June/July 2013                                                                                                Volume 1 | Issue 4
Patient Centered Teaching.
                       Patient Centered Research.
                                                Patient Centered Care.
From the Desk of Dr. Sinnott...
As we welcome in a new academic year, it is important to reflect upon some of the goals developed with Dean Klasko at the first part of December and note our progress over the past 6 months.
One of our top priorities was to enhance the clinical presence of the DoIM and diversify recruitment to welcome faculty from other institutions - to that end we have increased the hospitalist core and captured our best and brightest graduates in internal medicine, added two infectious disease physicians, hired one hematologist and are recruiting another, added a rheumatologist, are in the process of recruiting a faculty member for palliative care, and are developing a geriatric emergency department. These new faculty members are from Mayo Clinic, Harvard, University of Oklahoma, University of Nebraska, and top international universities. We also developed a strategic plan and held a series of four meetings with the thought leaders of the department. Our resulting plan of action for the future will guide our development over the next several years. Full details of our strategic plan will be shared in the weeks to come.
To enhance the intellectual climate in the department, we have enhanced grand rounds, changed the morning report system at Tampa General by merging it with noon conference, and we've celebrated our academic achievements at our internal medicine graduation ceremony. We worked to promote internal communications within the department and divisions and have an active newsletter, developed an intranet, and created a new brand. Our departmental polo shirts, lanyards and hats are in the process of being distributed.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of innovative, patient-centered research. To enhance our research efforts, we are developing a research support structure within the Chairman's office, and have hired new researchers across many of our divisions and centers. We also welcome internationally recognized Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD who will build our Division of Evidence Based Medicine and add impact to the research efforts of our divisions and centers.
Lastly, it is with sadness that we hear Dean Klasko has accepted a position at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dean Klasko will be missed as he has been the most transformative individuals in the Morsani College of Medicine's history. It is important that his legacy of entrepreneurialism and innovation live on. As co-chair of the search committee I pledge I will do my best to see this happen. We wish Dean Klasko luck as he moves to Philadelphia this Fall.





John T Sinnott MD FACP
Department of Internal Medicine
Inside This Issue...
Dr. Goldman receives proclamation from the Mayor. Learn more about what he's doing to build up the DoIM.
Many faculty have received awards and grants this past month for their research contributions. Learn more.
Residents, Fellows and Faculty receive awards at this year's graduation. Learn more.
Cheryl Beckler Retires After 33 Years of Service. Learn more.
Division of Allergy & Immunology Director Richard Lockey, MD and faculty member Dennis Ledford, MD edited the fifth edition of Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy. The book will be published the beginning of 2014 or you can preorder here. Congratulations Drs. Lockey and Ledford!
Let's get physical, physical...
Did you know there's a gym in the MCOM and all faculty, staff and residents can use it for free? To get access to the gym:
1.  watch the Fitness Center video on the MCOM Student Affairs webpage (it is located on the right side under Student Life)
2. Notify Dr. Steven Specter that you watched it and request access to the gym
3. you ID card will be activated
We are currently hosting a battle of the bulge fitness challenge. Our health screenings will resume in September.
  Thursday July 18th            
  The Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Ventilator- 
  Associated Pneumonia (VAP)                        
  By: Mark Rumbak MD
  Thursday July 25th             
  Advances in Treatement of Breast Cancer        
  By: Roohi Ismail-Khan MD   
  *All DoIM Grand Rounds lectures are held from noon - 1:00pm in MDL 1003. They are televised at TGH B107 and FOB 1304.
All of our grand rounds lectures are recorded and can be viewed by clicking here.                                               
We want to reiterate that Clinical Faculty are exempt from the DEA renewal fee since you are a state employee. Be sure to check the exempt box when you renew and do not pay the fee!
Finance & Accounting has strict rules in place about this matter and if you accidentally pay the fee you cannot get reimbursed.
The USF Research Directory and ProFound (both directories of faculty) are being consolidated into one directory so you do not have to make updates to your activities in multiple places.
USFPG is requesting all faculty update their profiles and be sure to include the following information:
  • clinical interests
  • practice locations
  • Health Care Philosophies
The information you have in your profile will be searchable by patients seeking health care providers, so be sure to fill in all of your information. 
Here is where you go to update your profile: http://hsccf.hsc.usf.edu/facultyDirectory/
**Your assistant or a resource from the Chairman's office can update your profile for you. If you would like someone from the Chairman's office to assist, please email bflam@health.usf.edu and she will assist with setting up proxy rights to your profile**
directory2013 USF PHYSICIANS DIRECTORY IS PUBLISHED - Is Your Information Accurate?
The USFPG has updated the USF Physicians Directory by Specialty (click to review) and consists of credentialed USF physicians and other health care professionals who see patients under the auspices of USF.
Entries are listed by specialty, not by department. An alphabetical index can be found at the end of the document.
Please check to ensure your information is accurate.  If you need to make address updates, email Fran Isbell at fisbell@health.usf.edu. Please contact Carol Darling for all other change requests at cdarling@health.usf.edu.
The directory should be used as a resouce when referring to USF Health physicians and professional providers.  

The workshop design positions workshop leaders, who are faculty who have experience and success, to share their experience, lessons learned, best practices, and program-specific insights to help faculty participants prepare winning grant applications.


Each participant will receive a blueprint for success, a thumb drive with their grant starter kit: application checklist, budget template, and pre-populated SF 424. Additional workshop materials will be provided at the workshop.

Which of the Summer Grant Writing Workshops is right for you? Check out the 2013 Schedule of Workshops

  • NSF Standard Grants
  • Compelling Writing for Persuasive Grants & Grant Budgets
  • Peer Review Perspective & your impact score
  • Department of Defense Grants
  • Crafting NIH R01s

Please Register here if you are interested in attending.

*Please note the RFP or BAA you wish to pursue when you register
USF faculty - enter your GEMS ID in your registration form to qualify for promotional waiver of registration fees.

Have additional questions? Please email CAS-research@usf.edu 


To order your permit online please select the option that best applies to you:


1. myUSF users: Once you log into your myUSF account, click on the Parking and Transportation icon at the bottom of the main page or look under my resources tab for the parking permit link.


2. Faculty, staff and students can log into their parking account using their USF NetID


3. Affiliates may log into their parking account using their email address and password previously provided.


New this year, you can subscribe to the Parking and Traffic Alerts listserv to receive USF parking and traffic alerts via email. To subscribe, send an email to:listserv@listserv.admin.usf.edu. In the body of your message, type: sub USF-PARKING-TRAFFIC-ALERTS. You will receive an email that will require you to click on a confirmation link in order to be included as a subscriber.



  • All permits will be mailed, please verify your address.
  • They will not mail to campus addresses, except for resident housing.
  • Remember to print the temporary permit to use until your permit arrives in the mail.
  • ALL 2012-13 parking permits expire on 8/9/13.


The results are in! We had some top contenders, but our winning name is...
Dr. Sinnott is the one who came up with this name, but he wishes to pass his gift on to the runner up, whose newsletter name will be the new name of our internal monthly newsletter.
And the winner is...
Internal Insights by Barbara Pearce in the Division of Ethics, Humanities & Palliative Medicine! Congratulations Barbara!
Our close contender was The BULLETIN by Dr. Kevin O'Brien.
Special thank you to all who submitted creative names and for those who participated in the voting process.
Twenty faculty and staff members in our department are participating in our first fitness challenge.
The challenge is set to last for 2 months, July 1 - August 30. Six teams will compete to improve their health and fitness, with a core focus on reducing overall body fat percentages.
Awards will be given for those who lose the most percentage of their overall weight, largest percentage of body fat, and most overall inches. The team that loses the most combined in each of the mentioned areas
 will also receive a prize.
Good luck participants!
Faculty and Staff Spotlights
Patient-Centered Teaching: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders
 Dr. Allan Goldman Receives Proclamation As He Continues To Build  the Department of Internal Medicine  


At our June 6th Departmental Graduation, Dr. Goldman was surprised as Dr. Sinnott and Mrs. Goldman announced that Mayor Buckhorn proclaimed June 6th as Dr. Allan L Goldman Day. "I was completely shocked, I had no idea," said Dr. Goldman. "It was a wonderful surprise".
After 18 years serving as Chairman of our Department, Dr. Allan Goldman remains an integral asset to our programs and is helping build our bridge to our future in multiple ways.


Dean Klasko, residents, fellows, faculty and staff applaud as Dr. Goldman takes the stage to accept his proclamation by the City of Tampa declaring June 6th Allan L Goldman Day.

As Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Chair of the GME committee, Dr. Goldman oversees our residency programs and is working to strengthen it and expand them.


His immediate goal is to make it more competitive so that more USF medical students choose to continue their education with us.



"We spend four years preparing medical students to become excellent doctors, investing time and resources to ensure they receive a quality education," says Dr. Goldman. "It is our hope they stay in-state to complete their residency programs so we can optimally serve our communities."


But with the growing number of medical school graduates, we often times bid our students farewell as they take residencies in other states. Odds are doctors will remain in the state they completed their residency in. "We invest so much in our students and then we miss opportunities to retain excellently trained physicians because they leave," he said.


One thing Dr. Goldman has noticed over the years is that our residency programs have dramatically improved the quality care of the hospitals they rotate in. That is why he is working to develop new residency programs at other institutions and HCAs around the state, through which we can provide other services such as conferences and CAMLS training. This will also lead to increased affiliations with USF and diversify our sources of revenue.



Dr. Goldman's long-term goal is to develop a residency program at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, but he says this will take some time.



"A residency program with LRMC will be a dynamite combo", he says. "But we first have to build a faculty base and prepare that hospital for supporting a residency program".


The MCOM currently has 750 residents and the DoIM has 265 of them. The goal is to add 200 to 250 at Lakeland Regional as the program is built.



Dr. Goldman is also Senior Associate Dean of Alumni Relations. Through this effort, he is working with other members of the USF Health leadership team to develop alumni outreach and stewardship with medical graduates and former residents, fellows and faculty.



Another exciting initiative is the development of our Physician Assistant Program, for which Dr. Goldman serves as Medical Director. He recruited its Program Director, David Kotun, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA, and together they have been working to create the program. More on the PA program will be in our next e-newsletter.




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Patient-Centered Research: Innovative Ideas

 research  DoIM Faculty Receive Multiple Awards for Their Research Efforts


In May, the USF Office of Research & Innovation gave awards to our faculty for the 2012-2013 AY:


Multiple Proposal Submission Award: 

  • Shyam Mohapatra, PhD MBA FAAAAI  - Director, Division Tranlational Medicine, Vice Chair Basic Research
  • Todd Wills, MD - Vice Chair Operations, Research and Education, Associate Professor Division Infectious Disease & International Medicine

 $1 million+ Federal Submission Award:

  • Michael Teng MD, PhD - Associate Professor Division of Allergy & Immunology
Srinivas N. Bharadwaj, PhD in the Division of Translational Medicine was awarded a New Researcher Grant for his work on the Role of micro RNA in altered differentiation of myeloid cells in cancer.
Mark Glaum, MD in the Division of Allergy & Immunology was awarded the 2013 ARTrust Mini Grant from the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Education and Research Organization Inc. for his work on Molecular Quantification of Tree Pollen by qPCR. This will allow him to explore the reliability of using modern molecular techniques to quantify tree pollen allergen as compared to traditional pollen counting methods.
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet, MD in the
Division of Rheumatology will serve as a faculty mentor in the 2013 American Heart Association Summer Medical Student Research Fellow Award program. Elizabeth Rogers, MSI will be working in a lab at Winthrop University Hospital in New York to study the Impact of Lupus on Lipid Handling in Cells of the Arterial Wall.
           Dr. Mohapatra               Dr. Wills                      Dr. Teng                       Dr. Bharadwaj               Dr. Glaum             Dr. Valeriano-Marcet
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the advancement of
patient-centered research!
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Patient-Centered Care: Putting Compassion into Practice
graduationResidents, Fellows and Faculty Receive Awards at the DoIM Graduation Ceremony 
Cheryl Beckler, Julie DeHainaut, Kristy Andre and resident Kim Maguire worked hard to take this year's graduation to a new level. Our graduation ceremony kicked off with a welcome from Vice Chairman Jose Lezama and opening comments from Dr. Sinnott. Dean Klasko lead the Charge to the Class, followed by Dr. Sinnott presenting a proclamation to Dr. Goldman for his years of commitment to educational excellence.
Barbara Hansen, PhD received the Lifetime Contribution to Research Award and Dr. Goldman received the Distinguished Service Award. 
Following the presentation of certicates to graduates, Kimberly Kolkhorst closed the ceremony with a farewell address that reminded residents of their first days in residency, noted the pearls of wisdom faculty instilled in them, and inspired them to be great patient-centered physicians.
Congratulations to all those who received awards for their commitment to excellence - to our residents who went above and beyond, and our faculty who equipped the residents to practice Patient-Centered Care:
Outstanding PGY I Award                                Chariman's Leadership Award                  Moffitt Teaching Award
Max Feldman & Andrew Kuykendall               Akhil Patel                                                    Celeste Bello & Bjorn Holmstrom
Outstanding PGY II Award                               Chairman's Research Award                     TGH Teaching Award
Jeffrey Cummings                                             Monique Sajjad                                            Peter Chang
Outstanding PGY III Award                              Chairman's Award                                       VA Teaching Award
Anh Phu Nguyen                                               Kimberly Maguire                                        Jeffrey Kooper
ACP Outstanding Resident Award                   Chairman's Humanism Award                  Outpatient Teaching Award
Shyla Gowda                                                       Jane Mai                                                     Kevin O'Brien
Nathan Marcus Award                                                                                                             Roy H Behnke MD Award
Eric Schilling                                                                                                                            Cuc Mai
Congratulations to all of our graduates and award receipients!
Mrs. Goldman and Dr. Sinnott reading Dr. Goldman's Proclamation
Barbara Hansen, PhD, Director of our Center for Obesity, Diabetes and Aging Research, is awarded the Liftetime Contribution to Research Award
Dr. Goldman is awarded the Distinguished Service Award


Retirement Announcement... 
cherylAfter 33 years of service with USF Health, Cheryl Beckler retired on June 27th. Cheryl's enjoyment came from assisting residents and medical students, seeing them complete their education and move on in their careers in medicine. Cheryl worked in many departments during her tenure, to include Anatomy, Continuing Medical Education, Dean Bunch and Dean Dunn's offices in the College of Medicine, and lastly with the DoIM's Office of the Chairman where she has coordinated our graduations, orientations, medical student electives, visiting students, and credentialing for residents and fellows.
Congratulations Cheryl! We thank for you for commitement and service to USF Health, the DoIM, and our fellows, residents and students.
It is our goal to send out an internal e-newsletter each month, and a newsletter for external audiences each quarter beginning in July. 
Please email kandre@health.usf.edu submissions for consideration in our marketing materials, including our Web site, for the following areas:
  • Star Staff Spotlight
  • Faculty, Research, Resident or Fellow feature (including patient-centered focus)
  • Accomplishments, Awards and Accolades
  • Publications
  • International Activities
  • Socializing/Networking Opportunities 
  • Interesting articles you think the DOIM would benefit from
  • Questions on policies, procedures or general inquiries
Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have IT/Communications related inquiries.
  Kristy Andre, Communications Director - (813) 974-4067 kandre@health.usf.edu
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