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November 2020
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Congratulations to Dr. Narain's on Her New Children's Book
The Cycle of a DreamCongratulations to GIM's Dr. Kimberly Narain on the publication of her new children's book, The Cycle of a Dream.  It's intention is described as: 

Kimberly Narain, MD, PhD"Throughout America’s history, people from all different backgrounds and racial groups have worked together to overcome racism and bring America closer to equal opportunity for everyone. But the effects of structural racism are still felt today in many ways, and people need to continue to work together to help make the American Dream a reality for everyone."

For more info and links to purchase, visit: 

Dr. Wells named Structural Racism and Health Equity Theme
Co-Chair for DGSOM
Lindsay Wells, MDDr. Lindsay Wells was named inaugural Structural Racism & Health Equity Theme Co-Chair at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with Dr. Shamsher Samra, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harbor UCLA. Drs. Wells will work together with all Block, Thread, Clerkship, Systems Based Healthcare and College Chairs to ensure a robust focus on anti-racism, structural and social determinants of health and health equity throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum. 

Dr. Wells is HS Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA.  Her clinical work is at the Redondo Beach Office. In the last eight years, she has championed efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse medical community at UCLA. Dr. Wells has served as a clinical lecturer and faculty advisor to the Alliance PBS Health Services Academy-UCLA Physician Shadow Program, contributing to the development of the curriculum, as well as mentoring high school aged participants, mainly students of color and/or students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. For the past several summers, she has served as a clinician preceptor for the UCLA PREP summer program, providing pre-medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds an array of clinical experiences while offering them assistance with medical school preparation.

In 2019, she worked on that committee creating educational materials for the Internal Medicine-Pediatric faculty on how to recognize implicit bias within the application process and how to conduct a holistic review of residency applications.  She has published on the importance of teaching advocacy in medical education and has co-authored a textbook chapter on addressing the social determinants of health.
GIM Opinions in the Media
Keith Norris, MDKeith C. Norris, MD
Clinicians need to improve care for patients in under-resourced communities
Nephrology News & Issues from Helio
October 2020

COVID-19, health disparities and the US election
with Cynthia Gonzalez
The Lancet
October 27, 2020


Janet Pregler, MDMaggie Cervantes and Janet Pregler, MD
El impacto del COVID-19 en Mujeres de Color en el Condado de Los Ángeles
(The Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color in Los Angeles County - English translation)
La Opinión 
October 19, 2020

Congratulations, Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa!
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, PhDYusuke Tsugawa, MD, PhD

"The Impact of Physician and Health System Factors on the Quality of Care for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias at the End of Life"

Sept 15, 2020 - May 31, 2021

GIM Seminars & Events

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Mitch Wong, MD, PhDThis Friday, November 6, 12pm
Mitchell Wong, MD, PhD

"Targeting social determinants of health: Schools as a platform for change"

Friday, November 13 - Michael Ong, MD, PhD
Friday, November 20 - Sae Takada, MD, PhD
Friday, November 27 - No seminar 

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

New Articles of General Interest

UpToDateOng MK, Pfeffer M, Mullur RS. Telehealth for Adults. In: UpToDate, Elmore JG (Ed).  UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2020.

JAMA NetworkEffects of Time-Restricted Eating on Weight Loss and Other Metabolic Parameters in Women and Men With Overweight and Obesity: The TREAT Randomized Clinical Trial
Lowe DA, Wu N, Rohdin-Bibby L, et al.  JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(11):1491–1499. 

Annals of Internal Medicine
The Productivity Requirements of Implementing a Medical Scribe Program
M. Reza Skandari, Sandra A. Ham, Wei Wei Lee, et al.  Annals of Internal Medicine 0;0 [Epub ahead of print 6 October 2020]
New GIM Publications
A 5-Year Single-Institution Experience Integrating Telehealth Into Urologic Care Delivery. Nourian A, Smith N, Kleinman L, Boxer R, Shelton JB.Telemed J E Health. 2020 Oct 30.  Online ahead of print.PMID: 33124957

A High Protein Calorie Restriction Diet Alters the Gut Microbiome in Obesity. Dong TS, Luu K, Lagishetty V, Sedighian F, Woo SL, Dreskin BW, Katzka W, Chang C, Zhou Y, Arias-Jayo N, Yang J, Ahdoot A, Li Z, Pisegna JR, Jacobs JP.Nutrients. 2020 Oct 21;12(10):3221.PMID: 33096810 Free PMC article.

Association of Veterans Affairs Primary Care Mental Health Integration With Care Access Among Men and Women Veterans.
Leung LB, Rubenstein LV, Post EP, Trivedi RB, Hamilton AB, Yoon J, Jaske E, Yano EM.JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Oct 1;3(10):e2020955.PMID: 33079197 Free PMC article.
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