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UA Health Sciences Supports Diverse and Determined Pathways to Medicine

From a refugee camp in Kenya to growing up in a border town near the Navajo Nation, to leaving a beach-side resort town in Mexico, to being homeschooled through high school in Ohio, four University of Arizona graduate students share an unlikely path to medical school.

In a nation facing a shortage of between 45,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025, the University of Arizona Health Sciences is working to meet Arizona’s physician needs while also focusing on ensuring their medical students are representative of the diversity found within the state and the nation.

Through the Pathway Scholars Program (PSP) at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and the Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, the UA Health Sciences has successfully found a way to improve the...

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Dr. Gregorio named Vice Dean for Innovation and Development for UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Carol Gregorio, PhD, has been appointed vice dean for innovation and development in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T), effective May 9. In this role, she will enhance innovation and development through strategic partnering and team building, and will provide strategic vision, oversight, liaison activities and advocacy for COM-T research.

Dr. Gregorio will continue as head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and as director of the Sarver Heart Center Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program.

“There is increasing opportunity for integration of COM-T strategic directions with its academic, clinical, research and development partners. Dr. Gregorio’s effective leadership and team building skills are critical to coordinating efforts to achieve synergy among these partners,” said Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“Dr. Gregorio has experience, enthusiasm and success with collaborative research funding and broad-based program development,” said Anne Cress, PhD...

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People on the Move at UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center

UA and Banner Welcome Pediatrician Dr. William L. Holm

Dr. Holm, clinical assistant professor, joined the Division of General Pediatrics. He will provide general pediatric care for children at Banner – University Medicine Multi-Specialty Services – Pediatrics and specialized endocrine care for children at Diamond Children’s Multi-Specialty Center.

Dr. Holm received his MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.  He completed a residency in pediatrics from USC Medical Center, and then completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology from UCLA Medical Center.

Before joining the UA and Banner, Dr. Holm worked as a pediatric endocrinologist at Dignity Health Medical Group, in Henderson, Nevada.

He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.

 

UA and Banner Welcome Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Catherine S. Riley

Dr. Riley,assistant professor, joined the Division of Genetics and Behavioral Pediatrics.

As a pediatric developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Riley will provide care for children with autism, ADHD, language delay, learning...

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UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Holds Sixth Graduation

Sixty-six University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students officially became physicians Monday during ceremonies that marked the sixth graduation for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

Led by a bagpipe and drum corps, commencement exercises began with a procession from the college to Phoenix Symphony Hall, where the graduates were officially conferred their Doctor of Medicine degrees. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has now graduated 273 physicians in six years. The school opened in 2007 in what was then the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school. The College is helping address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona.

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, told the graduates they represent “the most important element in the amazing evolution and transformation of the College of Medicine – Phoenix as we strive to achieve our place among the best institutions of higher learning in educating physicians and advancing the frontiers of medicine.

“We send you out as ambassadors of the College of Medicine – Phoenix,” Dr. Ramos said. “Please become...

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Dr. Akinlolu Ojo Leads Discussion About Precision Medicine with Bioscience Leaders

Akinlolu Ojo, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, was the keynote speaker at the 2016 AZBio Expo (link is external), which brought together more than 200 Arizona leaders and students in bioscience.

Dr. Ojo, associate vice president for Clinical Research and Global Health Initiatives at the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), discussed the significance of Precision Medicine efforts, saying it’s a concept that has been percolating for 20 years, but is now coming to fruition.

The reasons Precision Medicine’s time has arrived, he said, is that costs to analyze individual genomes have dropped considerably, electronic health records have made large amounts of data available to researchers and most U.S. adults have mobile phones, which allow them to use new technologies such as wearable sensors that can measure heart health, blood pressure and glucose levels.

“Precision medicine is a way of treating and preventing disease that takes into account variability among individuals’ genetic foundation in their...

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UA Health Sciences’ Colleges Celebrate 2016 Graduates

DATES/TIMES:         

MONDAY, MAY 9:

3 p.m., UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Commencement: Doctors of Medicine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11:

6 p.m., UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Biomedical Sciences Convocation

THURSDAY, MAY 12:

2 p.m., UA College of Nursing Convocation7 p.m., UA College of Medicine – Tucson Convocation: Doctors of Medicine

FRIDAY, MAY 13:

9 a.m., UA College of Pharmacy Convocation; 2 p.m., UA College of Medicine – Tucson Convocation (undergraduates): Department of Physiology, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree with a major in physiology

SATURDAY, MAY 14:

9 a.m., UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Convocation (including students from the Phoenix campus)

Additional details on the UA Health Sciences convocation and commencement ceremonies are as follows:

MONDAY, MAY 9:

  UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Commencement : Doctors of Medicine

      3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N....

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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has seen many advances and accomplishments s

Shaping the Future of Medicine: The College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has seen many advances and accomplishments since it was founded in 1967, and this publication—Shaping the Future of Medicine [PDF]—captures the history and highlights of the College and each of its departments.

Within the pages of the COM – T report, you’ll learn …

which artificial body part was the developed here and recognized as one of the nation’s 10  most important medical advances in 1976; how a single photon of light may eventually help prevent and treat a disease with no current cure; about new technology that shows fine details of breast tissue without added radiation to breast cancer patients;

and much, much more about the people, programs and ground-breaking research at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson!

Preventing Asthma in Children: University of Arizona Researchers Are One Step Closer

Efforts to improve the health of children at increased risk for asthma will receive a major boost with the launch of a new University of Arizona Health Sciences-led, federally funded national clinical study. For Fernando D. Martinez, MD, and his colleagues at the UA Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center, this study follows 30 years of research to prevent and cure this chronic disease.

Titled, “Oral Bacterial Extracts (ORBEX): Primary Prevention of Asthma and Wheezing in Children,” the study is funded by a $27 million cooperative agreement grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (U01HL130045). Taking part in the study will be seven other prestigious research institutions across the United States: Columbia University Medical Center, Emory University School of Medicine, George Washington University/Children’s National Health System, Harvard University/Boston Children’s Hospital, Penn State University College of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“Asthma is a disease that affects 10 percent of all...

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Women with Heart Disease Often Don’t Realize It

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) is the first to document how women experience the disease differently.

Anne G. Rosenfeld, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor and cardiovascular nurse-scientist at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, is vice chair of the AHA writing group that recently published the statement, titled “Preventing and Experiencing Ischemic Heart Disease as a Woman: State of the Science.”

“Due to a number of factors, including lack of awareness, often women don’t recognize their symptoms as heart disease,” said Dr. Rosenfeld, also a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center. “As a result, women frequently delay seeking help, and when they do, they report difficulty receiving a correct diagnosis because health-care professionals also don’t recognize their symptoms as heart disease.”

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Help Is Just a Phone Call Away – Telephone CPR Improves Cardiac Arrest Outcomes, UA Research Finds

The implementation of a Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (TCPR) program increases survival rates and favorable outcomes for patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine study published online in JAMA Cardiology.

“Although out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a major public health problem in the United States, we have a life-saving treatment – CPR. Most cardiac arrest victims, however, don’t get that treatment before trained rescuers arrive,” said Bentley J. Bobrow, MD, professor at the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and co-director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center – Phoenix, part of the UA Department of Emergency Medicine. He also serves as medical director for the Bureau of Emergency Medicine Services and Trauma System at the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Bystander CPR (BCPR) has been shown to double or even triple survival from OHCA. Despite...

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