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Maggie Ryan speaking to students

Students Begin High School Summer Bioscience Program at UMB

This summer, just like the previous nine, Baltimore City high school students who aspire to careers in research and health care will work with University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) scientists and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) clinicians in the Summer Bioscience Internship Program (SBIP).

Seventeen students began the program June 25 with a three-day orientation that featured HIPAA training provided by Allison Robinson, MPH, program manager, Maryland AHEC Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine (UMSOM); laboratory safety training provided by UMB Environmental Health Services staff member Simone Houng; a presentation about the Meyerhof Scholars Program given by UMB graduate student and SBIP program coordinator Devona Quasie-Woode; surgery by robotics hands-on demonstration in the Maryland Advanced Simulation Training Research and Innovation (MASTRI) Center at UMMC provided by simulation specialist Maggie Ryan MS, RN, and simulation educator Katie Gordon, MS, RN, CNE; and a presentation on lung transplantation and clinic tour provided by June Kim, MD, director of lung transplant, UMSOM Department of Medicine, and her multidisciplinary staff.

After the orientation, SBIP students on June 27 met the mentors they will shadow or work for four weeks. Students are required to journal their experience and will present their reflections to peers and mentors at the end of the program. Participants this year include students from Baltimore City high schools as well as undergraduates who began the program as high school students in previous years.

This year, eight of the students received coveted placement in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center under the guidance of Laura Buchanan, MD, and nine were placed with faculty researchers in the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. The trauma students work varying shifts on the nursing units, with emergency surgery services, or embedded in trauma teams A, B, C, or D.

Quasie-Woode, a master’s student studying cellular and molecular biomedical science, says, “It’s so important to nurture a student’s interests in the early stages, before doubt and fear set in. Young scholars should understand that it’s OK to have big dreams if you’re willing to put in the necessary hard work. SBIP affords students the opportunity to grow professionally while directly experiencing the field of biomedical science.”

The SBIP, directed by UMB Office of Community Engagement and Maryland AHEC Program staff members Brian Sturdivant, MSW, and Robinson and coordinated by Quasie-Woode, is one of four youth employment initiatives operated by UMB on campus and in its surrounding community this summer in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) YouthWorks summer employment program.

Brian SturdivantClinical Care, Community Service, Education, Research, UMB News, University LifeJuly 2, 20180 comments
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Students at Research Day

School of Pharmacy Hosts First Practice-Based Research Day

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy hosted its first practice-based Research Day in April to highlight current research endeavors in which its students and trainees are engaged. In addition to allowing participants to showcase their research to the department’s faculty and leadership, the event offered a forum in which students and trainees could receive constructive feedback to help enhance their presentation skills.

“Research Day provided an opportunity to bring faculty, staff, students, and trainees from across the department together to help foster the professional development of some of our profession’s newest researchers,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, associate professor and chair of PPS. “The students, residents, and fellows who presented posters at this event received thoughtful feedback that they will be able to use to help strengthen their presentations for future regional, national, and international meetings and conferences. It was a remarkable event, and a truly beneficial experience for all who participated.”

Fostering Up-and-Coming Talent

More than 40 posters highlighting research conducted by student pharmacists, residents, fellows, and their faculty mentors were displayed during the event. The research showcased addressed a number of important issues related to health disparities, medication use, and best practices to prevent and treat a variety of illnesses. Members of the department’s faculty and leadership spoke with students and trainees to learn more about their research, evaluating them based on the quality of their research abstracts, posters, and presentation skills.

The student and trainee who had the highest scoring abstracts were given an opportunity to deliver podium presentations highlighting their research. Shamir Kalaria, PharmD, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Translational Medicine at the school, received the highest scoring trainee abstract and presented his research titled “A Quantitative Approach to Optimize Levetiracetam Dosing in Critically Ill Patients Undergoing Continuous Venovenous Hemofiltration” at the podium, while third-year student pharmacist Alan Lin received the highest scoring student abstract and presented his research titled “Comorbid Asthma Increases Severity of Anaphylaxis.”

“Faculty in our department are committed to equipping the next generation of pharmacists with the knowledge and skills they will need to be leaders in both pharmacy practice and clinical research,” says Neha S. Pandit, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, associate professor and vice chair for research and scholarship in PPS. “This year’s friendly competition encouraged students and trainees to bring their A-game to Research Day. We congratulate Dr. Kalaria and Mr. Lin on their tremendous achievement. Their research will have a positive impact on countless patients in the future.”

Celebrating Superior Research

Awards also were presented to the students and trainees who had the highest and second-highest scoring abstracts and poster presentations combined.

Sari Freedman, PharmD, resident in the PGY-2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Residency Program at the School of Pharmacy, and Laetitia N’Dri, third-year student pharmacist, received awards for the highest scoring abstracts and poster presentations for their research projects titled “Cytomegalovirus Prophylaxis Following Alemtuzumab Induction in High Risk Renal Transplant Recipients Experiencing Delayed Graft Function” and “Patient-centered Approach to Developing a Plan to Achieve Blood Pressure Control,” respectively.

In addition, Ana Vega, PharmD, resident in the PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program at the school, and Heather Kirwan, fourth-year student pharmacist, received awards for the second highest scoring abstract and poster presentations for their projects titled “Characterizing Variability in Calculated Vancomycin Pharmacokinetic Parameters in Hospitalized Patients” and “Identifying Medication Discrepancies During Medication Reconciliation Utilizing Different Sources for Information,” respectively.

“The breadth of research showcased at this year’s Research Day truly exemplifies the many ways in which pharmacists can impact patient care not only as practitioners, but also as researchers,” Pandit says. “The event was an overwhelming success, and we cannot wait to see the innovative research that these students and trainees are inspired to pursue as they continue to progress in their careers.”

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Education, Research, UMB NewsJune 27, 20180 comments
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Summer Course: ‘Introduction to Basic Research’

The School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine is pleased to offer its 16th annual summer course titled “Introduction to Basic Research” in August 2018.

The course is designed for fellows, residents, postdocs, technicians, students, and clinicians who would like to include basic research in their studies, as well as clinicians who would like to explore the applications of basic science methodologies in clinical research. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the research techniques and expertise available on campus and the core scientific resources available to our scientists at UMB.

Lectures will deal with the background behind various molecular techniques, statistical applications and data analysis, balancing effort vs. impact when beginning new research projects, research portfolio building, use of experimental animals, concepts of experimental design and experimental models.

The course will be held for two weeks — Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 —  with classes held from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The deadline for registration is Aug. 8. Registration, which covers the cost of all class materials, is $25. Checks should be written to the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Learn more about the course.

For further information, please contact Ishwar S. Singh at

Registration forms can be scanned and emailed to Ishwar S. Singh at or mailed to:
Ishwar S. Singh
Health Science Facility II, Room S141
20 Penn St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

CME credits will not be available.

Click here for the registration form.

Singh IshwarClinical CareJune 22, 20180 comments
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Volunteers Needed for Experimental Avian Influenza Vaccine Study

The University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health is conducting an experimental avian influenza vaccine study.

You may be eligible if you are 19 years or older and in good health.

Participation is about 13 months, and you will receive two vaccinations. Compensation is up to $1,200. For more information, call 410-706-6156.

Leslie JamkaABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAJune 21, 20180 comments
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Independence Day Holiday Garage and Lot Schedule

Here is the garage and lot schedule for the July 4 holiday:

  • Grand, Plaza, Pratt, and Lexington: Open
  • Parking Office (Pearl Garage): Closed
  • Parking Cashier’s Office (SMC Campus Center): Closed
  • Pearl Garage: Closed
  • Penn Garage: Closed
  • Admin Lot: Closed
  • Saratoga Garage: Closed (hospital employees should use Pratt Garage)
  • BioPark Garage: Closed
  • Redwood (City Garage): Open
  • Lexington Market Rooftop: Closed (Lexington Market Rooftop access cards will not work in campus garages. Please use your One Card for access in any open University garages)

University of Maryland Medical System employees without a One Card must use their garage-issued access card.

You should request access to campus parking garages on your One Card by taking your card to the cashier’s office for activation. If you have not had your One Card activated, you will pay the visitor rate.

Mass Transit for July 4

Please Note

• If your assigned garage/lot is closed, you may use your access card and park in any open garage.
• Be sure to display your hangtag and have ID.
• If your card fails to work and a ticket is dispensed, you may be responsible for visitor parking fees. If required to pay, get a receipt and contact our cashier’s office on the next business day at 6-5518

Angela HallClinical CareJune 21, 20181 comment
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Dr. Peter Mbi

Longtime Preceptor Mbi Inducted into Pharmacy Dean’s Hall of Fame

Peter T. Mbi, PharmD, PhD, owner of Global Health Pharmacy in Laurel and Odenton, Md., was inducted into the Dean’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists as part of the annual banquet hosted by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Leavitt Student Chapter at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy on April 19. Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame Award is presented each year by Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the school, in recognition of a pharmacist’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and passion for independent pharmacy.

“Dr. Mbi is a highly educated and extremely accomplished pharmacist,” Eddington said. “His extraordinary dedication to serving the patients who visit his practice is matched only by his commitment to equipping the next generation of pharmacy professionals with the knowledge and skills they will need to achieve their personal career aspirations. Each year, when it comes time for students to enroll in their community pharmacy rotation, demand for Dr. Mbi as a preceptor is high. I am honored to present him with the 2018 Dean’s Hall of Fame Award for Distinguished Community Pharmacists.”

A History of Learning and Sharing Knowledge

Mbi received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York, Brockport. He later attended Creighton University School of Pharmacy and the University of Florida School of Pharmacy, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees, respectively. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of California, San Francisco.

After completing a residency in cardiology pharmacy, Mbi worked as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of practice settings before transitioning to hospital practice, then to community practice. He has served as a preceptor for student pharmacists at the School of Pharmacy since 1990 and is a two-time recipient of the school’s Preceptor of the Year Award, which recognizes his exemplary service to the Experiential Learning Program.

“Dr. Mbi takes the same personalized approach with his students that he does with his patients,” Eddington said. “He works with students one-on-one to learn about the classes they are taking as well as their unique career goals, giving them opportunities to participate in hands-on techniques, direct involvement and interactions with patients, and other experiences assessing, evaluating, and providing clinical care for underserved patient populations. They acquire new skill sets that will serve them well in caring for their patients as practicing pharmacists.”

Paving His Own Path

In 1996, Mbi established Global Health Pharmacy to serve the medication-related needs of patients across Howard, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel counties. An advanced community practice site, Global Health Pharmacy integrates long-term care services, group homes, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities to offer a wide range of services to patients, including one-on-one medication counseling, comprehensive medication reviews, immunizations, and diabetic and allergy services.

“During my time at Global Health Pharmacy, I saw firsthand how rewarding it is to be an independent pharmacist,” said one fourth-year student pharmacist who completed a rotation with Mbi. “Independent pharmacists have the inimitable opportunity to be able to develop lasting personal relationships with their patients and customers.”

Mbi also has received numerous awards for his service to the pharmacy profession, including the Excellence in Teaching Pharmacy Technicians Award from Anne Arundel Community College, a Maryland Governor’s Citation for Community Service, a Baltimore County Police Citation for Community Service, and the 2016 National Master Preceptor Recognition Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) — an honor for which he was nominated by the School of Pharmacy.

He is a member of several national and international organizations, including AACP and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

In His Own Words

“I feel privileged to have the great honor of being inducted into the Dean’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists,” Mbi says. “It is incredibly rewarding to have a career in which I am able to apply my clinical pharmacy knowledge — whether it is using evidence-based medicine to make recommendations during a comprehensive medication review, helping patients understand the nature of their health conditions and the importance of taking their medications correctly, or simply teaching them how to use a blood glucose meter to monitor their blood sugar — to help my patients live healthier lives. I dedicate this award to my students, both past and present, the communities I serve, and the patients who have trusted me and allowed me to make a positive difference in their lives through my practice.”

The NCPA annual banquet recognizes the student chapter’s yearly achievements. It also is the event at which new chapter officers are installed. “This outstanding group of students is the future of the profession, and a group of which we can be especially proud,” Eddington said.

The mission of the NCPA student chapter is to promote independent pharmacy with the intent of increasing students’ awareness of its advantages, encourage newly practicing pharmacists to pursue pharmacy ownership, and support independent pharmacy’s already established positive image.

— Malissa Carroll

Malissa CarrollClinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 20, 20180 comments
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The President's Message-June

The President’s Message

Check out the June issue of The President’s Message.

It includes:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on last month’s State of the University Address
  • A recap of commencement, UMB’s Neighborhood Spring Festival, Glendening and Ehrlich’s political discussion, and the CURE Scholars’ end-of-year celebration
  • A look ahead to Dr. Perman’s June 19 Q&A
  • Stories on philanthropic gifts to the schools of medicine and nursing
  • Two more employees benefit from the Live Near Your Work Program
  • UMB police start active shooter response training
  • 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, USGAJune 11, 20180 comments
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UMMC Schwartz Rounds: ‘When Tragedy Strikes and Compassion Wanes’

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Schwartz Rounds forum May 29 that is open to all employees. The topic: “Amidst Embers: When Tragedy Strikes and Compassion Wanes.”

Join our monthly multidisciplinary forum and engage with caregivers in a conversation about the emotional and social issues associated with caring for patients. Panelists will present case studies and facilitate an interactive discussion in which participants can share their experiences.

Here are the details:

  • When: Tuesday, May 29
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: UMMC Auditorium, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Registration: Go to this link.
  • Note: Lunch will be provided.
  • Continuing education: Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and social workers who attend will be eligible to earn one AMA PRA Category 1 credit, one Nursing Continuing Education Hour, or one SW Category 1 CEU.
Briana MathisClinical Care, Education, Research, UMB News, University LifeMay 22, 20180 comments
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Ask A Pharmacist: Medications and Falls

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of death associated with injuries among older adults in the United States. In fact, more than 2 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries each year. Although research has shown that certain medications can contribute to an increased risk of falls in older adults, older adults and their caregivers may be able to reduce this risk by working with their pharmacist or health care provider to evaluate their medications.

Pharmacists and students from the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging have been actively involved in medication reviews to evaluate for fall-risk increasing drugs among older adults, as well as numerous educational programs to help combat this public health issue. Members of this team — Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, interprofessional clinical coordinator for the Lamy Center, and Lisa Huang, PharmD, MPH, pharmacy intern with the Lamy Center, under the leadership of Nicole Brandt PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCGP, FASCP, executive director of the Lamy Center and professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School of Pharmacy — answer some frequently asked questions about medications linked to falls below, and offer tips to help older adults ensure that they are using their medications safely and appropriately.

How Can Medications Contribute to the Risk of Falling?

Some medications have side effects that can increase falls. These medications are collectively known as fall-risk increasing drugs (FRIDs) and are deemed as potentially inappropriate for older adults by the American Geriatrics Society. Some side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Drop in blood pressure when standing (orthostatic hypotension)
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Worsening memory

All of these side effects are associated with an increased risk of falling. In addition, it is not only important to look at the types of medications, but also the number and doses, which can also increase the risk of falling.

Who Is Most At Risk of Suffering a Medication-Related Fall?

Medications work differently in different age groups. Older adults are more sensitive to medication side effects in part due to differences in age and disease-related changes. For instance, if an older adult is frail or has been sedentary for an extended time, he or she is at a greater risk for falling.

What Types of Medications Put Older Adults at the Greatest Risk for Falls?

Older adults with a long list of medications, also known as polypharmacy/polymedicine, can be a starting point to evaluate for increased falls risk; however, the medication list should be examined in the context of a health care provider’s assessment and the patient’s treatment goals. According to the CDC, certain medication classes can also place older adults at a greater risk for falls, such as:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opioids
  • Sedatives-hypnotics
  • Anticholinergics
  • Medications affecting blood pressure
  • Antihistamines
  • Muscle relaxants

How Can Pharmacists Help Older Adults Reduce Their Risk of Medication-Related Falls?

Pharmacists are great resources for patients. Pharmacists work in settings that are easily accessible to many older adults and can provide helpful insights into fall prevention. Pharmacists can explain and counsel on the side effects of medications and how they can affect the body, and devise a medication action plan to assist the older adult. For example, some commonly prescribed drugs can cause drowsiness, blurred vision, syncope (fainting), or impaired motor functioning, which increases the risk of falling. With the patient’s consent, the pharmacist can communicate with the prescriber to STOP medications when possible, SWITCH to safer alternatives, or REDUCE medications to the lowest effective dose.

Additionally, pharmacists can work with other members of the patient’s health care team, including the nurse, physical therapist, or caretakers, to provide helpful advice on how to decrease the risk of falling through simple lifestyle modifications. For example, pharmacists can recommend older adults get their vision checked by an optometrist or talk to their caretakers about modifications that can be made in the home so that falls are less likely to occur.

What Can Older Adults Do If They Have Been Prescribed a Medication Known to Increase Their Risk for Falls?

If an older adult is prescribed a medication known to increase their risk for falls, he or she should ask the prescriber about whether the medication’s benefits outweigh its risks, as well as if there are safer alternatives available. Older adults and their caregivers can also download the helpful brochure “Did You Remember to Ask” on the Lamy Center’s website to learn more.

What Advice or Tips Can You Give Older Adults to Help Ensure That They Use Their Medications Safely?

One important tip for older adults is to take medications as prescribed by your health care provider. Additionally, keep a medication list with the name of the medicine, how you take it, and why you take it, so you can review it with your health care team regularly. Your health care team, including your pharmacist, can explain drug interactions, side effects, and how the medications can affect each other in your body. You can learn more by reviewing the brochure “Safe Medicine Use: A Guide for Older Adults and Caregivers” on the Lamy Center’s website.

— Malissa Carroll

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Malissa CarrollClinical CareMay 10, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the May issue of The President’s Message.

It includes the following:

  • Dr. Perman’s column on a new home for our Community Engagement Center
  • A recap of IPE Day
  • A look ahead to commencement
  • Dr. Robert Redfield’s appointment as CDC director
  • A Women’s History Month celebration of Dr. Angela Brodie
  • Shock Trauma’s Stop the Bleed program
  • A roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements
Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Administration, University Life, USGAMay 10, 20180 comments
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History of Medicine Lecture Features Dr. Joshua Sharfstein on May 16

The final Alpha Omega Alpha History of Medicine lecture of the academic year will be held Wednesday, May 16, at noon in MSTF Leadership Hall.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will talk about the history of four iconic public health crises (thalidomide, sulfanilamide, swine flu, and HIV), and then will be available to sign his newly released book “The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times.” Books can be purchased at the lecture for $40.

Sharfstein is a pediatrician, public health policy expert, and prominent figure in Maryland and on a national level in the area of public health policy. He previously served as health commissioner of Baltimore, secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under President Barack Obama

The event is open to the entire UMB community, and there will be free refreshments before the lecture.

Craig SchneiderClinical CareMay 8, 20180 comments
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Dry Eye Study: Complete It and Receive $200

The University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is participating in a dry eye study to determine how your environment affects your eyes.

The study involves two visits to our Redwood Street practice and two visits to your home. You will receive $200 compensation for your time. To register or for more information, contact Joby Tsai at

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, Research, University LifeMay 7, 20180 comments
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UMBrella Caregivers Support Group Next Meeting is May 21

UMBrella hosts Caregivers, a support group for members of the UMB community who care for elderly loved ones.

Open to all faculty, staff, and students, we meet once a month to socialize, learn from each other, share resources and information, and hear from experts on a wide range of topics. UMBrella events are open to all UMB faculty, staff, and students.

Here are details on the next meeting:

  • When: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Room 203
  • Registration: Go to this link.

Learn more about Caregivers.

Sonya EvansClinical Care, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeMay 7, 20180 comments
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Classified and Proprietary Work Policy and Procedure Update

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s response to the University System of Maryland’s update of IV-2.20 POLICY ON CLASSIFIED AND PROPRIETARY WORK, including the exception process:

The updated University System of Maryland policy permits exceptions “in highly unusual circumstances” to accept awards and agreements for classified work or that otherwise restrict publication and dissemination of results. The publication waiver procedure and form are intended to facilitate review of exception requests, and assure that UMB investigators are aware of issues that arise when accepting restricted work, for example, issues related to graduate student participation, security, and export control.

Read more about the waiver process.

Shannon WrennClinical CareMay 3, 20180 comments
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Now Open: University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood

The University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center’s expert board-certified physicians now perform the latest endovascular therapies for the treatment and management of vascular disease in one convenient, office-based lab — optimizing the experience and efficiency for patients.

The  new location is University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood, 419 Redwood St., Suite 240.

Procedures at the University of Maryland Vascular Center at Redwood tackle a range of vascular conditions, including:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Arterial and venous disease
  • Catheter and port placements
  • Dialysis access issues

Additional benefits of performing core vascular procedures in the office setting include:

  • Shorter length of stay
  • Faster recovery time

For referrals and more information, call 410-328-5840.

Stephanie HuffnerBulletin Board, Clinical Care, PeopleApril 30, 20180 comments
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