January 4, 2005
Weekly News Briefs
e-Update is distributed
weekly to keep faculty and staff at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
up-to-date on news at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
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THIS WEEK’S NEWS
--Scientific Symposium on Advancing Medical Education Through the Use of Team Training and Medical Simulation
--Clean Your System
--Bake Sale to Benefit Tsunami Victims
--Discussion Group for Parents of Teenagers
--Gail F. Beach Memorial 2004-2005 Visiting Lectureship Series
--UM/Sylvester Distinguished Lecture Series
--Upcoming Calendar Events
--Human Subjects Research Opportunities
SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM ON THE ROLE OF SIMULATION, PATIENT SAFETY AND TEAM TRAINING IN ADVANCING MEDICAL EDUCATION
The UM – Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety will be hosting a scientific symposium on advancing medical education through the use of team training and medical simulation on Thursday, January 13, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center seventh-floor auditorium. The symposium is designed for health care professionals, educators, scientists, administrators and all others with a common interest in using medical simulation to train safer practitioners. Symposium participants in the UM-JMH community will be able to join simulation experts from around the world in discussing ways to advance medical education. The symposium is scheduled to precede the International Meeting on Medical Simulation held in Miami on January 14-16. Please contact Shirley Brown at 305-585-8364 or email email@example.com for information and registration.
CLEAN YOUR SYSTEM OF HOLIDAY EXCESS
The Division of Complementary Medicine offers a 21-day Cleanse Program to assist in ridding your system of the effects of all those carbohydrates, sweets, fats and other (deliciously bad) holiday treats. Lose weight, increase your energy, feel better, and enhance your overall health to help ward off colds, flu, and other winter illnesses. For more information, please call Complementary Medicine at 305-243-4751.
BAKE SALE TO BENEFIT TSUNAMI VICTIMS
University of Miami Behavioral Health will be having a bake sale on Friday, January 7, to raise money for the victims of the December 26 tsunami. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Professional Arts Center building at 1150 NW 14 St., all money raised will go toward aiding those who’ve suffered in the disaster. UMBH will also be accepting donations on behalf of Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org).
DISCUSSION GROUP FOR PARENTS OF TEENAGERS
S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) Teen is an eight-week, mid-day discussion group that offers parents of teenagers a realistic and practical approach to meeting the challenges of raising teens today. Participants will learn effective and enjoyable ways to communicate with their teens, which will help steer parents toward the goal of raising responsible teens who will grow into responsible men and women, capable of living meaningful, happy adult lives. The course will take place on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in room 6012 of the Diabetes Research Institute. Meeting dates are: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/24, 3/1, 3/8, and 3/15. You may register online at http://netlearning.miami.edu. Please be sure to register for all eight sessions. If you have any questions on using the online registration system, please contact 305-243-3090. For questions about content, call the EAP at 305-284-6604. Supervisors are encouraged to post this notice for employees who do not have electronic access.
GAIL F. BEACH MEMORIAL 2004-2005 VISITING LECTURESHIP SERIES
Luis F. Parada, Ph.D., director of the Center for Developmental Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Christopher Reeve Memorial Lecturer, will present "Unwilling Neurons and Unfriendly Myelin: The Yin & Yang of Regeneration Biology," on Wednesday, January 12 at noon in the Lois Pope LIFE Center seventh-floor auditorium. For more information, click here: http://www.themiamiproject.org/images/Gail%20F%20Beach%20lecture%20series.pdf, or call 305-243-7108.
The University of Miami Infertility Center (UMIC) at Cedars Medical Center will present a free seminar on “Infertility and Your Various Options” on Saturday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cedars Medical Center physician lounge, 1400 NW 12th Ave. The seminar will be followed by a free consultation for all participants. Parking is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by calling 305-243-UMIC, or visit UMIC on the Web at http://www.umic.miami.edu.
UM/SYLVESTER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
Stephen M. Prescott, M.D., H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in Human Molecular Biology & Genetics, and executive director, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, will present “It Began with Endothelial Cells: Lipid Messengers in Vascular Biology, Inflammation, and Cancer,” as part of the UM/Sylvester Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, January 13, in UM/Sylvester conference room 1301. On Friday, January 14, Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D., director, Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia University, will present “Molecular Pathogenesis of B-Cell Lymphoma” in UM/Sylvester conference room 1301 at noon. Lunch will be served. For more information, please call Diane Dames at 305-243-2287, or e-mail DDames@med.miami.edu.
GRANT WRITING SEMINAR
You are invited to apply for admission to a one-day grant seminar entitled "Write Winning Grants," which will take place on Friday, February 25, at the Jackson Memorial Hospital Diagnostic Treatment Center, room 259. The seminar will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance is limited; to apply, please contact the Division of CME at 305-243-6716, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. You must submit your application by January 31.
CHILD CAR SEAT INSTALLATION CHECK
Did you know that most child car seats are not installed correctly? To ensure that your child car seat is installed correctly a certified child passenger safety technician will be available on the following Mondays: January 10, 24 and 31; February 7, 14, 21 and 28; March 7, 21 and 28, and April 11, 18 and 25 in front of the Mailman Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is available to everyone who transports children under the age of 12 in their vehicle. For more information, e-mail email@example.com, or call 305-243-3928 to set up an appointment. Priority will be given to those with appointments.
HIPAA SECURITY AWARENESS UPDATE: THE PERILS OF P2P FILE-SHARING
Peer to Peer (P2P) file-sharing applications allow users to share any type of file with other computers over the Internet. Popular P2P applications include Grokster, Limewire, Morpheus and KaZaa. Although most commonly used to share music and video files, P2P can make files on your computer available to potentially millions of users. Sharing copyrighted material over a P2P network may result in legal action against both the user and the University. P2P applications may also serve as an entry point for computer viruses, worms, trojans, spyware and other malicious software. These scenarios are especially dangerous if your computer contains or accesses systems containing sensitive information such as Electronic Protected Health Information. Never install P2P applications on your University of Miami computer without the appropriate University approval or authorization. Please uninstall any unauthorized P2P applications immediately. If you need assistance, contact your system administrator. For further information on P2P, please visit the following web page: http://www.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/1,1770,21542-1;26581-3,00.html.
The Office of HIPAA Privacy and Security is sending out periodic Security Awareness updates and reminders through e-Update. Should you have any questions or concerns, call 305-243-5000.
UM BASKETBALL EMPLOYEE DAY THIS SUNDAY
The University of Miami men's basketball team will make history at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, as the Hurricanes play their first ever Atlantic Coast Conference game against North Carolina State at the UM Convocation Center. All UM employees who purchased employee day tickets for this game are encouraged to attend this remarkable event. Additionally, all fans in attendance will receive a special commemorative giveaway designating the inaugural ACC game. Individual tickets are available starting as low as $15. To order, call 305-284-CANES, visit www.hurricanesports.com or purchase at the Hecht Athletic Center Ticket Office.
30TH ANNUAL REVIEW AND RECENT PRACTICAL ADVANCES IN PATHOLOGY
The Department of Pathology will be conducting its 30th Annual Review and Recent Practical Advances in Pathology Course at the Fontainebleau Hilton from January 31-February 4. This year’s topics include hematopathology, breast pathology, neoplastic and non-neoplastic bone pathology, melanocytic lesions, pathology of neurodegenerative diseases, and more. For information and assistance, please contact Linda Hung at 305-585-6103; fax 305-243-5929, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS TO ANSWER YOUR FINANCIAL QUESTIONS
A representative from Fidelity Investments will be at the medical campus on Friday, January 7 in the Human Resources Benefits Office, 901 NW 17th St., suite D, to conduct individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-642-7131.
BUDGET GUIDELINES DISTRIBUTED
The Budget Office has distributed the 2005/2006 Budget Guidelines. If anyone needs any information and/or assistance, please e-mail email@example.com, or call 305-243-9000.
FACULTY SENATE 2005 OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD
Eugene Clasby, professor of English, will be presented with the Faculty Senate’s 2005 Outstanding Teaching Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 16, at 4 p.m. in the Storer Auditorium, School of Business Administration. All faculty are invited to attend the ceremony and reception that follows. For more Faculty Senate news, the latest issue of the Faculty Senate newsletter contains information as well as a summary of the Senate meetings of October 27 and November 17. To view the newsletter, go to http://www.miami.edu/FacultySenate, click on the Newsletters link, and then click on the meeting date. The next Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 26 at Whitten University Center, Flamingo Ballroom A. All faculty are invited to attend.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CANCER SERIES
Joseph Lucci, III, M.D., co-leader, Gynecologic Cancer Site Disease Group and professor and director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, will talk about “Ovarian Cancer – Symptoms and Treatment,” as part of the Conversations about Cancer series on Tuesday, January 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach, 1192 East Newport Center Drive, Suite 100. The presentation is free, and a light lunch will be served. Please call 1-800-545-2292 to register. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Joanne Leahy at 954-571-0107.
QUESTIONS ABOUT COMPLIANCE?
TWO UM HELPLINES CAN ASSIST YOU
Research integrity concerns? Report concerns regarding research integrity and adherence to federal or University regulations directly to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at 305-243-6415, or you can call the University's toll-free, anonymous compliance hotline at 866-YOURCALL. Billing concerns? Address questions to the Office of Billing Compliance at 305-243-HELP or 877-415-HELP. For information regarding training programs offered by the Office of Billing Compliance, contact Gemma Romillo or Nancy Rivero at 305-243-5842.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
THE THIRD ANNUAL KIRK A. AND DOROTHY P. LANDON -AACR PRIZES
The Third Annual Landon-AACR awards will be held on Wednesday, January 19, from noon to 1:35 p.m. at the UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, room 1301. The 2004 recipient of the Kirk A. Landon-AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research, Tony Hunter, Ph.D., professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will discuss "Tyrosine Phosphyorylation: From Bench to Bedside." The recipient of the Third Annual Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research, Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Hortense B. Ingram Professor of Molecular Oncology and director of Cancer Prevention at The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will talk about "Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention." No RSVP is required. For more information and a detailed schedule, contact Kathy Salce at KSalce@med.miami.edu, or call 305-243-1046.
NEUROLOGICAL UPDATE 2005
Please join us for the Neurological Update 2005 meeting to be held on January 26-29 at The Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach. This course is aimed at adult and pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists, although internists and general practitioners may also find the topics timely and useful. The course is designed to provide clinicians with the most recent developments in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. For more information, please contact the Division of CME at 305-243-6716 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACHING CONFERENCE ON HEART & STROKE – EMPHASIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH
Registration is open for the 37th Annual Teaching Conference in Clinical Cardiology and Neurology, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. The conference is a primary care update presented by the Center for Research in Medical Education. This year’s focus is heart disease and stroke in women. UM physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses can register for a reduced fee of $100 ($150 for UM physicians). CME credit and nurse contact hours can be earned up to a maximum of 15.5 hours. Tuition remission is available, awarded on a first-come first-served basis. The conference features a variety of School of Medicine faculty, led by Michael S. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., David Lee Gordon, M.D., S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., and Joan Baker, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.N.R.N. Also presenting are visiting professors Gordon A. Ewy, M.D., from the University of Arizona and Patrick S. Reynolds, M.D., from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. To register, or for more information call 305-243-6491 or visit http://www.crme.med.miami.edu/meded_conf2005.html.
3RD MIAMI INTERNATIONAL REVASCULARIZATION SUMMIT
The 3rd Miami International Revascularization Summit will be held on Friday, February 25, through Sunday, February 27, at Wyndham Miami Beach Resort, 4833 Collins Ave. For more information, please contact the Division of Continuing Medical Education at 305-243-6716, or e-mail email@example.com.
NEW CONCEPTS IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY CONFERENCE
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will be presenting a conference on New Concepts in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach on March 2 through 5. This program is designed to provide a comprehensive update of problems encountered in obstetrics and gynecology and its subspecialties. New information will be presented that can be used in daily gynecological practice. The participant will also be able to determine when more advanced technologies are necessary. The speakers will structure the symposium with formal presentations; participants are encouraged to bring clinical problems for discussion. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 305-585-5131. You can also register on-line at http://www.ob-gyn.med.miami.edu/events.asp.
HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Sara Czaja, Ph.D., is leading a study of spinal cord injury in an aging
population focusing on helping improve the quality of life of the patients
and their caregivers. As Americans live longer, more people are aging with
spinal cord injuries than ever before, presenting new challenges. This
NIH-funded study will examine the value of a home-based program that combines
psychological and social intervention, using technology to help patients
who have difficulty with mobility. For more information about the study,
please call 305-355-9200.
The HPV vaccine has been developed with the goal of decreasing HPV infection
and the persistence of HPV risk types responsible for cervical cancer. We are
looking for healthy women between the ages of 15 to 25 who have not had prior
abnormal pap smears, are not pregnant, are willing to receive the study vaccine,
and are able to commit to a four- year follow up period. For more information,
call Iliana Rivas at 305-243-5832.
The SPARE Study (Soy Phytoestrogens As Replacement Estrogen) is currently
recruiting women between 45-58 years of age to study the role of soy phytoestrogens
given in tablet form to prevent bone loss. Participants will be given a
physical exam at study entry, an annual mammogram and bone density test,
and will be asked to come for 10 study visits over a period of two years
for blood tests and to complete questionnaires about diet, exercise, and
well-being. Interested women should contact the SPARE Study Office at 305-243-4330
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Researchers at the MRI Center need healthy subjects for a magnetic resonance imaging study. For more information please visit