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June 2021
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Next Friday, June 18: 4th Martin F. Shapiro HSR Symposium 

Focused on the Health and Healthcare of Disadvantaged Populations
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In honor of the leadership, inspiration and scholarship of Martin F. Shapiro
An Annual Health Services Research Symposium

A full day of hybrid in-person and webinar talks presented by
UCLA and Visiting Professors, including Dr. Shapiro

With a keynote address by Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Featuring a panel discussion on how UCLA Health can improve health equity in LA including 
Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, Chief, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
UCLA Hospital & Clinic System
Full Agenda

Friday June 18th, 2021, 8:00 am-2:00pm
including lunch for in-person attendees
Luskin Conference Center | Centennial Ballroom | 425 Westwood Plaza

Faculty & fellows can RSVP in-person attendance by Friday 6/11 to:

 Zoom web link for remote attendees will follow shortly

New Health Equity Research Tool from GIM

Christina Harris MDGIM's Dr. Christina Harris and Dr. Enrico Castillo (UCLA Psychiatry) recently published a paper describing their new Health Equity Research Impact Assessment. This assessment, which draws on existing research impact assessments and health disparities research measures and frameworks,  is meant to be a practical tool to help examine a study’s impact on health equity.  The paper describes how the tool was developed and how it may be used by research reviewers, researchers, academic institutions, and funding agencies to elevate health equity in medical science.

Dr. Skinner Named Interim Associate Dean, GME and Acting DIO
Lisa Skinner, MDAssociate Clinical Professor Dr. Lisa Skinner has agreed to serve as Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the DGSOM at UCLA and Acting Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for UCLA Medical Center, beginning June 30.  Dr. Skinner has been a key leader in GME at UCLA for 18 years.  She served as the Associate Program Director for our Internal Medicine residency, assuming the Program Director role in 2019. Dr. Skinner joined the Dean’s Office in 2016 and has served as a resource to residents, fellows, program leaders, and faculty.  Dr. Skinner guided our institution through an unprecedented virtual recruitment season and helped our training programs navigate the pandemic.  Congratulations on this new role, Dr. Skinner!
GIM Trainees Making News

Carlos Oronce MDNearly $500 million is spent a year on 31 million preventive medical services, including heart disease screening for low-risk adults and cancer screenings for adults over a certain age, which are considered "low value," according to a new study first-authored by NCSP scholar fellow, Dr. Carlos Irwin Oronce, along with GIM collaborators Drs. John Mafi, Joe Ladapo and Catherine Sarkisian.

The article, The Utilization and Costs of Grade D USPSTF Services in Medicare, 2007-2016, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, generated interest from media outlets including Cardiovascular Business and Becker's Hospital Review.

Welcome New GIM Program Staff

Dennis Mahaketa joins the National Clinician Scholars Program staff as Program Coordinator.  He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology from UCSD, where he served as Vice Chair of the University Center's Advisory Board.  He has also worked in film & TV production.

Anais Gascon joins as the Program Coordinator for the DOM Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Anais earned her BA in Communication from UCLA.  She previously worked at the Hammer Museum in communications and managed social media for UCLA’s student government.

New INSPIRE (Innovative Support for Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infections Registry, PI Dr. Joann Elmore) study staff

Michelle L'Hommedieu, Ph.D. is new lead Research Coordinator. Working under Dr. Elmore, Dr. L'Hommedieu will manage day-to-day operations. She previously managed research and evaluation projects at USC and Washington University in St. Louis.
Lourdes Ivette Markison joins as Research Coordinator in Marketing & Recruitment. With a B.A. in Chicano Studies from Berkeley and with many years of experience in healthcare settings, Lourdes will help reach the target diverse study population.
Christopher Chandler will serve as Research Assistant. He will maintain the participant dashboard, facilitate enrollment, and support outreach and recruitment. He spent the past year aiding Covid-19 testing and vaccination efforts.

More info on INSPIRE for interested providers & patients

New Funding Awards in GIM

Neil Wenger, MD
NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship
HRSA | T32 training program | 07/01/21-06/30/26

Carolyn Crandall, MD
COcoa Supplement and Multivitamins Outcomes Study (COSMOS): Effects on Falls and Physical Performance
NIH/NIA | R01 subaward | 05/15/2021-02/28/2025

Joann Elmore, MD
Reader Accuracy in Pathology Interpretation and Diagnosis: Perception and Cognition (RAPID-PC)
NIH/NCI | R01 Supplement | 06/01/2021 - 05/31/2022

GIM Seminars & Events

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Melissa Wei, MDThis Friday, June 11
Melissa Wei, MD, MPH

Multimorbidity Progression, Preventable Hospital Admissions and ED visits: Role of Continuity Care Office Visits

June 18 - David Goodman-Meza
June 25 - Anne Walling

Live streaming webinar & phone conference line: | Password: uclagim
(669) 900-6833, Meeting ID 588 355 752



Our first group of RCMAR CHIME scientists from 2002-03 will talk about the beginning, their career path and decision points along the way, and where they are today: Arleen Brown, MD, PhD, FACP at UCLA - Medicine;  Marie Fongwa, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN at APU - Nursing; Leo Morales, MD, PhD at UW – Medicine

Current scientists project presentations: Michelle Keller, PhD at Cedars-Sinai; Roch Nianogo, PhD at UCLA FSPH; Mienah Sharif, PhD at UCLA FSPH & more

Register here by June 16 | More info visit:

Women’s Health Education & Research Center 2020-21 Graduate Interns of the Year
Zaira RamirezJennycel BiancoAnnual awards were presented virtually to Zaira Ramirez and Jennycel Birondo, students in the MPH program at CSU Long Beach. Interning virtually gave them the opportunity to attend community meetings and events, as well as meet community partners. Jennycel works as a Tobacco Cessation Specialist.  She tells us "I received constant encouragement, support, guidance, and validation for my work. It was a safe environment to ask questions and seek advice. I learned much from community agencies and women’s health leaders." Zaira is a Health Educator at CalOptima. She shares, "The skills and knowledge I developed in this internship enhanced my resume and made me more competitive in the field. I had the opportunity to work beyond my comfort level and grow.”
GIM Award Winners at the SGIM National Meeting
Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Best Oral Abstract Award
Lisa Mansfield, PhD, MSN, RN (NCSP Scholar fellow)
"COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptability and Hesitancy in Multiethnic Communities in Los Angeles County”

Distinguished Professor of Health Equity Best Poster Award
Carlos Oronce, MD, MPH (NCSP Scholar fellow)
“Interventions to Address Food Insecurity Among Adults: A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis

Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine Best Oral Abstract Award
Melissa Wei, MD, MPH, MS
“Multimorbidity and 30-day Readmissions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Using a New ICD-coded Multimorbidity-weighted Index”

Distinguished Professor of Hospital Medicine Best Poster Award
Evan Shannon, MD, MPH 
“Investigating Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Interhospital Transfer at a Major Academic Health Care System”

New GIM Presentations & Publications
Risk of Subsequent Fractures in Postmenopausal Women After Nontraumatic vs Traumatic Fractures. Crandall CJ, Larson JC, LaCroix AZ, et al.JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Jun 7.PMID: 34096979. 
Accompanying Editorial: Schafer AL, Shoback DM.
A Distinction Without a Difference—Does It Matter Whether Fractures Are Nontraumatic or Traumatic?
 JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 07, 2021. 

Blanco, L. R., Baker, J. A., Friedman, J. A., Singh, K. T., Brown, A. F., Moon, S. D., Carson, S. L., Hsu, A., & Pregler, J.. (2020).
Perspectives on finances and mental health status among Low-income Los Angeles LatinasJournal of Financial Therapy, 11(2). doi:10.4148/1944-9771.1221

Chen KL, Chen K, Holaday L, Lopez L. Assessing Concordance Across Nonprofit Hospitals' Public Reporting on Housing as a Community Health Need in the Era of the Affordable Care Act. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021. doi:10.1097/PHH.0000000000001357. 

Exploring expanded interdisciplinary roles in goals of care conversations in a national goals of care initiative: A qualitative approach. Ma JE, Haverfield M, Lorenz KA, ... , Walling AM, Giannitrapani KF.Palliat Med. 2021 Jun 3:2692163211020473. doi: 10.1177/02692163211020473. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34080488
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