October 2009

Welcome to Focus, a monthly newsletter covering institutional news and events, such as faculty, staff and student achievements, and new initiatives. Its recurring sections include Employee of Distinction, Achievements, Calendar, Grants (research) and Information.

This is our third issue of the new web-based Focus and we’re happy to be able to deliver news and information about the institution in a more contemporary and efficient way. We hope you like this new format as well and look forward to your feedback. Drop us a note at Focus@umassmed.edu

The Focus staff
Public Affairs & Publications


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September events mark the promise of a new year

The third week of September may mark the end of summer, but the week at UMass Worcester was a celebration of beginnings: the beginning of a new academic year, the beginning of new partnerships and the beginning of a new era in life sciences discovery  . . . Read full story >>

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Medical students as advocates

As important to a medical student’s development as clinical and communication skills, the concept of advocacy is interwoven throughout the School of Medicine curriculum. A specific educational experience intended to cultivate this competency is a required independent project during the third-year medicine clerkship.  . . . Read full story >>

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NIH’s Harlan appointed Director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence and the Division Chief of Diabetes

David M. Harlan, MD, the Diabetes Branch Chief at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, has been appointed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center as the Director of the Diabetes Center of Excellence and the Division Chief of Diabetes  . . . Read full story >>

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Ware appointed Chief of Outcomes Measurement Science

John E. Ware, Jr., PhD, an international leader in the field of health outcomes assessment, has joined UMass Medical School as chief of Outcomes Measurement Science and professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences  . . . Read full story >>

Patients give ‘a little bit extra’ for biomedical research: Conquering Diseases Biorepository Core launched