Life Strategies for Managing Stress

This seminar, offered by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), provides participants with an understanding of stress and the ways it can be managed to optimize health. Stressors are hard at work in many facets of our lives. Learn to develop proactive responses that can help to lower stress, shift mindsets, and eliminate unhealthy habits. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, April 18, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m., Library Media room

Miller School campus: Thursday, April 20, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

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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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.


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Benefit Summary Plan Descriptions Now Available Online

Now available online, the 2017 benefit summary plan descriptions and summaries of benefits and coverage provide information on UM benefit plans, including when faculty and staff may begin participating and how to file a claim. To request a printed copy, please contact HR-Benefits by completing the online form or calling 305-284-3004, option 1.

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Learn New Skills Online, on Your Time

umit_showcase_headerLynda.com is a user-friendly online platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With Lynda.com, you can learn new skills online, on your time. There are over 5,700 courses in business, technology, web, photography, and creative skills taught by industry experts. Learn more about Lynda.com via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”

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