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Dalal Eldick celebrates her OB-GYN match at Jackson Memorial Hospital with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Dalal Eldick celebrates her OB-GYN match at Jackson Memorial Hospital with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Emotion and Pride Mark the Miller School’s 2014 Match Day

There were shouts of triumph, gasps of relief, and tears of joy as fourth-year Miller School students learned where the next chapter in their education would take them. They were called one by one to the dais and opened the sealed envelope containing the name of the residency program with which they had been matched.

The Miller School Match Day celebration, held March 21 under a white tent on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle, mirrored ceremonies occurring simultaneously at medical schools across the U.S. Match Day is when graduating students participating in the National Resident Matching Program learn where they will spend the next three to seven years — and possibly their entire medical career. By common agreement, the selection results are kept secret until noon Eastern Daylight Time, when students at each school begin stepping forward to learn their fate as the envelopes are drawn in random order.

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Hall of Fame Award recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Hall of Fame Award recipient Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. ’79, center, with Albert Mitrani, M.D. ’85, and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

Medical Alumni Weekend 2014 Celebrates Miller School’s Past, Present and Future

Medical alumni from around the country gathered on the Miller School campus and the historic Biltmore Hotel – the School’s original home – March 7–9 for Medical Alumni Weekend 2014. The balmy weather provided the perfect backdrop and offered a welcome respite to guests from the Northeast and Midwest, who have endured one of the worst winters in decades.

The event began on Friday afternoon with tours of the medical campus and the Tissue Bank at the Life Science and Technology Park. Later, first-year medical students and their families gathered under a tent on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle for the 14th Annual John G. Clarkson Freshman Pinning Ceremony. Presided over by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth, this event officially welcomes into the medical community students who are pinned by alumni.

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UM President Donna E. Shalala called Hayes "a great citizen of the University."

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UM President Donna E. Shalala called Hayes "a great citizen of the University."

Sherrill Hayes Retirement Dinner Honors PT Chair Who “Does It All”

With faculty, administrators, family and friends packing the dining room at the Robert and Judy Prokop Newman Alumni Center, Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., P.T., the long-time Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, was honored at a retirement dinner on March 19 for her years of devoted service and her success in making her department consistently one of the top-ranked physical therapy programs in the U.S.

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Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, whom he has introduced to countless students.

Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, whom he has introduced to countless students.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Medical Education Pioneer is a Donor for All Seasons


As the creator of the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, Michael S. Gordon revolutionized medical education with technology, and gives back to the University to nurture innovation. Tell us why you support the U, or about a colleague who does.

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Richard Tiberius, Ph.D.

Richard Tiberius, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Tiberius Retirement Reception Friday, March 28

Please join us for a retirement reception to honor a true scholar, artist, and naturalist, Richard Tiberius, Ph.D., and his remarkable career in medical education, at noon on Friday, March 28, at the Louis Calder Memorial Library, History of Medicine Room.

Known by medical educators around the world for his seminal role in establishing meaningful relationships between teachers and students to promote effective learning, Tiberius also authored a textbook on small group teaching called “Teaching and Learning Through Discussion: A Trouble-Shooting Guide.” He holds a Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Toronto, where he was a founding faculty member of their prestigious Centre for Research in Medical Education.

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Research Librarian Kimberly A. Loper presents the new class at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center.

Research Librarian Kimberly A. Loper presents the new class at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center.

Calder Librarians Create New Disaster Health Training Opportunity for MRC Volunteers

In 2010, healthcare responders returning from service after the Haiti earthquake reported that necessary disaster health information was difficult to obtain while deployed.

That’s why Mary Moore, Ph.D., former librarian professor and Chair of the Department of Health Informatics, and Kimberly Loper, librarian assistant professor, with support from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and funding from the National Library of Medicine, created a class for emergency responders on authoritative disaster health information resources that are available from the National Library of Medicine. The Miller School’s Michael J. Kelley, M.B.A., Executive Director of Strategic Operations for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of surgery in the Division of Burns and Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, and Associate Director of the Surgical Residency Program, were consultants on the course.

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Tiger Woods approaches the 18th green of the Trump National Doral, as seen from the suite where families from the Department of Pediatrics watched the Cadillac Championship.

Tiger Woods approaches the 18th green of the Trump National Doral, as seen from the suite where families from the Department of Pediatrics watched the Cadillac Championship.

Department of Pediatrics’ First PGA Partnership a Hole in One

With a perfect mixture of South Florida’s best weather, the world’s best golfers, and many wonderful supporters, the Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics completed its inaugural partnership with the PGA Tour at the WGC Cadillac Championship, March 5-9.

Through the PGA’s “Tickets Fore Charity,” the department raised funds from ticket sales to support programming and faculty development, while also connecting with new and established supporters of pediatrics at UHealth, the University of Miami Health System. Plans are already underway for the 2015 tournament and a committee is being formed to help boost ticket sales across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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Free Online Survey Tool Now Available for UM Community

The University of Miami Department of Information Technology has acquired licensing for a new online survey tool available to the UM community (via CaneID) at no cost to users. The Qualtrics Survey Research Suite, developed by Qualtrics Labs, Inc., is available to support research, teaching and administration at the University.

Qualtrics combines exceptional ease of use with an advanced set of features and is designed to permit the creation of survey instruments, distribution of surveys, storage, and analysis of collected respondent data, and report generation.

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Register for Walk Now for Autism Speaks

The University of Miami’s various autism services have joined forces and are now a unified team: UM Autism Programs.

Please join us for Walk Now for Autism Speaks supporting UM’s autism research and services, on Sunday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.C. Bermudez Park in Doral.

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Last Day to Pick Up Tickets for Family Night with the Miami Marlins is March 26

In appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of its employees, the University of Miami will host Family Night with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 5, at Marlins Park in Little Havana. Playing their third season in their new 37,000-seat ballpark, the Marlins will take on the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m. The last day to pick up tickets on the medical campus is Wednesday, March 26. Tickets may be picked up on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every regular and contract employee can receive one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for $1 each. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Each ticket comes with a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink or bottle of water.

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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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Second Annual Week of Well-Being Gets Underway

The second annual Week of Well-Being, presented by Fidelity Investments, kicked off yesterday and runs through Friday, April 11. Featuring five days of wellness-related events, this year’s line-up is an impressive array of activities that will transform the way faculty, staff and students think about their overall wellness.

Among the events you won’t want to miss on Tuesday, April 8, is an engaging lecture on men’s health by Bruce Kava, M.D., associate professor of clinical urology, at 11 a.m. and an insightful presentation on clearing the clutter and getting organized by UM alumna Meryl Starr from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bascom Palmer’s Jose Berrocal Auditorium.

Faculty, staff and students also can take advantage of a free five-day trial pass to the Fitness and Wellness Center and enjoy several complimentary fitness classes, as well as yoga on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.

For a complete schedule of Week of Well-Being activities and to watch live streaming events, visit miami.edu/wellcanes.

UM Brain Endowment Bank Seeks Donations During Brain Awareness Month

During Brain Awareness Month this March, the UM Brain Endowment Bank, a nationally recognized brain and tissue resource supporting academic and industry researchers seeking answers to the growing number of brain-related disorders, is asking that you become a brain donor.

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UHealth Gets Going on Vanpools

South Florida Commuter Services, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation, the South Florida Vanpool Program and the University of Miami have joined efforts to provide Miller School employees a cost effective vanpool.

Vanpools are a rideshare arrangement by groups of six to 15 people who travel at least 15 miles one way to work. The program includes a month-to-month leased vehicle with a comprehensive insurance package and no deductible, bumper-to-bumper repair and maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance, with backup vans in case of a breakdown. Participants choose from six-, nine- or 15-passenger vans, depending on how many people will be in the vanpool.

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