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New clinical trial investigates APOKYN for treating debilitating morning akinesia in Parkinson’s disease patients
Medical, business, philanthropic, and civic leaders from the South Florida community who supported the COM’s creation joined faculty and students to celebrate a major milestone for the young college: the graduation of its inaugural class.
Classes won’t start until the fall of 2015, but already the College of Medicine’s new Physician Assistant Program is drawing interest.
Thirty-three young student pioneers and a miracle medical school made history on April 29, 2013 as the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine graduated its inaugural class.
Tanya Bogle, a graduating medical student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s inaugural Class of 2013, spent two weeks of her community medicine rotation at the Instituto Henry Moore in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late March.
On Wednesday, February 13th, Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold, dedicated community leaders and philanthropists and colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City, joined us at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) to induct 26 students into our new chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), an international honor society that recognizes students, residents and physicians for "demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service."
TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the 2013 class of Great Floridians, a prestigious group of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and prosperity of Florida.
The Miami-Dade County Commission has honored the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and its inaugural class with a special Proclamation and individual Certificates of Congratulations for each of the 33 graduates.
In a study published in the April 16 issue of Nature Communications, researchers from Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine describe a revolutionary technique they have developed that can deliver and fully release the anti-HIV drug AZTTP into the brain.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure®Miami/Ft.Lauderdale Affiliate has awarded the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) a $10,000 grant to support the fight against breast cancer.
I am pleased to bring you news of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Faculty Group Practice’s continuing efforts to add convenience and benefits for our university community.
The Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC), America’s largest regional organization for general surgeons, has honored Dr. J. Patrick O’Leary, assistant executive dean for clinical affairs, with its Distinguished Service Award.
“Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist”, the largest exhibition ever of the Italian master’s studies of the human body was a huge hit last year at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. A similar exhibition opens this August in Scotland. There is even a “Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy” app for the iPad.
Dr. Eneida Roldan, assistant dean for student affairs; associate professor and co-academic director, professional strand, is one of 24 women physician executives who tell their stories in the new book, “Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management”.
HWCOM inaugural class scores residencies for every student
Medical Student Receives Award for Professionalism.
It will be a day of overflowing emotions, significant anxiety and great joy; a day to remember.
A specially designed vessel is released into the bloodstream to combat a blood clot, its mission to repair the damage and exit the body without harming any of the other organs and systems.
The bad, the ugly, and the deadly. Some of the world’s most infamous viruses, parasites and bacteria emerged from under the microscope to take center stage at the 3rd annual International Conference on Tropical Medicine at Florida International University.
The College’s Business & Medicine Interest Group hosted their inaugural lecture on Thursday, January 31.
It has often been said that it takes a village to raise a child; it is also true that it takes a community to create a doctor. With over 800 voluntary faculty members and counting, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is adeptly utilizing one of its greatest resources.
On Friday, February 8, the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine hosted the Kick-Off of its 2013 Sapphire Celebration.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Faculty Group Practice continues to expand, adding convenience and benefits for our university community. For more than a year, FIU Health physicians and staff have been sharing their wealth of experience and commitment to providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive care to their patients at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
An interview with a 2,000 year-old cardiologist, as dreamed by Dr. Sheldon Cherry.
The address of chromosomes in the sperm cell may help predict fertility
MIAMI (Feb. 7, 2013) – FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has been granted full accreditation, fulfilling a promise university leaders made to build a public medical school in Miami committed to training a new generation of physicians.
For the 22nd consecutive year, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King is being honored with an exhibition curated by Dr. Kalai Mathee, Founding Chair and Professor of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
It was a scene straight out of that old campy commercial from the 1980’s. Hoping to relieve her back pain, Ruth Triebwasser went to sleep on a recliner instead of her bed. Sometime during the night, she slid off the chair and could not get up.
Who says you can’t go home again! That’s exactly what Michael Hann plans to do when he graduates from medical school. He’s going back home to San Diego.
The road to fitness can be tough. It’s only a few weeks into the new year, and yet many Americans have already broken their fitness resolutions. In fact, studies show that although almost two thirds of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions include fitness goals, approximately 80% don’t meet their objectives. With statistics like this, it is no wonder that many seek advice on how to stay on the right track.
The holiday break was just what HWCOM Professor Kalai Mathee needed to get over the jet lag. In the last two months of 2012 the Founding Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases flew twice to her native Malaysia and back. That’s more than 40,000 miles and nearly four full days in flight.
The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Univision Radio are joining forces to launch a Spanish language radio program beginning January 20.
There is, in fact, a wide range of sleep time that is considered "normal." While the average normal amount of sleep is around 7.5 hours per night, there are some people who do just fine on 5 hours per night, and some who require as much as 9 hours per night. The key is to find the right amount for you.
The 1st NanoMedicine Symposium is the first of its kind high-level world conference held in Miami. The theme of the symposium will be “Current Applications of Nanotechnology in Personalized Medicine”.
FIU News has named Barry P. Rosen’s research on arsenic in rice as one of its best stories of 2012.
HWCOM Researcher Helps Identify A New Drug Target to Prevent Tissue Damage from Heart Attacks, 1/8/13
Dr. Jeremy W. Chambers, assistant professor of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, was the first author investigator on a recent study investigating how heart cell (cardiomyocyte) death occurs in cell and animal models of heart attack.
Carolyn Runowicz, MD, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, has again been named one of America’s Top Doctors. The prestigious guide published annually by Castle Connoly Medical Ltd. includes a peer screened list of the country’s top 1% of physicians in their field of specialty. Dr. Runowicz is a gynecologic oncologist.
It looks like it's shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The last time a conventional flu season started this early was the winter of 2003-04. It turned out to be one of the most lethal seasons in the past 35 years, with more than 48,000 deaths. The dominant type of flu back then was the same one seen this year.
SINCE 1900, the life expectancy of Americans has jumped from 47 years to just shy of 80 years. This surge comes mostly from improved hygiene and nutrition, early diagnosis and better laboratory indicators. The aging process is a result of unregulated systemic inflammation resulting from the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that have been shown to exacerbate neurological and cardiovascular disease and shorten the nominal longevity of humans.
Earlier this month, almost 40 Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine students sat in room 170 in AHC2, waiting for Dr. Paul Koenigsberg, a successful radiologist and HWCOM Clinical Professor, to speak on medical malpractice from a doctor’s perspective. Among these attendees was, Jeffrey Savin, a first-year medical student and Dr. Koenigsberg’s mentee in the college’s Medical Mentoring Leadership Program (MMLP).
Do you know the names and dosages of all of the medications you are taking? past and current medical problems and surgeries? dates of vaccinations? These are some of the common questions patients are asked when seeking health care. It can be challenging to remember the answers to all these questions, especially when you are not feeling well.
HWCOM Scientist Part of Team that Uncovers Mechanism of Neuron Loss in Parkinson’s Disease, 12/12/12
Jeremy Chambers, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, was the lead author of a study investigating neuronal cell death in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study examined how cellular communication within nerve cells (neurons) resulted in the malfunction of the cellular powerhouses known as mitochondria. The findings could help pave the way for a new class of drugs against Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive movement disorder resulting from the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.
Every year millions of children look forward to receiving holiday gifts, so sometimes Santa needs a little extra help fulfilling all of those holiday wishes. For the second year in a row, he’s getting help from one of HWCOM’s Panther Communities.
As the end of the year nears, fourth year medical students are reminded that graduation is only a couple of months away. They’ll soon be given the title, MD, a designation that comes with great responsibility: social, ethical, and an important topic that is at times overlooked, fiscal. The American Medical Student Association estimates that over 86% of graduates carry educational debt, so it’s no surprise our students are interested in learning more about how to handle their finances.
While millions of Americans were preparing to sit around the table to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, HWCOM medical students had different plans. On Wednesday, November 21, 11 medical students and one undergraduate student boarded a plane to Haiti.
Jack Ziffer, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor of Radiology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, has been named the first CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group, which includes more than 120 physicians who serve the Baptist Health South Florida hospital system and clinics.
Not to be outdone by the elves from the Dean’s Office, Aray Rivera, head elf of the Anderson Panther Community has gotten the holiday decorating bug in a big way.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is proud to host the lecture, “HIV Reservoirs in the brain: Can it be cured?” featuring noted physician-scientist Avindra Nath, MD, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Nath is internationally recognized for his contributions to elucidating HIV pathogenesis in the central nervous system.
Luis E. Raez, MD, FACP, FCCP, MACSG, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has been named Medical Director of The Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI), part of Memorial Health Care System (MHS). He also serves as Oncology Research Director and the Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program for MHS, the fifth largest public health care system in the country with 1,800 beds and 1,200 doctors covering six hospitals in Broward County.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine elves have been busy decorating for the holiday season. Among their creations are the “Frosty the Iceboxman” in the ACH II, sixth floor lounge, and the Dean’s Office lobby decorations.
HWCOM Scientist Part of Team that Uncovers Mechanism of Neuron Loss in Parkinson’s Disease, 11/28/12
Jeremy Chambers, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, was the first author of a study investigating neuronal cell death in Parkinson’s disease. The study examined how cellular communication within nerve cells (neurons) resulted in the malfunction of the cellular powerhouses known as mitochondria.
The Orlando Sentinel reports this week that “for the first time in its nearly 100-year history, Orlando Health is reducing its workforce by up to 400 positions starting immediately’”.
The Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at FIU. In recognition of this philanthropic investment, the College has named the Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation Operating Room in the Albert and Debbie Tano Medical Simulation Center.
FIU Coach Turtle Thomas stepped up to the plate to lead a team of 500 walkers raise money to fight Arthritis, and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine was well represented at the 2012 Arthritis Walk.
The AAMC has unveiled a new infographic that demonstrates the unique role the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals play in the health care system. The graphic includes quick facts and statistics that underscore the role of academic medicine in educating and training tomorrow’s doctors, conducting pioneering research to discover new treatments and cures, and improving patient care
The Association of American Medical Colleges ran a physician shortage ad in conjunction with the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates in Florida, Colorado, Kentucky, and New York.
Those who know Michael Hann are not one bit surprised that the fourth year medical student has won an award for his professionalism, integrity and compassion.
Eighty medically underserved South Florida women will be getting mammograms this fall courtesy of a group of FIU medical students and their friends.
There’s a new advantage to being a Panther alumni. It’s called the “Panther Care Advantage Program”.
It all started with a kid watching TV. Robb Guido, a second year medical student at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, was 10 when he saw a news story on the importance of mammograms. He went to the two women in his family, his mom, Nancy, and an elderly aunt, and insisted; no, pestered them, until they had the procedure done.
Dr. Yolangel “Yogi” Hernandez Suarez, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, has been honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of South Florida’s most Influential Business Women of 2012.
As part of its Diversity Policy, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine aims to increase the numbers of “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession” among HWCOM students, faculty, and staff.
Rabies in India, cholera in the Caribbean, Ebola in Uganda, measles in Ukraine, and dengue fever in too many places to list; makes you want to unpack your bags and stay home, but there is no need to cancel your travel plans. The trick is to see your travel medicine doctor before you go anywhere.
The goal of the Mammography aRt Initiative (MRI) is to raise money to pay for mammograms for 80 low-income women in the Miami area.
LeAnn Shannon, a second year medical student at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, just had an article published in the Florida College of Emergency Physicians’ quarterly publication, EMpulse.
Dr. Raul I. Tano has to drive a little farther to get to work these days, but he doesn’t mind. “I like teaching, and I thought this was a great arena to practice medicine the old fashion way,” says Tano, a Key Biscayne resident who for more than 20 years maintained a private practice at nearby Mercy Hospital.
For some wearing the white coat has been a lifelong dream, for others it has been their family’s dream; for one student, the dream is to trade one white coat for another.
Former Public Health Trust executive appointed assistant dean at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, 8/10/12
Dr. Eneida Roldan has been appointed assistant dean for student affairs at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
Orientation week kicked off bright an early Monday morning for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Class of 2016.
Here are the winners of the “Sharing our Voices: Narritives from the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Program” contest.
And the Winner Is... A seldom used verb from a dead language, is now bringing to life the experiences of students at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
FIU doctors join South Florida firefighters and hospitals in effort to save stroke victims’ lives, 8/1/12
Doctors from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU are teaming up with fire rescue departments and hospitals in Miami-Dade County to help prevent deaths from strokes.
Physicians with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University are now available to see patients through FIU Health, a unified system that provides access to world-class care.
“Provisional accreditation means that our college meets national standards for structure, function and performance,” said Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Dean John Rock. “It also is recognition of the tremendous work our faculty and staff, along with our clinical and community partners, have done in building our successful new medical school.”
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s innovative approach to medical education received national exposure Wednesday, Jan. 5, when National Public Radio (NPR) featured the medical school’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP initiative on its Morning Edition radio show that is broadcast to a national audience.
The College of Medicine held its Second Annual Benefit Dinner on Friday, November 4th at the Biltmore Hotel and raised more than $400,000 for student scholarships.
Jinny Gunn and Heather Miller, students at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, were two of the five students who received this prestigious award.
This summer Robert Bilbao, Jinny Gunn and Heather Mills traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a medical mission of 10 medical students from across the country.