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Sept. 28 Seminar: ‘RBC Alloimmunization in (Mostly) Lung Transplant’

Gustaaf de RidderGustaaf de Ridder, MD, PhD, a transfusion medicine faculty candidate for the Department of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will lead a seminar Friday, Sept. 28, titled “RBC Alloimmunization in (Mostly) Lung Transplant.”

The seminar will start at 11 a.m. in the pathology classroom (NBW74) at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

De Ridder is a Belgian-American dual citizen who attended high school in Greenville, S.C., followed by undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, S.C. After two years at the National Institutes of Health, he entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University. Gustaaf finished medical school and earned a PhD in the pathology department under Salvatore Pizzo, MD, PhD. Gustaaf has authorship on 15 published or accepted peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; Experimental Biology; the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis; the American Society for Investigative Pathology; and American Society of Human Genetics meetings.

Lisa RodgersClinical Care, EducationSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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Oct. 8 Workshop: ‘Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients’

If you provide care for patients/clients with limited English proficiency, learn about quality multilingual and multicultural health information resources available to you from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at a free workshop on Oct. 8 titled “Health Information Resources for Culturally Diverse Patients.”

Learn where to locate patient education resources, including medication information, available in other languages as well as those written in easy to read English. The discussion will include the potential impact utilizing health literacy resources can have on patient adherence, safety, and satisfaction.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: HS/HSL, Room LL03
  • Registration: Go to this HS/HSL webpage.
Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchSeptember 21, 20180 comments
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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Oct. 5 Luncheon and Lecture: ‘Spanish Flu 1918’

Philip A. Mackowiak, MD ’70, MBA, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Medicine, will present, “The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918, What’s Past is Prologue” at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will take place in the Gladhill Board Room on the fifth floor of the library. A light lunch will be served. This event is in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibit and the HS/HSL’s supplementary exhibit remembering the 1918 flu pandemic in Baltimore. Please RSVP to

Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchSeptember 19, 20180 comments
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Learn About Integrative Medicine

According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, one third of U.S. adults use complementary and integrative therapies. In some populations, such as those with cancer and/or chronic pain, that number is more than double. Integrative approaches are effective in the management of pain, mood disorders, sleep dysfunction, inflammatory conditions and more. Are you prepared to help your patients choose integrative treatments that are safe and effective? Would you like more tools to treat patients who suffer with frustrating chronic conditions?

The Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has developed an evidence-based integrative medicine training program designed to give health care professionals practical patient care skills that will be immediately applicable to their practice. Through a mixture of lectures, case discussions, hands-on experiences, and access to exclusive online resources, participants will learn which modalities are evidence-supported, when to use them, and how to fit effective integrative approaches into a standard office visit and self-care plan.


  • Apply integrative medicine approaches in patient care
  • Describe the evidence, indications, and contraindications for complementary therapeutic approaches such as acupuncture, mind-body therapies, manual medicine, neurofeedback and more
  • Utilize mind-body techniques, such as meditation, guided imagery, relaxation breathing, and meditative movements
  • Offer positive psychology and cognitive behavioral techniques to help oneself and patients manage stress, depression and anxiety and improve quality of life
  • Help patients create and sustain a healthy lifestyle, including nutritional medicine, dietary supplements, and integrative physical activity
  • Critically evaluate integrative medicine literature

Note: Up to 59 CEUs are available.

To learn more, go to this link or send an email to

Rebekah OwensClinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, ResearchSeptember 19, 20180 comments
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Oct. 4 Lunch & Learn Seminar: ‘Managing Shoulder Pain and Arthritis’

Syed Hasan, MD, from University of Maryland Orthopaedics will present a free Lunch & Learn seminar titled “Stay in Motion: Managing Shoulder Pain and Arthritis” on Oct. 4 in Columbia, Md. Hasan will answer questions and provide information about the latest treatments available.

Registration is required and lunch will be served.

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeSeptember 13, 20180 comments
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Resnick to Present at PTRS Research Seminar on Sept. 20

Barbara ResnickBarbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, professor at the School of Nursing and adjunct professor at the School of Medicine, will deliver her presentation “Optimizing Function and Physical Activity Via Function Focused Care” on Sept. 20. The presentation is part of the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science seminar series, which showcases research relating to the understanding of human movement and function in health and disease. All are welcome.

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 20
  • Where: Allied Health Building, 100 Penn St., Room 219
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Future seminar series dates: Please see the accompanying flyer.
Kelly WestlakeClinical Care, Research, UMB News, University LifeSeptember 13, 20180 comments
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Francis S. Balassone Memorial Lecture To Be Held Oct. 3

Meghan SwarthoutThe University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is pleased to welcome Meghan Swarthout, PharmD, division director of ambulatory and care transitions pharmacy services at the Johns Hopkins Health System and director of clinical pharmacy services at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, as this year’s presenter at the Francis S. Balassone Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. in Pharmacy Hall, Room N103, and shown via teleconference at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Building III, Room 2202.

Swarthout will present “The Pharmacist’s Role in Population Health Management: How Do We Go Beyond the Buzzword?” The lecture is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

For more information and to add this event to your calendar, go to this link.

Erin MerinoClinical Care, EducationSeptember 12, 20180 comments
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Lamy Center to Lead Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative

The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has been awarded a $200,000 contract from the Maryland Department of Health to promote appropriate antimicrobial use in long-term care and nursing facilities across the state of Maryland. Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and executive director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, will serve as the principal investigator for the contract, which ultimately aims to establish a training program focused on antimicrobial stewardship and infection control for consultant pharmacists and other medical providers working in long-term care settings across the state.

“One of the most effective ways to help curb antimicrobial resistance is to train pharmacists — as the medication experts on the health care team — to educate, engage, and support antimicrobial stewardship programs,” Brandt says. “This specialized training is crucially needed across the state, particularly in long-term care settings, where many antibiotics are prescribed inappropriately or unnecessarily. Our team of consultant pharmacists at the Lamy Center has extensive experience practicing in this unique care setting, and we are thrilled to partner with the Maryland Department of Health to help promote appropriate antimicrobial use and improve health outcomes for patients in the state’s long-term care facilities.”

Addressing an Ever-Evolving Challenge

Antimicrobial stewardship programs aim to measure and improve the appropriate use of antimicrobials (antibiotics). These programs are designed to help health care professionals achieve better outcomes for their patients by providing guidance on the selection, dose, duration, and administration of an optimal antimicrobial drug regimen.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that all of its participating long-term care facilities, including those in the state of Maryland, have an antimicrobial stewardship program that incorporates protocols and monitoring for antimicrobial use. Through its contract with the Maryland Department of Health, the Lamy Center will partner with health officials across the state to develop new programs, trainings, and other educational opportunities that promote antimicrobial stewardship among health care professionals and help those professionals meet the guidelines established by CMS for their specialized facilities.

“Although national organizations have developed guidelines and tools for antimicrobial stewardship, there remains a need to translate those tools into actionable, measurable, and impactful programs that are tailored to the unique needs of long-term care facilities in Maryland,” Brandt says. “As a hub of information and research for pharmacists and other health care professionals interested in geriatrics and gerontology issues, the Lamy Center is well-positioned to assist in this endeavor and help improve the lives of the older adults receiving care in these facilities.”

Meeting Maryland’s Unique Needs

The antimicrobial stewardship program designed by the Lamy Center will include four elements. The first is an antimicrobial stewardship summit, which is scheduled for Sept. 14 at the LifeSpan Network-Handelman Conference Center in Columbia, Md., and will provide health care professionals with an overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Long-Term Care Facilities” and introduce the Lamy Center’s new Maryland Train-the-Trainer Program for consultant pharmacists practicing in long-term care facilities.

Targeted education interventions for consultant pharmacists and other health care professionals who work directly with long-term care providers and families encompass the program’s second element. These interventions will focus on asymptomatic bacteriuria and urinary tract infections, which are among the most common infections for which antimicrobials are prescribed for patients in long-term care facilities, and understanding the development and interpretation of antibiograms — specialized reports that aid health care providers in choosing appropriate antimicrobial therapies based on local susceptibility patterns.

The third and fourth elements of the Lamy Center’s antimicrobial stewardship program include a patient safety toolkit to be developed in partnership with health care application developer Think Research, and marketing and engagement activities to further increase awareness and involvement of antimicrobial stewardship among long-term care providers, respectively.

“Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have extensive and longstanding expertise developing cutting-edge educational training initiatives for both pharmacists and other health care professionals,” says Richard B. Brooks, MD, MPH, chief of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Response at the Maryland Department of Health. “The Lamy Center’s dedication to pharmacy issues unique to the geriatric patient, combined with Dr. Brandt’s extensive expertise in the field of long-term care pharmacy, make this an ideal partnership for our organization. We look forward to working with Dr. Brandt and her team on this project and are excited for this opportunity to promote antimicrobial stewardship across the state’s more than 200 long-term care facilities.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Collaboration, People, UMB NewsSeptember 11, 20180 comments
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Nursing Celebrates Healthcare Simulation Week Sept. 17-21

Healthcare Simulation Week, September 17-21Join the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) in celebrating its annual Healthcare Simulation Week.

Look for the table in the UMSON lobby Monday, Sept. 17; Tuesday, Sept. 18; and Thursday, Sept. 20, to learn more about how having clinical experiences in simulated environments is critical to preparing a skilled workforce and to improving health care outcomes.

Pick up giveaways, sweet treats, and complete a simulation fact-finding form to be entered in a raffle to win a prize.

Giordana SegneriClinical Care, University LifeSeptember 7, 20180 comments
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The President's Message (Septemer)

The President’s Message

Check out the September issue of The President’s Message. It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on our Interprofessional Care Transitions Clinic, serving vulnerable patients with a team-based approach
  • The launch of the improved UMB mobile app
  • CURE Scholars and YouthWorks interns embrace summer learning at UMB
  • Congressional staffers get a sneak peek at Health Sciences Research Facility III
  • UMB Foundation matches employee gifts made through the “Proud to work here. Proud to give here.” campaign
  • A look ahead to UMB Night at the Ballpark on Sept. 14, Dr. John T. Wolfe Jr.’s diversity presentation on Sept. 17, and Dr. Perman’s Q&A on Sept. 18
  • UMB Police Force and community residents mix and mingle at National Night Out
  • And a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGASeptember 6, 20180 comments
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Communicating With Patients Workshop at HS/HSL

Fact: Only 12 percent of the U.S. adult population has proficient health literacy. And are you aware of your patients’ ability to understand and act on the information you give them?

To help address these issues, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will host the Communicating With Patients Workshop on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The workshop covers the basics of health literacy and clear communication, including tools that will assist you in creating easy-to-read materials. Also incorporated will be an opportunity for attendees to practice putting difficult medical jargon into plain language.

To register, go to the HS/HSL’s Workshop Schedule.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, ResearchSeptember 5, 20180 comments
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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Upcoming Events Associated with ‘Outbreak’ Exhibit at HS/HSL

Join the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) for several events complementing the “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibit, which marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic and is on display in the library’s Frieda O. Weise Gallery through Oct. 14.

An opening reception, flu shot clinic and luncheon/lecture will be held in coming weeks.

Opening Reception

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m., Frieda O. Weise Gallery, HS/HSL

In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s “Outbreak” exhibit, the HS/HSL has created a supplementary exhibit remembering the 1918 flu pandemic. Please join us for our exhibit grand opening reception in the Weise Gallery on the first floor. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP: Go to this link.

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., HS/HSL

Help protect yourself, family, friends, and colleagues at this clinic provided by Walgreens in collaboration by the HS/HSL and the School of Pharmacy. Flu shots will be available to UMB campus employees and students in the first-floor tower of the Library (entrance to the left of the guard’s desk as you enter the library). Flu clinic provided by Walgreens in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy and the HS/HSL.

To RSVP: Go to this link. Also remember to bring your insurance information and ID.

Luncheon/Lecture with Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak

Friday, Oct. 5, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Gladhill Board Room, HS/HSL

A light lunch will be served and Philip A. Mackowiak, MD ’70, MBA, emeritus professor of medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar-in-Residence, will present “The ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918, What’s Past is Prologue.”

To RSVP: Send an email to

Everly BrownClinical Care, Education, People, Research, University LifeAugust 31, 20180 comments
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Improved UMB Mobile App Launches

Just in time for the fall semester, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) has launched improvements to UMB’s mobile app.

The app, created in 2013 to “put UMB in your pocket,” has evolved over time. But Amir Chamsaz, ScD, MS, managing director of web development and interactive media in CPA, says this upgrade is the best one yet. In addition to a redesign that increases user engagement and retention, the app offers a wide range of improvements.

  • Interactive experience: Latest news, social media stories, and more display on the landing page and users can flip through them without having to open the modules
  • Ease of use: Most used functionality is moved to the top to help users access what they need faster
  • Accessibility: Using large tile icons, sufficient color contrast, and other measures to help impaired users, the app meets ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility requirements
  • Incorporates URecFit live and Blackboard that are popular destinations for users

“By studying quantitative data from Google Analytics as well as conversations with users, we put together a group of suggestions that are addressed in the redesigned UMB mobile app,” says Chamsaz, who adds the app is available by free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. “In addition to being more functional, it is user-centered, beautiful, and easy to use.”

Learn more about the app at this CPA web page, and you can read more about it next month in the September issue of Dr. Perman’s President’s Message.

Chris ZangBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAAugust 29, 20180 comments
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Women in Bio Baltimore Meet-Up: ‘An Insider’s View of the Interview’

The first Women in Bio Baltimore Meet-Up for 2018-2019 will be held Sept. 26 featuring a three-person panel discussing the topic “An Insider’s View of the Interview.”

Here are the details:

  • What: Women in Bio Baltimore Meet-Up
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: UM BioPark Auditorium, 801 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Registration: All are welcome, but you need to reserve a spot on this web page.


  • Matt Lasecki, SPHR, associate vice president, Human Resource Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Ruby Hofmann, senior vice president of human resources and organizational development, Paragon Bioservices
  • Francesca Santini, scientific recruiter lead, Life Sciences, Aerotek
lcortinaClinical CareAugust 29, 20180 comments
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