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Summer Educational Program
Beginning on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Education, Urban, and Global Health Council will begin a series of educational sessions targeted for 1st year trainees, including all categorical interns and new fellows. The series will run through the first four Tuesdays in August and will utilize the time slot normally allocated to Grand Rounds.

Scholarly Activities Day
Scholarly Activities Day 2017 will be held on March 9, 2017.

Department of Medicine Annual Photo
The annual photo for the Department of Medicine will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at 12:45pm.
The location will be announced at a later date.

Office of Health Literacy Partnership Meeting

On June 14th, Dr. Paula Allen-Meares and the Office of Health Literacy hosted a group of elected public leaders, community leaders and researchers in the College of Medicine to discuss community engagement in our HIV/AIDS and Sickle Cell Clinics, Cancer Center, and the Office of Health Literacy. Presenters included Dr. Richard Novak (Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases), Bonnye Johnson (VST Coordinator Community Education & Outreach, Sickle Cell Center), and Jonah Anderson and Christopher Gay (UI Cancer Center).


Community and elected public leaders in attendance included: Representative Cynthia Soto (Illinois House of Representatives, 4th District), Omar Aquino (incoming Senator for Illinois State Senate District 2), Dr. Nikki Harvey (Director of Constituency Development / Programs & Operations for Congressman Danny K. Davis, U.S. Representative for Illinois, 7th Congressional District), Professor Jose Lopez (Executive Director of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer), Juan Calderon (Chief Operating Officer of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center), Dr. Patricia Finn (Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine), Dr. George Kondos (Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine), Dr. Paula Allen-Meares (Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division and Chair of the Office of Health Literary) and Brienne Davis Lowry (Office of Health Literacy).

Department of Medicine hosted Director of the Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Dr. Mitchell J. Valdes-Sosa

On June 14th, the Department of Medicine collaborated with the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in hosting a visit by the Director of the Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Dr. Mitchell J. Valdes-Sosa. In many ways, this was a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Valdes-Sosa as he was born in Chicago and lived on the northwest side for a number of year. While a youngster, Dr. Valdes-Sosa and his family moved back to Cuba.

Dr. Valdes-Sosa spoke to DOM faculty and students about his academic career at a Meet and Greet Breakfast. Later in the day, he lectured at the DOM Grand Rounds on Cuban Biotechnology as an Instrument for the Betterment of Public Health. His main topic centered on the use of innovation to improve the health of the community. Prominently featured in his lecture was the position held by the Cuban Center for Neurosciences in the innovation process.






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Division of Hematology and Oncology Milestones

The Division of Hematology and Oncology will achieve a milestone with their Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. The program will reach its highest volume this fiscal year with 82 transplants. Volume, as depicted in the graph below, has almost doubled over the past 4 years.


This achievement could not have occurred without the phenomenal team of doctors, nurses, PharmD, BMT coordinators, data manager and Stem Cell Lab staff. A key role played in attaining this accomplishment was that of Dr. Pritesh Patel, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of BMT.

In addition to the higher volume, the BMT program had 7 publications, completed an investigator-initiated phase 1 clinical trial in multiple myeloma, continues to experience an increase in the number of transplanted sickle cell patients and has several translational research projects supported by private fundings.

The growth of FMT reflects the growth of the entire Hematology segment of the Division, both in hematologic malignancies and in sickle cell. A larger margin of growth is anticipated.