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Relax and Renew for the Summer

Summertime is ideal for relaxation. Between warm weather and having more leisure time, you can find all sorts of ways to relax and heal. If you’re occasionally stressed through the year, practicing relaxation techniques is especially important for your health. The benefits of relaxation are more than simply a refreshed mind and rejuvenated spirit. There are significant physical health benefits, too. Take a break from your busy workweek to practice this important skill with a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program.

Miller School campus: Tuesday, June 6, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, June 7, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, June 8, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.

 

 

 

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Flexible Summer Workweek Program Begins June 1

The University’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program returns next month, providing employees the opportunity to take care of personal and family obligations while fulfilling work commitments. Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campus-based employees looking for a change from their traditional work schedules can request to participate in the program, which runs from June 1 through August 2, by submitting a completed Flexible Summer Workweek Agreement Form and discussing it with their managers for review and approval. Click here to review the Flexible Summer Workweek program guidelines. For questions or concerns regarding the program, contact your HR representative.

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Time to Update Your UReady Continuity Plan

05-08-17-UReady-608x342.jpgThe start of hurricane season is less than a month away. All units should review and update their UReady Continuity Plan and mark it “Complete” prior to Thursday, June 1. UReady Continuity Plan’s serve a critical role in defining how each unit will continue critical functions following impacts from an emergency or disaster. Any questions regarding UReady can be emailed to oem@miami.edu.

 

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Ready to Shine as a UFacilitator?

I am the U Facilitator Call 2017 FinalThe University’s UFacilitators, a group of volunteers who audition to host new employees at the new I am the U orientation, have welcomed hundreds of faculty and staff since the program launched in January. Now the program is hosting auditions for a new class of UFacilitators who will welcome new employees to the University.

As a U Facilitator you will have the opportunity to impact our workforce from day one by sharing stories, inspiring others to share theirs, and showing everyone why it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.

If you are energetic, have a strong passion for the U, and are capable of influencing positive change, we need you!

To learn more about the U Facilitator program RSVP to an upcoming information session:

Gables info sessions

Medical info sessions

 RSMAS info sessions

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Free Skin Screenings

WellCanes-608x342The 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 breakdown 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 from Germany death from melanoma was decreased by 47% in men and 49% in women suggesting skin cancer screening saves lives.  Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screening to all it employees enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan 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. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

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