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Mayo Medical Schools Expands to Arizona

UA College of Medicine Accredited Through 2022

The medical education program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, designed to train the next generation of highly skilled physicians dedicated to improving patient care and advancing the state of medical knowledge, has earned accreditation through 2022, a full eight-year term.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation authority for MD programs in the United States and Canada, announced the decision and identified a number of institutional strengths within the college that are distinctive and worthy of emulation. The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA).

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson graduates 115 medical doctors each year and is led by Interim Dean Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, who also serves as UA senior vice president for health sciences. The college’s medical education program is led by Kevin Moynahan, MD, deputy dean of education.

In January, more than 100 faculty, students, administrators and staff from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson (UA COM – Tucson) met with the LCME survey team during its site visit to determine accreditation eligibility.

“This achievement would not have been possible were it not for the tremendous leadership, teamwork and effort put forth by all. We are grateful to our UA COM – Tucson LCME project leadership team, to those students, faculty and staff who participated in the survey visit, as well as to the numerous students, faculty and staff who participated in the COM self-study process,” said Dr. Moynahan.

In addition to awarding the college accreditation for a full cycle, the 19 LCME members, who are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members and medical students appointed by the AAMC and AMA, determined that the college has a number of institutional strengths:

· The LCME found that the student-developed and student-administered Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program, implemented by the UA College of Medicine in 1979, provides an exceptional number and variety of community service and service-learning opportunities for medical students. The CUP program provides UA medical students the opportunity to gain clinical experience by working with medically underserved populations. CUP was described by numerous medical students as a major influence in their decision to attend the college.

· The LCME also noted the development and implementation of an effective system of confidential and easily accessible personal counseling for its students, assisting them in adjusting to the ongoing emotional demands of a medical education. The UA COM – Tucson counseling program received high praise from students in the 2013 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, in the independent student analysis and in conversations with students during the survey visit.

· In addition, the UA COM – Tucson Societies Program provides a strong longitudinal experience with a trained faculty mentor. Mentors are chosen from among the college’s most distinguished clinician-educators who teach students interviewing, physical examination and patient care skills at the patient bedside, helping students to develop clinical thinking, documentation and presentations and professionalism skills.

The LCME defines areas of strengths as those that reflect an aspect of the medical education program that has been shown to be critical for the successful achievement of one or more of the program’s missions or goals or a truly distinctive activity or characteristic that would be worthy of emulation.

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities and leading-edge patient care. Together with the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, the two colleges are Arizona’s only MD degree-granting institutions serving as a health care resource for the state and its people.

Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967, with an initial class of just 32 students, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson today has graduated more than 3,900 physicians. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff and alumni continue more than 45 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.

Liv Avenida, IPA Management, which won the Developer’s Award for Best Community built in 2012-2013.

AMA honors communities, leaders at annual Tribute Awards

The multihousing industry has had a remarkable year of renewed optimism in the housing and rental markets. The Arizona Multihousing Association brings apartment industry leaders together for one night a year at its annual Tribute Gala to celebrate the successes of the teams, individuals, volunteers and communities that are best in class.

On Thursday night, a sold out crowd of more than 1,200 apartment industry leaders from around Arizona gathered for the annual Tribute Gala to learn who would be honored as the best individuals, teams, and communities from the list of finalists. These winners were judged in a competitive judging process and the 22 winners were selected from the more than 400 statewide nominations.

This year, the AMA added a few new categories including one for best renovated property and affordable community.

“As the apartment industry continues to grow in Arizona, we are seeing large investments in renovations and in affordable housing for workers. It’s important for our industry to recognize these new housing options and the influence these communities have on the greater community,” said Tom Simplot, President and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association.

2014 Arizona Multihousing Association Tribute Award Winners

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Developer’s Award for Best Community Built 2012-2013:
Liv Avenida, IPA Management

Renovated Community of the Year:
Camden San Marcos, Camden Property Trust

Affordable Community of the Year:
Escala Central City, Allison-Shelton Real Estate Services, Inc.

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Prior to 1995:
The Place at Forest Ridge, MC Residential

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Between 1995-2005:
Mirabella Village, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Best Team & Community of the Year Built Between 2006-2013:
Serafina, Fairfield Properties, L.P.

Best Team & Community of the Year Outside the Valley:
The Woods, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Industry Partner of the Year:
Adam Greco, Burns Pest Elimination

Industry Partner of the Year Tucson:
Tim Furnas, Valley Protective Services

Volunteer of the Year:
Greg Morehead, Fairfield Properties, L.P.

Volunteer of the Year Tucson:
Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nicolosi & Fitch, Inc.

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Paradise Valley Hospital to Treat Obesity

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face today.  According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, more than 64 percent of adults in Arizona are overweight, with 24 percent suffering from obesity.  In Maricopa County alone, about 200,000 individuals suffer from Severe Obesity.

Last month, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its decision to formally recognize obesity as a medical disease. In doing so, the AMA joins numerous other medical organizations and government agencies which have either officially recognized obesity as a disease or asserted such through their leadership representatives.

In mid-August, Abrazo Health will open its comprehensive bariatric surgery center at Paradise Valley Hospital in collaboration with Dr. Kurt W. Sprunger of the Phoenix Bariatric Center.  Dr. Sprunger and his team are dedicated to the proper treatment of those suffering with obesity who have for too long endured criticism and discrimination and felt frustration and shame after the failure of inappropriate and ineffective treatments.

Dr. Sprunger sees the decision by the AMA as a significant milestone in helping to remove societal misconceptions about obesity and improve access to proper medical care for the millions of Americans struggling with this disease, including the 24 million Americans suffering from Severe Obesity and its serious related conditions, for whom bariatric surgery has proved to be the most effective and lasting treatment.

The services offered by Paradise Valley Hospital and Phoenix Bariatric Center will help Arizonans suffering from obesity to reverse the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, infertility and a host of other medical conditions associated with obesity and reduce their risk of certain cancers and heart disease.