After three and a half years of medical school, a long residency application process, and an exciting, stressful week of waiting, the students under the tent in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Friday counted down the final 10 seconds to noon, dodged the confetti shooting through the air, and opened the envelopes that told them where they would spend the next several years of their lives.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been ranked among the top 50 medical schools nationally by U.S. News & World Report in the 2019 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” In that compilation, the Miller School is ranked No. 50 among 123 schools reporting.
Hundreds of University of Miami medical alumni from around the country flocked to South Florida recently for a weekend of reunions, celebrations, and seminars — all part of the Miller School of Medicine’s Medical Alumni Weekend 2018. The annual event, held March 2-3, celebrated the school with two days of activities that enabled former classmates to reconnect and learn about recent advances at the Miller School.
When Marcos C. Perez was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, an uncommon cancer of the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow, he began treatment at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. After three rounds of chemotherapy, Perez received stem cell transplants to rebuild the white blood cells in his immune system. "I am very positive about my outcome, because so many patients come out of Sylvester as winners."
His abdomen distended and tender, the 6-year-old boy had gone without medical attention for four days. A ceiling had collapsed on top of him in the mayhem of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, crushing his pelvis. Now, the boy lay in a makeshift infirmary at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Henri Ronald Ford, M.D., a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who flew to his homeland to care for the injured, saved the boy's life.
The Miller School of Medicine received $120.7 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2017 — a $9.5 million increase over the school’s FFY 2016 total. According to the national rankings of medical schools based on data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, that total made the Miller School the No. 1 NIH-funded institution in Florida.
In the past, initiating clinical research at Jackson Health System (JHS) was often a confusing, cumbersome and time consuming process for University of Miami investigators. With an understanding of these challenges, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) and JHS Clinical Trials Office have been working together to streamline and improve the process.
Giselle Guerra, M.D., medical director of the kidney and kidney-pancreas program at the Miami Transplant Institute, was honored on International Women’s Day for her leadership in helping South Florida patients suffering from life-threatening kidney diseases. “My biggest reward is seeing the impact of our program on the lives of our patients and their families,” said Guerra, associate professor of clinical medicine.
University of Miami investigators and their study teams have access to an array of free data exploration and management tools to assist them in study design, feasibility analysis and cohort identification and more. Get to know some of these tools and let the CTSI know if you need help.
Born and raised in Nicaragua, Omar Picado made the decision to go to medical school at the age of 16. By the time he was a teenager, he knew he wanted to devote his life to helping people. After arriving in Miami, Omar became interested in research. Now, almost four years later he is carving out his own unique path to becoming a clinician scientist. Omar sat down with CTSI Communications to talk about the path that has led him to this point, what the future holds, and how the CTSI has helped along the way.