• 06 Apr 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    In the wake of the COVID-19 public health pandemic, John Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson is releasing a daily podcast weighing in on the most pressing Coronavirus concerns.  Listen to episodes here.

  • 06 Apr 2020 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    (originally posted on KUMD news page)

    April 03, 2020

    By Kay Hawes

    More than fifty senior students from the University of Kansas School of Medicine have asked to graduate early to participate in the Kansas Pandemic Volunteer Health Care Workforce, a program that will deploy them throughout Kansas as part of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This program will allow them to serve in areas of critical need in the state of Kansas immediately, prior to their residencies, which begin July 1 at various locations throughout the country. Students from all three of the medical school's campuses, in Kansas City, Salina and Wichita, have volunteered.

    "There is a potential for extreme stress on health care systems in urban and rural settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mike Kennedy, M.D., professor and associate dean of Rural Health Education in the KU School of Medicine. "Many rural physicians are already overworked, and the addition of a surge in health care utilization could overburden these physicians to the breaking point."

    Kennedy noted that there are 34 counties in Kansas that have only one or two physicians for the entire county. There are also many rural practices and health care systems that are under significant financial strain and may be insolvent by the end of the pandemic unless help is provided.

    "This all-volunteer program will provide assistance where it's needed in Kansas, including rural Kansas where the need may quickly outpace the available physicians," said Jeff Colyer, M.D., former governor of Kansas, a clinical associate professor at the KU Medical School and chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). "It could be a national model for how recent medical school graduates can help meet critical rural needs."

    "These senior medical students may provide meaningful relief during this time of crisis," Kennedy added.

    "We are pleased our students have stepped up to assist their fellow Kansans," said Douglas A. Girod, chancellor of the University of Kansas. "These medical students have met all requirements for graduation at KU, and the university is happy to assist by conferring their degrees early."

    Fourth-year medical students who wish to volunteer in this capacity will be immediately granted the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the university and will be eligible for a special permit to practice medicine from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Their early graduation has been approved by the national accrediting body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

    These new physicians will be provided with stipends for expenses and will receive immediate relevant training. They will be required to work with existing physicians rather than independently, and they will not supervise advanced practice providers. The program will be administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

    "The additional manpower provided by these medical students will be invaluable," said Lee Norman, M.D., Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas state surgeon and a colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard. "The state of Kansas supports this endeavor and, as an Army officer myself, I am pleased to activate the Kansas National Guard to provide the personnel to assist in placing these students where they can be most helpful to our state."

    John Alley, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the KU School of Medicine and a major with the Kansas National Guard, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the program.

    "With this program, we are making valuable resources available to our colleagues around the state," Alley said. "These students are to be commended for their willingness to serve. They truly embody the spirit of medicine in giving of oneself for the greater good."

    The program will be funded by a $1 million gift from the Patterson Family Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. Originally established by late Cerner Corporation co-founder Neal Patterson and Jeanne Lillig-Patterson in 2007, the Patterson Family Foundation has been led since 2017 by their children, and it has a focus on health care, education and rural communities. 

    "The COVID-19 pandemic could have devastating effects on the region we call home, challenging the most vulnerable among us," said Lindsey Patterson Smith, director of the Patterson Family Foundation. "In Kansas, more than 30 percent of elderly people live in rural areas, and many rural physicians are themselves at high risk. The Patterson family is inspired by the volunteerism of the new graduates who have signed up for this initiative, and we are honored to support these new physicians as they serve where they are needed most." 

    Health care facilities and physicians in need of assistance from this program should contact to inquire about requesting volunteers from this program.

  • 02 Apr 2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Dear HSHPS Members & Stakeholders,

    All our attention over the last three weeks has gone to Coronavirus, and rightly so. Thank you to the many health care and public health professionals who are lending their expertise on the front lines as the COVID-19 Pandemic spreads into our communities. The situation on the ground is evolving by the hour, my thoughts are with you, your colleagues and families as we navigate what is next. I sincerely hope that you remain healthy and of good spirits, this is of utmost importance.

    The HSHPS leadership recognizes that the day-to-day lives of the stakeholders of our organization including clinicians, deans, professors and students have been significantly impacted by the ever-changing guidelines and recommendations by our own institutions and federal, state and local governments. We commend you for the work you are doing to remain at the forefront of the latest developments. Thank you for continuing to provide students with an enriched learning environment despite the changes online learning has brought and for serving your patients with the highest level of care. 

    The HSHPS leadership has had several meetings over the last few months to set the strategic direction of our organization. I have been so excited to share strategic initiatives that bring you, our members, more robust communication, content, learning opportunities and organizational excellence. In light of the the current public health crisis, our leadership team has made the decision to hit pause on our initiatives so that we can all focus on our staff, students and patients. It is an unprecedented time and we feel that we need to focus on and uphold the emotional and physical well-being of those that we serve and care for on a daily basis.      

    In early June, we look forward to delivering a fresh monthly newsletter and announcing live streaming learning opportunities for you and your students! Our staff team has also put together a form in an effort to compile useful resources and information regarding COVID-19. If you or your institution has released a scholarly article, resource or know of one, please let us know, we will be posting these on our website. 

    Sincerest regards,

    Norma A. Pérez Raifaisen, MD, DrPH
    HSHPS President
    Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Geriatrics
    Director, Faculty Advisory Program
    Office of Academic Affairs, School of Medicine
    The University of Texas Medical Branch
    301 University Blvd., Ashbel Smith, 1.212F, Galveston, TX 77555-1317

  • 18 Dec 2019 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Minority Serving Institution Fellowship
    DEADLINE: Friday, January 10, 2020

    Are you a faculty member from a group traditionally under-represented in the applied social sciences, public health or education working at a Minority Serving Institution*? Are you looking for an opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities, expand your professional network, and improve your knowledge and understanding of topics related to evaluation, assessment, and applied research?

    The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is now seeking applications from those interested in participating in the Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Faculty Initiative. This initiative will bring a cohort of faculty from MSIs together throughout the 2019-2020 academic year and into the fall of 2020 to participate in webinars, the AEA Summer Evaluation Workshop Series, and the AEA annual conference.

    Program Purpose: The overall purpose of the initiative is to increase the participation of evaluators and academics from underrepresented groups in the profession of evaluation and in the American Evaluation Association. The MSI Faculty Initiative identifies this group of potential and practicing evaluators by drawing from faculty at MSIs. The program focuses on:

    • Broadening their understanding of evaluation as a profession; and
    • Strengthening their knowledge of evaluation theory and methods through workshops, webinars, mentoring and experiential projects.

    Submit Application

    Program Goals: The goals of the program are to help faculty at MSIs to:

    1. Enhance the evaluation activities and/or curriculum in their departments or universities
    2. Orient students to evaluation as a career/profession
    3. Disseminate information about evaluation and AEA to colleagues
    4. Expand their knowledge of evaluation; and
    5. Encourage collaborative writing projects that reflect cross-disciplinary ideals

    To learn more about program eligibility and components, click here. All materials must be received by Zachary Grays at the AEA offices on or before January 10, 2020. Click here to apply for this year's MSI Fellowship.

    Want to learn more about the MSI Fellowship? Contact MSI Coordinator Dr. Art Hernandez via

    * A minority serving institution is a federally recognized Title IV institution of higher education that serves minority populations

  • 05 Dec 2019 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco Center for Excellence in Primary Care (UCSF CEPC), has published a report to help residency program directors incorporate basic principles of population health management (PHM) into the curriculum. PHM refers to a systematic approach to ensuring that all members of a defined population receive appropriate preventive, chronic, and transitional care. It also helps providers identify and address health care inequities among subgroups within that population. The report summarizes findings from a 2018 AAMC meeting that included representatives of the AAMC, UCSF CEPC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and leaders from seven residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

    Funded by CDC, Teaching Residents Population Health Management outlines the components of PHM and offers vignettes describing how several of the seven participating residency programs implemented these components. Meeting participants identified 10 foundational elements and key activities that constitute a comprehensive PHM system. The report is available for free download now in the AAMC Store:

  • 23 Sep 2019 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    T32 Training Program

    WUSTL Transdisciplinary Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Program in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease

    Obesity is an area of critical public health concern, as it is associated with significant cardiovascular health risks and the onset of cardiovascular disease.

    This training program at Washington University School of Medicine recruits highly-qualified pre- and postdoctoral trainees from diverse backgrounds across disciplines and places them within transdisciplinary mentoring teams with faculty members who are leading researchers in the fields of obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment.

    These training experiences produce scientists with the transdisciplinary research skills necessary to address the complex problems of weight and eating disorders and cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment across the lifespan.

    Click here to visit the training program website for further details on how to apply or email Program Administrator, Dr. Sherri Gabbert ( with questions.  

  • 16 Sep 2019 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    The article below was originally published on 9/13/2019 in the Miami Herald (click for additional video footage). Florida International University recruited Dr. Robert Sackstein from Harvard as a medical dean. Dr. Sackstein became dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and senior VP for health affairs on January 2, 2019.

    Dr. Robert Sackstein can see where he grew up from his sixth-floor office.

    He points south to a smokestack near where his family settled after fleeing Cuba in 1960. That’s where he biked up an unpaved Southwest 112th Avenue to marvel at the planes coming and going from the old Tamiami Airport, before cranes took over and the land became a construction site for Florida International University.

    He didn’t know it then, but Sackstein watched his future workplace come to life. A months-long national search for the second dean of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine yielded someone who grew up down the street.

    “I am grounded every day by driving through the very neighborhood I grew up in,” Sackstein said. “I understand this community and I want to help our community, and I’m Miami 100% all the way.”

    Sackstein was chosen out of five finalists for the job last October. He officially started in January, but now comes the hard part: crafting a new $50 million budget and leading the emerging medical school through its first transition under a new dean.

    “It can’t get any better than this,” he said. “I’m home.”

    Harvard may be where Sackstein earned his undergraduate degree, went to medical school and worked as a leading researcher and professor for over two decades, but home — Miami — is where Sackstein’s interest in medicine was piqued.

    The Sacksteins struggled when they first arrived in the Westwood Lakes neighborhood. Not having a piano in their home was demoralizing to his prodigy mother, Rosalina Sackstein, who later became a famed piano teacher and renowned professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

    Sackstein himself resisted learning English until a fourth-grade teacher at Cypress Elementary taught him the universal language of math. He then realized his uncle, a surgeon, found immediate employment in the United States.

    That kind of work also held the antidote to Sackstein’s grandmother’s high blood pressure. At age 9, Sackstein said he promised his grandmother that he’d find a cure, and at age 13 he enrolled in a Miami-Dade County Public Schools program that allowed students to do research for credit at a University of Miami laboratory. A researcher named Dr. Murray Epstein was studying hypertension in rats.

    Sackstein’s father drove his son to Epstein’s lab. Epstein, recently discharged as an Air Force flight surgeon, was focused on establishing a functional lab and hesitant to take on a young student.

    “They would not take no for an answer,” Epstein told the Miami Herald. “We discussed things and decided he was so eager for the position that I relented.”

    Sackstein’s hard work found early, preliminary results that contributed in part to the subsequent development of Captopril, the drug that became the precursor to several important medications for blood pressure therapy. Epstein said he’s delighted and fulfilled that Sackstein’s career has come full circle.

    “He saw his future in giving back and being a dean at a major medical school,” Epstein said. “To him, there’s a lot of nuances with having that occur in the city of Miami.”

    Sackstein finished that work with Epstein at 16 while a student at Southwest Senior High. That’s where he met his best friend, now prominent Miami attorney Sam Dubbin. Dubbin served as an adviser to another homegrown figure, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and as chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Clinton administration.

    The pair were roommates for four years at Harvard. They are godparents to each other’s children.

    “I would say there was a dream in the back of his mind in returning back to Miami, to make Miami a first-class medical community, a healthcare providing community,” Dubbin said. “I think it’s a real credit to FIU that they had the vision to bring in Dr. Sackstein with his experience at Harvard and his research background with NIH [National Institutes of Health] research grants, to be able to combine all of those talents in a leadership capacity for the university.”

    FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg says that’s what set Sackstein apart from other candidates for the job, including the sole internal candidate, Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer, who remains at the medical school.

    “Dr. Sackstein emerged as the fit we were looking for,” Rosenberg told the Herald. “He’s a researcher, he has passion, he’s a teacher almost instinctively. I don’t think I’ve met anyone with a bigger heart than Robert Sackstein.”

    FIU began looking for a new leader of the medical school when its founding dean, John Rock, took a leave of absence last year to serve as founding dean of the college of medicine at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Rock will serve as the first John and Mary Lou Dasburg Chair in Medicine when he returns.

    Sackstein is making quite a bit more than his predecessor: His salary is $700,000, compared to Rock’s $539,537. And he’ll get to steer the medical school, barely a decade old, into a new era that will emphasize research.

    He’s created a new department called Translational Medicine. It combines Medicine, currently a division within the department of Humanities, Health and Society, with Neuroscience and Medical and Population Health Sciences Research. He says the department removes silos with hopes of improving clinical outcomes.

    Sackstein said he is also committed to preserving the medical school’s role in NeighborhoodHELP, which pairs a team of medical students as well as nursing and social work students with low-income residents of several communities to provide free medical care and assistance with legal issues and other care. It’s a program that has set FIU’s medical school apart as a unique community-based and mission-driven educational experience.

    “The overall balance that Robert Sackstein presented was very compelling,” Rosenberg said. “This is a research university that really values practice and experience.”

    Sackstein was in medical school when a successful bone marrow transplant turned fatal in a 16-year-old from Central America. He says that inspired him to go into research instead of clinical medicine, focusing instead on improving care.

    “I never felt comfortable treating people unless I could cure them,” Sackstein said. “I always felt terrible charging someone for care.”

    Sackstein studied how to make bone marrow transplants safer. He learned about how cells travel in the bloodstream, and his research morphed into the little known field of glycobiology, which studies how sugars control biological processes.

    While at Harvard, Sackstein wrote and secured a multimillion-dollar grant with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to educate the next generation of leaders in glycobiology. Because Harvard and the NIH did not wish to lose Sackstein’s leadership on the grant, Harvard and the NIH are allowing four FIU trainees to be educated via the grant and known as “Harvard Scholars.” Sackstein remains a professor emeritus at Harvard.

    Sackstein is also leading research to use cell-based therapy to cure cancer as well as autoimmune and degenerative diseases. There is an ongoing trial in Spain to reverse osteoporosis in women.

    As for new ventures at FIU, Sackstein was able to move an NIH grant focused on finding a cure for leukemia to FIU. He also has NIH funding to support a collaborative FIU-MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) research project related to immune cell therapy for leukemia.

    He also wants to ramp up philanthropic funding, which he says is sorely lacking. Graduates of the medical school, which has nowhere near the endowments of more established medical schools, are early in their careers and might not yet have the financial footing to give back.

    “This is a school that accepts people regardless of their ability to pay,” Sackstein said. “It is an equal opportunity maker and yet I fear that no one’s really appreciated this gem in their backyard.”

    Sackstein also wants to bring back the same research opportunities he had as a kid for students in high schools surrounding FIU at no cost to the school district. He’s already started that conversation with representatives from the Miami-Dade County School Board.

  • 16 Sep 2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr. Eneida Roldan on winning the Academic Excellence Golden Age Award from the Latino Center on Aging. The Golden Age Awards are given every year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino/Hispanic Community. Awards are given for effective leadership, lifetime contributions, public policy initiatives, corporate contributions, and community involvement.  

    Dr. Roldan will receive the award during the Latino Center on Aging Thirty-second Gala at the Pullman Airport Hotel in Miami, FL on September 21, 2019. 

    The LCA was established in 1991, with a very unique mission: to improve the lives of Latino seniors through advocacy and education. Their challenge is to increase knowledge on the hardships faced by our elderly, and to assist in the creation of new programs and services directed towards them.

    Eneida O. Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer for FIU Health Care Network. In this role, Dr. Roldan leads the clinical enterprise that serves the Academic Health Center, FIU Campus and the community. In addition to the CEO role, Dr. Roldan serves as Associate Dean for International Affairs for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. As the Associate Dean for International Affairs, she is responsible for developing collaboration and innovative programs across the medical school with international partners and clinical affiliates. Under her leadership, the International program of the College of Medicine has grown in a short of five years to host over 240 universities across 52 Countries.

    Dr. Roldan is the Immediate Past Chief Executive Officer and President for the Jackson Health System in Miami. Prior to this position, she was Senior Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer for Jackson Memorial Hospital. Before joining Jackson Health System, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Pan American Hospital, later named Metropolitan Hospital of Miami, which, under her leadership, the system emerged successfully from bankruptcy.

    Dr. Roldan is a known national, international speaker and media spokesperson in the areas of obesity, healthcare management and systems and leadership. She has authored several peer review scientific papers as well as book chapters in the field of Medicine, management and leadership. She has served and currently serves on multiple medical and civic organization boards as an executive board member and featured as a woman pioneer and trailblazer in the field of healthcare management and leadership. Her focus of research is on leadership in minority women.

    Dr. Roldan has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry having served in multiple roles both in the private and public sector to include administration both in the non-for-profit and for-profit sectors; private practice, consulting and in academia both national and international. Her training as a medical doctor has taken her as student, educator and speaker to areas in the Caribbean, Central, South America, and Asia. Graduating with highest honors, in addition to her medical degree, postgraduate and fellowship training at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and affiliates, she holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee respectively.

    She has attended Executive Programs in education and business from Harvard Institutes of Higher Education, Wharton School of Business and Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a Wharton Fellow and alumni of the General Management Program for Senior Executive Leaders at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Roldan has been the recipient of numerous awards in her profession in both business and medicine. She is a 2017 FIU TOP Scholar, a lifetime member of the Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association and an Aresty Scholar at the Wharton School of Business for her commitment to professional development and life-long learning. In addition to her roles as an Institutional Representative, Dr. Roldan serves on the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools' Board of Directors as Treasurer. 

  • 13 Sep 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Attend the National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being on September 18-19, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt New York.  The conference focuses on the mental health needs of medical students, with the goal of identifying innovative methods for fostering greater resilience and well-being that can be implemented at institutions around the country.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    • Detection and treatment of major mental disorders in early adulthood
    • Stresses of medical school and the transition to residency
    • Administrative issues related to mental illness in medical students
    • Strategies to prevent burnout and promote resilience and well-being
    • Best practices for improving medical student mental health
    • Suicide prevention

    The program is hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine, in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Associated Medical Schools of New York, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  We are pleased to welcome more than 30 expert speakers from around the country.  View the conference program here.

    This course is designed for medical school deans, university and teaching hospital administrators, faculty physicians, researchers, mental health professionals, and medical students.  Individuals working in medical education, admissions, and student affairs fields at medical schools will benefit from the clinical, scientific, and administrative discussions during the conference.

    Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    Weill Cornell Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Weill Cornell Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Contact with questions or to join our mailing list. 


  • 08 Aug 2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Majka Woods, PhD
    Vice Dean ad interim, Academic Affairs
    Associate Dean, Educational Affairs
    Assistant Professor, Surgery
    School of Medicine

    A Message from the Vice Dean ad interim, Academic Affairs, School of Medicine: Assistant Dean, School of Medicine Student Affairs and Admissions

    Aug. 7, 2019

    I am pleased to share that, effective Sep. 1, Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH has accepted the position of Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine. 

    Dr. Pérez currently serves as Director, Career Counseling and Special Projects in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions.  She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and serves as President of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools.  For over 20 years, Dr. Pérez has focused on health disparities in the Latino population. Since her tenure in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions (2009), her efforts have been dedicated to building culturally competent linguistically appropriate physicians through her expansion of Practice of Medicine HABLE (Spanish component) (2009), the development of the Bilingual Health Track (2010-2013), Clinical Conversational Spanish for English and Spanish Healthcare Professionals© (2013), PBL HABLE (2014) and advocating for community service learning and interprofessionalism. She is a member of the Medical Spanish Taskforce. The Taskforce is an international group of interdisciplinary professionals who have come together to standardize the teaching of Medical Spanish. Dr. Pérez is currently leading the development of the Faculty-Advisory Program to provide career counseling to medical students across all four years.

    In addition to her current responsibilities, Dr. Pérez’s role as Assistant Dean will include overseeing the administration of the Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPE), student wellness issues, and serving as advisor to student organizations and liaison for various student related committees and programs.  She will also be instrumental in supporting the annual MATCH/SOAP, Parents’ Weekend, White Coat Ceremony, and Graduation.

    Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pérez in her new role.

    Sincerely yours,

    Majka Woods, PhD
    Vice Dean ad interim, Academic Affairs
    Associate Dean, Educational Affairs
    Assistant Professor, Surgery
    School of Medicine

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