Arizona Health Sciences Center Students Practice Use of Telemedicine in a Rural Setting

Ten health sciences students from the University of Arizona recently participated in a pilot simulation using telemedicine to support patient care in a rural setting. The event was funded by the Advanced Nursing Education Grant awarded to the UA College of Nursing, and was a collaborative effort among the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) and the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP).

During the event, the students tested a cutting-edge teaching/learning model, implementing iPad technology in an interprofessional patient care simulation. Four students, two each from the UA Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, participated in the simulation remotely from Flagstaff, Kingman and Phoenix via iPad video conferencing. They provided support to a six-student, in-person team delivering care to a simulation manikin experiencing a heart attack. The in-person team consisted of two students each from the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Both groups were facilitated by an expert simulation instructor.

“This is a perfect concept, and one I envisioned when I wrote the grant three years ago...

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Unique Professor-Student Collaboration Brings Public Awareness to Often Silent, Yet Potentially Devastating Virus

Felicia Goodrum, PhD, University of Arizona associate professor of  immunobiology and member of the BIO5 Institute, has spent the last 20 years researching viruses. Most of that time has been devoted specifically to the cytomegalovirus (CMV), one of eight human herpes viruses, infecting 60-99 percent of adults worldwide.

CMV infects most people early in life, but in healthy individuals causes no symptoms and is controlled by their immune system. However, in those with compromised immune systems, or when passed from a mother to an unborn child, the virus can have devastating consequences.

To raise awareness of the risks involved with being a carrier of the CMV virus, as well as tips to prevent passing it on, Dr. Goodrum and Bre Eder, a UA undergraduate student in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, have developed a unique cross-disciplinary collaboration.

During the past year, the duo has worked together to create educational materials targeting the public as well as health providers. The...

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UA Department of Surgery Recruits Dr. Taylor Riall as Chief of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology

Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, a surgical oncologist specializing in pancreaticobiliary disease (complex disorders of the pancreas and bile ducts) has been named chief of the Division of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. She is internationally known for her work on comparative effectiveness (research comparing different treatments to understand the right treatment, for the right patient, in the right setting) and patient-centered cancer and general surgery outcomes. Dr. Riall will join the department Oct. 1.

Dr. Riall is coming to the UA from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she is the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research and the director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Riall to the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Banner – University Medicine,” said Leigh Neumayer, MD, professor and chair of the UA Department of Surgery. “She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in decreasing variation in approaches to treatments and thus improving...

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21st Annual Father of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala Raises $150,000 for the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Father’s Day Council Tucson celebrated five outstanding Tucson fathers at its 21st annual “Father of the Year Awards Dinner and Gala” on May 28 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

The event raised approximately $150,000 for type 1 diabetes research, faculty recruitment and the “Father’s Day Council Tucson Endowed Chair for Type 1 Diabetes” at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center.

This annual event honors men who have demonstrated they are dedicated fathers, outstanding community role models and successful in their chosen field. This year’s honorees were:

Greg Byrne, vice president for athletics; University of Arizona Lorenzo Livingston, master sergeant; U.S. Air Force Patricio P. Lopez, III, partner/attorney; Rusing Lopez & Lizardi Attorneys at Law Warren S. Rustand, chief executive officer; Providence Service Corp. Mark Wheeler, MD, associate professor; Division of Endocrinology, University of Arizona, Department of Pediatrics; UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Over the past 20 years, Father’s Day Council Tucson has raised nearly $...

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UA Pediatrics Professor Dr. Alan Bedrick Appointed Executive Director of Critical Path Institute’s ‘International Neonatal Consortium’

Alan Bedrick, MD, professor and division chief of neonatology at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was appointed executive director of the International Neonatal Consortium (INC), established recently by the Critical Path Institute (C-Path). 

The consortium was launched in May at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London during a workshop focused on developing and implementing new therapies for neonates. INC’s purpose is to develop practical tools that can be incorporated into clinical trials for neonates, which then should lead to more successful, efficient trials and provide this population with better treatments.

As executive director, Dr. Bedrick is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of collaborative research endeavors among academic neonatologists, industry clinical staff and regulatory agency staff that will accelerate an understanding of medicine use in neonates. Dr. Bedrick will continue to serve as division chief for neonatology at the UA Department of Pediatrics.

“The International Neonatal Consortium embodies the collaborative...

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Summer Shines the Light on Diversity Programs At the Arizona Health Sciences Center

With a population that is 35-percent Latino and Native American, Arizona suffers from serious health disparities, made even more severe by the need for a more diverse biomedical and health-care workforce. 

In response, the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) is offering a full array of programs this summer, based in Tucson and Phoenix, to help increase the diversity of Arizona’s health-care workforce. These include an introduction to health care program for high school students to programs to train diverse professionals already in the field.  

These highly competitive University of Arizona diversity programs launch in June and range from Med-Start, a statewide summer residency program for high school seniors, now in its 46thyear, to new programs that are bringing in outstanding local and national graduate-level students and academic clinicians for advanced training.

Creating a diverse health-care workforce representative of the population it serves is a priority for Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences. Thanks to his leadership, the Arizona Health Sciences Center...

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Dusty Secrets Could Help Asthma Sufferers

Researchers in the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute have entered into a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products and Janssen Biotech Inc. to leverage foundational discovery research aimed at determining environmental factors that underlie asthma and allergies.

The project's goal is to identify compounds present in dust in the farm environment that may be protective against asthma. Findings from this study could lead to the development of medicines to prevent the disease.

While asthma is known to have a genetic component, the recent dramatic increase in its prevalence across westernized countries cannot be due to this factor alone, suggesting that environment plays a major role. Asthma, the most prevalent childhood disease, affects more than 278 million people worldwide and predisposes individuals to a range of serious consequences later in life. Yet, current approved therapies address only symptoms and do not halt disease progression.

"This important study seeks to determine which environmental factors predispose for — or protect against — respiratory diseases like asthma," said Dr. Fernando Martinez,...

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Pediatric Hospitalist Dr. Geetha Gopalakrishnan Joins Banner and UA

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center welcome new faculty member Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD, assistant professor, to the Division of Hospital Medicine.
Dr. Gopalakrishnan received her medical degree from Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Hospitals. She then completed her residency in pediatrics from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Gopalakrishnan will provide care for hospitalized children at Diamond Children’s. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who take care of children in the hospital and coordinate the patient’s care with other pediatric specialists, medical staff and the child’s pediatrician, as needed. Hospitalists are in the hospital throughout the day and night, so families have access to pediatric hospitalists 24/7.

In addition, Dr. Gopalakrishnan will participate in training pediatric residents completing their hospitalist rotations and medical students who are completing their pediatrics clerkships.
About Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Emeritus Dr. James E. Dalen Honored With 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award

James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, dean emeritus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine -- Tucson, a senior lecturer at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and executive director of the Weil Foundation, has received the 2015 Bravewell Distinguished Service Award from the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health for his role as one of the founders of the Consortium and as one of the founders of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. The award was presented at the Consortium’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh in May.

The Consortium established the Bravewell Distinguished Service Award in 2012 to honor the many contributions made by The Bravewell Collaborative to the field of integrative medicine and to the Consortium. The annual award honors a Consortium member for his or her contributions to the organization’s work.

In announcing the award to the Consortium’s leaders, Margaret Chesney,...

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UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Continuing Medical Education Re-accredited for Four Years

Graduation from medical school is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and professional development. To maintain excellence in providing health care, physicians as well as other health professionals must acquire new knowledge and skills through accredited continuing medical education (CME).

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME), which sponsors accredited CME activities to meet the needs of practitioners and improve the health of people in Arizona and beyond, has been re-accredited for four years, through March 2019, by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ACCME accreditation is a mark of distinction, assuring the medical community and the public that CME-approved activities provide high-quality, non-biased education to assist physicians and other health professionals in incorporating new knowledge and skills. ACCME-accredited CME activities undergo a process that formally identifies physician practice gaps and associated learning needs to improve medical practice and patient...

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