News and Events : 2015

Anat Galor, M.D., M.S.P.H., left, and Roy Levitt, M.D.

‘Dry Eye’ Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers have found a link between “dry eye” and chronic pain syndromes and mental health — a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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From left, Amir Rowshanrad, M.D., Andrew Oberlin, M.D., David Greschler, M.D., Chad Parvus, M.D., Ivet Cordoba-Torres, M.D., Kenechukwu Okeke, M.D., and David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Anesthesiology Residents Take First Place in Lifebox National Challenge

A team of University of Miami /Jackson Memorial Hospital anesthesiology residents captured first place in the 2015 Lifebox National Challenge by raising $4,327 to purchase life-saving oximeters — small, noninvasive medical devices that measure the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood — for surgeries in developing countries.

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Joshua  D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief Executive, UHealth Physician Practice, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, second and third from left, with Miller School medical students and graduate students at the Florida Medical Association meeting. Photo by Eric Weiss, M.D. candidate 2016.

Miller School Students and Faculty Recognized at Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting

Several Miller School students, graduates and faculty members were recognized for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on August 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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From left, medical students Matthew Stark, Shelly Birch, Simone Caccamo, Bryan Perez and Adam Aldahan.

Medical Education Holds 20th Annual Clinical Skills Exercises for Third-Year Students

The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed all 189 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses June 6-7 for the 20th annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students. More than 100 faculty members served as evaluators for the annual assessment.

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Eduardo J. de Marchena, M.D.

UM Hospital Performs First Mitral Clip Procedure

On May 11, a UHealth surgical team led by Eduardo de Marchena, M.D., professor of medicine and surgery, performed University of Miami Hospital’s first mitral clip procedure — a new, minimally invasive method of reducing mitral regurgitation in patients who are not good candidates for conventional surgical repair.

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From left, Joan St. Onge, M.D., Heidi Allespach, Ph.D., Yvonne M. Diaz, M.D., Halcyon M. Quinn.

Miller School Launches Pioneering Program for First-Year Residents

In a single week last August in New York City, two first-year residents, in different programs and in separate incidents, jumped to their deaths. What could have happened, just three months after their triumphant graduation from medical school, that would have made them want to take their lives? We may never know, but a likely contributing factor is a syndrome called burnout.

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