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Alex Mechaber, M.D., tells the Class of 2016 he sat in the same auditorium for his own orientation 22 years ago.

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Alex Mechaber, M.D., tells the Class of 2016 he sat in the same auditorium for his own orientation 22 years ago.

Class of 2016 Begins with High Expectations

Rachel Thompson may not have taken the traditional route to medical school, but she is rather typical of the Miller School’s Class of 2016, the “smartest” in the school’s history. An economics major who found her calling while working for a business consulting firm that was developing medical curriculum, Thompson was accepted to three other medical schools, but chose UM’s.

“It’s an honor to be here,” the University of Michigan graduate said during the August 9-10 freshmen orientation, where she and 149 classmates learned that no previous class had surpassed their GPA and MCAT scores. “I just fell in love with the opportunity to serve the community, even outside the country, and the wealth of exposure to different diseases and populations you get here.”

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From left, William K. Scott, Ph.D., Stephan Züchner, M.D., and Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D., received more than $2 million in research grants.

From left, William K. Scott, Ph.D., Stephan Züchner, M.D., and Gaofeng Wang, Ph.D., received more than $2 million in research grants.

Genomics and Genetics Researchers Awarded More than $2M in Grants

Three researchers at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, who are also faculty members at the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics have been awarded more than $2 million in grants to advance genetic research on Staphylococcus aureus infections, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and age-related macular degeneration.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D., bottom left, speaks with President Barack Obama about health care strategy.

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., bottom left, speaks with President Barack Obama about health care strategy.

Dr. Jose Szapocznik Discusses Health Care Strategy with President Obama

On a recent two-day campaign trip to Florida, President Barack Obama met with a small group of supporters, including José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and public health, in West Palm Beach. In an informal July 19 roundtable discussion, Szapocznik and other participants spoke candidly about the issues that are most important to them.

The nation’s health agenda topped Szapocznik’s list.

Seated across the table from Obama, Szapocznik thanked the President for issuing the first National Prevention Strategy, part of the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

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Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hermes Florez Publishes Editorial on Diabetes in JAMA

Hermes Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., was selected by the Journal of the American Medical Association to review a study published by the prestigious journal that found patients who were at a normal weight when diagnosed with diabetes experienced higher mortality rates compared with those who were overweight or obese at the time of diabetes onset.

Calling the meta-analysis by researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who pooled data from five longitudinal studies, “a wake-up call,” Florez, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences and associate professor of medicine in the Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Endocrinology, said it “addresses an emerging challenge regarding diabetes and weight status.”

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Buy your season tickets now and join Hurricanes Coach Al Golden for an exciting football season.

Buy your season tickets now and join Hurricanes Coach Al Golden for an exciting football season.

UM Employee Football Season Tickets on Sale

The Miami Hurricanes 2012 football season begins September 1, and both full-time and part-time UM employees can save 20 percent off the price of home-game tickets. To ensure that you get a great seat, you should act now to take advantage of your employee discount on season tickets and season parking. The team’s home schedule features a great rivalry game against the Florida State Seminoles, four games against reigning Football Bowl Subdivision teams, a special Thursday night game, and a top-10 ranked freshman class to go along with award-winning upperclassmen.

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