Paying Tribute to Compassionate Care, the UA College of Medicine - Tucson Commemorates Solidarity Day
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson students, faculty and staff, along with members of the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the University of Arizona Health Network, gathered today to pay tribute to acts of compassionate care to commemorate those who cared for the victims of the mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011.
February 14 is National Solidarity Day and on this day, medical schools and health care institutions across North America and Canada stand in solidarity, undertaking projects to pay tribute to compassionate, patient-centered caregivers. The day commemorates those who cared for the victims of the mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, that killed six and wounded several others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The UA's Solidarity Day activities were led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society's UA chapter, part of the College of Medicine's Program in Medical Humanities.
The event included speakers from the honor society, Julie Kennedy Oehlert, RN, vice president of patient experience for the University of Arizona Health Network and Randall S. Friese, MD, the first physician to treat Gabrielle Giffords after she...[read more]
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is pleased to announce that Violet Siwik, MD, has been selected as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Dr. Siwik was selected after an extensive internal search process that included input from faculty, staff and medical students.
Dr. Siwik is a graduate of the College of Medicine – Tucson (COM) Class of 1991 and has been involved in medical student education and mentorship for her entire career. She currently serves as the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Director, and is a COM – Tucson Society Mentor. Dr. Siwik will transition out of these roles over the remainder of the academic year to concentrate on her new role with Student Affairs.
Dr. Siwik will begin her role as Assistant Dean this month. Her responsibilities will include a focus on academic and career advising for students.
Dr. Siwik looks forward to working in Student Affairs and collaborating with faculty, students and staff across the COM - Tucson campus to support student learning and success.
The COM - Tucson thanks the chair of the search committee, Paul St. John, PhD, for his leadership...[read more]
‘And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Feb. 17 through March 29
“‘And There’s the Humor of it’: Shakespeare and the Four Humors,” a National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition that explores the four humors—once thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health—and their influence in Shakespeare’s plays, will be displayed in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Monday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, March 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) understood human personality in the terms available to his age. The theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy and phlegm—originated with the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle, Hippocrates and Galen. It was believed that the interaction of the four humors in the human body explained differences of age, gender, emotions and disposition.
The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare’s plays and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors...[read more]
7-Year-Old Alejandrina Romero to Donate ‘Kindness Packages’ to Patients at Diamond Children’s on Valentine’s Day
WHAT: 7-Year-Old Alejandrina Romero to Donate ‘Kindness Packages’ to Patients at Diamond Children’s on Valentine’s Day
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fifth-floor lobby, Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave
Seven-year-old is dedicated to spreading kindness to others. In January she was given an award from the “Shyann Kindness Project” with a challenge to “pass kindness on.”
Alejandrina came up with the idea to make 30-50 “kindness packages” to give to patients at Diamond Children’s. She will distribute her kindness packages on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. on the fifth floor lobby of Diamond Children’s.
Alejandrina’s kindness packages will include crayons, coloring books, stickers and stuffed animals. Each package will also contain a message to pass on kindness.
“This is a wonderful and loving gesture of kindness, and our patients will be delighted to receive these kindness packages from Alejandrina,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond...[read more]
Doctors Kerry Kreidel, MD, associate program director and assistant professor in the University of Arizona Department of Anesthesiology and Jeremy Nielsen, MD, physician resident with the department, volunteered for two-week medical mission at the Baptist Medical Centre, in Nalerigu, Ghana, West Africa.
The 123 bed Baptist Medical Centre services populations who come from vast regions within Africa and each year conducts 60,000 outpatient visits, 10,000 inpatient visits, 1,200 major operations and 2,500-3,000 minor procedures. In the past 50 years, it is estimated that over 3 million patients have visited the hospital.
The volunteers learned of the opportunity thanks to an invitation from Dr. Lynn Coppola, who was a faculty physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UA, before signing on for a two year commitment as medical director for the Baptist Medical Centre.
Dr. Coppola and her family welcomed Drs. Kreidel and Nielsen to Nalerigu, where she has been working diligently for the last eight months, taking care of an endless stream of patients at the center. Her dedication and sacrifice...[read more]
The BIO5 Institute, the Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA), with support from Sanofi, once again will host an annual event designed to connect University of Arizona students with leading bioindustry companies from across Arizona looking for their future workforce.
The Sixth Annual BIO5/BIOSA Student Industry Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 4 to 6 p.m., at the BIO5 Institute in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the UA campus.
As a result of this popular networking event, many former attendees have secured valuable internships and jobs with participating exhibitors. Additionally, many students look forward to the opportunity to consult with industry leaders and former students about practical tips and strategies that will ease the transition from college to successful employment.
Company representatives appreciate this unique opportunity to personally interact with many of UA’s top undergraduate and graduate students from the life sciences, engineering, and business...[read more]
Medical Education Program at UA College of Medicine – Tucson to Support Students Accepting Applications through Feb.
A new initiative at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designed to encourage and provide longitudinal support for Arizona students interested in medical school, is accepting applicants through the end of the month for its intensive full-time, 12-month program.
The Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway Program, known as P-MAP, is designed to help students who have experienced unique or greater-than-average challenges in preparing to become competitive medical school applicants. Upon successful completion of the year-long P-MAP program, students will be admitted to the UA College of Medicine - Tucson.
The 12 month, May through April, P-MAP Program is full-time and intensive. The online application found at www.medicine.arizona.edu/pmap, will be open until Feb. 28. The program is funded via the Arizona Center of Excellence grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration through the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
In addition to the P-MAP Program in...[read more]
Internationally recognized patient advocate, health motivational speaker, author and educator Amye L. Leong, MBA, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Eva M. Holtby Conversations and Lunch, Thursday, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson. Open to the public, the event is sponsored by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) Friends. Leong will discuss “Getting a Grip on Arthritis.”
Diagnosed at age 18 with rheumatoid arthritis and wheelchair-bound within eight years, Leong drew on her personal advocacy skills and determination to rebuild her body and take control of her life. After 16 surgeries and 12 joint replacements, she developed America’s largest network of 40-plus young adult arthritis education and advocacy programs, and became a respected medical education speaker, advocate and facilitator.
Today, Leong is president and CEO of Healthy Motivation, a health education, advocacy and medical motivation consulting firm in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Paris, France. Her clients include governments, industry and...[read more]
UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Steve Goldschmid Accepts New Executive Clinical Practice Role with AHSC and UA Health Network
Steve Goldschmid, MD, who has served as dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson since July 2009, has been appointed associate vice president for clinical affairs at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Goldschmid will begin his new duties March 3 and will report to Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, who now also will serve as interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
In a parallel appointment, Dr. Goldschmid also will serve as vice president of physician services for The University of Arizona Health Network.
In his new role, Dr. Goldschmid will provide senior leadership in developing clinical practice strategies and opportunities for the UA’s health colleges (the UA College of Medicine – Tucson; the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; the UA College of Pharmacy; the UA College of Nursing and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health).
Dr. Goldschmid will work in close professional collaboration with the Arizona Health Sciences Center deans, clinical...[read more]
National Solidarity Day, held each year on February 14, commemorates the tragic shootings in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Across North America and Canada, medical schools and other health care institutions including the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, stand in solidarity and undertake projects to pay tribute to all compassionate, patient-centered caregivers.
The day is held in honor of the humanistic actions of surgeon Randall Friese, MD, the first physician to treat Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot, and other members of The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus team in Tucson, who cared for the wounded and dying.
The fourth annual Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care will be led by the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Program in Medical Humanities – Tucson, with weeklong activities culminating in an event on Friday, Feb. 14. Arizona Health Sciences Center and UA Medical Center faculty, health care...[read more]