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6.26.2012

Harrington Medical Training Programs Celebrate 45 Years of Excellence

The William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs celebrated 45 years of training top-tier medical graduates from Latin America and the Caribbean this month with a dinner at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami and a conference on the medical campus.

Over the decades, thousands of the brightest and most motivated Latin American and Caribbean medical students and graduates have completed the Harrington training, which includes placement in residency and observership programs in all specialties across the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus.

Established in 1967 by the late William J. Harrington Sr., the Medical Training Programs have been managed by J. Donald Temple, M.D., associate professor of medicine and the programs’ medical director since the senior Harrington’s death in 1992. Dr. Harrington’s eldest son, William J. Harrington Jr., M.D., served as co-director until his untimely death in 2009, when younger brother Thomas J. Harrington, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, assumed that role.

Thomas Harrington served as master of ceremonies at the June 15 anniversary dinner, where Temple and Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery and Associate Dean for International Medicine, spoke about the programs’ time-honored legacy, successes and global impact.

At the June 16 conference, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, told attendees, “Never has the need to connect people across the globe been greater, and the key to this is education.”

No one understood that better than the senior Harrington. As the Dean noted, “His foresight 45 years ago was the impetus for establishing the Miller School as an international academic medical center with a clear outreach mission in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Now housed at the International Medicine Institute, the program has nurtured many of Latin America’s and the Caribbean’s future medical leaders and academicians. Many graduates have become leading physician-scientists, clinicians and medical educators in their home countries, and continue to improve medical care and create new opportunities in research across the globe.

For more information on the programs, visit the website, or call 305-243-6826.

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