Reunion! Aug. 1-3: Alumni reunion at Sandia Resort and Casino, honoring all School of Medicine classes for the past 50 years.

Aug. 1: The Basic Medical Science Building will be dedicated as Reginald Heber Fitz Hall in honor of of the first dean of the School of Medicine.

Sept. 26: Join us for an Open House and walking tour of the HSC Campus.

Abrams

Artist Jack Melville unveiled his portrait of Dr. Abrams in 2009.

A legacy of art and medicine

Cindy Foster | HSC Newsbeat

Known internationally as a cardiologist and throughout New Mexico as a passionate collector of art, former University of New Mexico cardiology division chief Dr. Jonathan Abrams died July 18 in Albuquerque.

Abrams joined the UNM School of Medicine in 1970, practicing and teaching medicine there for more than three decades before retiring in 2008.

"Jon was a truly kind, compassionate and deeply concerned physician of the old-school variety," said Dr. Warren Laskey, chief of cardiology in the University of New Mexico's Department of Internal Medicine. "He made the effort to understand the many dimensions of his patients and their illness. That is why he was universally loved by them, and that is why he serves as a role model for today's generation of physicians."

But medicine is only part of Abram's legacy. A life-long art collector, he was the founder of the UNM Health Sciences Center's extensive art collection. Read more.

HSC gets $15 million for telehealth

UNM Health Science Center has been awarded an estimated $15 million Health Care Innovation Award through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to test expansion of New Mexico's telehealth network to form a statewide system. The model test of Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services (ACCESS) will provide remote emergency neurological consultation using inexpensive audiovisual equipment and software. Read more (cms.gov).

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Book

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the UNM School of Medicine has commissioned a commemorative history, The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission 1964-2014. Learn more, or pre-order your copy online now at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

"America's Best Graduate Schools"

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (SOM) ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine Program in the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2015. The SOM has maintained this national ranking since 1996, underscoring UNM’s commitment to programs that serve New Mexico’s rural communities. Read more (HSC NewsBeat).

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