Vital Signs

This week's collection of news and events from the School of Medicine

UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

UNC diabetes researcher featured on WRAL

TV segment focused diabetes prevention and screening and featured John Buse, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Endocrinology, executive associate dean for clinical research.

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Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Tailored training prepares UNC anesthesiology residents

Last month, the Department of Anesthesiology took simulation to a new level with a two-day, full-scale, high-fidelity training for residents that served two purposes: testing residents on a variety of competencies and preparing them for new accreditation standards and board certification processes.

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 McKinnish to serve on AAMC advisory committee

McKinnish to serve on AAMC advisory committee

Tyler McKinnish, MS-2 co-vice president of curriculum affairs, has been selected to serve on the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development (Axis) as a member of its Learning Environment Ad Hoc Committee.

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Seeking student submissions for Berryhill Photo Competition

The deadline to submit photos for this year's Berryhill Photo Competition is March 16. Winners will be announced on March 27. Note that the photo submitted must have been taken since enrolling at UNC School of Medicine or must be medically related.

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Call for Patient-Centered Care Tutors

The UNC School of Medicine and Office of Medical Education is currently recruiting tutors for its Patient Centered Care Course (formally ICM 1/ICM 2 & CSD/CSI). The deadline to apply is March 16.

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McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

McIntosh looks beyond the finish line

On March 15, Paul McIntosh will run in the Tobacco Road Marathon. The second-year medical student is running to honor those suffering from Pompe disease, a rare, genetic condition he was diagnosed with in 2012.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it.

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Kiser appointed Doxey Distinguished Professor

Kiser appointed Doxey Distinguished Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has appointed Andy C. Kiser, MD, as Byah Thomason-Sanford Doxey Distinguished Professor in the Department of Surgery, effective March 1, 2015.

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Science in the News: Space exploration

All are welcome to attend our March session of Science in the News! This is a new science outreach group focused on getting the greater community to discuss relevant science topics.

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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

A first of its kind study shows that who we inherit genetic variants from – our mother or father – is crucial for the development of diseases and for research studies aimed at finding causes and potential treatments.

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Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, UNC Lineberger study finds

A study led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher has found that, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age, teens can easily buy electronic cigarettes online.

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The Missing Link: Collaborations between Allied Health Sciences and Education

Emily Kertcher, PhD, assistant professor, Occupational Therapy, will provide an overview of the interdependence of educators and allied health professionals and a discussion of how to communicate effectively across disciplines. Specialists in occupational health, physical therapy and speech language pathology will also provide overviews of their fields, including prominent principles of practice to facilitate future joint goal setting and intervention planning across disciplinary fields.

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Celiac Disease: Then and Now with Stefano Guandalini, MD

Celiac Disease: Then and Now with Stefano Guandalini, MD

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & Cristy will be talking with Stefano Guandalini, MD, founder and medical director, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. The theme of the discussion will be "Celiac Disease: Then and Now."

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Excellence in HIV Care Webinar Series

The North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center is starting their Excellence in HIV Care Webinar series at 2 p.m. on March 11. Each month, key topics in HIV care will be covered and participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters. The first webinar will feature David Wohl, MD, and Joe Eron, MD, of UNC for the 2nd Annual Post-CROI Update. If you were unable to attend CROI in Seattle this year, this is an opportunity to get up to date on what’s new in HIV.

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2nd Annual 5K Tar Heel Trailblazer

The Tar Heel Trailblazer is a 5k run/walk that will benefit the NC Jaycee Burn Center's aftercare programs. The cost for adults is $20 and includes a free t-shirt. Children under age 15 are free.

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OIS Security Bytes: Encryption Edition

OIS Security Bytes: Encryption Edition

UNC’s Office of Information Systems will be posting bite-size IT Security tips for our users. As IT security concerns become more a part of our everyday life, awareness is one of our best allies. This week's update discusses tips for protecting sensitive information on your devices. For more information, contact your local IT Support or chat with us at help.med.unc.edu

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Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

The findings could lead to more personalized approaches to controlling platelet activity during heart attacks and other vascular emergencies and diseases. Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, member of the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC, is senior author of the paper.

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Recapping Community Service and Advocacy Day

Recapping Community Service and Advocacy Day

On Friday, Feb. 20, UNC School of Medicine Students took time to reflect on the importance of serving the community.

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RTI Speaker Series - Session 2 Diagnostic Error in Medicine

Mark Graber, senior fellow in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program at RTI, has more than 30 years’ experience in academic medicine and health care research with a focus on quality of care and patient safety. Graber is an internationally recognized authority on diagnostic error in medicine and has published extensively in this area.

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