2014 EDUCATION

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High school standouts get a taste of medicine

The High School Health Careers summer program at UMass Medical School is giving high-achieving local teens a firsthand education in what health and science careers entail.

First-of-its-kind tobacco treatment training program launched

A new UMass Medical School program trains health care providers how to teach their colleagues to help patients quit smoking.

Remodeled program helps disadvantaged medical school candidates succeed

The goals of the year-long Health Sciences Preparation Program are to enhance student diversity and boost the educational preparedness of students for participation in School of Medicine curriculum. Incoming medical student Jonathan Quang talks about his successful experience in the program.

Scopus and SciVal now available at Lamar Soutter Library

The Lamar Soutter Library has expanded the range of research tools it offers to the UMass Medical School community with subscriptions to Scopus and SciVal, both products of leading science publisher Elsevier. Scopus incorporate disciplines that cross over into the social sciences, while SciVal offers tools for evaluating research impact on an individual and institutional level.

Ferguson receives Andy Nichols Award for social justice

Warren Ferguson, MD, is the recipient of the National AHEC Organization’s 2014 Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice. Dr. Ferguson serves as the medical director of the MassAHEC Network.

Science Café Woo for kids coming June 14

Science Café Woo will be among the exhibitors and demonstrators at the TouchTomorrow festival being held at WPI in Worcester on Saturday, June 14.

Opioid prescribing education program offered for physicians, providers

A half-day seminar on opioid prescribing practices takes place on June 14 at UMass Medical School, focusing on misuse risk associated with extended release and long-acting opioid analgesics.

Key role for pharmacists in stemming opioid abuse crisis

New recommendations on how pharmacists should manage opioid prescriptions are expected to be released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s Opiate Emergency Task Force this month, and Paul L. Jeffrey, PharmD, pharmacy director at Commonwealth Medicine and an active participant on the task force, said pharmacists will embrace the suggestions.
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UMMS installing modern technology at Liberia’s only med school

A team of UMass Medical School faculty, including Julie Jonassen, PhD, and her husband, IT specialist Richard Rabe, is headed to Liberia to help modernize the country’s only medical school by installing a computer network that will vastly improve how aspiring doctors are trained. The project is a new initiative in UMass Medical School’s ongoing commitment to help rebuild Liberia’s health care system.

UMMS student Molly Cook receives Schweitzer Fellowship

Second-year medical student Molly Cook has been chosen as one of 14 Boston Schweitzer Fellows and will spend the next year teaching teens about intimate relationship violence.

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