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News, UCHC Graduates: Congratulations to the Class of 2011

Congratulations to every graduate in the University of Connecticut Health Center Class of 2011

You did it!

Ceremonies were held in Hartford on Sunday, May 15 2011

Image source: Courtesy of John Atashian Photography – Copyright 2011 – All rights reserved

Since the first class was graduated in 1971, University of Connecticut has conferred a total of 2,975 MD and 1,413 DMD degrees.  Today’s ceremonies granted degrees to 81 physicians and 42 dentists.


Public Health, Medically Underserved in Connecticut, UCHC Students, News: Migrant Health Workers Clinic

It’s a measure of how behind at work I am, that I missed posting the following article during Public Health Week (April 5-11 2010) and – yikes – also forgot that last week was officially National Library Week as declared by the American Library Association Sorry!

This post describes a unique public service and community outreach effort provided by individuals who volunteer their clinical services to staff the Migrant Health Workers Clinic (MHWC), a medical-dental clinic for seasonal farm-workers in Connecticut.

This traveling health clinic was founded in 1997 by UCHC professor Dr. Bruce Gould (shown in the photo below with two patients at a clinic in 2008):

Photo Credit:  http://publichealth.uconn.edu/aboutus_mfwc.php – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


Here is are some facts and background about the mission of the Migrant Health Workers Clinic:

Migrant farm workers are among the most economically disadvantaged and most medically vulnerable groups in the United States having little, if any, access to health care or medication. In addition to barriers to access to health care that many citizens meet like affordable health insurance, language barriers, and lack of transportation, migrant workers also experience additional barriers such as fear of deportation, loss or garnished wages, and being dismissed or not invited back to work by the employer due to missed work or health issues.  A coalition of local organizations, along with the University of Connecticut, has formed a network to overcome these barriers and attend to the health care needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers. “

The UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinic opened its doors in 1997, with the aid of the Connecticut Area Health Education Program (CT-AHEC).… the clinic operates annually from June to October offering diagnostic and treatment options [to workers] for a variety of conditions, both acute and chronic, including primary care screenings, oral health screenings, distribution of medications for mild and self-limiting conditions, as well as preventive health education“.

Text Source: http://publichealth.uconn.edu/aboutus_mfwc.php – All right reserved – Copyright 2010


Click here to view a list of health or social services agencies and non-profit organizations from throughout Connecticut that contribute funding, advisory services and personnel to staff the rotating schedule.

Many students from the University who are enrolled in professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology or nursing volunteer at the MHWC; some have chosen to participate in the Urban Service Track.

There is a special need for volunteers who are native Spanish speakers.  For those graduate students interested in primary care – as well as developing their (medical) Spanish language skills – it is an excellent opportunity to practice hands-on health care, advising and counseling.

Next, a 2-minute video filmed in 2008, narrated by a UCHC medical student which shows a typical visit with patients at the end of their workday, held at a local farm:  click here to watch.

Image Source: http://publichealth.uconn.edu/images/MFWC_video/index.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


Open a schedule showing 2009 locations in Connecticut where the medical and dental Migrant Health Worker Clinics were held (PDF file).


This week on the Public Health @ UConn Facebook page, the following announcement was posted (Apr 15 2010):  “The 11th Annual UConn Migrant Farm Worker Clinic Symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 29th from 8:30-2:30 at the UConn Health Center in Massey Auditorium…  Students – Mark Your Calendars!

If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date with public health/service program announcements about activities at UConn Storrs or UConn Health Center, become a friend of Public Health@ UConn.

There is also a Learning Community in Public Health for undergraduates at Storrs campus. A recent newsletter from that group can be opened here

A Research Community, in Context: More on the We and the It (Part 2)

In this first post of 2010, I wish all readers a Happy and Productive New Year!

This post continues an earlier thread (Dec 28 2009) about the end of a decade, academic libraries, librarians, scholarly research, open access and thinking about effective ways of handling expected – if uncharted – changes to the manner and style in which people consume and apply  information.

Change can be chosen, or forced, but it should be anticipated and prepared for as part of the essential nature of business in a dynamic library.  The “it” can’t stay the same, it can only keep moving forward.

The previous post refers to the ten points raised in a “library manifesto” recently published by OCLC and the RLG Partnership Research Information Management Roadmap Working Group.  Principal authors of this paper were Chris Bourg, Ross Coleman and Ricky Erway, and these (and other) RLG members also write a collective blog, entitled Hanging Together.

This week, a colleague gently suggested that in a second part of this post, I highlight some members of the greater community in this discussion of the “we” and the it“.   She is correct; I would be remiss not to mention some of the many talented individuals in this community who provide very important intellectual, educational or structural “it-s” or “we-s” (please excuse my execrable grammar and punctuation here).

In this large building, multiple missions are taking place: patient care, medical and dental education, clinical research, research which may become translational. These endeavors represent the sum contributions of many; our students are in effect “consuming” the information or experiential they provide.

Following are only a few of the many talented people that could appear on this list of the “We“:

  • Clinicians who are also educators and researchers.  Theirs is a lifetime of research on:
  • A collection of tutorials by UCHC faculty on the art and science of practical Physical Examination.
  • Professor Carol A. Pfeiffer is administrator of the Clinical Skills Assessment Program (CSAP) at UConn School of Medicine and has trained generations of students and residents on the art and science of patient assessment.  She trains those who serve as standardized patients.  She co-authored this curriculum training project (with other UCHC faculty and staff).
  • Family medicine physician Mary Guerrera, MD, FAAFP, DABHM, DABMA, directs the Complementary & Integrative Medicine program at UCHC.  Link here to read more about the Integrative Medicine in Residency, a grant-sponsored program which she administers (presentation from March 2009).
  • Kevin Clarke took a year off from medical school in Farmington to treat HIV-positive children in Zambia.  Now a b0ard-certified pediatrician, Dr. Clarke has returned to Africa and administers a pediatrics health clinic in Malawi.
  • Regarding those who are involved in selecting individuals to fill a new class of medical or dental students:  in a recent publication produced by University of Connecticut (Storrs) staff, I learned that in 2008 there were 2,919 applications received for the 85 available seats in the  UCHC Class of 2012…  or, 6% of those who applied were accepted.
  • Thanks to the 200+ community physicians throughout the state of Connecticut who each year volunteer their time to sponsor medical students, welcoming them into their exam rooms as they show and instruct them on ways to diagnose, treat and counsel patients.
  • A novel way to give back: Ten years ago, photographer Patty Swanson gave birth at UCHC John Dempsey Hospital where her twin daughters were born early and spent weeks in the NICU.  Over the past three years, Ms. Swanson has volunteered her time by taking portraits of NICU babies and their parents. These family portraits were featured in a news article published in the Hartford Courant on Dec 13 2009.


Finally, in memory of an educator who filled many roles in this building and was held in high esteem by all who knew him:  Associate Dean and Professor Charles Huntington III.  He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Dec 27 2009 at the age of 60.

Charles was a kind and gracious gentleman, an excellent preceptor and administrator, a lifelong student, and friend and mentor to scores of students, staff and faculty here.  (Link here to his obituary from the Hartford Courant).

He came from a family of physicians; in 1872, his great-great grandfather, George Huntington, described and named the disease which came to be known as Huntington’s Chorea.

We will miss you, Charles.

News, Academic-Medicine: NY Times article about UCHC

In the Connecticut Section of the Sunday, Dec 14 2008 New York Times, there was an article published Dec 12 2008 about the proposed merger between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital.

You can read it online at this link.


Photo credit/Source: The New York Times – All rights reserved – Copyright 2008