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]
Spine Surgery from the Side: Minimally Invasive Procedure at UA Medical Center Frees Arizona City Woman from Debilitating Pain
Lois Juenger, 68, is free from back pain after undergoing a new and less-invasive type of back surgery at The University of Arizona Medical Center. Ali A. Baaj, MD, director of the Spinal Neurosurgery Program and assistant professor in the UA Department of Surgery, performed lateral lumbar interbody fusion on Juenger through a 2-inch incision in her side.
“I can do anything I want now, and I have no pain whatsoever in any area that was impacted by the surgery,” said the great-grandmother and retired human resources manager. “I golf twice a week and walk a mile and a half every day. I am thrilled with the surgery and I think the world of Dr. Baaj.”
Juenger lived with back pain for decades, undergoing a couple of surgeries and finally giving up on golf and morning walks with her husband. The pain was so excruciating, her legs would go numb and she would collapse. “I couldn’t do much of anything. I was living on pain killers and it just kept getting worse and worse.”
Dr. Baaj said the procedure was ideal for Juenger,...[read more]
For Zeta DuBarry, volunteering at the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus has been more than just a way to connect with her new community. She helps other people connect, too – to their destinations around the hospital.
DuBarry works two afternoons a week as a volunteer in UAMC Employee Health and a couple hours both mornings as a guide for a new Wayfinder Program being piloted at University Campus to help patients and visitors navigate around the hospital.
“To get to Radiation Oncology, it’s a maze. There’s no easy way,” DuBarry said. “It’s just so fulfilling to help people who are in crisis or upset and to smooth their path. It’s a valuable service. I’m sold on this program.”
DuBarry retired last year after 20 years at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. – better known as Cal Poly. In April, she moved to Tucson to be closer to her son, who works at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. For the first few months, she occupied herself fixing up her backyard, redecorated the interior of her home the next few months and then looked...[read more]
The first Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) Course in the Southwestern United States will be hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Psychiatry and co-sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Ben’s Bells Project, Friday-Sunday, March 7-9. The course will be held at the historic Roy Place Building, Room 119, 44 N. Stone Ave., Tucson (southeast corner of Stone Avenue and Pennington Street).
CBCT is a secular technique derived from Tibetan Buddhist practices for enhancing one’s sense of caring for self and others.
The CBCT Course will be led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD, creator of CBCT at Emory University, founding director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and founding and spiritual director of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. Dr. Negi recently joined the UA John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences as affiliated faculty in support of continued research at the...[read more]