registration for FDA/UM Seminar on “Improving Human Clinical Research” Now Open

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Florida District/Investigation Branch, in collaboration with the University of Miami Office of Research Compliance and Quality Assurance, is presenting a two-day seminar on clinical trials titled “Improving Human Clinical Research” at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, on Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The seminar is an excellent opportunity to meet FDA officials and learn more about the agency’s policies and procedures. Informational sessions will cover topics invaluable to the scientific community, such as Understanding Principal Investigators’ Responsibilities, Oversight of Clinical Investigations, FDA Inspectional Processes, and Quality Aspects, Emerging Issues and Trends in Clinical Research Trials — An FDA Prospective, among others. The seminar will close with a panel discussion with FDA officials and UM representatives.

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Registration Deadline for 2014 Corporate Run/Walk is March 27

Put on your running shoes and join Team UM for an evening of healthy fun with friends and colleagues. The Corporate Run/Walk, a 5K (3.1-mile) race around downtown Miami, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at Bayfront Park, with all Team UM proceeds benefiting the United Way of Miami-Dade. Immediately following the race, join us at the Team UM tent for food, games, prizes, and more.

Be one of the first 800 employees to join Team UM and receive $15 off your registration fee, courtesy of Well ’Canes, plus an official Team UM dry fit shirt. In addition, if you are a participant in the Well ‘Canes Incentives program, you will receive 250 points toward your incentives goal.

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UM Pediatrics Partners with the WGC Cadillac Championship

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics has announced its 2014 partnership with the PGA Tour at this year’s WGC Cadillac Championship. Through the PGA’s Tickets Fore Charity program, the Department of Pediatrics will benefit from 100 percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales purchased using their unique code: GRIP14.

Defending champion Tiger Woods will return to the newly renovated Trump Doral Resort and Golf Club Wednesday, March 5, through Sunday, March 9, joining many other top names in golf. Tickets are just $30 for the general grounds pass and $175 for the clubhouse whole week pass, which allows you to explore Donald Trump’s stunning new clubhouse at Doral along with other special gifts.

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