Changes in Medical Education the Focus of the Fall Donald K. Buffmire Lecture at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Sept. 3

EVENT: Buffmire Lecture: “The Evolution of Medical Education”
Speaker Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP, George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

   Light lunch available at 11:45 a.m.; a meet-and-greet follows from 1-1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: University of Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium (Room 2951)
1515 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson

The education of physicians and other health-care professionals is rapidly evolving to meet changes in health care reform, the changing delivery models, clinical applications of research and the explosion of information technology and associated tools – from smart phones to electronic health records.

To help understand the changes in the content of medical education over the last decade, Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP, George DeForest Barnett Professor of Medicine and vice chair for educational programs at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present the Fall Donald K. Buffmire Lecture,...

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‘The Art and Work of Dave Cantrell: 30 Years of Excellence’ at the Arizona Health Sciences Library through Oct. 29

“The Art and Work of Dave Cantrell: 30 Years of Excellence” will be displayed in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, through Wednesday, Oct. 29. Free and open to the public, the exhibit may be viewed Sundays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A talented and well-respected scientific illustrator, animation specialist and designer with AHSC BioCommunications at the University of Arizona, Cantrell worked with many AHSC faculty and staff from 1984 until his death Dec. 17, 2013.

Nearly 50 examples of Cantrell’s work over his remarkable career, including two- and three-dimensional illustrations, will be displayed in the coffee bar area of the AHS Library. 

In addition, the AHS Library will host a special reception honoring Cantrell, his work and the care he took to go above and beyond for his many clients, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Although admission is free, please note that there is a parking fee of $1.50...

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National Health Equity Expert Dr. Winston Wong to Speak at Arizona Health Sciences Center, Sept. 9

The ability to measure health disparities in a population is the necessary first step in reducing and eliminating challenges in access to and the delivery of culturally competent and inclusive health care.  

So says Winston Wong, MD, MS, a national leader in health equity and director of disparities improvement and quality initiatives at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Wong will share his expertise as part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Seminar Series on Tuesday, Sept. 9, noon to 1 p.m., at DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Ariz.

The talk is free and open to the public. Students, faculty and staff at the Arizona Health Sciences Center are invited to RSVP their attendance and enjoy a free lunch.

The Diversity Seminar Series provides insight into a variety of issues related to health disparities and access to – and the delivery of – culturally competent and inclusive health...

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UA Arthritis Center Presents ‘Outcomes and Evidence on Joint Replacement Surgery,’ Sept. 3

Outcomes and Evidence on Joint Replacement Surgery,” a free presentation by orthopaedic surgeon Michael Dohm, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Open to the public, the 75-minute presentation includes time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Dohm will discuss the operative and non-operative treatment of joint disease, including evidence, outcome and value of current surgical and non-surgical treatments. He will discuss evidence for both the development and prevention of arthritis as well as the history of joint replacement surgery and the application of patient-reported and functional outcomes to joint replacement. Current treatment guidelines, with a Consumer Reports approach to the...

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¡Vida! Cancer Survivorship Program Honored by Arizona Rural Health Association

 ¡Vida! – an information and wellness program for cancer survivors held at the University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus and broadcast to sites across the state over the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) Rural Network – has received the Arizona Rural Health Association’s 2014 Inspiring Rural Health Program Award. 

The award recognizes ¡Vida! as a program that “promotes or facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems” and demonstrates “excellence in the provision of health services” to rural and other medically underserved people. 

Launched in 2008 with funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, ¡Vida! grew out of the UA Cancer Center’s work with breast cancer survivors. “They told us they wanted information to help them not just survive, but to be healthy and live well. As patients, they need and want to be well prepared to take charge of their health,” said Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, ¡Vida! director, ATP medical director and a UA Cancer Center oncologist specializing in breast cancer. 

“¡Vida!’s sole mission is to support...

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Dr. Rick Kittles Appointed Director of New Division of Population Genetics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and UA Professor of Surgery and Public Health

Rick Kittles, PhD, a national leader on cancer health disparities and the role of genes and environment in disease, and a pioneer in DNA testing to trace the ancestry of African Americans, has been appointed director of the new Division of Population Genetics, part of the new Center for Applied Genetics at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kittles also has been appointed professor in the Department of Surgery Division of Urology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment in the Division of Health Promotion Sciences at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He also is a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

Dr. Kittles, who joined the UA July 7, is a National Institutes of Health-funded investigator whose research program and scientific expertise will support UA Health Sciences strategic initiatives in health disparities and precision health.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kittles to the University of Arizona,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD...

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Video: New UA Medical Class Shares `Wildcat Pride’ During Orientation and White Coat Ceremony

A new video captures the enthusiasm of the 115 new medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucsonas they begin rigorous training to become much-needed physicians for our state and beyond.

Please view the video here:

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson, along with the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, a part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center, are Arizona’s only MD degree-granting institutions and serve as a health-care resource for the entire state and its people.

Three days of orientation familiarized the future physicians with the UA medical education program, the Tucson community and the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus, which also is home to the UA Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus.

The formal White Coat ceremony, held Aug. 8, welcomed...

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UA’s Inaugural Class of Integrative Health Professionals Exceeds Expectations

The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) will graduate its inaugural class of Integrative Health and Lifestyle program (IHeLp) participants today.  The IHeLp program equips health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and credentials with the skills they need to enhance their roles as crucial members of integrative health-care teams worldwide.

The 42 graduates of the IHeLp 2014 summer class began their studies in January. This 250-hour comprehensive program offers participants flexibility in scheduling with online delivery of curriculum, while joining a community of like-minded professionals. They get hands-on training at a four-day educational retreat in Tucson, which expands and applies their online learning through team building, faculty interaction and experiential exercises.

IHeLp is a six-month online certificate program that emphasizes a patient-centered approach, combining conventional and complementary treatment, including nutrition, mindfulness and physical activity; techniques to motivate change and reduce stress; manual medicine; traditional Chinese...

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Philippines Surgical Medical Mission Includes UA Anesthesiology Team

A team of six surgeons and five anesthesiologist, three from the University of Arizona, completed more than 116 major surgical procedures during an eight-day period in an area of the Philippines recovering from an earthquake and typhoon.

More than 16 million people were affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November 2013. Though aid is shifting from emergency response to recovery, technical and material resources still are needed to support health-care services where the typhoon caused $16 million in damages to 571 health-care clinics.

Anthony R. Lucas, MD, chief of thoracic anesthesia and director of the post anesthesia care unit at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson  Department of Anesthesiology, traveled to the island of Bohol as part of a medical mission team to provide specialty care to those in need. Dr. Lucas has mentored residents on medical missions to Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the South Pacific, in addition to...

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UA Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network Welcome Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Mo Mortazavi

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and the University of Arizona Health Network welcome new faculty member Mo Mortazavi, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of General Pediatrics.
A board-certified pediatric sports medicine physician, Dr. Mortazavi is developing the first dedicated pediatric sports medicine program in Tucson—scheduled to launch Aug. 19 at the UAHN Children’s Multi-Specialty Clinic at Wilmot.

Dr. Mortazavi received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, where he also completed his pediatrics residency. He then earned a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Children’s Colorado in Denver. While there, he focused on musculoskeletal injuries, concussion care and pediatric fractures. Since then, Dr. Mortazavi has expanded his practice to include exercise prescriptions for athletes with chronic illness, sports nutrition and injury-prevention programs.

As an undergraduate student at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi played Division IAA football as a wide receiver for four years....

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