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CITI Program Guide for Social-Behavioral-Educational Research with Human Subjects Is Now Available

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami now offers a peer-reviewed, printed version of its widely used, online course on the protection of human research subjects in social-behavioral-educational research settings. Available in a convenient, paperback book format, the guide can be purchased at the CITI Program Online Bookstore.






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Start Your Year Right with Well ’Canes

The Well ’Canes Incentives Program has added new ways to make earning your $300 incentive even easier in 2015. In addition to all the existing program activities, you can now earn points by getting a flu shot, receiving a skin cancer screening, attending a personal retirement planning session or a free Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar, participating in the Team UM Dolphins Cycling Challenge, and more. Earn your first 500 points of the year by completing Walking ’Canes. Registration for Walking ’Canes runs January 12-16. This 12-week program, aimed at improving your physical fitness by increasing your daily activity, is offered by the Department of Wellness and Recreation at the beginning of each calendar year and is open to all UM faculty and staff.

The  Well ’Canes Incentives Program is offered by HR-Benefits and is open to all faculty and staff enrolled as primary policy holders in the UM/Aetna medical plan. Participants may register for the incentives program at any time. Visit miami.edu/wellcanes to learn more and to register. For more information about Walking ’Canes please click here or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).


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Facilities Administration Announces New Biomedical Engineering Service

Effective January 1, GE Healthcare will provide biomedical engineering services for the University of Miami UHealth System. The staffs of Facilities Administration, Supply Chain, GE and Aramark have worked diligently to ensure a smooth, seamless transition from Aramark to GE Healthcare.

For biomedical equipment support, users should continue to dial the same number currently in use, 305-243-5999, and select Option No. 2. Department support personnel will answer calls during regular working hours—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday—and route the service request to the appropriate GE biomedical technician. Calls that come in after hours and on weekends will be routed to the “on call” GE biomedical technician.

InventoryControlGE will be performing a complete inventory of the existing biomedical (clinical) and imaging equipment for the UHealth System currently supported by Aramark from January 5 through January 16. During this time, inventory control number stickers will be applied to equipment, and inventory personnel will collect other data such as serial numbers, locations, installation date, make/model, system configuration, warranty end dates, and cost centers.

The inventory will begin at Sylvester/UMHC and BPEI/ABLEH and continue to all hospital-based and non-hospital based clinics. Coordination will take place with the administrators for each facility.

GE is excited about partnering with UHealth in its efforts to perform a complete and accurate inventory. We ask for your assistance and cooperation with the inventory team during this inventory process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jose L Ramirez, executive director of Hospital Facilities and Operations, at  j.ramirez2@med.miami.edu. For questions for the GE Healthcare team, contact Jordan Robertson at 786-510-3591.


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Save More on Prescriptions in 2015

If you are a UM/Aetna member, you can save money and avoid out-of-pocket costs by choosing the right medications in 2015 through two new programs. The Generic Choice Incentive Program encourages you to use generic drugs. Most generics are covered under the UM/Aetna plan with a $10 copay. If you fill a brand name medication when a generic is available, you will pay the copay of either $45 or $75 for the brand name drug, plus the difference in cost between the generic and the brand name. Through Rx Step Therapy you have the option to try lower-cost, but equally effective alternatives to your UM/Aetna-covered medications. If the less expensive medication has not been tried, the plan may not cover the more expensive medication. Click here to learn more about the programs and to view the 2015 Rx list. Now is a great time to talk with your doctor about the best medication choices for you. If you have questions, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or www.miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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Apply or Nominate a Colleague for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community by December 22

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the topic of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy.  The FLC program was the focus of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, part of the SACS accreditation process. FLCs give faculty members from all disciplines the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment.

The University regards FLC membership as an acknowledgment of excellent, innovative, and effective teaching. It is open to all full-time University faculty who are engaged in undergraduate teaching. Those selected will be FLC Fellows. They will have a one-course teaching reduction in the Fall 2015 semester and receive a $1,500 research and educational fund to support their FLC work. FLC Fellows, who will meet during the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters, participate in weekly discussions, workshops, and in a virtual community, will be expected to teach and incorporate ICT literacy concepts into an existing or new course and assess ICT learning outcomes.

For a full program description and application form, please visit http://www.miami.edu/flcThe deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, December 22, in 240 Ashe.

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