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Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., left, and Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., left, and Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

Study Shows Bariatric Surgery Improves Health in Obese Adolescents

A new national study by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine shows that bariatric surgery can safely and substantially reduce weight and related health problems in morbidly obese adolescents, findings that could change treatment options offered by physicians. Led by Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., M.P.H., research associate professor and perinatal/pediatric epidemiologist in the Department of Pediatrics, the study was the first large-scale examination of bariatric surgery outcomes in adolescents.

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Susan Wasstrom

Susan Wasstrom

Labor Management Expert Joins UMH to Enhance Patient and Employee Satisfaction

Susan Wasstrom, who co-directed the 1199 SEIU’s Labor Management Project for 10 years, is bringing her extensive experience with the Service Employees International Union and New York City Voluntary Hospitals to University of Miami Hospital, where she will support UMH’s labor management program and its creation of an employee enrichment fund.

In her role as labor management consultant, Wasstrom helped forge the new contract UMH employees overwhelmingly approved last month, including the provision establishing an education fund to help staff enrich their health-care careers. That innovation helped convince Wasstrom to relocate from New York to Miami to assist UMH administrators, union leaders and staff reach critical goals, including reducing the length of patient stays and earning high ratings on patient satisfaction surveys, particularly their eagerness to recommend UMH to others.

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Students Peter DeMaria, left, and Edwin Hayes wait to enter an OSCE station.

Students Peter DeMaria, left, and Edwin Hayes wait to enter an OSCE station.

Medical Education Celebrates 17th Annual OSCE Exercises

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year medical students from the Miller School’s Miami and regional campuses for the 17th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of medical students. More than 100 faculty members from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, and Family Medicine and Community Health served as faculty evaluators for the assessment.

During the June 2-3 exercises, 11 stations were set up, each with specific objectives to measure competencies. At most stations, students encountered people portraying patients and were required to obtain an appropriate history from them, perform a physical exam or display proficiency in communication skills. This year’s assessment also featured an electronic progress note modeled after the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam to evaluate the important skills of written communication and diagnostic reasoning.

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From left, Maria Valero-Martinez and her protégé Suzan McDowell, CEO of Circle of One Marketing, talk with J.C. Del Valle, assistant vice president of government relations, and John Shipley, vice president of finance and treasurer.

From left, Maria Valero-Martinez and her protégé Suzan McDowell, CEO of Circle of One Marketing, talk with J.C. Del Valle, assistant vice president of government relations, and John Shipley, vice president of finance and treasurer.

UM Business Development Program Graduates First Vendor Mentoring Group

The University of Miami’s Business Development Program graduated its first group of participants, some of whom were mentored by Miller School leaders, at a May 31 ceremony at the Newman Alumni Center Library.

Women and minority business owners who completed the program were greeted by Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, who kicked off the graduation ceremony, which featured a keynote address by Larry Marbert, vice president for real estate and facilities.

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Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

SAMHSA Administrator Presents Distinguished Epidemiology and Public Health Lecture

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., the administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will present a lecture for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday, June 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at Bascom Palmer’s Jose Berrocal Auditorium. Her topic is “Behavioral Health – Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Practices.”

Appointed in 2009, Hyde brings more than 30 years of experience in management and consulting for public health care and human services agencies to SAMHSA, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services devoted to reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

In her talk, she will highlight the role of the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices; the role of behavioral health and its relationship to drug use and abuse; strategies to achieve adoption by communities of evidence-based programs; and public health and its role in public life.

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Vote on Facebook to Support Wellness Coalition’s Community Garden in Overtown

The Community Wellness Coalition is urging Facebook members to support its effort to start an organic garden at Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center in Overtown by voting for the project to win a Gardens for Good grant throughout this month.

Located adjacent to the Jackson Health System center, the garden will be a participatory, shared space which community members will cultivate together, creating a communal hub of peace and beauty. The vision is to offer Overtown families plots in the garden where they can grow fruits and vegetables to prepare and eat, incorporating healthy and fresh foods into their daily routines.

To support the garden, M.D./M.P.H. student Brigitte Frett has applied for a grant from Gardens for Good, a program created by Nature’s Path Organic and Organic Gardening Magazine to encourage non-profit organizations to increase organic acreage and access to organic food.

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