Press Releases : Press Releases 2013

New Executive Director of DOCS Promises “A Life of Service” to Underserved

Talk to Rimsky Denis for five minutes, and you can’t help but be moved by his passion. The fourth-year medical student already has dedicated nearly a decade to bettering the lives of medically underserved populations in South Florida and around the world. And now as the first Executive Director of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS) to hold both an M.B.A. and M.P.H., he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the student-run organization.

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Visiting Student Leaders Get a Glimpse of Careers in Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine hosted about 150 high-achieving high school students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine last month. The students, who spent a week in South Florida exploring various careers in the medical field, spent two days on the medical campus, experiencing a “mini medical school” and learning about the groundbreaking simulation technology developed here.

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Visionary Career Development Coach Addresses Professional Development Seminar

The Miller School of Medicine hosted about 150 high-achieving high school students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine last month. The students, who spent a week in South Florida exploring various careers in the medical field, spent two days on the medical campus, experiencing a “mini medical school” and learning about the groundbreaking simulation technology developed here.

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Miami Model Summer Programs Prepare College Students for Healthcare Careers

Growing up knowing his older sister died at age 3 in Nigeria without a diagnosis, Emeka Okafor has wanted to be a doctor since he was a child. Determined to realize his dream, he was among 50 college students welcomed last week to two of the University’s 2013 Miami Model Summer Programs, which prepare underrepresented high school and college students for medical school and healthcare careers.

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OutstandingTeachers Recognized with 2013 Paff Awards

Passion, dedication, patience and a sense of humor were recurring themes for recipients of the 2013 George Paff Teaching Awards. At a luncheon on April 30, Miller School students passed out 15 of the annual awards to faculty they laud as the best in their field — teachers with the same memorable traits that distinguished the late Dr. Paff.

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Breastfeeding Basics: What Every Mother Should Know

In celebration of National Nutrition Month and Women’s History Month, The University of Miami and the Nursing Mothers Advisory Group will host an education class for moms to be and new moms. Breastfeeding Basics: What Every Mother Should Know will be held on Friday, March 29 in Room 692 of the Clinical Research Building on the medical campus. The class will be presented by Lourdes Gonzalez-Bellido of the Department of General Pediatrics. The class will start promptly at 9 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be served.

Miller School Continues Diversity Initiatives with Miami Model Summer Programs

Long recognized for its unwavering commitment to diversity, the Miller School will continue promoting student diversity in the healthcare profession by helping underrepresented minorities like Kimberly M. Tuggle successfully compete for medical school admission through the Miami Model Summer Program, which includes two preparatory initiatives for college students and one for high schoolers.

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Miller School Opens New Lactation Room for Nursing Mothers

Since establishing nine dedicated rooms across the University last year to provide nursing mothers clean, comfortable and private places to express breast milk, the Miller School has opened a new lactation room on the 15th floor of the Clinical Research Building.

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Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo Among the Hispanic Health Leaders Who Made a Difference in 2012

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been recognized for his contributions to minority healthcare by VOXXI, an independent voice for Hispanic America committed to “transforming the digital media landscape and catapulting Latinos into the forefront of American dialogue.”

Carrasquillo, the co-founder of Latinos for National Health Insurance who received the Society of General Internal Medicine’s prestigious Herbert W. Nickens Award last year for his exceptional commitment to improving minority health, was named on VOXXI’s list of Hispanic health leaders who made a difference in 2012.

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