The Medical Parents Association (MPA) held an orientation dinner August 9 to welcome the Class of 2021 – and their proud parents – to their first year at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. “I can tell you from first-hand experience that your daughter or son stands on the threshold of an incredible adventure,” said Vicky Egusquiza, M.D. ’87, whose three sons have attended the Miller School.
The first complete solar eclipse to span the United States in 99 years will occur on Monday, August 21. If you plan to join the millions of people viewing the sight of the century, it is important to protect your eyes. Rule No. 1: Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection — even for a few minutes. You can seriously damage your vision.
Why do we eat what we eat? As obvious as it may sound, the strongest determinant, other than availability, is taste. Our reaction to taste — a range of responses from yum to yuck — is often instantaneous yet highly personalized. So we eat what we like, but why do we like what we like? And personal preferences aside, does taste really matter? For two researchers at the Miller School of Medicine, the answer is yes.
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has again been ranked as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report in its Best Hospitals edition. It is the 14th year in a row and the 16th time that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked Number One since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual rankings.
The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), a prestigious group representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, has invited Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to join its membership. “The invitation signifies their recognition of our strong work in this area,” said Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Sylvester’s director of precision medicine.
Karishma Desai and Madeline Lederer, second-year students at the Miller School of Medicine, broadened their clinical dermatology experiences this summer through an externship program with the University of Pisa in Italy. “During our month in Pisa we engaged in hands-on care, learned a great deal about wound healing and were even given the option of rotating through other fields of medicine as well,” said Lederer.
The Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader Scholarship Fund has made a generous $1 million pledge to offer full-tuition scholarships for well-deserving, qualified students at the University of Miami Miller School. The commitment honors Betty Reader, a longtime philanthropist, volunteer, and passionate supporter of education. Since 2011, the fund has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.
For Peruvian native Julio Barredo, M.D., director of children’s cancer programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, visits to his home country were often painful. He saw a cure rate of only 40 percent for the 700 children diagnosed annually with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. He knew that many of them were dying unnecessarily.
It was just a staircase, but to Patricia Emard, it could have been a mountain. With the help of the world-class oncologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, she had triumphed over breast cancer, but it had taken all she could give. Two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation had sapped her strength. She looked at the staircase and chose the elevator instead.
Buoyed by a $333,333 workforce development grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D., associate professor and director of audiology and speech-language pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, plans to set up a health care system to address diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of newborns with Zika infection in the St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John islands.