Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Monthly Newsletter
February 2021
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Hospitalist Spotlight: Dr. Veronica Ramierez
Veronica RamierezIn this month’s newsletter we are pleased to feature and thank Dr. Veronica Ramirez, our Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital and UCLA Downtown Hospitalist lead. Dr. Ramirez’s team of hospitalists have been instrumental in helping at MLK Hospital throughout the pandemic, often times signing up for additional coverage.  She and her team have also provided critically needed care at Dignity California Hospital as well, another facility hit particularly hard by Covid-19. As noted by Dr. Lazarus, “Veronica has been a great leader and role model throughout. She is also a vocal advocate for the Latinx community where she devotes hours to help many understand the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination.”  We are so honored to have you as a member of GIM! Thank you for all of your hard work!
Residents Win at SGIM CA-HI Regional Meeting

Kokaly PosterAlex Kokaly, 1st Place Winner, Clinical Vignette: "Septic arthritis with Mycoplasma hominis in a patient on high-dose steroids and rituximab"
Rebecca Tsevat, 2nd Place Winner, Scientific Abstract: "Assessing healthcare transition milestones in college youth with type 1 diabetes"
Adam Custer, 3rd Place Winner, Clinical Vignette: Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Patients Presenting with SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Incidental Finding or Pathological Process? 

 Tsevat PosterCuster Poster

Congrats to all!   (Click poster thumbnail photo to read larger version)


SPIRIT K12 Award Open for New Cohort Applications
SPIRIT K12The Request of Applications (RFA) for our 2nd cohort of scholars for our AHRQ-PCORI K12 program in learning health systems are now available here.

This unique partnership among UCLA, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will collaboratively support mentored postdoctoral research career development for clinicians or non-clinicians. Scholars are appointed for 2 years, and will be provided each year with salary support up to $90,000 with 75% effort and $25,000 in research support for patient-centered outcomes research conducted within learning health systems.

Applications due February 28.  Contact Michael Ong or Michael Gould for additional details or visit our new web page at
UCLA/Los Angeles INSPIRE Covid Study Now Enrolling
INSPIRE covid studyA new CDC-funded study, Innovative Support For Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infections Registry (INSPIRE), is enrolling now.  Led by GIM's Drs. Joanne Elmore, Lauren Wisk, & Doug Bell, the study will look at the long-term physical and mental effects of COVID-19 using innovative technology and electronic health record data in research.  

Participants must be 18 years or older; Suspected symptoms of COVID-19; Tested for COVID-19 within the past 28-days (regardless of test result), and have access to an internet connected device such as a smart phone, tablet or computer. 

Full details & enrollment info: 

Congratulations on Newly Funded Awards!

David EisenmanA team of 10 UCLA professors, including GIM's David Eisenman, has received 2-year award for a project that will combine their expertise in engineering, urban planning, public health and environmental law to address the rapid increase in the number of extreme heat days in Los Angeles.

The project, called Heat Resilient L.A., will over the next two years determine where and when people moving around the city are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat — a problem being caused by climate change — and assess which communities most need cooling interventions.

More details in this UCLA Newsroom release.

GIM Seminars & Events

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Today! Friday, February 5 - Chelsea Shover, PhD
"Rising Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths in the Western US: Key Populations, Policy Strategies, and Overlapping Epidemics"

February 12 - Neil Wenger, MD
February 19 - Ka-Kit Hui, MD
February 26 - David Goodman-Meza, MD

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

New GIM Publications

Patient Portal Use Near the End-of-Life. Portz JD, Powers JD, Baldwin M, Bekelman DB, Casillas A, Kutner JS, Bayliss E.J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Jan 27. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06333-9. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33506403 No abstract available.
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Black History Month

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