Miller School Students and Residents Honored at Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and a resident were honored for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association on July 30 and 31 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

“Three of the six awards for poster presentations went to our Miller School participants — a remarkable accomplishment since there were 100 submissions,” said Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive of the UHealth Clinical Practice, and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs. Falcone participated in the FMA meeting as a member of the House of Delegates for the Dade County Medical Association.

In the research category, Miller School student Adam Michael Rosen received the first place award for his poster, “Reducing readmissions through improvements in transitions of care.” In the clinical case category, student Jessica G. Gelman was honored with first place for her poster, “A very unusual presentation of multiple myeloma: The new internist’s tumor?” Another award winner was Aaron E. Brice, M.D., a resident at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital, who took third place for his poster, “A surprise case of left ventricular noncompaction: Are we mistaking horses for zebras?”

More than 20 Miller School medical students, graduates and faculty members attended the meeting, which included continuing medical education sessions, as well as the House of Delegates’ deliberation over policy-guiding resolutions, according to Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., who serves as vice speaker of the FMA. Hansel Tookes III, M.D., a resident in internal medicine, is a representative on the FMA board.

“With more than 300 physicians attending from every specialty and region of our state, the annual FMA meeting provides tremendous educational and networking benefits to our students and residents,” said Lenchus, who is associate professor of clinical medicine and anesthesiology, President of the Jackson Health System Medical Staff, Chair of the JHS Medical Executive Committee, and Associate Director of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety.

Miller School of Medicine Interim Dean Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., took part in the annual meeting of the Florida Council of Medical School Deans, held concurrently with the FMA session. “We exchanged ideas for advancing Florida’s medical education programs and for finding ways to work together to meet the growing demand for well-trained, caring and compassionate physicians to serve our communities,” Gardner said.

Reflecting on the importance of the FMA’s annual meeting for Miller School participants, Falcone said, “This is an excellent platform for our students and residents to advance their careers and prepare to take on leadership roles in organized medicine.”

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