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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

Resource Fair

Hundreds of students thronged to UM’s Whitten University Center on Wednesday for the first ’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair, where organizations such as UM Police, the Counseling Center, and Pier 21 distributed information on the services they offer.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Hayley McPhedran showed up at the University of Miami’s Whitten University Center in search of career information. She quickly found what she was looking for at a table staffed by student ambassadors from UM’s Toppel Career Center, learning about an employment expo that will be held on campus later this semester.

“I’m planning to become a physician assistant, a field where there’s not a lot of shadowing opportunities,” said McPhedran, who graduates from UM in May with a psychology degree. “Perhaps there’ll be an opportunity I’ll learn about at the expo.’’ Continue Reading

Posted in Freeze Frame, News

’Canes Care for ’Canes

’Canes Care for ’Canes

From left, sophomore Danielle Landau, Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, freshman Emad Mohammed, and Sebastian the Ibis at the 'Canes Care for ’Canes event.

Danielle Landau and Emad Mohammed had never met each other during their time as University of Miami students. But on Tuesday they came face to face for the first time, standing behind a podium on the University Center Rock with Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, who had summoned the two out of a crowd of students to prove a point.

“Danielle is jogging on the periphery of campus,” Hall said to Mohammed. “She falls, twists her ankle, and is writhing in pain. What do you do, Emad?”

The freshman biology major wasted little time in responding, “I’d help her up.”

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Posted in Freeze Frame

Free Skin Cancer Screenings and Well ’Canes Points

The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with ’Well Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in South Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime. There are three major forms of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily break down and bleed. Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma. Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform. In a recent study in Germany, deaths from melanoma decreased by 47 percent in men and 49 percent in women, suggesting skin cancer screenings save lives. Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments, resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screenings to all it employees on an annual basis. These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away. Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes. If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required. If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen. Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment.


Posted in Benefits, For Your Benefit, Health and Lifestyle

Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive Now Underway

Now underway, the 2016 Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive has set its sights on collecting 1,000 toys and gifts for underprivileged children and senior citizens in South Florida. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the UM community at large are welcome to drop unwrapped toys for children and gifts for seniors in the donation carts in the University Center Lower Lounge and at the Butler Center for Service and Leadership Development in the Shalala Student Center, room 204, through Wednesday, December 7.

Coordinated by the Butler Center, the toy drive is the University’s largest and longest running holiday drive and, for the third year, is partnering with Home Instead Senior Care’s Be a Santa to a Senior program to provide gifts to area seniors. The Butler Center also collaborates with many other community organizations, including Hope for Miami, Just Kids Centers, Inc., and UM’s Miller School of Medicine to help provide their clients and patients with an amazing holiday season.

If your department or office is interested in getting involved with The Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive and/or for more information, contact the Butler Center at leadandserve@miami.edu or 305-284-4483.


Posted in News, ’Canes in the Community

Step by Step, Walking ‘Canes Get into Shape

Step by Step, Walking ‘Canes Get into Shape


From left are Marta Pina, Pamela Capman, Carmen Ortega, Ana Martha Ayala, Juniette Fiore, Kris Roth, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Isabel Felipe, Elisa Arguelles, Ana Rojas, Lizbeth Castellano, and Peng Zhang.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 4, 2016) – The top 11 of the more than 1,300 University of Miami employees who registered for Walking ’Canes this year to quantify and increase their daily physical activity, namely walking, were recognized for their success Thursday at a breakfast hosted by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

Supported by the Department of Wellness and Recreation, Walking ’Canes is a 12-week program open to all University of Miami employees who use pedometers to track the number of steps they take take each day, earning points for reaching their weekly step goal and bonus points for weight loss. At the breakfast, several of the top point-winners shared the secrets to their success. Lizbeth Castellano, the conference coordinator for the Miller School’s Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, said she gave up her car on the weekends.

“I did all my errands on foot,” Castellano said. “I saved gas, spent less money because I only bought what I could carry, and I lost an average of 1.3 pounds a week.”

This year’s top winner, Isabel Felipe, senior administrative assistant in the Miller School’s Department of Medicine, said she was motivated to participate by her health. “My doctor told me that if I didn’t lose weight, I was at risk for developing diabetes. That got my attention. By the end of the program, I lost 13 percent of my body weight and I feel great!”

“Healthy employees are productive employees,” said Tony Musto, director of fitness programs at the Patti and Herbert Wellness Center and UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. “Offering employee wellness programs like Walking ’Canes shows employees that the University genuinely cares about their health and well-being.”

Including Castellano and Felipe, the top participants, who represented a variety of University departments from both the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, are:

  • Elisa Arguelles, surgical oncology fellowship coordinator, Department of Surgery
  • Ana Martha Ayala, director, College of Engineering
  • Pamela Capman, training specialist, Office of Research Administration
  • Lizbeth Castellano, conference coordinator, Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
  • Isabel Felipe, senior administrative assistant, Department of Medicine
  • Juniette Fiore, communications specialist, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Carmen Ortega, secretary, Department of Psychology
  • Marta Pina, administrative assistant, Radiation Control Center
  • Ana Rojas, manager, Imaging Core for Research and Training
  • Kris Roth, grant accountant, Office of Research Administration
  • Peng Zhang, postdoctoral associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

As Musto noted, “Walking ’Canes is popular because of its simple approach to increasing daily physical activity. Since time is often the greatest barrier to exercise, the idea behind Walking ’Canes is for participants to increase their healthy lifestyle activities—the things they do every day—without the need to go to a gym.”

Prizes this year included airline tickets courtesy of the UM’s Business Services and tickets to an event at the BankUnited Center, courtesy of Global Spectrum. BUC tickets were raffled off to Zhang and Rojas. For being the top two point earners, Felipe and Pina were awarded a roundtrip airline ticket.

More information about Walking ’Canes is available online at www.miami.edu/walkingcanes.


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