Upcoming Events 

July 26, 2016, 6:00 PM
PrEP Panel 
More info below.

August 1, 2016, 5:30 PM
White Coats-4-Care Reception
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August 5, 2016, 4 PM
White Coat Ceremony
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September 9-11, 2016
American College of Physicians (ACP) Florida Chapter 
Annual Scientific Meeting
More info here.

White Coat

FAU Internal Medicine Residency Welcomes 30 New Students

The FAU Internal Medicine Residency Program welcomed thirty new residents on July 1, 2016. This diverse grou p of interns range in age
from 25 to 39 years old, represent nine states (NY, CA, CT, IL, WI, DE, TN, TX) with 19 from Florida and graduated from local, domestic and international medical schools including: University of Miami, University of South Florida, Johns Hopkins University, Texas A&M, Ponce Health Sciences University, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. George's University, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), American University of Antigua, Medical University of Lublin, Government Medical College Amritsar, and Jordan University of Science & Technology.
FAU Leads Efforts to Focus on Preserving Dignity at the End of Life

FAU training efforts targeting end-of-life communication were recently highlighted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and by the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare. At the communication group's annual meeting, FAU faculty led a team of learners in addressing this emotionally challenging topic, identified in 
2014 by the Institute of Medicine as one of the greatest psychological challenges facing modern healthcare. While Medicare will now reimburse physicians for conversations about advance care planning, formal communication training in medical school is rare. Fortunately, FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is filling this gap. A weekly simulated patient encounter targeting end-of-life communication is being conducted by Dr. Benjamin A. Bensadon, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the internal medicine residency's Geriatrics and Palliative Care rotation, with all 3rd year medical students. Joining Bensadon at the communication conference were 4th-year FAU medical students Katie Hemingway, Michael McGarry, and Scott Leiser, as well as Dr. Gene Posca, Chief Resident of FAU's Internal Medicine Residency Program. Also included was Yale geriatrician colleague Dr. Chandrika Kumar, with whom Bensadon spent the past year as part of a 15-member cohort of national geriatrics leadership scholars, a leadership development  program co-sponsored by several leading academic geriatrics organizations. The program is fueled by an overarching mission to help better prepare the healthcare workforce to confront all aspects of what has become a demographic imperative.

Focus on FAU's humanistic training efforts will continue this fall at the annual meetings of the AAMC and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine where Bensadon will present related data on advance care planning.
PrEP Panel Tonight

Kenneth Poon, M.D., Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, will serve as a panelist this evening (Tuesday, July 26th) during a town hall meeting in Lake Worth, FL regarding HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. The panel will take place at Compass, 201 N. Dixie Hwy; Lake Worth, FL 33460.

All are welcome to attend the panel. The event begins at 6:30. The organizers recommend arriving between 5:00 and 5:45pm.
Clinical Trial Symposium

The Office Of Research Compliance and Quality Assurance in collaboration with FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Florida District Office and the FDA Office of Minority Health is pleased to invite you to a Clinical Trial Symposium entitled: "Improving Clinical Research in the Age of Precision Medicine."

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at The University of Miami Bank United Center located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. The cost of registration for the two-day seminar is $175.00 (breakfast, lunch and refreshments for both days are included in the registration fee).

The symposium will focus on scientific, regulatory, and ethical aspects of clinical trials as well as quality assurance practices. It will provide important updates on FDA regulatory requirements for clinical trials and perspectives from the front lines of clinical research.

The informational sessions will cover a series of topics to the scientific community such as Compliance in Clinical Research, Regulatory Perspective: Recruitment Challenges, and Understanding the Principal Investigator's Responsibilities among other exceptional topics. The event will close with a networking session on day 2.

CME and/or CEU's credits will be provided to all registered participants. Registration started Friday, July 1, 2016, and will close on Friday, September 9, 2016. To register, please visit the University of Miami website.

For more information, please contact Johanna Stamates or Patty Tate.
American College of Physicians Florida Chapter Annual Meeting 

Dr. Jennifer Caceres will be co-chairing the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians on September 9-11, 2016. She, Dr. Samer Fahmy, Dr. Dawn Sherling, and Dr. Seth Baum will all be delivering presentations at the event.
University of Miami Core
Facilities Showcase

The University of Miami is hosting a showcase of their core facilities on October 5. T o RSVP, click here .
Honors & Awards
Study Published in Clinical & Experimental Immunology

Congratula tions to College of Medicine researcher,  Mahyar Nouri- Shirazi, D.V.M.,  Ph.D., who had a study published in Clinical and Experimental Immunology.  The study suggests  genetic background should be taken into consideration when evaluating the activities of TLR agonists for development of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.

Studies on Mechanism of Diastolic Dysfunction
and Heart Failure

Diastolic dysfunction and diastolic heart failure is the most common form of cardiovascular disorders in older adults. However, no effective 
treatment is  available so far since the mechanisms  underlying the diastolic  dysfunctio n are not clear. Dr. Xupei Huang, Professor in the College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University and his team have investigated the cardiac mechanical function in the hearts for over 10 years. Their research paper "Green tea extract catechin improves internal cardiac muscle relaxation in RCM mice" has been published recently i n Journal of Biomedical Science. In their study, they have demonstrated the major cause of diastolic dysfunction is increased myofib ril se nsitivity to calcium and green tea catechin can reverse this hypers ensitivity and rescue the phenotypes. Their discovery has been rece ntly confirmed by cardiologists in Mayo Clinic on human patients with  cardio myopathy. Dr. Wen Shen, Associate professor and Dr. Changlong Nan in Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University are co-authors in the paper.

Student's Study Published
Congratulations to M4 student, Janelle
Nassim whose study, Surgical Site Infections Following Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery: An Epidemiologic Analysis, was published in the August 2016 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology . The study is a a retrospective analysis that she worked on during summer after her M1 year at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Read the study here.

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