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April 2022
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GIM-HSR Presentations at SGIM National Meeting

SGIM meetingBelow are our presentations at the SGIM National meeting in Orlando this week.  Click anywhere on the schedule to open a larger version. 

Please try to attend our trainees' posters and presentations to support them! 

All UCLA SGIM attending the meeting are invited to dinner this Thursday at 7:30pm at Columbia Restaurant Celebration (649 Front St.).  RSVP to


GIM at SGIM 2022

Dr. Oronce Wins 2022 SGIM Best Published Paper

Carlos Oronce MDCurrent VA HSR& D fellow and NCSP alumni, Dr. Carlos Oronce's paper “The Utilization and Costs of Grade D USPSTF Services in Medicare, 2007–2016,” was chosen as the winner of the 2022 SGIM Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award. The award, which will be presented this Saturday morning at the SGIM meeting, aims to highlight outstanding scholarship that advances generalist research.

The selection committee noted, "Your paper highlighted just how much Medicare spends on low-value and potentially harmful care. This paper has had a clear impact—it has been well-received by USPSTF, and the US Department of Health and Human Services cited it when making tangible policy changes. The committee congratulates you and your team on your outstanding effort and applauds your commitment to exceptional scholarship."

The paper's authors also included GIM's Dr. Catherine Sarkisian with Dr. John Mafi as senior author.

Congratulations, Dr. Oronce!

Dr. Brown Elected SGIM Secretary 
Arleen Brown, MDGIM's Dr. Arleen Brown has been elected Secretary of the Society of General Internal Medicine Council.  The management of the Society, including oversight of the National Office and its staff, is vested in its Council, which consists of the officers, and six members of the Society elected as At-Large Members.  Her three-year term begins with the 2022 annual meeting.

Congratulations, Dr. Brown!
Congratulations on New Funding Awards in GIM

PI: Alejandra Casillas
NIH-NIMHD National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities K23 award "TELE Para DM: Telemedicine Equity for Limited English Proficient Patients with Diabetes Mellitus in the Safety Net

PI: Alice Kuo
David and Lucille Packard Foundation grant
"Ongoing Implementation of the Early Development Instrument"
12/1/2021 - 11/30/2022

PI: David E. Hayes-Bautista
The California Endowment grant
"Environmental Scan of Latinx Leadership in the HealthCare Sector Organizations in the County of Los Angeles"

PI: David Zingmond
One Legacy foundation grant
"California OSHPD PDD and EDD Data Analysis to Determine Organ Donor Potential in California"
02/01/2022 - 01/31/2023

Featured New GIM Publication

This study showed that healthcare screening rates were reduced during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic and did not fully recover to pre-pandemic rates by July 2020. Changes in health screening rates before and during the pandemic were evaluated using quality measures for colon cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes Hgb A1C, diabetes eye, and diabetes nephropathy monitoring. Compared to pre-pandemic rates, completion of all health screenings declined during the stay-at-home period. Future research should aim to clarify the long-term impacts of delayed health screenings. New interventions should be considered for expanding remote preventative health services.

New GIM Publications

What Drives Women Veterans' Trust in VA Healthcare Providers? Carlson GC, Than CT, Rose D, Brunner J, Chanfreau-Coffinier C, Canelo IA, Klap R, Bean-Mayberry B, Agrawal A, Hamilton AB, Gerber MR, Yano EM.Womens Health Issues. 2022 Mar 30:S1049-3867(22)00013-5. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2022.02.004. Online ahead of print.PMID: 35367107
Reminder to Faculty: Professional Development Portal

DGSOM’s Faculty Professional Development Portal aims to connect you with resources faculty need related to teaching, research and creativity, clinical skills, and service as well as career development, mentorship, leadership development, and justice, equity, and diversity inclusion. The Portal is updated regularly.

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