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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Emeritus Dr. James E. Dalen Honored With 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award

James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, dean emeritus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine -- Tucson, a senior lecturer at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and executive director of the Weil Foundation, has received the 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health for his role as one of the founders of the Consortium and as one of the founders of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. The award was presented at the Consortium’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh in May.

The Consortium established the Bravewell Distinguished Service Award in 2012 to honor the many contributions made by The Bravewell Collaborative to the field of integrative medicine and to the Consortium. The annual award honors a Consortium member for his or her contributions to the organization’s work.

In announcing the award to the Consortium’s leaders, Margaret Chesney,...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Continuing Medical Education Re-accredited for Four Years

Graduation from medical school is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and professional development. To maintain excellence in providing health care, physicians as well as other health professionals must acquire new knowledge and skills through accredited continuing medical education (CME).

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME), which sponsors accredited CME activities to meet the needs of practitioners and improve the health of people in Arizona and beyond, has been re-accredited for four years, through March 2019, by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ACCME accreditation is a mark of distinction, assuring the medical community and the public that CME-approved activities provide high-quality, non-biased education to assist physicians and other health professionals in incorporating new knowledge and skills. ACCME-accredited CME activities undergo a process that formally identifies physician practice gaps and associated learning needs to improve medical practice and patient...

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‘Camp Scrubs’ Gives Middle-Schoolers Insights on Clinical Careers

WHAT:  ‘Camp Scrubs’ Gives Middle-Schoolers Insights on Clinical Careers

Twenty seventh- and eighth-graders are getting firsthand knowledge this week of what it takes to be a nurse or doctor via Camp Scrubs, which is in its 12th year at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson campus. Activities include first aid and CPR training, active shooter orientation and tours of the ER bay, helipad, Level 1 Trauma Center, OR, Mother & Baby Ward, Pivorotto Wellness Center, ASTEC Simulation Lab and Artificial Heart Lab, which showcases Banner – University Medical Center Tucson as a leader in cardiac assist device technology. Click here to see the week’s schedule. You can also see a video and view photos from last year’s Camp Scrubs.

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Sundt I DPR Selected to Construct 11-Story Tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Banner Health has selected local contractor Sundt Construction Inc. and partner DPR Construction to construct a new, 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.  

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.

The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will...

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UA Scientist to Study Protein in Herpes, Affecting 1 in 6

Research at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix into a protein and its relation to the Herpes viral infection of the female reproductive tract has garnered the attention of the federal National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one out of six people in the United States aged 14 to 49 have genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 infection (the herpes simplex virus often responsible for genital herpes).

Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD, a faculty member in the college’s Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the downtown Phoenix medical school, has received a R15-level grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to investigate the role of a protein in the female reproductive tract that is related to inflammation and may play a role in genital herpes disease development.

This R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award grant is the first received at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. AREA grants are awarded to projects that support...

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UA’s Dr. Rifat Latifi Elected Vice President of International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth

Rifat Latifi, MD, professor and vice-chair of international relations in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery and president and founder of the International Virtual-e-Hospital Foundation, has been elected vice president of the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth.

The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH), is a non-governmental and not-for-profit society that serves primarily as the “umbrella” association for the national telemedicine and eHealth organizations. The organization facilitates the international dissemination of knowledge in telemedicine and eHealth and provides access to recognized experts in the field worldwide. The society assists the start-up of new national organizations and supports developing nations in the fields of telemedicine and eHealth.

Dr. Latifi is a trauma surgeon at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, specializing in trauma, general surgery and critical care, with special interest in re-operative surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, telemedicine and nutrition support of surgery and critically ill patients.

In addition to his surgical practice and research, Dr. Latifi...

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AHSC Honors Staff Service and Commitment

Acts of service and commitment were honored during the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) Awards for Excellence and the Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award Ceremony.

The awards were created to recognize dedication to excellence at the UA Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health. Each year, appointed personnel and classified staff members throughout AHSC are eligible to nominate and be nominated for a variety of AHSC college awards.

The 2015 Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award went to Grace Wagner, program coordinator senior with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s Medical Student Research Program. Jo Marie Gellerman-Barkley, director of marketing and community affairs with the UA Departments of Surgery and Emergency Medicine, and Julie Schippers, manager of the UA Department of Surgery Residency Program, were nominated for the award. The Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award honors permanent classified staff members or appointed professionals (excluding deans and directors) who have at least 15 years of cumulative employment at AHSC, with strong service to AHSC, as well as the community....

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Looks to Increase Faculty Diversity From Within

With a goal to expand the number of faculty-clinicians representative of the population of Arizona, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Fellows Program is seeking to recruit new fellows and mentors.  

The Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program is an initiative developed collaboratively between the College’s Office of Faculty Affairs and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the program seeks to increase the engagement, retention and promotion of faculty members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and offers individualized mentorship, career planning, research training, networking and funding for professional development.

The Faculty Fellows Program is recruiting new faculty fellows from within the college and the application deadline is Friday, June 5. 

The program is one of many health-care diversity “pipeline” programs created by or supported by the ...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Looks to Increase Faculty Diversity From Within

With a goal to expand the number of faculty-clinicians representative of the population of Arizona, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Faculty Fellows Program is seeking to recruit new fellows and mentors.   

The Faculty Fellows Mentoring Program is an initiative developed collaboratively between the College’s Office of Faculty Affairs and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the program seeks to increase the engagement, retention and promotion of faculty members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and offers individualized mentorship, career planning, research training, networking and funding for professional development.

The Faculty Fellows Program is recruiting new faculty fellows from within the college and the application deadline is Friday, June 5

The program is one of many health-care diversity “pipeline” programs created by or supported by the Arizona Health Sciences...

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High School Graduation Party for Cancer Patient Sarah Koenig at Diamond Children’s

Senior Sarah Koenig will celebrate her high school graduation in her hospital room at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center, on Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m.

Koenig is battling a rare form of kidney cancer (Wilms Tumor), and is unable to attend her graduation at Sahuaro High School.

The party was planned by Diamond Children’s employee, BJ Godard. “The staff at Diamond Children’s is rallying around Sarah,” said Godard. “We are going to make this a big celebration for her. There will be a cake, presents, the ‘graduation march’ playing, banners, balloons and a professional photographer to take photos.”

Sarah’s high school’s principal, teachers, fellow students, friends and family will attend her graduation party at the hospital.

“Sarah is an amazing young lady who has persevered through this difficult disease, and is graduating with a 4.0 GPA, while undergoing cancer treatment.”

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