Marlys Witte

New York Times highlights 'Ignorance 101' developed by UA Professor of Surgery

Surgery Professor Marlys H. Witte, MD, began offering a class on medical ignorance in the 1980s. An Aug. 24, 2015, New York Times article explains how her class, and the notion behind it, have slowly gained acceptance, how questions garner as much respect as answers, and how students now fondly refer to the class as Ignorance 101. 

UA College of Medicine - Phoenix Family Medicine Fellowship Re-Launched

Outstanding scholarship and teaching skills are essential for excellent graduate medical education programs. 

The Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, working with the Arizona Consortium of Family Medicine Residency Directors, recently re-launched the year-long Faculty Development Fellowship at the downtown Phoenix campus. 

Co-directed by Honor Health Family Medicine Residency Program Director Cynthia Kegowicz, MD, and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Family Medicine Residency Program Director Steven R. Brown, MD, the 9-month course recently graduated the first group of 15 fellows. Current fellows are residents and faculty from five Arizona family medicine residencies: Yuma Regional, Honor Health, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Abrazo Central Campus. 

Topics covered in the half-day per month sessions include leadership; advocacy; information mastery; scholarship in family medicine and precepting; and skills needed to teach and...

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UA Skin Cancer Expert Available to Speak on Melanoma Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with an estimated 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year — more than all other cancers combined. Former President Jimmy Carter’s melanoma diagnosis, resonates in Arizona, where skin cancer rates rank among the highest in the world.

There are two categories of skin cancer, nonmelanoma skin cancer and melanoma. Nationally, one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society has indicated that Arizona sees approximately 1,400 new cases of melanoma each year.

The Skin Cancer Institute unites the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s many skin cancer prevention activities, bringing together innovative research, clinical care, education and community outreach. The Skin Cancer Institute is poised to serve as the model for community-based skin cancer research and care in the United States.

Lee D. Cranmer, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine and director of the UA Cancer...

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Bone and Muscle Health Subject of UA Arthritis Center’s "Living Healthy With Arthritis" Lecture, Sept. 2

“‘No Bones About It’ — Promote and Protect Your Bone and Muscle Health,” a free, inside look into the latest advances in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 2, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Osteoporosis, the most common form of bone disease, is characterized by low bone density and structural deterioration of bone tissue as we age, leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. An estimated 54 million Americans age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis, with a 2004 U.S. Surgeon General report on bone health indicating 1.5 million people a year suffer a related fracture. Of those, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted U.S. women are four times as likely as men to suffer from osteoporosis of the hip or spine — with 306,000 hip fractures, resulting in an average hospital length of stay of 5.8 days.

In this special presentation, Jeffrey Lisse, MD,...

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Leading Integrative Medicine Fellowship Expands Faculty

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, an integrative medicine authority, has joined the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) as assistant director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and assistant professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“Dr. Chiasson joins the Fellowship team at an exciting time in the growth of our Center, bringing the vision, expertise and passion we need to continue to innovate and create unparalleled learning experiences,” said Victoria Maizes, MD, AzCIM executive director and professor of clinical medicine, family and community medicine and public health at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Chiasson is a 2004 alumna of the UA Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and since 2006 has been lead faculty for the AzCIM Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation, educating medical students and residents on the fundamentals of integrative practice for one month, twice yearly. A nationally acclaimed...

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Kevin Schulman

COM-T Hosts Expert in Health Care System Innovation

Accountable Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act are major efforts to increase health-care access and quality, while reducing cost. But health care system innovation expert Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA, told attendees at a College of Medicine – Tucson presentation: “We have to make getting health care much easier and more consumer-centric.”

Dr. Schulman is a professor of medicine and the Gregory Mario and Jeremy Mario Professor of Business Administration at Duke University and a visiting professor in general management at Harvard Business School. You can watch Dr. Schulman’s full presentation in the Biomedical Communications online archives.

UA Pediatrics Resident-Physician Awarded Grant to Implement Tooth-Brushing Program for Children in Sunnyside District

Sarah Williamson, MD, pediatrics resident-physician with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Pediatrics, was awarded a - CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grant by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to implement “Promoting Oral Health through the Classroom” in Tucson’s Sunnyside School District.

 “There are high rates of tooth decay found by second grade in children in the district,” said Dr. Williamson. “The grant will fund the supplies to have kindergarteners in the district brush their teeth following breakfast, and learn about dental hygiene. We also will go to the schools during the year to apply fluoride varnish, while teaching the kids about oral health.”

The AAP’s CATCH program was established to support pediatricians to work within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services.

"It's terrific that Dr. Williamson was awarded this competitive advocacy grant,” said Rachel Cramton, MD, assistant professor, UA Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Williamson’s mentor for the project. “Her project is particularly valuable...

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White Coat Ceremony 2015 - video recap

The Class of 2019 celebrates the start of medical school with family and friends

Watch highlights from the Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 7, 2015, and see what it's like to officially become a MedCat!

FUTURE OF CANCER CARE HAS ARRIVED: University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital Set To Open

As the lone National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center headquartered in the state, The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital is bringing the future of cancer care to downtown Phoenix.

National Cancer Institute facilities are dedicated to fighting cancer through groundbreaking research and the Center’s goal is to have a clinical trial available to patients with any type of cancer.  There are only 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. 

Medical staff, who have been recruited from across the nation, will begin seeing patients at the new Center on Monday, Aug. 24.  The Center is located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, next to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, at Fillmore and 7thStreets.  “We believe this facility and the extraordinary combined medical talents from St. Joseph’s and UA Cancer Center will allow us to set the standard for extraordinary cancer care,” said Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

One of the country’s most forward-looking cancer centers, the new five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility provides...

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Faculty Affairs Earns National Poster Award

Faculty development efforts at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix are getting some national acknowledgement.

The College was cited for “Best-in-Class Poster” for improving faculty affairs offices at the 2015

Association of American Medical College’s Group on Diversity and lnclusion and Group on Faculty Affairs Professional Development Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier this summer.

The poster, “Retooling Faculty Development: Increasing Engagement through Technology for the Faculty of Tomorrow,” was recognized for “poster quality, originality and significance,” the group said. It was developed by Jennifer Allie, PhD, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and Development, and Jonathan Snyder, faculty development program coordinator.

The Faculty Affairs unit has increased its course offerings and ramped up use of technology to reach a wider group both on- and off-campus since a majority of faculty are located at several locations around the city,...

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