WEDNESDAY, MAY 8:
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Doctors of Medicine
Wednesday, May 8
3 p.m., procession begins
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, 550 E. Van Buren
3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ceremony
Phoenix Convention Center, West Building, West Ballroom, Third Floor, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix
2013 UA College of Medicine – Phoenix medical graduates include Yarden Tahan and Anna Ward.
Yarden Tahan (family medicine)
Yarden Tahan wasn’t the typical medical school candidate.
“I’ve always had a passion to serve and to teach,” Tahan says. “Which is why I became a high school English teacher straight after college.”
As an undergraduate, she studied education with an emphasis in English and political science. Her desire to become a doctor was something that flourished over time.
“During my senior year of college, I became very interested in medicine and over the next... [read more]
The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s is the first pediatric medical center in Arizona to be awarded the prestigious, Joint Commission “Gold Seal of Approval®” for its Pediatric Asthma Program.
In achieving Joint Commission disease-specific certification, Diamond Children’s has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of care for its patients with asthma. It is one of only nine programs in the U.S. to receive this designation.
“We are committed to providing the best care possible for our children with asthma to help them get better and stay healthy,” said Deepti Deshpande, MD, assistant professor, and medical director of the pediatric asthma program. “From entering our pediatric ER, to hospitalization on the pediatric floors and pediatric intensive care unit, we strive to deliver evidence-based and optimal quality care in a family-centered environment.”
The Pediatric Asthma... [read more]
The Society for Clinical Trials has awarded the 2012 Trial of the Year to the Rapid Anticonvulsant Medication Prior to Arrival Trial, known as RAMPART, which has led to better pre-hospital treatment for people suffering prolonged seizures.
The study, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, was conducted with partners throughout the nation including the Glendale Fire Department in partnership with the University of Arizona’s Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC).
Prolonged seizures kill 55,000 Americans each year and thanks to the RAMPART Trial, a quicker and more practical way of treating life-threatening seizures before patients reach the hospital has been confirmed.
The results of the study were published in the February 2012 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine where findings revealed that, for patients in prolonged seizure, the intramuscular injection of the seizure medication midazolam was found to be at... [read more]
A dedicated commitment to service and a resume that reflects hundreds of hours of volunteer work with underserved populations has earned Rachel Baumann, a University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson student, the Shandel Medical Endowment Scholarship from the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation.
The merit-based Shandel Medical Endowment Scholarship is a $20,000 biennial award to help fund second-year medical students attending the UA College of Medicine in either Tucson or Phoenix. An anonymous donor provided the funds for the scholarship available through the Hillel Foundation.
“While the donor wishes to remain anonymous, we want them to know that the impact of their investment on our students is really quite immeasurable," said Lori Alvord, associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the UA College of Medicine - Tucson. “We are grateful to the donor and for their foresight and generosity.”
Qualified applicants must... [read more]
When: May 8 2013 at 5:30 pm
Where: Murphy-Wilmot Library, Community Room, 530 N. Wilmot Rd., Tucson
Cost: Free and open to the public. Free parking is available.
Speaker: Lori Mackstaller, MD
Associate professor, Division of Cardiology, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the UA Sarver Heart Center’s Edwin J. Brach Foundation / Hazel and Bertram Brodie Endowed Lecturer.
'Controlling High Blood Pressure and Preventing Heart Failure’
About one-third of Americans are aware that they have high blood pressure, a rate that has risen about 10 percent from 2005 to 2009. While awareness is growing, only half of the people with hypertension have it controlled, despite the fact that about 62 percent of people use medication to try to control it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke and heart disease, including heart... [read more]
A trio of University of Arizona cellular and molecular medicine scholars has been awarded $27,000 in scholarship endowments by the Phoenix Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc., known as ARCS.
Stefanie Novak, Sara Parker and Michael Rak from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson have been selected by the Phoenix ARCS Foundation Chapter to receive $7,000 each, with an additional $2,000 contributed by the UA Graduate College.
Since its inception, the ARCS Foundation Phoenix Chapter has provided more than $4 million to academically outstanding doctoral student-scholars who are completing degrees in science, engineering and medical research at Arizona universities.
The award to the three UA scholars recognizes the importance of the interdisciplinary medically relevant research being conducted at the UA Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and represents the fundamental mission of the ARCS Foundation and its regional chapters to advance... [read more]
Judith Gordon, PhD, a behavioral psychologist with the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is seeking participants to help test a mobile phone app designed to help people take medication to quit smoking.
Study participants will spend two hours testing the app, called RxCoach, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and will be compensated for their time. Knowing how to use a smart phone is required. It will be a plus – but not required – for a participant to be a smoker, former smoker and/or using the prescription drug Chantix to curb their nicotine cravings.
Dr. Gordon, a recognized leader in smoking-cessation research, is principal investigator on the study, which is funded with a National Institutes of Health Small Business Technology Transfer Grant. She is partnering with InterVision Media of Eugene, Ore., which is programming the app.
The app is designed to remind people who are... [read more]
Seven third-year students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have been selected by their peers and a student/faculty panel to be inducted in the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, which is dedicated to supporting the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine.
Students Kaya Belknap, Morgan Greene, Erin Kloos, Melissa Molyneux, Kelley Saunders, Namrata Singh and Zoe Vomberg will be inducted into the honor society at ceremonies on Monday, May 6, in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on the downtown Phoenix medical school campus, 600 E. Van Buren.
“While it is common to assess students by their grades in courses, blocks and board exams, we wish to equally emphasize the importance of humanistic qualities such as empathy, compassion, respect, altruism and integrity,” said Jacqueline Chadwick, MD, vice dean of academic affairs at the College of Medicine - Phoenix. “We are proud of all of our students’ accomplishments, but these six students are being recognized for extraordinary... [read more]
The Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona is proud to announce that five UA College of Medicine students have won scholarship awards for the prestigious Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program, administered by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The highly competitive MSTAR award was established to encourage medical students – particularly budding researchers – to consider a career in academic geriatrics and, ultimately, to assist in meeting the growing demand for physicians and scientists with special knowledge and skills in aging. Applicants compete for 110 national scholarships at NIA-funded training centers and/or partner sites, including the UA. Chosen on the basis of their academic excellence, interest in geriatrics and potential for success, students participate in an eight to twelve week, structured research, clinical and didactic program in geriatrics and are... [read more]
Tucson massage therapists have completed training in a research project to combat tobacco use, the No. 1 preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.
The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, is called Project Reach. That’s because its purpose is to teach others how to reach out and help someone else quit tobacco. Participating licensed massage therapists are better equipped with the skills and knowledge to help their clients quit tobacco, and to help clients help a loved one quit tobacco.
As part of Project Reach, participating massage therapists took part in training sessions and received client information handouts so that the massage therapist can help their clients quit tobacco. The training offered information about tobacco use and its health effects. Massage therapists... [read more]