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From left, fourth-year medical students Rimsky Denis and Dalal Eldick, Jennifer Murdock, M.D., Jeri Wolfson and Mark O'Connell, M.D.

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From left, fourth-year medical students Rimsky Denis and Dalal Eldick, Jennifer Murdock, M.D., Jeri Wolfson and Mark O'Connell, M.D.

DOCSumentary Premiere Held at Hollywood-Style Screening at Cosford Cinema

It was the perfect Hollywood ending for a movie that was more than 40 years in the making at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The premiere of DOCSumentary, a series of short films highlighting the work and challenges faced by the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), took place at the Bill Cosford Cinema on November 20, replete with velvet ropes, an orange-carpet reception and even flowing bubbly.

Miller School students, faculty, patients and luminaries filled the reception area in front of the cinema in anticipation of the first screening of three of nine episodes that will make up the DOCSumentary series. Before the night was over, they would applaud the films, hear from student producers and get insight from the patients who star in the documentaries.

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Mary Moore, Ph.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., with Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D., center.

Mary Moore, Ph.D., and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., with Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D., center.

Gross Lecture Features German-Born Jewish Physician Delivering Personal Perspective on the Anatomy o

When Bernd A. Wollschlaeger, M.D., was growing up in West Germany in the 1950s, Nazis and Jews were two subjects that were never discussed in the presence of his father, a decorated German tank commander in World War II. It took him many years of emotional and spiritual turmoil to reconcile the Nazi legacy of hate with his desire to live a meaningful life. Along the way, Wollschlaeger converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel, started a family, and came to the U.S. to complete his training as a family physician.

“For me, hatred against other people has a very personal meaning,” said Wollschlaeger, who delivered the 12th Biennial Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Lecture at the Louis Calder Memorial Library on November 21. “But I have learned we all think in stereotypes, because our ancestors long ago had to put people in categories quickly in order to avoid danger. Today, that type of thinking can lead to hatred against Jews or Muslims, blacks or whites. As physicians, we have a moral responsibility to make a conscious effort to overcome our personal biases and treat everyone in an equal manner.”

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Celebrating the anniversary of Wallace H. Coulter's 100th birthday, from left to right, are Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Coulter's niece, Laura Coulter-Jones, Mara Neal and Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Celebrating the anniversary of Wallace H. Coulter's 100th birthday, from left to right, are Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Coulter's niece, Laura Coulter-Jones, Mara Neal and Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D.

Miller School Recognizes Innovator, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Wallace H. Coulter on Anniversar

Miller School of Medicine researchers paid tribute to the far-reaching accomplishments of inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wallace H. Coulter at a November 18 reception at the Life Science & Technology Park celebrating the anniversary of his 100th birthday.

Known worldwide for the Coulter Principle – a revolutionary technique to count and size red blood cells – the visionary entrepreneur founded the Coulter Corporation, now Beckman-Coulter, which moved from Chicago to Miami in the early 1960s. Before his death in 1998, he endowed the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, which continues to support leading-edge medical research to benefit clinical care.

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Robert J. Mandel, second from left, receives his bachelor's degree from UM President Donna E. Shalala, Jeffrey Block, M.D., left, and Leonidas G. Bachas, Ph.D.

Robert J. Mandel, second from left, receives his bachelor's degree from UM President Donna E. Shalala, Jeffrey Block, M.D., left, and Leonidas G. Bachas, Ph.D.

UM Alum Receives Long Overdue Bachelor’s Degree

Robert J. Mandel, M.D., a member of the University of Miami School of Medicine class of 1963, had an appointment with President Donna E. Shalala November 15. Mandel had retired after a long and distinguished career as a radiologist at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne – but one thing that bothered him was that he never received his bachelor’s degree from UM because he was admitted to medical school after just three years.

During his meeting with the President, he told her his story, handed her his academic record and said, “I’ve always told my kids to finish what you start. Is there any way I can get that bachelor’s degree?”

Passing the paperwork across the conference table to Leonidas G. Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the President answered, “That would be the decision of the Dean.”

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Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D.

Faculty and Staff Support the U: Healthcare Policy Expert Builds Community the United Way

Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.D., a national health policy expert who will host the School of Business Administration’s third premier healthcare conference in January, has been bettering the University and his community for 35 years. Have a story to share? Tell us why you support the U.

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University of Miami Hospital Hosts First World Diabetes Day Events

In support of World Diabetes Day November 14, University of Miami Hospital faculty and staff did their part to help raise awareness of the chronic and debilitating disease that affects more than 371 million people worldwide. Members of the Pharmacy, Dietary, Wound Care, Physical Therapy, Organizational Learning and Nursing Departments manned an information booth outside the cafeteria, where they welcomed hospital staff and guests and provided information on diabetes prevention and management. They marked the end of the day by creating a human blue circle, representing the global sign for diabetes and symbolizing UMH’s unity in the fight against diabetes.

Dressed as the “Public Health” Justice League of America are, from left, M.P.H. students Charles Chen and Henry Olano, David J. Lee, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Dean for Public Health, who competed in Push-Ups for PHSA.

Dressed as the “Public Health” Justice League of America are, from left, M.P.H. students Charles Chen and Henry Olano, David J. Lee, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences, and Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Dean for Public Health, who competed in Push-Ups for PHSA.

Public Health Student Association Hosts Fourth Annual Push-Ups for PHSA

The Public Health Student Association hosted the fourth annual Push-Ups for PHSA competition at the Medical Wellness Center on October 28 to raise funds for community-based health initiatives in Overtown, including the Cooking ‘Canes program, a hands-on class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School where students learn how to prepare healthy meals, and maintaining the PHSA established community garden at Gibson Park.

This year’s competition drew nine teams and 42 participants, who came together to perform a total of 2,371 push-ups and raise more than $500.

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Pediatric cochlear implant recipients and their families enjoyed a festive night of activities at the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center’s October Family Night hosted by the Kids Hear Now team.

Pediatric cochlear implant recipients and their families enjoyed a festive night of activities at the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center’s October Family Night hosted by the Kids Hear Now team.

Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center’s October Family Night

The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center’s October Family Night transformed the UM Ear Institute’s medical clinic into a festive Halloween atmosphere. Surrounded by spooktacular décor, trick or treat bags, and a costume contest, 140 people attended the event which was designed for pediatric cochlear implant recipients and their families.

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Early Submission Deadline

The deadline for the December issue of MED is Wednesday, November 27, at noon.

Register Now for Clinical Nutrition & Integrative Approaches to Chronic Conditions Conference Series

Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Programs (iCamp) will host the 2014 Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Approaches to Chronic Conditions Conference Series January 4 to May 17 at the Courtyard Marriott, 200 SE 2nd Avenue, downtown Miami.

The conference brings together nationally recognized experts to provide training to physicians and other allied health professionals interested in incorporating nutrition-related medicine and integrative therapies into their clinical practice.

Special rates for UM, Jackson and VA employees are available. For more information, visit icamp.med.miami.edu or call 305-243-4751.

Discounted Registration Still Available for 2014 Miami Winter Symposium

Due to an overwhelming number of applications, registration waivers for the 2014 Miami Winter Symposium, “The Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders,” have been filled, but University faculty, staff and students can still take advantage of discounted rates. The discounted rate for students is $300 and the rate for faculty and staff is $500.

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