Department of Humanities, Health and Society Medicine and Society Strand 2013 - 2014 Handbook
Table of Contents
Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society Strand Overview
Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘: The Signature Program
Divisions Medicine and Society
Division of Family Medicine
Division of Policy and Community Development
Medicine and Society Educational Program Objectives
Division of Family Medicine Educational Program Objectives
Department Faculty Bios
Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society Strand
Mission To graduate physicians who understand and include non-biological factors in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients and communities.
Vision To improve health in Florida
â€œAs medical educators, our role is to produce the next generation of physicians with the highest level of skills, ethics, compassion, passion, and social accountability. The Department of Humanities, Health, and Society was designed to accomplish this in an ever-changing society. You will collectively make our country and our world a better place for all.â€? Pedro J. Greer, Jr, MD, FACP, FACG Professor of Medicine Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Chair, Department of Humanities, Health, and Society
Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society Strand Overview
Welcome to the Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society Strand Overview! The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has established a unique, nationally recognized undergraduate medical education curriculum that is built upon study in five major longitudinal strands: Human Biology, Disease, Illness, and Injury, Clinical Medicine, Professional Development, and Medicine and Society (M&S). The M&S strand curriculum runs throughout the four years of medical school, and courses are vertically integrated with Family Medicine. Our mission is to graduate physicians who understand and apply the nonbiological factors in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients and communities. Our goal is to educate future physicians to be socially aware and responsive, highly skilled, compassionate, culturally competent health care providers, who are attuned to the complex health and social needs of South Floridaâ€™s diverse and medically underserved populations. In partnership with fellow colleges at FIU and community stakeholders, the M&S strand prepares physicians to assess and address the social factors that affect disease and health care outcomes of individuals and communities through interrelated and integrated educational programs. The Department of Humanities, Health, and Society (HHS) provides the organizational structure that facilitates implementation of the M&S strand curriculum. The strand is vertically integrated with Family Medicine and Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘, (Health Education Learning Program), the HWCOMâ€™s signature program, developed with the philanthropic support from Green Family Foundation. HHS faculty represent the fields of Medicine, Anthropology, Public Health, Ethics, and Humanities.
Medicine and Society Strand courses are implemented through a novel structure that is comprised of three interrelated divisions within the department:
Division of Medicine and Society leads the initial educational process that supports students’ community-based experiences, including household visits through Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (GFF NeighborhoodHELP™. Through the M&S curriculum, students begin to develop and continue to expand their knowledge-base in areas, such as the practice of ethics, understanding of social determinants of health, and cultural competency in medicine.
Family Medicine Division leads the clinical integration of the curriculum and is responsible for the supervision of students during GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ household visits and at community-based primary care sites. Central to HWCOM’s commitment to educating physicians for the 21st century, each division faculty physician mentors 10 medical students per class over the four years.
Policy and Community Development Division leads community initiatives for the department and has established a successful university community partnership that is built on trust and mutually beneficial to FIU and the community. Unique to a college of medicine, the division represents an authentic university commitment to engage the community. The division is responsible for maintaining the community infrastructure and relationships that support GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ household visits.
Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™: Educating Future Physicians and Serving South Florida Overview: GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ is central to the HWCOM curriculum. The program is the M&S strand’s community classroom for the practical application of ethical, social, behavioral, and clinical competencies to enable students to experience community oriented primary care to health care. GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ is the nation’s first program in a college of medicine that provides medical students, as members of interprofessional health care teams, the opportunity to engage households in local communities through the course of their education. It employs service-learning to provide student experiences in population-based medicine with a focus on the social determinants of health and culturally competent primary care, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local communities.
Description: GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ challenges students to address the complex medical, social, and ethical issues experienced by medically underserved families in South Florida. FIU medical, nursing, social work, and law students engage households that benefit from regular home visits, comprehensive health and social histories, and the development of a comprehensive plan to improve health and quality of life. Supervised by faculty physicians in the Family Medicine Division, students assess, respond to, and monitor the health of families. Since the program’s launch in September 2010, students have assisted household members with a broad array of health issues, including diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, dementia, coronary heart disease, low back pain, and mental health illness. We expect the program to:
Enhance students’ understanding of the social determinants of health by working with households in their home environment.
Increase students’ cultural competency by exposing them to multicultural communities.
Develop students’ team skills by communicating with other professionals to address factors that are impacting the health of household members and communities.
Offer a holistic approach to clinical medicine while honing students’ physical exam and communication skills in the community.
Provide a framework for managing and predicting ethical issues that may arise.
Cultivate reflective practice.
Primary Care Services: Through GFF NeighborhoodHELP™, the HWCOM delivers an extensive array of services to medically underserved households. Primary care services are implemented through the GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ Mobile Health Center, which provides primary care services for uninsured household members in a 38-foot, fully-equipped, ADA compliant mobile unit with two examination rooms and a laboratory. GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ utilizes its community network for more complex diagnostic studies and specialty care. For example, patients are referred to Universal Heritage Institute CommunityCare Clinic, Jackson’s North Dade Health Center, or the nearest community health center, if a higher acuity of care or specialty care is required.
Target Communities: GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ communities are located in six geographically defined areas in north Miami-Dade County: the City of Miami Gardens, the City of Opa Locka, a portion of Unincorporated Northwest Dade County and adjacent areas of Hialeah, City of North Miami, City of North Miami Beach, and Little Haiti. Predominantly African American and Hispanic, these communities are affected by a high rate of poverty, health disparities, and lack of access to health care. Through GFF NeighborhoodHELP™, students can learn from and work collaboratively with household members to improve health. In 2010, the HWCOM Division of Research and Information, recognized for its strength in epidemiological research, community surveys, evaluation, and community-based participatory research, conducted a benchmark survey of 2,334 households. The following statistics reveal the socioeconomic and health challenges faced by residents in GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ target communities:
Approximately 33% have an income per capita of less than $10,000 annually. 17.9% were unemployed. 28% reported at least one household member with diabetes, 22% with asthma, and 16.4% with
Approximately 35% were uninsured for some time during the previous year, more than twice the estimated national rate of 17%.
Close to 60% of Black and Hispanic residents reported high blood pressure.
More than 28% reported the emergency room as a regular place of care.
Among the households surveyed who visited a doctor during the past year, over 21% had to postpone medical care when it was needed. From this group, 47.1% postponed care because of cost.
Community Outreach: Community engagement is a key component and core value of the GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ model. We have implemented a long-term engagement model that builds mutual trust with the communities we seek as partners. Through the Division of Policy and Community Development, outreach team personnel serve as FIU ambassadors to the community. Through their work, we have successfully created a university – community partnership built on mutual trust with the target communities. The outreach team recruits households, provides community service, such as health fairs, and assists students in between scheduled interprofessional team visits. Our model facilitates the retention of partners that are willing to refer households, participate in classroom activities, and host educational sessions. Household Recruitment: The outreach team organizes and manages the household referral process. Households are referred by community-based organization, for example, through municipalities, businesses, faithbased entities, or schools. Eligible households must include an individual with a chronic medical condition, such as pulmonary disease, HIV, and obesity or not have had contact with the health care system for a prolonged period, as well as have socioeconomic challenges. Community Evaluation: The long-term impact of GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ is being analyzed by the FIU HWCOM Division of Research and Information, which continues to collect and analyze outcome data to demonstrate the impact of the program on participating households, to be disseminated by the end of 2012. Preliminary data from a survey of participating households indicate that households using the ER as a regular place of care has markedly decreased - a reflection of the program’s significant impact on the quality of care and well-being of the selected communities. It is anticipated that at the conclusion of participation in the program, household members will exhibit an increased understanding of key health messages and the role that social and economic conditions play in their health, improved rates of age-appropriate screenings, greater connectedness to community resources, and improved self-care efficacy. GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ aims to positively impact individuals, families, organizations, and neighborhoods.
Divisions Medicine and Society The Division of Medicine and Society curriculum integrates ethics, cultural competency and social determinants of health, longitudinal interprofessional learning, and a required capstone experience, and with Family Medicine, is the educational arm of GFF NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘. The division faculty has a key role in studentsâ€™ medical education by incorporating active and e-based learning modalities, mentoring students, and meeting key accreditation standards. With Family Medicine, M&S courses, introduce students to the foundations of ethical practice in medicine, social determinants and cultural aspects of health, issues of health disparities and local community needs, interprofessional approaches to health, and public health principles. By the second year, students initiate a community-focused capstone under the tutelage of a department advisor, reflecting integrated learning of social, cultural and ethical issues impacting health and clinical care. In the fourth period, students have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses, including in Public Health, Medical Humanities and Ethics, and an independent study in Medicine and Society.
Family Medicine Through the Division of Family Medicine, students progressively integrate biological, social, and clinical learning objectives in community-based settings that include households, the Mobile Health Center, primary care offices, and community health centers. The division is central to the clinical development and training of students during M&S strand educational activities, including GFF NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘, where faculty physicians serve as mentors and supervise student learning during household visits. Integrated with M&S, the Family Medicine curriculum facilitates progressive and integrated learning outcomes from the first through fourth periods and incorporates the principles of Family Medicine, including the biopyschosocial model, evidenced-based practice, prevention, education, communication, continuity, comprehensiveness, care coordination, accessibility, and patient empowerment. Additionally, Family Medicine faculty participate as small group facilitators in courses across HWCOM strands, including Clinical Medicine and Professional Development, and in extra-curricular activities through the Panther Communities.
Policy and Community Development The Division for Policy and Community Development is charged with establishing a community infrastructure welcoming to student learning through the M&S strand, community-based participatory research, and endeavors of mutual benefit to HWCOM and South Florida. The division incorporates a long-term engagement model that builds mutual trust with the communities we seek as partners. The model was developed to facilitate partnerships with organizations willing to refer households to GFF NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘, participate in classroom activities, host educational sessions, as well as serve as community ambassadors for HWCOMâ€™s service-oriented mission. The division recruits and maintains households for GFF NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘ through a network of over 80 community-based organizations, provides service to community residents through outreach projects and seeks input from community advisory groups. Additionally, the outreach team (Outreach Coordinators and Outreach Specialists), works with the interprofessional student teams to provide service to household members. Overall, the division seeks to strengthen South Florida cooperation for community development in the areas of increasing health care access, reducing poverty, increasing employment, and including older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and other groups or persons marginalized from healthcare services and from society and community development initiatives.
Medicine and Society Strand Educational Program Objectives
Communicate effectively with patients, families, and health service providers, including situations involving language barriers and effective use of professional interpreters.
Conduct and document complete medical history and physical examination using the requisite fundamental skills, including recognition and evaluation of confounding factors of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, socioeconomic status, family history, and emotional state.
Identify and propose a management plan for chronic disease.
Use evidence-based medicine to provide quality health care to individuals and populations.
Apply quality scientific research methods.
Discuss the core financial, legal, structural, policy, and regulatory aspects of the US health care system and their impact on the delivery of health care.
Apply knowledge of complementary and integrative medicine to patient care.
Apply professional behavior attitudes, humanism, self-awareness, emotions, values, and identify for the care of patients, self, and others.
Integrate epidemiologic, socioeconomic , behavioral, cultural, and community factors into patient care.
Advocate toward improved health outcomes at the community level through analysis of sociocultural determinants of health, engagement, and reflection.
Provide appropriate patient-centered counseling techniques to improve rational utilization of health care resources, prevention, and patient satisfaction
Interact effectively with other professionals to address health care needs of patients.
Anticipate ethical issues encountered in clinical care and research, explain ethically justifiable options and consequences from multiple perspectives, and manage ethical challenges.
Family Medicine Educational Program Objectives Interpersonal and Communication Skills Elicit a focused patient-centered history that includes explanatory models, health literacy, adherence, self -management, relevant cultural practices, and barriers to care. Demonstrate motivational, cognitive, and behavioral techniques to improve adherence to treatments and lifestyle changes. Demonstrate effective communication in situations involving cultural and language barriers through respectful, effective exploration of explanatory models and including the effective use of interpreters where appropriate. Demonstrate effective communication skills with other health professionals via written note, referral, and oral presentation. Patient Care Apply standardized assessment tools for common problems seen in Family Medicine. Perform a physical examination for a patient that includes identification for complications of the disease process. Document the assessment, evaluation and management of acute and chronic medical issues in a timely manner, with special attention to the Family Medicine core cases. Develop an evidence-based health maintenance plan for a patient of any age or either gender. Medical Knowledge Formulate differential diagnoses for a clinical complaint or sign, with special attention to the FM core cases. Identify evidence-based management strategies for the Family Medicine core cases and propose a cost effective approach to the diagnostic workup for these cases. Incorporate race, ethnicity, epidemiology, evidence based guidelines, social determinants of health, and individual patient values into clinical decision-making and patient management plans. Practice-based Learning and Improvement Set personal goals for professional development, implement a plan for accomplishing these goals and then evaluate this process. Professionalism Utilize the ethical foundations of medicine to identify and analyze ethical dilemmas such as those related to patients, colleagues, and resources in order to establish the most appropriate action plan. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, including compassion, integrity, respect, cultural humility, and social accountability in interactions with patients, patients’ families, co-workers, clinic staff and supervising physicians. Implement a community capstone project that addresses a community issue in order to improve community health.
Systems-based Practice List and define principles of Family Medicine, including accessibility, medical diagnosis and treatment, comprehensiveness, communication, coordination of care, continuity of care, patient advocacy and the patient centered medical home. Lead and collaborate effectively on an inter-professional health care team, understanding the role and contribution of each member of the team. Social Responsibility Demonstrate effective partnering and shared decision-making with patients or surrogates. Demonstrate effective self-management support strategies that include assessment, goal-setting, action planning, problem-solving and follow-up. Practice systematic approaches to health education for disease prevention and maintenance of health.
Medicine and Society Strand: Overview, Objectives, and Course Descriptions An overview of the Medicine and Society strand and Family Medicine curriculum is outlined below, and objectives, and course descriptions are included in the following pages. Our educational model incorporates integrated and interrelated classroom, community, and clinical activities to educate and train future physicians. Courses begin in the first period with a focus on developing evidenced-based knowledge through classroom learning, and then we progressively integrate community and clinical experiences through Family Medicine and GFF NeighborhoodHELP™.
Medicine and Society Strand Curriculum Map First Period August-September BMS 6826: Ethical Foundations of Medicine (1 credit)
BMS 6827: Addressing the Socio-economic and Cultural Aspects of Health (1 credit)
BMS 6015: Primary Care Preceptorship integrated in Clinical Skills I (5 Credits-20% of grade)
April - June
August – March
BMS 6071: The Community-Engaged Physician (5 credits) BMS 6016: Primary Care Geriatric Preceptorship integrated in Clinical Skills II (6 Credits-25% of grade) Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (part of BMS 6071)
April – March BCC 7175: Family Medicine Clerkship (7 credits) BCC 7170: Primary Care Geriatric Clerkship (2 weeks) Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (2 credits)
Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (2 Credits) MEL 7996: Medicine and Society Capstone (1 credit) MEL 7957: Medicine and Society elective (4 Credits) MEL 7955: Public Health Principles (4 credits) Medical Ethics and Humanism (4 credits) MEL 7280: Community Medicine Rotation (5 credits)
Course Descriptions First Period BMS 6826|Ethical Foundations of Medicine Dr. Marin Gillis, Course Director This course gives students a foundation in bioethics and the ethics of medical practice. It begins preparing them to make daily ethical decisions and respond to the ethical issues, challenges, and dilemmas they will encounter as students and physicians. The course provides historical background on the social and moral foundations of modern medicine. Students review the major medical oaths and codes; analyze the ethical basis of decision-making; and work through case studies that exemplify ethics in practice. They discuss the social and cultural factors in patient-doctor interaction.
BMS 6827|Addressing the Socio-economic and Cultural Aspects of Health Dr. Iveris Martinez, Course Director This course aims to provide a baseline of empirical knowledge needed to understand and begin to address health disparities through the lenses of social determinants, cultural competency, gender, environmental stressors, and its concomitant physiological responses. Students will identify ethical concerns and consider broader policies in preparation for an ethical and socially responsive approach to medicine. Students will begin to develop collaborative skills to work effectively in with other professions, including public health, social work, law, and others, to address these disparities and maximize health outcomes.
BMS 6015|Clinical Skills (Primary Care Preceptorship) Dr. Cheryl Holder, Director The Family Medicine Primary Care Preceptorship provides each student the opportunity to have a clinical mentor in a primary care health setting from the start of the first year of school. Students will be assigned a primary care preceptor at a community-based primary care site. Under the mentorship of a communitybased HWCOM clinical voluntary faculty, the student will observe and appreciate the dynamics of communication, the patient-doctor relationship, continuity of care, and the organization of the primary health care system. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate professionalism in the presence of patients and practice basic history-taking and physical examination skills, clinical reasoning, and documentation, and receive feedback. Students will also reflect on the application and integration of the longitudinal strands of the curriculum in a community-based primary care setting.
Second Period BMS 6071|Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPTM and The Community Engaged Physician Dr. Christine McFarlin, Course Director This course provides students a longitudinal opportunity to apply core knowledge and competencies through service learning. Each student is assigned households in a medically underserved community with a nursing and social work student and receives assistance of students from public health and law. Students establish relationships with community partners and conduct a community asset mapping project to familiarize themselves with the strengths and resources within the communities for addressing social and health needs. Students work with households to assess household strengths and needs, and to develop, and implement a comprehensive plan to improve health. Students present their work during neighborhood rounds.
BCC 6016|Family Medicine Geriatrics Primary Care Preceptorship Dr. Jorge Mora, Course Director In this course students will be assigned an outpatient clinical preceptor at any of the Leon Medical Centers in Miami or at Cleveland Clinic, Florida. Under the mentorship of an appointed voluntary clinical FIU faculty, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate professionalism in the presence of patients, practice basic history taking and physical examination skills, clinical reasoning, documentation, and receive feedback. Additionally, the student will be given the opportunity to observe and appreciate the dynamics of communication, the patient-doctor relationship, continuity of care, and some of the structures of the primary health care system for older adults.
Third Period BCC 7170|Family Medicine Geriatrics Clerkship Dr. Jorge Mora, Course Director The Geriatric Clerkship will provide students with experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of geriatric patients in an outpatient setting, the Leon Medical Centers. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of geriatric patients presenting with acute illnesses, chronic illnesses, evaluation of disabilities, and preventive health maintenance visits. Students will participate in clinical evaluations, simulated cases, simulated laboratory scenarios, and didactic lectures. The clerkship emphasizes comprehensive assessment and management of core common geriatric conditions.
BCC 7175|Family Medicine Clerkship Dr. Suzanne Minor, Course Director Family Medicine is the specialty that focuses on care for the whole person regardless of age, gender, or disease, set within their social and community context. The Period Three Family Medicine Clerkship is a practical opportunity for students to demonstrate progressive skill development integrating their knowledge of basic and social sciences, clinical skills, professional development, and social accountability. Students conduct and document histories, physical exams, problem lists, assessments and plans; provide patient educa-
tion; and learn about the principles of family medicine. The course is aimed at preparing students for the USMLE Exam, fourth period rotations and their future careers as physicians.
Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Dr. Christine McFarlin, Course Director Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ is a longitudinal service learning experience that reinforces the didactic learning that takes place in Medicine and Society Starnd, as well as integrates learning from Clinical Medicine, the Organ Systems Courses, and the Clerkships, through situated learning. The two credit course in third and fourth periods is designed as an active learning course, and will serve as an opportunity for students to reflect on their medical school education and apply what they have learned throughout their medical school education to their household members in a comprehensive manner.
Fourth Period Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Dr. Christine McFarlin, Course Director (Description on page 18)
Community Medicine Practicum Dr. Alan Wells, Course Director The Community Medicine Practicum (CMP) develops student’s skills and insights into community level efforts that address the social determinants of health. This is accomplished by linking them with community partners to participate in and develop community medicine oriented projects within and/or that impact Green Family Foundation (GFF) Neighborhood HELP™ catchment areas. This is a 1 hour Pass/Fail credit course with process evaluations based in the concept of service learning. The Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) requires medical schools to offer sufficient opportunities for service learning defined as “a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Medical students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens and professionals” (LCME 2012).
MEL7957|Medicine and Society Elective Dr. Iveris Martinez, Course Director The Medicine and Society elective is designed for individualized study and further pursuit of topics relevant to the Medicine & Society’s mission preparing to improve health outcomes for underserved communities to cultural and social issues in the delivery of care through the educational objectives on social determinants of health and policy. Students will design an independent study experience under the tutelage of Medicine & Society or other Humanities, Health & Society faculty. Potential projects, include pursuit of a policy initiative in collaboration with Law, cultural competency project, or intensive community-based health initiative.
MEL 7955|Public Health Principles Dr. Iveris Martinez, Course Director This elective will introduce students to the practice of Public Health for physicians. Students will be placed for a one month internship at the Miami-Dade County Health Department or comparable practice site, and assigned a mentor (MD/PhD or MD/MPH). Experiences and activities will be tailored to individual student interests within the structure of the elective. Students will be evaluated by their site preceptor.
MEL 7170 Medical Ethics and Humanism Dr. Marin Gillis, Course Director This elective is designed is designed for individualized study and practice in further pursuit of topics relevant to the humanistic missions of both the Professional Development and Medicine & Society Strands. Students will design an independent study or practicum experience under the mentorship of Medicine & Society or Professional Development faculty. This elective will be offered in all months with maximum of 8 students per year.
MEL 7280 |Community Medicine Rotation Dr. Suzanne Minor, Course Director This intensive ambulatory block will serve as a community-based primary care rotation. Students will be assigned a community-based health center that serves medically underserved populations. Under the supervision of community HWCOM faculty, the student will assume a level of independence appropriate to a fourth year student. Students will practice communication, diagnosis skills, clinical reasoning, management of common ambulatory clinical scenarios, and patient education and negotiation.
Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD, FACP, FACG Professor of Medicine Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health & Society Education and Training MD, La Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Chief Medical Resident, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Fellowships, Hepatology and Gastroenterology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Specialties Hepatology Gastroenterology Biography Dr. Pedro J. Greer has an unwavering commitment and is an advocate for those without access to health care. Throughout his career, Dr. Greer has received numerous awards and Honorary Doctoral degrees. Most recently, he was recognized as 2013 Great Floridian Award and in 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, and in 1993, he was honored as a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow. Dr. Greer is board certified in Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been practicing in Miami, Florida since 1991. He established Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco in Miami, Florida, health care centers for persons who are homeless, undocumented, uninsured, and low income. Better known as "Joe," Dr. Greer wrote Waking up in America, an autobiographical account of caring for persons who are homeless. In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. He led the creation of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and in January 2009 became its Founding Chair. Dr. Greer and the department faculty have spearheaded a unique undergraduate medical education program to prepare physicians to assess and address the social determinants that affect health care access and health outcomes. The goals are to educate highly skilled, ethical, and culturally competent physicians attuned to the complex health and social needs of South Florida’s diverse populations. Dr. Greer currently serves in various capacities for a multitude of national, state, and local organizations. He is a Trustee at the RAND Corporation (America’s oldest and largest think tank) and is the current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. Additionally, Dr. Greer served as Chair for the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation from 2002 to 2012. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. Education and Training MD, La Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Chief Medical Resident, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Fellowships, Hepatology and Gastroenterology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Specialties Hepatology Gastroenterology Awards 2013 Class of Great Floridians, Honor bestowed by Governor Rick Scott Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, 2009 Health Care Hero of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization, 2005 Hispanic of the Year, Hispanic Magazine, 2002 Presidential Service Award, 1997 Doctor of the Year for Teaching, Hippocrates: Heath and Medicine for Physicians, 1996 Newsweek American Achievement Award, 1995 Time’s America’s 50 Young American Leaders Under 40, 1994 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" Fellow, 1993
Luther Brewster, PhD Assistant Professor and Chief of the Division of Policy and Community Development Education and Training MS, Nutrition Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia PhD, Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Postgraduate Certification, Urban Renewal and Health Impact Assessment, Queen Mary University of London, London England
Specialties Practice-based Public Health Research Participatory Research Models Community Development Biography Dr. Luther Brewster’s background is in community development; he has worked both in the private and public sectors. Since beginning his career in 2003, Dr. Brewster has held academic and research positions at the City University of New York and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as consultant for the expansion of the 125th Street business improvement district in Harlem, New York and the Arsenal, F.C. Emirates Stadium housing regeneration project in London, England. The focus of Dr. Brewster’s work is on the identification and correction of health risks created by programs and policies that typically are not viewed as having a relationship to health. He has a consistent track record of implementing grassroots strategies to address community concerns. In 2005, Dr. Brewster joined Florida International University (FIU) as faculty in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. In March 2008, he became faculty at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to lead the development of the community-based initiatives. As Founding Chief of the Division of Policy and Community Development and the Community Director of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (Health Education Learning Program), Dr. Brewster oversees the development of a broad network of community partners and the recruitment and retention of households for the Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society community-based educational activities. He is co-founder of the Historic Overtown Public Health Empowerment (HOPE) Collaborative, Overtown, Florida. In July 2010, Dr. Brewster was a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship through the German Marshall Fund, which brings together Americans and Europeans to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities. He is Vice-Chair of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless and board member of Transition South Florida Workforce in Miami, Florida. Select Publications 1. 2.
Brewster L. 2007 Miami Dade County Drowning Prevention Program: Final Report. Miami Dade County Health Department. 2008. Brown DR, Hernández A, Saint-Jean G, Evans S, Tafari I, Brewster LG, Celestin MJ, Gómez-Estefan C, Regalado F, Akal S, Nierenberg B, Kauschinger ED, Schwartz R, Page JB. Jefferson Reaves, Sr. Health Center (JRSHC) Community Rapid Assessment Response and Evaluation (RARE): A participatory action research pilot study of urban health disparities. Am J Public Health. 2008. Brewster, LG. Health Impact Assessment: Emirates Stadium Redevelopment. Islington Council Report. London, England;2006. Uhley V, Melendez J, Brewster L, Chapman AC and Kieffer E. Healthy Mothers on the Move:A community-based primary prevention research project for pregnant and postpartum African American and Latino women in Detroit. FASEBJ. 2006;20:A1007.
Awards Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2010 Florida International University Top Scholar, 2010 Areas of Interest Policy Community Engagement
David R. Brown, MD Assistant Professor and Chief of the Division of Family Medicine Education and Training MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts Residency, Family Medicine, Natividad Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco, Salinas, California Fellowship, Participatory Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Specialty Family Medicine Biography Dr. David R. Brown is board certified in Family Medicine. After completing his residency in 1994, Dr. Brown began his career in academic medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He subsequently held faculty appointments at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and then the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2001 before joining Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in March 2009. Dr. Brown is the founding Chief of Family Medicine in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society. In April 2011, he was appointed Chair of Family Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, where he develops and directs the Family Medicine Residency. He is Co-founder of the Historic Overtown Public Health Empowerment (HOPE) Collaborative and co-editor of The Overtown Cookbook. His research includes a phenomenological study of interprofessional collaboration and a participatory research study of health disparities in Miami, FL. At FIU HWCOM, Dr. Brown has facilitated an interprofessional faculty team in developing the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPโข (Health Education Learning Program) clinical and education programs and the longitudinal Family Medicine curriculum, integrating clinical, social, and behavioral sciences through class work, small groups, clinical skills training, and an interprofessional community oriented primary care program. Select Publications 1.
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Brown DR, Hernรกndez A, Saint-Jean G, Evans S, Tafari I, Brewster LG, Celestin MJ, Gรณmez-Estefan C, Regalado F, Akal S, Nierenberg B, Kauschinger ED, Schwartz R, Page JB. A participatory action research pilot study of urban health disparities using rapid assessment response and evaluation. Am J Public Health. 2008;98(1):28-38. Brown D, Mechaber A, Trapido E, Mites Campbell M, Marcus E, Aftab A, et al. Tobacco Cessation Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). MedEdPORTAL;2009. Available at: http://services.aamc.org/30/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/ mededportal/?subid=5102. Brown D, Celestin M, Spruill T, Hernรกndez A, Brewster L, Brewster C, Akal S, Page J. The development of a cultural competency observational tool. Medical Teacher. 2010.32(6)536-7. Brown D, Jennings A, Brewster L, Thomas E, Morton A, Rivera T, Burke M, et al. (2010) The Overtown Cookbook. CES4Health.info. 2011. Brown D, Brewster CD, Karides M, Lukas LA. The phenomenon of collaboration: A phenomenologic study of collaboration between family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology departments at an academic medical center. The Qualitative Report.Vol 16; No 3. 2011:657-681. http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR16-3/brown.pdf.
Areas of Interest Medical Education Community Oriented Primary Care Intercultural Competencies Collaboration Health Equity Social Engagement and Health among Older Adults Latino Health, Interprofessional Collaboration 24
Iveris L. Martinez, PhD Associate Professor and Chief of the Green Family Division of Medicine and Society Education and Training MA, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland PhD, Anthropology and Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program, Baltimore, Maryland
Biography Dr. Iveris Martinez is the Chief of the Division of Medicine and Society at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at Florida International University. Dr. Martinez completed a joint doctorate in Anthropology and Public Health and post-doctoral training in community health at the Johns Hopkins University, where she was also on the faculty of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the School of Medicine. An alumna of Florida International University College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Martinez returned to the university in 2007 as a founding faculty member at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). She is Course Director for "Addressing the Socio-economic and Cultural Aspects of Health" and teaches social determinants of health and interprofessional teamwork. As an anthropologist working in Public Health and Medicine, her interdisciplinary research and teaching have focused on social and cultural factors influencing health throughout the life course, with an emphasis in aging, immigration, and Latin American populations. Dr. Martinez has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Kellogg Foundation, Macarthur Foundation, and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for her research on social engagement and health among minority older adults. In addition to serving on several key committees at HWCOM, Dr. Martinez has served as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Florida Chapter of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Secretary of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology, and a founding member of the Health Committee of the Latino Providersâ€™ Network of Baltimore City, Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Martinez draws from her experiences in international and local governments having served as a research consultant at the Pan American Health Organization and Oregon's Department of Human Services. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a long-standing member of the Gerontological Society of America. Select Publication 1.
Martinez IL, St. Prix C. A Hybrid Educational Experience Training Future Health Professionals to Work Together to Improve Patient Outcomes. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal/org/publications/9304.
Martinez IL, Mora C. A Community-based Approach for Integrating Geriatrics and Gerontology into Undergraduate Medical Education. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2012;33(2):152-65 Martinez IL, Crooks D, Kim K, Tanner E. Invisible Civic Engagement among older adults: The role of informal volunteering. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2011; 26:23-37. Martinez IL, Carter-Pokras O, Brown, Pamela B. Addressing the Challenges of Latino Health Research: Community-based approaches in an emergent urban community. J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:908-914.
Awards MedEd Portal-Interprofessional Education Collaborative Collection, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award, July 20, 2012 Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology Educational Leadership Enhancement Program, Florida International University Gerontological Society of America, Recipient of the National Academy of an Aging Society Civic Engagement in Older Adults Junior Scholar Award Areas of interest Social Engagement and Health among Older Adults Latino Health, Interprofessional Collaboration
Frederick Anderson, MD Assistant Professor Education and Training MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Residency, Family Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Program, Miami, Florida Honors Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Specialty Family Medicine Biography Dr. Frederick Anderson is board certified in Family Medicine. Since starting his career, Dr. Anderson's focus has been on caring for medically underserved populations and seeking innovative ways to build effective interdisciplinary teams to address their health care needs. Dr. Anderson began as a National Health Service Corps participant at Penalver Clinic, a Jackson Health System (JHS) community-based health center in Little Havana, Florida. While there, he was promoted to Associate Medical Director and also served as Medical Supervisor for the JHS Medical Care-a-vans, where he collaborated with nurse practitioners and medical teams in mobile outreach efforts to Sweetwater, Little Haiti, Hialeah, and other underserved areas in Miami-Dade County. In addition, Dr. Anderson was appointed Medical Director at four health clinics of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In 2010, he became Medical Director at Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center, a JHS community clinic located in South Miami-Dade County. Dr. Anderson has had other leadership roles with JHS, such as a physician leader in the implementation of CERNER, an electronic medical records solution for JHS primary care clinics. He joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in June 2012. At HWCOM, Dr. Anderson is Medical Director of the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘ Mobile Health Center and a member of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
Awards Albert Schweitzer fellow 1999-2000 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award 2004 Area of Interest Health Care for Underserved Populations Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘ Mobile Health Center
Cheryl Brewster, EdD Assistant Dean for Diversity, Deans Office Education and Training EdD, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY MA, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA BA, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Community-Based Participatory Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Biography Dr. Cheryl D. Brewster’s career path and passion are focused on promoting diversity in our communities, and advocating for health equity and social inclusion for minority and medically underserved populations. After finishing her degrees, Dr. Brewster completed a Kellogg community-based participatory research (CBPR) post-doctoral fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During her fellowship, she conducted an assessment of barriers to participating in physical activity for pregnant women. Upon concluding her post-doctoral training, she relocated to London, UK for one year with her husband to attend the University of East London’s program Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies, examining the interface and intersection of social divisions, such as race, ethnicity, and gender. In 2006, Dr. Brewster settled in Miami, Florida. She has conducted local, in-depth qualitative research, and problem-solving among minority and medically underserved populations on the social determinants of health and the health disparities associated with medically underserved populations. She has been teaching health education and public health courses for over ten years, including as an adjunct in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University (FIU). From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Brewster was at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health as the Assistant Director of Research. While there, Dr. Brewster worked on a myriad of community-based research projects, including access to care issues, the process of chronic disease management in minority patients, and health information technology adoption in a subpopulation of community-based clinic patients. In 2010, Dr. Brewster joined FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) as faculty and Assistant Dean for Diversity. She provides expertise and leadership to the HWCOM Dean to enhance the college’s culture by developing and overseeing the comprehensive HWCOM Diversity Plan that includes goals, policies and practices as they relate to administrators, faculty, staff and students. Additionally, Dr. Brewster, as faculty in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, is responsible for teaching the content area of sexual health in the Medicine and Society Strand.
Select Publications 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Brown D, Brewster CD, Karides, Lukas (2011) The Phenomenon of Collaboration: A Phenomenologic Study of Collaboration between Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments at an Academic Medical Center. Qualitative Report, 16(3), 657-681. Ryan JR, Brewster C, DeMaria P, Fedders M, Jennings T. (2010) Metabolic syndrome and prevalence in an urban, medically underserved, community-based population. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 4(3), 137-142. Kobetz E, Menard J, Diem J, Brewster CD, (2009) Community-Based Participatory Research in Little Haiti: Challenges and Lessons Learned. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Summer 2009, 3, 133-37 Hearn KD, O’Sullivan LF & Dudley CD. (2003) Assessing Reliability of Urban Early Adolescent Girls’ Reports of Romantic and Sexual Behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 32, 513-521. Dudley CD, O’Sullivan LF & Moreau D. (2002) Does familiarity breed complacency?: HIV knowledge, personal contact and sexual risk behavior of psychiatrically-referred Latino adolescent girls. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 24, 353-368.
Areas of Interest Diversity and Inclusion Sexual Health Social Determinants of Health CBPR
Irmanie Eliacin, MD Assistant professor Education and Training MD, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida Residency, Family Medicine, Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Florida Chief Resident, Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Specialty Family Medicine
Biography Dr. Irmanie Eliacin is a board certified in Family Medicine. She served as Chief Resident during the last year of her residency, after completing her residency Dr. Eliacin worked as a Family Medicine physician in Apopka, Florida. Her career focus is providing quality health care to underserved populations, and enhancing services through medical education and interprofessional teamwork to improve health outcomes. She is one of three physicians providing comprehensive health care services on the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Mobile Health Care Center (MHC), and was instrumental in expanding MHC services to northeast Miami-Dade County. Dr. Eliacin created the MHC’s clinical care approach to patients with hypertension and diabetes. She joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in January 2013, and is a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.
Awards Y.B Auyeung Pediatrics Award in Family Medicine - 06/2012 Areas of Interest Social Determinants of Health Health Care for Underserved Populations Women’s Health Care Services Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Mobile Health Center
Marin Gillis, PhD Associate Professor Education and Training LPh, Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium PhD, Philosophy, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Specialties Bioethics Clinical Ethics Research Ethics Biography
Dr. Marin Gillis is a philosopher and bioethicist. Since beginning her career in 1999, Dr. Gillis has taught in the health field at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in medicine, nursing, physician assistantship, pharmacy, dental hygiene, lactation consultancy, toxicology, and public health. She is a clinical ethics consultant and served as chair of ethics committee education at a 900 bed hospital. Her scholarship appears in a variety of journals, including Hypatia and Philosophy and Social Criticism and books, including Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry, Technology and Values: Essential Readings, and Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices. Dr. Gillis serves on various boards, including the Global Bioethics Initiative at the United Nations in New York, the Medical Education and Arts Group at the Global Alliance for Arts in Healthcare, and the Health Council of South Florida Ethics Committee, which she chairs. Her latest research interests include moral distress, social justice in health care, the integration of arts and humanities into medical education, and clinical decision-making in medicine. Dr. Gillis joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in January 2011, where she develops and implements humanities and ethics curricula for medical and interprofessional courses and serves as Director of Integrated Ethics and Medical Humanities for the college. Additionally, Dr. Gillis is faculty advisor for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the Medical Humanities Club, and the Gold Humanism Honors Society. She is Course Director for “Ethical Foundations of Medicine” (Period 1). Select Publications 1. Gillis M, Hanrahan J. Article in search of an author: Exciting collaboration or unethical conduct? MedEdPORTAL. Sept 2010. Available at http://services.aamc.org/30/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/mededportal/? subid=8142. 2. Gillis M, de Melo-Martin I, eds. Hypatia: J Fem Philos. Feminist Biotechnologies Special Cluster. 2010; 25(3). 3. Gillis M, Sigman-Grant M. Principles of health care ethics and the WHO/UNICEF 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 2010; 26(1):11-14. 4. Gillis M. The Enchiridion of Epictetus. In: Le Combe M, Alpern D, eds. Osler’s Bedside Library: Great Writers Who Inspired a Great Physician. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians Press; 2009:77-83. Areas of Interest Clinical Ethics and Decision-Making Healing Arts and Medical Humanities Social Media in Medicine Online Education
Zeidan Hammad, MD Assistant Professor Education and Training MD, High Institute of Medical Sciences, Camaguey, Cuba Residency, Nephrology, High Institute of Medical Sciences, Camaguey, Cuba Residency, Family Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry â€“New Jersey Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken, New Jersey Chief Resident, University of Medicine and Dentistry, Hoboken, New Jersey Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken, New Jersey
Specialty Family Medicine Biography Dr. Zeidan Hammad is board certified in Family Medicine. In 2007, he began his career in medicine in the United States after completing his residency. Previous to that, Dr. Hammad was attending physician in the Emergency Department at Dallaa' Hospital in Saida, Lebanon. He then joined the Department of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the University Hospital of TokoinLome Togo, West Africa as an attending physician and assistant professor. As a resident in Nephrology, Dr. Hammad conducted research on the role of fine needle aspiration biopsy in the diagnosis of acute rejection of renal allograft. Prior to joining Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in October 2011, Dr. Hammad worked in CAC-Florida Medical Centers and the Baptist Urgent Care Centers of Miami. He leads the telemedicine initiative for the department and assists with the geriatric curriculum. Awards Poster Award Winner, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Research, 2006 Areas of Interest Medical Education Community-based Medicine Emergency Medicine
Cheryl L. Holder, MD Associate Professor Education and Training MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC Residency, Internal Medicine, Harlem Hospital, New York, New York Fellowship, Community Clinical Skills Scholar, Department of Family Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Specialties Internal Medicine HIV Biography Dr. Cheryl L. Holder is board certified in Internal Medicine and has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations. She began her career in 1987 as a National Health Service Corp Scholar working with medically underserved communities in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Under the tutelage of Lynn Carmichael, MD, known as the “father of Family Medicine,” Dr. Holder supervised University of Miami Family Medicine Residents during their Internal Medicine rotation at Jackson Memorial Hospital. From 1990 to 2009, Dr. Holder served as Medical Director for Jackson Health System’s North Dade Health Center. As Medical Director, she developed an HIV care and treatment program with funding through the Ryan White Care Act. Dr. Holder has participated in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute of Health advisory and programmatic review panels for HIV treatment and vaccine research. Dr. Holder directed the first school-based health center in Miami-Dade County, founded the Florida Coalition for School-based Health Care Services, and participated in the effort to expand school-based health care in Miami-Dade County, Florida. In September 2009, she joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as faculty. Her focus is on teaching medical students about working in underserved communities and promoting diversity in the health professions through pipeline programs. Dr. Holder is Director for the “Period One Primary Care Preceptorship.” Select Publications 1. 2. 3. 4.
Botelho R, Engle B, Mora J, Holder C. Brief Interventions for Alcohol Misuse Primary Care Clinics in Office Practice. 38. 2011:105-123. Holder C, Louis LN. Pumpkin Soup is for Sunday. EducaVision Inc. 2010. Holder C. Girls Are Most At Risk. Miami Herald. November 12, 1998. Cornwall-Jones CA, Holder CL. Early Olfactory Learning is Influenced by Sex in Hamsters But not Rats. Physical Behavior. Dec 23 1979: (B) 1835-48.
Awards Spirit of Excellence Award, Dade County Medical Association, 2011 Community Advocate Award, National Medical Association, 2011 Jacqueline M. Davis, BSN Award for Collaboration and Support, National Black Nurses Association, 2010 Success South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals, 2008 Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center, Dr. Cheryl Holder Scholarship for Medical Students, 2008 Success South Florida 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women, 2007 Robert Wood Johnson Community Leadership Program $25,000 Sabbatical Award, 2005 South Florida AIDS Network Community Activism and Leadership Award World AIDS Day, 2005 Shelbourne House and Fernwood Apartments Award Plaque – Recognition of 10 years of Outstanding Service to the Board of Directors, 2003 Women of Distinction – Women’s History Month Certificate of Appreciation, The Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners Areas of Interest HIV/AIDS Pipeline School Health and Adolescents
Sanaz B. Kashan, MD Assistant Professor Education and Training Fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI Fellowship, Geriatrics, Michigan State University, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI Residency, Internal Medicine, Michigan State University, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI, Internship, Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Newark, NJ Medical School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, February
Specialties Internal Medicine Biography Dr. Sanaz Kashan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Medicine. She is also fellowship trained in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and served as a chief resident during her last year of residency training. Dr. Kashanâ€™s career focus is enhancing quality of health care through medical education and interprofessional teamwork to improve health outcomes, and her passion is Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care. Dr. Kashan is the FIU representative in POLST (Physicians Orders for LifeSustaining Treatment), a project with the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law. The purpose of this project is to develop and disseminate to Florida colleges of medicine a comprehensive materials that may be utilized by individual institutions to educate medical students, residents, and practicing physicians on planning for and facilitating clinically and ethically appropriate medical decision-making by and on behalf of very seriously ill patients. Dr. Kashan is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatric Society, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Kashan joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in August 2013.
Awards Hurley Medical Center Geriatric Fellowship Program Award, 2012 Best Antibiotic Conference Presentation, Hurley Medical Center, 2010 Ranked top 10% of the Medical School class of 2006 Medical School class representative, 2000 â€“ 2004 Areas of Interest Geriatric Medicine Palliative Care
Christine Degnon McFarlin, MD, MPH, FAAFP Assistant Professor Education and Training MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts Residency, Family Medicine, Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, Greenwood, South Carolina Fellowship, Medical Student Education Development Institute, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Fellowship (2011)
Specialty Family Medicine
Biography Dr. Christine Degnon McFarlin is board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Since completing her residency in 2006, Dr. McFarlin has practiced medicine in underserved urban and rural communities in the state of Georgia, and she has held academic positions. Dr. McFarlin was Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus, she was the Third Year Clerkship Director. Dr. McFarlin also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Medical College of Georgia. In September 2011, she joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as faculty in Family Medicine Dr. McFarlin is Course Director for the longitudinal Green Family Foundationâ„˘ and the Community Engaged Physician, Period 2 through 4. Additionally, she is Medical Director for Green family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPâ„˘. She has a passion for providing care to the underserved, including improving social determinants of health, especially health literacy, through interprofessional service learning. Dr. McFarlin has been and continues to be active in leadership positions in state and national medical associations. Awards Award in Family and Community Medicine, The Thomas L. Leaman, MD, 2003 Areas of Interest Service Learning Interprofessional Education Health Literacy Evidence-based Cost-conscious Medicine Preventive Medicine and Public Health Professionalism Medical Ethics
Suzanne Minor, MD Assistant Professor Education and Training BS, Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida MD, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida Residency, Family Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Program, Miami, Florida Chief Resident, Family Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Program, Miami, Florida Fellowship, Medical Student Education Development Institute, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Fellowship (2011) Specialty Family Medicine Biography As a board certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Suzanne Minor has cared for underserved communities in Miami-Dade County throughout her career, providing urgent and primary care with a focus on women’s health and adult medicine. Dr. Minor completed her National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Contract in 2009, working at the Public Health Trust at the North Dade Health Center in Miami Gardens, Florida. In August 2010, Dr. Minor joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as faculty in the Division of Family Medicine. Her interests include understanding barriers to care and providing comprehensible health education for underserved populations, particularly within South Florida’s diverse communities. She is also focused on the topics of spirituality and burnout as they relate to the longevity and quality of physicians’ careers and lives. Dr. Minor is a student advocate, providing mentorship and empowerment during this challenging period in medical students’ lives. Additionally, she is committed to self-development and developing and implementing meaningful and effective curricula. To support her professional and academic interest in curriculum development, Dr. Minor is enrolled in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “Medical Student Educators Development Institute,” a year-long comprehensive learning experience that provides skills needed to advance careers in medical student education. Dr. Minor is also the Family Medicine Clerkship Director, Osler Friday Facilitator, and Pasteur Panther Community Faculty. Select Publications 1. Minor SE. Community Resources and Self-Assessment in the Family Medicine Clerkship. Family Medicine Digital Resources Library; 2011. Available at: http://www.fmdrl.org/3373. 2. Minor SE. I am the patient. The Pharos. 2009:49. 3. Shahady E, Minor SE. Suspected Avascular Necrosis in a Runner. Consultant. 2004; 44:282. 4. Minor SE, Djahed B. Are these typical anxiety attacks? Patient Care. 2002; 9:62. Awards Educational Leadership Enhancement Program Fellow, Florida International University Leadership Hallmark in Higher Edcation, 2011-12 Student’s Choice Award Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year and the Panther Community of the Year Award, FIU HWCOM, 2011 and 2012 Florida Academy of Family Physicians, First Place, Research Poster Contest, 2007 Areas of Interest Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ Opa-Locka Community Student Mentorship and Advocacy
Jorge C. Mora, MD, MPH Assistant Professor Education and Training MD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts Residency, Family Medicine, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Florida Chief Resident, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Florida Longitudinal Mini-Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (ongoing) Mini-Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MA Specialty Family Medicine
Biography Dr. Jorge C. Mora is board certified in Family Medicine. Prior to completing his medical training, Dr. Mora worked with the Harvard AIDS Institute and Fran莽ois-Xavier Bagnoud International. His work focused on issues related to health care access, HIV/ AIDS, and health and human rights in India, Colombia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Later, Dr. Mora joined the University of Texas where he was program manager for a National Institutes of Health sponsored Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS at the Houston AIDS Research Team. He oversaw four clinical centers with over 3,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. After Dr. Mora completed his residency, he joined Broward General Hospital in Broward County, FL and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. In September 2009, Dr. Mora joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as faculty in Family Medicine. Dr. Jorge Mora is Course Director of the Period 2 Geriatric Clerkship course. Dr. Mora also serves as board member at Kaiser University and Universal Heritage Institute clinic.
Select Publications 1.
Botelho R, Engle B, Mora JC, Holder C. Brief Interventions in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice on Substance Abuse in Office-Based Practice. 2011.
Calzada P, Mora JC. First-generation Hispanic Americans and diabetes mellitus. AOA Health Watch. 2011.
Martinez I, Brown D, Mora JC. A Community-based Approach for Integrating Geriatrics and Gerontology into Medical Education. Abstract accepted at the Gerontological Society of America Conference. 2010.
Mora JC. What Legal Clinicians (Still) Have to Learn from the Medical Clinical Model: Legal and Social Justice. Lessons from the Trenches. Abstract accepted at the Clinical Legal Education Workbook Conference. Baltimore; 2010.
Awards Susan U. Wager Resident Teacher Award, 2007 2000 Patient Visits Award, 2004 - 2007 Harvard Scholarship, Fundaci贸n Educaci贸n Superior, 1999 Colfuturo Scholarship, 1999 Areas of Interest Alternative Medicine Wellness Geriatrics Health and Human Right
Alan L. Wells, PhD Assistant Professor Education and Training MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas PhD, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas BA, Psychology , Medical Anthropology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Specialties Public Health and Infectious Disease Community-based Participatory Research Health Disparities Biography Dr. Wells began his academic career at the American Medical Association (AMA) Institute for Ethics as a senior research associate. He worked with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to develop a lecture series entitled “Nazi Crimes of a Medical Nature, Context and Lessons” with Continuing Medical Education credits in ethics supporting the “Deadly Medicine; Creating the Master Race” special exhibition. While at the AMA, he also staffed the very first national advisory council on policy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues in American medicine. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada with a primary appointment in Gerontology, and in 2006, Dr. Wells accepted the position of Director of Research for the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system in Milwaukee, WI. He completed a first-of-its-kind post-doctoral fellowship in community-based participatory research (CBPR) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Wells joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a researcher scholar. Dr. Wells was the Principal Investigator on several community-based projects. Two of the projects are as follows: 1.) “Los Cuidadores Unidos,” a pilot project with the United Community Center in Milwaukee, will develop an intervention for Latinos caring for relatives with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, and 2.) the “Around the Corner to Better Health,” a program testing business and community strategies to increase health food access to Milwaukee’s inner-city. Dr. Wells teaches courses on social determinants of health and cultural competency.
Select Publications 1. Wynia, MK, Wells AL. Light from the flames of hell: Remembrance and lessons of the Holocaust for today’s medical profession. Journal of the Israel Medical Association. 2004. 2. Ross MW, Wells AL. Chapter 9.1 Homosexuality, bisexuality and sexual orientation. Kumar, B, Gupta, S, Eds. Sexually Transmitted Infections. Elsevier, New Delhi; 2005: 941-945. 3. Heitman E, Wells AL. Ethical issues and unethical conduct-Race-based abuses in medical research. In (Eds) Beech B, Setlow V, & Roohani M. Race and Research in Focus: Perspectives in Minority Participation in Health Studies. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association. 2004. 4. Ross MW, Wells AL. The Modernist Fallacy in Homosexual Selection Theories: Homosexual and Homosocial Exaptation in South Asian Society. Psychology, Evolution and Gender. 2001;(2) 253-262. Areas of Interest Aging in Latino populations Infectious Disease, including Epidemiology, Prevention and Clinical Treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV)
Ebony Whisenant , MD Assistant Professor Education and Training BS, Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia Residency, Family Medicine, Halifax Health Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Specialty Family Medicine
Biography Dr. Ebony Whisenant is board certified in Family Medicine. She began her career in medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, Dr. Whisenant devoted her efforts to community health and serving medically underserved populations. She co-founded a community outreach program known as BRIDGE which focused on mentoring inner city youth in multiple aspects, including responsible decision making, education and healthy lifestyles. She traveled to South Africa to participate in a delegation on medicine charged with gaining a better understanding of the countryâ€™s barriers to care for individuals affected with HIV/AIDS. The Association of Prevention Teaching and Research named Dr. Whisenant as a Paul Ambrose Scholar. Dr. Whisenant completed her residency in Family Medicine at Halifax Health Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The unique structure of her residency program allowed Dr. Whisenant to continue her commitment to underserved patient populations and community health, while also gaining additional insight into medical education advocacy. Through her volunteerism in the community at large and participation in various administrative committees related to medical education, Dr. Whisenant developed a passion for not only medical education advocacy, but also mentoring and teaching health professions students about the importance of community service. In May 2012, Dr. Whisenant joined the Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as faculty in the Division of Family Medicine. She serves as the Assistant Clerkship Director for the Family Medicine and Geriatrics Clerkships as well as the Co-Director for the longitudinal Green Family Foundationâ„˘ and the Community Engaged Physician Course.
Awards Morehouse School of Medicine, Merit Scholar Morehouse School of Medicine, Scholastic Excellence in Community Health &Preventive Medicine Morehouse School of Medicine, Scholastic Excellence in Fundamentals of Medicine Paul Ambrose Scholars Program in Preventive Health Areas of Interest Community Health & Preventive Medicine Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPTM Medical Education Primary Care for Medically Underserved Populations Public Policy
PATRICE YANG-SHARMA, MD Assistant Professor Education and Training MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia MPH, Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia Residency, Family Medicine, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers, Contra Costa County, California
Specialty Family Medicine
Biography Dr. Patrice Yang-Sharma is board certified in Family Medicine and credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist. She is committed to improving the lives of those in underserved communities. Before medical school, she gained formative experience in community health as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Burkina Faso, West Africa. As an MD/MPH student, she conducted research in India on quality of care in family planning. Dr. Yang-Sharma chose residency training at Contra Costa's Health Services, a comprehensive county health system for its mission to underserved communities and emphasis on full-spectrum Family Medicine. Following residency, she joined Contra Costa Health Services as faculty, teaching inpatient medicine and primary care to Family Medicine residents. Her individual practice there included care of adults with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, delivering babies, and primary care of adults and children. After leaving Contra Costa, Dr. Yang-Sharma taught at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency at Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center (Jackson Health System). She has traveled twice to Haiti for medical missions and also worked in Nicaragua. Drawn to the innovative curriculum in community medicine, service learning, and social determinants of health, she joined Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in May 2012. Dr. Yang-Sharma is the Co-Course Director for "The Community Engaged Physician" beginning in Period 2 through Period 4.
Awards Robert W. Woodruff Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine, 2001-2006 Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Scholar, Emory Rollins School of Public Health, 2004-2005 Global Field Experiences Award, Emory Rollins School of Public Health, 2005 Population Fellows Graduate Applied Project Grantee, 2005 American Federation for Medical Research Award, 2003 Connecticut Supreme Court Law Day Honoree, 1995 Areas of Interest Reproductive health HIV/AIDS Global health
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Medicine and Society Strand Department of Psychiatry Affiliate Faculty
Daniel Castellanos, MD Founding Chair and Professor Dr. Daniel Castellanos is Founding Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Florida International University (FIU) Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). After obtaining his MD at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Dr. Castellanos completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Throughout his academic career, he has held leadership positions in medical schools and distinguished himself by developing programs that offer excellence in education, training, research, and clinical services in Psychiatry. His passion and dedication to undergraduate and graduate medical education has resulted in awards for outstanding teaching of students, residents, and fellows in psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Castellanos is committed to the community and serves as a mentor for numerous practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists. As President, he led the Florida Psychiatric Society and has held other leadership positions in regional and national professional societies. His areas of expertise include the evaluation and management of psychiatric emergencies and inpatient psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents. The assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and education regarding the appropriate use of psychotropic medications in children, adolescents and young adults are areas of particular focus. Dr. Castellanos has given numerous presentations on these topics and published a book and several articles related to children and adolescents. He continues research in the area of suicide and Hispanic youth and the use of “designer” drugs among adolescents and young adults. Due to his commitment to educating future physicians and to serve the community, Dr. Castellanos led the integration of Psychiatry in HWCOM’s Green Family NeighborhoodHELP™. HWCOM psychiatrists participate in interprofessional team rounds of nursing, medical, and social work students, providing expertise on mental health issues of household members.
Karin Esposito, MD, PhD, FAPA Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Advising and for Women in Medicine and Science Dr. Karin Esposito received her MD and PhD from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed residency training and served as chief resident with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is the former Associate Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health and Ambulatory Services at Jackson Health System and was on the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 10 years, serving in roles including Associate Residency Training Director for psychiatry and vice-chair of a biomedical sciences IRB committee. She is currently Associate Dean at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests have spanned basic and clinical research, education research, and most recently hospital-based quality improvement research. Dr. Esposito has received numerous honors and awards, including Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship and as Outstanding Educator Award through the North Dade Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Esposito serves as a psychiatric consultant to Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ for Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. 40
Leonard M. Gralnik, MD, PhD Assistant Professor Dr. Leonard Gralnik is board certified in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry and received his MD and PhD from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowship training in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gralnik served as Medical Director at the Community Mental Health Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University and later became Medical Director for Nova’s Student Counseling Center. He serves as Assistant Clerkship Director for the Department of Psychiatry. His interests are suicide risk evaluations of adults, children, and adolescents the education of medical students in psychiatry, and basic neuroscience research. He is the co-author with Douglas Flemons of a book on suicide assessment, Relational Suicide Assessment: Risks, Resources and Possibilities for Safety, currently in press and scheduled for publication in 2012. Dr. Gralnik serves as a Psychiatric consultant to Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ for Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
Hugh Humphery, MD Assistant Professor Dr. Hugh Humphery serves as the Assistant Medical Director for the FIU Center for Children and Families. He obtained his MD degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and then was chief resident in child and adolescent psychiatry also at Duke. He is presently provides clinical supervision for Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Clerkship in Psychiatry and is in Private Practice. Dr. Humphery’s interests include the treatment and management of child and adolescent psychiatry disorders. He serves as a Psychiatric consultant to Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ for Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
James Waxmonsky, MD Associate Professor Dr. James Waxmonsky serves as the medical director for the Florida International University Center for Children and Families, a multidisciplinary research group focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidencebased treatments for ADHD and other behavioral disorders. He received his MD from the University of Buffalo Medical School, Buffalo, New York. He then completed his residency in general psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Waxmonsky is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health to examine the emotional and physical effects of stimulant medication in children. In his clinical practice, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults, as well as the treatment of mood disorders in children. Dr. Waxmonsky serves as a Psychiatric consultant to Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ for Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
Florida International University Medicine and Society Strand Affiliate Faculty Natalie Castellanos, Esq. Staff Attorney Natalie Castellanos has been a staff attorney with the Florida International University (FIU) Law Clinics since 2011. She earned her JD from the FIU College of Law and a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida. As a staff attorney, Ms. Castellanos works exclusively with the Health Law and Policy (HELP) Clinic, the legal team of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (GFF NeighborhoodHELP™). She has played an instrumental role developing the HELP Clinic, contributing to its overall goal of ensuring that all GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ households have access to health-related legal services. In addition to working directly with these households to address legal issues, she also supervises law students conducting client interviews and assists them with legal research and preparation for administrative hearings. Ms. Castellanos teaches students the law of health care access and also conducts “spotting legal issue” trainings for GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ interprofessional partner professions. She is a member of the Florida Bar.
Maria de los Santos, DNP, ARNP, MPH Clinical Assistant Professor Maria de los Santos, been with Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2007. She earned her BSN, MPH, and MSN in advanced nursing practice and psychiatry from FIU. Ms. De los Santos also completed an additional specialty in advanced nursing practice in family from Florida Atlantic University, and most recently, a DNP from the University of Iowa. She is a PhD Candidate in Florida Atlantic University. Ms. De los Santos has a wealth of primary care clinical experiences and has been working with Miami-Dade County’s diverse populations since 1988. Her focus and interests are community health and the social determinants of health, including the impact of public policy, politics, and economics on health care access and outcomes as well as interprofessional education. Ms. De los Santos has been central in the curricular integration of nursing students in Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s (HWCOM) Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ and continues as lead in her role as the nursing faculty liaison for the program, including teaching in HWCOM’s courses related to the program.
Peggy Maisel, Esq. Professor Peggy Maisel is a Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Clinical Program at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law. She obtained her JD from Boston University School of Law and continued at Antioch School of Law for specialized degree in Clinical Legal Education. At FIU, Ms. Maisel advocated and led the integration of law students in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (GFF NeighbohoodHELP™). At the law school, she teaches the Health Law and Policy Clinic course in which law students represent families enrolled in GFF NeighborhoodHELP™. Ms. Maisel has 36 years of academic, legal, and administrative domestic and international experience, including 25 years teaching in law schools. From 1996 to 2002 she was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban South Africa, where she helped restructure the Law Clinic to better align itself with the country’s transition from apartheid to a constitutional democracy. She co-authored two textbooks in South Africa and has published extensively in the areas of clinical legal education, transitional justice, and human rights. Professor Maisel is frequently asked to speak at international and national conferences.
Lourdes Martin, LCSW Clinical Instructor Lourdes Martin, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who obtained her BSW and MSW from Florida International University (FIU) School of Social Work, and she faculty at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and School of Social Work. Ms. Martin is Social Work Supervisor for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (GFF NeighborhoodHELP™); she has been with the program since its launched in 2010. Her extensive clinical expertise is in chronic psychiatric illness in adults and victimization and trauma in both adults and children. Ms. Martin has been instrumental and continues to be responsible for the integration of FIU Social Work students in GFF NeighborhoodHELP™ interprofessional teams. Additionally, as an educator, Ms. Martin teaches in the interprofessional curricular components of GFF NeighborhoodHELP™. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Martin served as Associate Director of the FIU Victim Advocacy Center from 2002 to 2010. Her areas of interests include, intimate partner violence, mental health issues, interprofessional collaboration, human rights and equality, and cultural diversity.
Department of Humanities, Health and Society Directory Administration Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Chair of Humanities, Health & Society
Administrative Assistant to the Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Director, Academic Support Services
Chief of the Division of Medicine & Society
Marin Gillis, PhD
Alan Wells, PhD
Medicine and Society Coordinator
Medicine and Society Capstone Coordinator
Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD Maggie Acevedo Sonia O. Benitez, CPA Alina Perez-Stable, MSW Ileana Molina
Division of Medicine and Society Iveris Martinez, PhD
Valeria Balmaceda Tatiana Vivero
Division of Policy and Community Development - Biscayne Bay Campus Luther Brewster, PhD
Chief of Division of Policy and Community Development
Myrtha JB Cherenfant
Community Outreach Specialist
Outreach Policy Coordinator
Community Outreach Specialist
Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Outreach Specialist
Community Outeach Specialist
Community Outreach Coordinator
Community Outreach Coordinator
Chief of the Division of Family Medicine
Frederick Anderson, MD
Shauna Brown, MSHRM
Primary Care Assistant
Medical Schedule Coordinator
Christine McFarlin, MD
Suzanne Minor, MD
Lorraine Nowakowski, MA, RN
Kenneth Obiaja, MD
Primary Care Coordinator
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Officer Aaron Mitchell Ingrid Moss
Division of Family Medicine David Brown, MD
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