Dean's Corner  
Clearly, something special is happening here – and with the first issue of “Pulse,” our newsletter, we’re honored to tell you about it.

We’ve had a tremendous year, with several historic events that have shaped the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. First, we took the plunge and embarked on our mission to create a new medical school that trains highly qualified, culturally sensitive physicians who provide compassionate care - and who will stay in our communities to help those who need it most. Our students’ inspirational stories during our first White Coat Ceremony, in August, reminded us of the reasons we are engaging in this demanding, exhilarating endeavor. Let there be no doubt – this is not easy, for us or our students. But we undertake the work gladly, pulling hard to move this promising institution into a great future.

Speaking of progress, it’s already apparent that  this year will bring significant growth.
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University Assembles Task Force for Haiti Relief
  Aided by Pilar Martin, M.D., M.P.H., a faculty member who has previously volunteered in Haiti and participated in medical missions abroad, the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has quickly assembled and put into action a team to help with Haiti relief efforts. The initiative is also supported by a $50,000 gift from the Batchelor Foundation.

The college’s team, an integral part of the university-wide task force created by FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, is collaborating with the College of Nursing & Health Sciences and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work and working closely with state and federal officials to provide much-needed care and assistance in Haiti.

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Helping to Address Real-World Medical and Social Issues

The NeighborhoodHELP™ (Health Education Learning Program), which runs through the entire four years of medical school, puts medical students in teams with students of other disciplines. They work together to address real medical, social and ethics issues experienced by medically underserved families in South Florida. Pedro Jose “Joe” Greer Jr., M.D., Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health & Society, was recently awarded for his public service work one of the 15 Presidential Medals of Freedom from President Barack Obama.. Read more...

Healthy Steps  
Take a step forward to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The FIU Cystic Fibrosis Foundation GREAT STRIDES Walk-a-thon for Cystic Fibrosis takes place April 3 at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Parking, food and entertainment will be provided. For more information, call (305) 348-6032. Read more...
An Inside Look  
    HWCOM Professor awarded a second MERIT Award by the NIH
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Medical students already making a difference
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FIU gives new hope to liver cancer patients
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Highlights: HWCOM
in photos
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Philanthropists support
HWCOM’s mission
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HWCOM Professor receives Marshall Memorial Fellowship
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