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UC Riverside’s family medicine residency program receives accreditation


Program in Palm Springs will receive its first eight residents in July 2015.

Gemma Kim

The UC Riverside School of Medicine residency training program in family medicine, in partnership with Desert Regional Medical Center, has received accreditation and will accept its first residents for the three-year training program in July 2015.

The program – designed and located in Palm Springs to help address the shortage of primary care physicians in the Coachella Valley – was granted accreditation in late January by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the national body responsible for post-M.D. training programs in the U.S.

Family medicine is a primary care medical specialty in which physicians provide comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages and, increasingly, coordinate patients’ care by subspecialists. It is estimated that the area of the Coachella Valley served by Desert Regional Medical Center has a 50 percent shortage of family medicine physicians.

“Family medicine will remain pivotal in addressing the health care needs of both our region and our nation,” said Dr. Gemma Kim, program director of the medical school’s family medicine residency training program in Palm Springs. “We hope to expand access and strengthen primary care in the Coachella Valley while providing personalized care of the highest quality that is patient-, family- and community-centered.”

Residents will train primarily at Desert Regional Medical Center and the UCR Health Family Medicine Center adjacent to the medical center. The three-year program will enroll eight residents each year, meaning there will be a total of 24 residents when the family medicine program is fully developed. Eight family physicians will graduate from the residency program each year starting in 2018.

“The approval of the UCR residency program at Desert Regional Medical Center is such an exciting event for our hospital, as we continue to grow as an academic medical center,” said Carolyn Caldwell, president and chief executive officer of Desert Regional Medical Center. “The physician faculty of UCR Health have already provided a wonderful resource to patients through the primary care offices they have opened on our campus. They are already making a difference in helping to solve the primary care physician shortage in our valley.”

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Students learn by doing good


Global children’s oral health, nutrition program helps stem tooth decay around the world.

Global Children's Oral Health and Nutrition ProgramEvery year since 2010, Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Dr. Susan Ivey and a group of students have taken toothbrushes, toothpaste, and a big pink and white model of teeth to Latin America and, since 2011, Asia. There, they teach communities about nutrition and oral health. The Global Children’s Oral Health and Nutrition Program was created to stem the epidemic rise in tooth decay in developing countries around the world. Sokal-Gutierrez is an associate clinical professor and Ivey an associate adjunct professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Both teach in the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program.

The program began in El Salvador in 2003, where Sokal-Gutierrez noticed a trend in tooth decay of children up to 6 years old. Since then, the program has expanded to Nepal, India, Vietnam, Ecuador and Peru. Sokal-Gutierrez and Ivey estimate that the program has served about 10,000 children and their parents since its inception. But the Children’s Oral Health and Nutrition Program has also made another big impact, this time on the UC Berkeley campus: bringing transformative experiences to students launching their careers in public health, medicine and dentistry.

“How can we do our best to improve the health of children, and how can we do our best to mentor the students and give them this good hands-on opportunity?” asks Sokal-Gutierrez. “I’m always trying to pay attention to both of those things.”

In the decade since it began, nearly 200 volunteers have participated in the program. Most are UC Berkeley undergraduates who plan to pursue careers in public health, medicine, and dentistry. They also include graduate students and professionals from the fields of medicine, dentistry and public health. Additionally, Sokal-Gutierrez and Ivey often seek out students whose families emigrated from countries where this program might be needed. It offers a chance for students to connect abstract concepts to real-world scenarios, take on positions of leadership, and be mentors in medicine and public health.

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Apple honors UC Irvine’s iMedEd Initiative


Medical education iPad program named an Apple Distinguished Program.

With their iPads, UC Irvine medical students have at their fingertips all the information they need to read, study and participate in the classroom and in clinical training.

With their iPads, UC Irvine medical students have at their fingertips all the information they need to read, study and participate in the classroom and in clinical training.

The iMedEd Initiative – UC Irvine’s innovative medical education iPad program – has been recognized as a 2013-15 Apple Distinguished Program. The initiative joins a select group of exemplary learning environments being recognized nationwide. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is awarded for  innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstration of  clear vision.

“The iMedEd Initiative is truly groundbreaking for its innovative, digital-based educational platform that conforms to the 21st century learning styles and needs of students throughout the world,” said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “We’re honored that Apple has recognized our achievements for a second time.”

The iMedEd Initiative is reinventing the traditional medical school curriculum. It was the first to build a completely digital, interactive, tablet-based learning environment – which includes portable ultrasound clinical training – and continues to lead in adapting emerging technologies for all aspects of medical education. This academic year, the entire four-year curriculum has been placed on iPad, giving UC Irvine one of the first all-digital program medical schools in the nation.

Since 2010, when the initiative was launched, incoming UC Irvine medical students have received fully loaded iPads, putting at their fingertips all the information they need to read, study or review. This multimedia approach accommodates all modes of learning, especially small group sessions.

The iMedEd Initiative is fully supported by the John and Mary Tu Scholarship Fund, which finances the purchase of  iPads and a complete library of digital textbooks for all incoming UC Irvine medical students. The iMedEd Initiative was also recognized as a 2012-13 Apple Distinguished Program.

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University of Texas taps UCSF neurologist to lead new medical school


Clay Johnston to become inaugural dean of medical school at University of Texas at Austin.

Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist who expanded UC San Francisco’s patient-centered research through his leadership of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the new Center for Healthcare Value, is leaving at the end of February to become the inaugural dean of the Dell School of Medicine at The University of Texas at Austin.

A neurologist and epidemiologist, as well as associate vice chancellor for research, Johnston has been at UCSF since his residency 20 years ago. He has published widely in his field – the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack – and treats patients with cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations and stroke, in addition to directing the hospital stroke service.

Johnston is the principal investigator of a $112 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health aimed at helping scientists bring experimental research into the clinic.

“Clay has played a singular role in UCSF’s drive to accelerate translational research to improve human health,” said Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor/provost at UCSF. “He’s a steady and unflappable leader, and this, along with his research acumen, has enabled UCSF to forge critical partnerships in the biotech industry and with foundations and private funders.”

Deborah Grady

Deborah Grady

Johnston, who received his medical degree from Harvard and did his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, said UCSF was a great training ground for him, and it will continue to be a place where those he mentored and supervised can develop.

“I’m proud of what the people of CTSI have done in the last few years,” he said. “I hate to leave such a strong team and so many great teachers and friends but know that in a place like UCSF their work will only accelerate.  ”

In his new job, he will be building a medical school and hospital, literally from the ground up. The first class of students will enter in the fall of 2016.

CTSI’s co-director, Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H., will become interim director of the CTSI. Grady is a professor of medicine, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics. She directs the UCSF/Mount Zion Women’s Health Clinical Research Center and the UCSF Women’s Health Faculty Development Program.

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New medical specialty aimed at harnessing data to improve patient care


Clinical informatics is first new board-certified specialty in 20 years.

Patient dataA new specialty in clinical informatics has been launched at UC San Francisco, addressing the growing need to harness the power of massive quantities of patient information in the era of precision medicine and health care reform.

This new board certification is designed to educate doctors on how to collect, synthesize and present data to deliver patient care more safely and effectively.

The select group of pioneering physicians who will receive the first national board certification in Clinical Informatics includes pediatric hospitalist Seth Bokser, M.D., medical director for information technology at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Awarded by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, the certification recognizes the increasingly vital role that the science and practice of informatics plays in health care.

Clinical informatics was recognized as a medical subspecialty in 2011 by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and is the first new board-certified medical specialty in 20 years.

“Health care is an information-management business,” said Bokser. “It has always been, but we have finally reached a new era where we are harnessing the power of IT to take in, organize, retrieve, analyze, reason and report on the data for individual patients and populations.”

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New grants to advance career opportunities for young scientists


UC Davis, UCSF two of 10 academic institutions nationwide to receive NIH BEST awards.

Fred Meyers, UC Davis

Fred Meyers, UC Davis

As part of a national effort to broaden scientific training opportunities for young scientists and engineers and better prepare them for a wide variety of careers, the National Institutes of Health has awarded UC Davis a five-year, $1.7 million grant to support the Frontiers of University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise (FUTURE) program   ̶ a campuswide effort that will expand academic offerings, internships and other experiential learning in the biomedical sciences for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. UC San Francisco also received one of the NIH Director’s Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) awards.

UC Davis and UCSF are two of only 10 academic institutions nationwide to receive this first-of-its-kind funding.

“Traditionally, training and career development have been narrowly focused on academic research,” said Fred Meyers, executive associate dean at the UC Davis School of Medicine and one of three principal investigators of the FUTURE program. “But graduate students and postdoctoral scientists need opportunities to develop new skills to enjoy successful careers in today’s diverse employment market. The FUTURE program will provide more opportunities to gain these important skills, increase satisfaction among scholars in training and develop scientists who are well-prepared for the workforce and can make the world a better place to live.”

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Being the change


Unique medical school program at UC Davis links community health with individual health.

UC Davis' TEACH-MS program is a natural fit for first-year medical student Diego Vargas, who wants to help both individuals and their communities.

UC Davis' TEACH-MS program is a natural fit for first-year medical student Diego Vargas, who wants to help both individuals and their communities.

For Diego Vargas, the “aha moment” came when he was as an undergraduate working in one of UC Davis’ student-run health clinics, serving primarily uninsured and often undocumented patients. Originally from Peru, and an undocumented immigrant himself, Vargas witnessed how health care disparities damage low-income communities in California.

“I saw a lot of poverty in Peru but couldn’t even imagine there were similar situations in the U.S.,” says Vargas. “Seeing this for the first time shocked me and made me think about why I wanted to become a doctor. It really pushed me in my studies.”

Vargas is now a first-year medical student in the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) Program at UC Davis, which prepares a new generation of physicians to care for medically underserved residents in urban settings. Six students are enrolled in the program, now in its third year at UC Davis.

The program is a natural fit for Vargas, who wants to help both individuals and their communities.

“In an urban environment, you can’t simply treat patients in isolation,” Vargas says. “You have to understand where they’re coming from – where they live.”

While the program is strong in fundamental medical education, it goes the extra mile to teach students how to disseminate health information while being sensitive to cultural and economic obstacles.

“We’re trying to bring specific health messages to entire communities,” says Vargas. “By addressing issues in the community, we hope that will narrow down to the individual. But it has to be realistic. If we emphasize nutrition, we can’t tell people to eat foods that are out of their price range.”

Given the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, nutritional education is high on the list. But there are other health issues that disproportionately strike urban neighborhoods such as cancer, heart disease and drug abuse. The program provides students with the tools to address these issues on both the community and individual levels to improve overall health.

“We are looking at the community and saying, ‘Okay, what can we do to help this person and also help the many others who are just like him?’,” says Vargas.

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Medical education team wins worldwide design challenge


UCSF team a winner in OpenIDEO/Mayo Clinic Challenge.

Emma Kahn, a longtime volunteer at UC San Francisco Medical Center, brightens the day of patient Robert Watson. (Photo by Susan Merrell, UCSF)

Emma Kahn, a longtime volunteer at UC San Francisco Medical Center, brightens the day of patient Robert Watson.

“How might we all maintain well-being and thrive as we age?”

This question was posed in a worldwide OpenIDEO/Mayo Clinic Challenge that produced 133 concepts and eventually six winners, including a team from UC San Francisco.

UCSF’s team ranked in the top three in terms of popularity and number of views to its proposal.

“Nine medical education staff decided to take on the challenge and over the course of two months they participated in a worldwide community who were inspiring, ideating, prototyping and refining solutions to the challenge,” said Kevin Souza, M.S., associate dean for medical education at UCSF. “Eventually the team coalesced around the solution titled ‘More than just a doctor’s visit, a bridge to wellness,’ which proposes a different approach to the learner-patient health care visit.”

The nine members of the UCSF group, all from the medical education staff in the School of Medicine, envisioned reshaping a doctor’s visit by creating a wellness team. Consisting of medical students and senior volunteers, the team members would serve as coaches for aging community members in inpatient settings, where they could talk about everything from prevention and nutrition to depression and other mental or emotional issues.

“My overall goal is to empower the staff to look at the system around them,” Souza said. “For example, if you’re at the front desk at the Student Affairs Center, how could it be better? We started training our staff in these skills, and I started looking for ways to practice them. This challenge came up and it was health-related, which fit beautifully with our focus.”

Souza invited his entire staff to participate if they wished. The nine members of the final team brought diverse skills and backgrounds. Their work is also directly tied into the UCSF Bridges Curriculum now being designed, which will allow medical students to learn systems improvement skills and work on quality improvement projects.

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Students get boost for medical school plans


UC Merced, Georgia Regents University partner on undergrad physician training program.

UC Merced senior Julio Flores spent part of the summer conducting research at Georgia Regents University as part of the Undergraduate Physician Scientist and Research Training (UPSTaRT) program.

UC Merced senior Julio Flores spent part of the summer conducting research at Georgia Regents University as part of the Undergraduate Physician Scientist and Research Training (UPSTaRT) program.

First, UC Merced senior Julio Flores wanted to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. Then, neurobiology called his name.

Now, after research experience in diabetes, he thinks that’s the field for him. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Flores just wants to help people.

“If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” he said.

Flores is one of four UC Merced students who spent this past summer interning at Georgia Regents University (GRU) as part of the Undergraduate Physician Scientist and Research Training (UPSTaRT) program. This opportunity to gain real-world skills was just one of many available to UC Merced’s talented undergraduates.

The joint program was funded for one year by both campuses to provide evidence of its value for a grant application to the National Institutes of Health, UC Merced professor Rudy Ortiz said. The grant wasn’t funded, though Ortiz is looking for external funding to keep UPSTaRT going.

The program provided UC Merced undergrads with an opportunity to conduct biomedical research at GRU during the summer and aims to increase the number of underrepresented and minority students who want to become physician-scientists.

After a weeklong bootcamp at UC Merced, the four students — Flores, Carly Stilphen, Beverly Li and Steven Duval Ruilova — headed to Georgia for research and workshops, and opportunities to develop their presenting skills and work in a hospital.

The students also interviewed with admissions officers for the medical school. Those sessions will serve as their interviews if they end up applying to GRU.

The program was a collaboration between Ortiz and Jennifer Pollock, professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the GRU M.D./Ph.D. program.

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UCSF first U.S. medical school to offer credit for Wikipedia articles


Course aims to teach students to increase reliability of medical information.

Amin Azzam will be teaching a UCSF course in which students will  contribute and edit medical information on Wikipedia.

Amin Azzam will be teaching a UCSF course in which students will contribute and edit medical information on Wikipedia.

UC San Francisco soon will be the first U.S. medical school at which medical students can earn academic credit for editing medical content on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is one of the most widely used medical references in the world and the most consulted source for many health topics. But medical entries can lack reliable sources and have gaps in content.

“Wikipedia generates more than 53 million page views just for articles about medications each month, and is second to Google as the most frequently used source by junior physicians,” said Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A., an associate clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and an instructor for the new class. “We’re recognizing the impact Wikipedia can have to educate patients and health care providers across the globe, and want users to receive the most accurate publicly available, sound medical information possible.”

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UCLA medical school gets some ‘TLC’ as campus breaks ground on center


Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences expected to be completed in 2016.

(From left) UCLA Dr. Margaret Stuber, Chancellor Gene Block, Dr. Eugene Washington and medical student Caroline Gross at the groundbreaking of the Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences. (Photo by Ann Johannson, UCLA)

(From left) UCLA Dr. Margaret Stuber, Chancellor Gene Block, Dr. Eugene Washington and medical student Caroline Gross celebrate the groundbreaking of the Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences.

A crowd of 70 guests gathered Sept. 25 at the intersection of Tiverton and Le Conte avenues for a festive groundbreaking ceremony for UCLA’s new Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences, or TLC.

Expected to be completed in 2016, the six-level, 110,000-square-foot building will enable the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to update its educational programs and improve teaching and learning. Campus leaders say the facility will serve as a magnet for recruiting medical students, staff and faculty.

Funding for the $120 million project will come from UCLA Health System reserves and philanthropic gifts. Plans call for environmentally friendly construction, and UCLA will apply for certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national rating system.

“Today really marks a milestone for medical education,” said Chancellor Gene Block. “This dazzling facility will transform the learning experience for our students and help shape future leaders in medicine, medical research and medical education.”

Describing the building’s environment as a welcoming hub for students to gather, as well as a place to think, Dr. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the Geffen School of Medicine, said, “This supportive setting will nurture big ideas that can change the way we teach and practice medicine.

“Our students are highly gifted and talented individuals who are deeply committed to medicine,” he said. “You are our inspiration and give us our energy and sense of urgency to complete this project.”

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Inside the first year of medical school


UCTV series looks at foundations for future health care providers.

Foundations for future health care providers on UCTVHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a first-year medical student? Are you planning to pursure a career in health care but want to learn more first? Learn from the same faculty who teach the fundamental concepts of medicine to first-year medical students at UC San Francisco. Take an exciting and in-depth look at the core concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

UCTV programs include:

Immunology 201: Application of the Basic Concepts to People
First air date: Oct. 1

Genes, Genomes and Human Disease, Part 2
First air date: Sept. 26

Genes, Genomes and Human Disease, Part 1
First air date: Sept. 24

Pharmacology: Bugs and Drugs, Part 2
First air date: Sept. 19

Pharmacology: Bugs and Drugs, Part 1
First air date: Sept. 16

Immunology 101: The Basics and Introduction to our Patient
First air date: Sept. 9

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