Office of Continuing Medical Education highlight

Posted by Fred on February 15th, 2013 in General | No comments »

Through an agreement with the Office of Medical Education (OME) and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME), UC Davis medical students are invited to attend local UC Davis Health System Continuing Medical Education conferences for free. To encourage student participation, OME has agreed to pay for the student’s conference meals and OCME will waive the tuition for current UC Davis medical students. It is a great way to hear outstanding UC Davis faculty describe the latest diagnostic and treatment options in a multitude of specialties and to network with some of the outstanding professionals in the health-care field. Interested students should visit the OCME website at CME on the intranet) for a list of upcoming conferences and to register. Of course, students are always welcom to attend department grand rounds and should check them out when thinking about a focus area for their residency program. Department grand round schedules are also posted on the OCME website.

This year, we are very pleased to offer continuing education for participants at the Integrating Quality Symposium: Linking Clinical and Educational Excellence on March 12, 2013. Physician Credit: The University of California, Davis Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AMA PRA Category 1 credit acceptable for multidisciplinary team members included nurses, physician assistants, veterinarians and pharmacists. Further details are noted on the Symposium web page link above.



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2013 and beyond

Posted by Fred on January 25th, 2013 in General | No comments »

To my UC Davis Health System colleagues:

Now more than ever we want to invest in ourselves, in clinical excellence, in high-impact research and research training, and innovative health-science education. Of course, these lofty goals come at a time when the University of California is being asked to change how we do business. I see us managing all of these tensions together so that we continue to make a big difference in our communities. This unified approach supports Strategy 6.3 of the health system’s Strategic Plan: Transparent, Strategic Decision-Making.

The rewards and resources are constantly changing. For a good read on managing change in both your work and life, I recommend “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

I enjoy our UC Davis family and trust us to work together.

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Preparing for LCME

Posted by Fred on January 23rd, 2013 in General | No comments »

This short note shares progress on the School of Medicine’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) preparations. We are in the last phase of preparations, also known as the self-study, for the LCME site visit in January 2014. Over the last two years, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Mark Servis and his team in the Office of Medical Education have been focused on quality improvement of our curricula and infrastructure. He has formed six subcommittees that will analyze the LCME, including institutional setting, educational programs, student admissions, services and learning environment, faculty, educational resources, and learning pathways. These subcommittees will provide the in-depth analysis needed to fulfill LCME oversight.

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Happy New Year!

Posted by Fred on January 22nd, 2013 in General | No comments »

It’s my great pleasure to kick off the New Year by recognizing some of the outstanding discovery done by UC Davis Health System researchers. Three UC Davis MIND Institute research studies are included in the Top 10 Autism Research Achievements of 2012 as identified by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy and research organization. Jeanne Conry, associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recently honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental health champion for her national leadership to advance understanding of the risk to reproductive health of exposures to environmental toxins.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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A thank you note

Posted by Fred on November 20th, 2012 in General | No comments »

It was publicly announced yesterday that my colleague, Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, will be stepping down from her position as Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. Claire and I have worked together for many years. I value her mentorship and career development.

I have admired her passion for social justice and advancing health for all. Her leadership has raised the bar for UC Davis Health System, with record high research funding and programs that make a difference in our community, to name a few of her accomplishments. I know she will make a difference in our nation’s health care system. I look forward to hearing about her accomplishments in the coming years.

As noted in the public announcements, a transition plan will be announced. Change isn’t easy, but the good news is that UC Davis Health System is poised to achieve even greater heights, thanks to Claire Pomeroy.

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On the money …

Posted by Fred on October 25th, 2012 in General | No comments »

This part of the following Hospitals & Health Network article, Steering Med Students into General Practice, by David Ollier Weber, provides a positive snapshot of UC Davis School of Medicine:

“Each year, the Association of American Medical Colleges surveys the new class of matriculating students nationwide on a variety of subjects, including what influenced them in their decisions to become doctors. In 2011 — the most recent survey — four in seven cited as a positive motivation “anticipated salary.”

To be fair, the remainder said money was not a lure, and many more — almost 80 percent — declared that the “competitiveness/challenge” of medicine had been a major attractant. (The listed career influences were not mutually exclusive.) Besides, says Tonya Fancher, M.D., of the University of California Davis School of Medicine, the lucrative options in business and finance available to the kind of top academic performers who opt for medical schools suggest that, “If your goal is to make a lot of money, medicine is not really the way to go.”

Fancher, a primary general internist and educator herself, knows whereof she speaks. And she has a strong reason for hoping her students aren’t just motivated by the big bucks. She directs the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students program at Davis, whose focus is expanding medical student interest and involvement in serving inner-city populations. She’s also the associate director for curriculum for the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME program, which is similarly oriented toward encouraging primary care careers in rural areas.

Davis has long been a medical school with an emphasis on graduating primary care physicians. But efforts to steer more students into primary care — internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology — despite the allure of such better paid specialties as neurosurgery, cardiology or urology, are in full swing across the country, according to Carol Aschenbrener, chief medical education officer at the AAMC in Washington, DC.

Clinical experience in primary care and ambulatory settings is now a requirement at all U.S. schools, she points out. Eighty of them have clinical campuses in smaller cities where students can gain exposure to the relationship-based satisfactions of primary care — as opposed, she notes, to the usually briefer, shallower and more intermittent patient contacts that characterize most specialty practices.”

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Helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Posted by Fred on October 4th, 2012 in General | No comments »

I asked Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Program Director, UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME, to share our recent good news about scholarships for medical students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In the words of Dr. Fancher:

With the support of a recently announced $2.5 million Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the UC Davis School of Medicine can provide increased numbers of scholarships to disadvantaged students with the greatest financial need, thereby addressing one of the major barriers to pursing an advanced degree in medicine.

Underserved communities are at risk for sub-optimal health due in part to inadequate and unequal distribution of primary care physicians and a primary care physician workforce that fails to reflect the community demographic. UC Davis School of Medicine’s community-oriented program locates learning within rural (Rural PRIME), urban (TEACH-MS) and San Joaquin Valley (UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME) medically underserved communities, prioritizes diversity and inclusion, and builds upon local expertise in inter-professional care and cultural humility.

In addition, the School of Medicine will:

  • expand the range of outreach and recruitment programs that enhance the pipeline toward medical school admissions;
  • enhance its array of support services to ensure that students complete medical school and achieve success on their path toward graduation, residency and clinical practice;
  • continue to implement existing recruitment and retention programs and services; and
  • strengthen and expand upon existing programs to expose and encourage students to choose primary care careers and/or to practice in medically underserved communities.

This grant recognizes the School of Medicine’s successes to date in recruiting disadvantaged and under-represented minority students and the great philanthropic support from our communities including the alumni association and generous donors in our region.

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New perspectives on health informatics

Posted by Fred on August 29th, 2012 in General | 2 comments »

UC Davis has developed a great reputation for Health Informatics in many ways, from a highly ranked EHRR system at UC Davis Medical Center, to leadership of Telehealth services throughout the State of California (and a new building to house it officially opening in October!), as well as a graduate group program to educate the next generation. The Institute of Population Health Improvement recently landed a $30 million contract to manage the California Cancer Registry.

In an effort to bring our collective efforts to the next level, the schools of health leaders came together this summer to launch a search for a new Director of Health Informatics Research. This new position will lead the Health System research and education efforts to develop and integrate innovative technologies; integrate large-scale electronic health records, disease registries, human genomics content, and other data repositories; advance telehealth through research and education to extend excellence in care to rural and underserved communities; create, apply and disseminate knowledge about population health and informatics; and foster inter-professional and interdisciplinary research and education approaches to resolve address health issues.

Meanwhile, with an eye to the future of educating the next generation of Health Informaticists, Dr. Edward “Ted” Shortliffe will visit UC Davis on September 18 and 19. Dr. Shortliffe is a professor at Columbia University and a nationally recognized leader in Health Informatics education.  UC Davis colleagues are welcome to join the following discussions on Wed., Sept. 19, 2012 in the Education Building:

  • 8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – The Role of Informatics in interprofessional education; GME, Strategic Plan Goal 3 and Goal 8.2
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Informatics Clinical Research and Improving Quality of Care, Strategic Plan Goal 8.2
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – IT Foundations
  • 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Lecture (open to all) The Future of Biomedical Informatics: A Perspective from Academia, Lecture Hall 1222
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.–Research Informatics at UC Davis, Strategic Plan Goal 4 and Goal 8
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.–Pre-review of Graduate Group in Informatics self-study

If you are interested in attending any or all sessions, please email Kristy Bird Trouchon at before Sept. 14.

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  • rheyankaj

    I agree completely with the event, the search for a new Director of Health Informatics Research. This new position will lead the Health System research and education efforts to develop and integrate innovative technologies, and my expectations as a public person is chosen later hopefully Director is someone who really has the quality and quantity is ready.

  • samborfc1

    Hopefully the appointment of a new Director of Health Informatics Research will do some good.


Posted by Fred on August 14th, 2012 in General | No comments »

I don’t take vacation often and as my wife would say, I should take more time off. This past week, Linda and I went hiking in the Pacific Northwest. We were completely unplugged. It was refreshing. Work-life balance is important for all of us, whether we’re students or faculty. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend taking time to be in nature. As Jack Johnson says in one of his songs, “The wisdom is in the trees and not the glass windows.” The trees we enjoyed were 300 years old in the Olympic Peninsula Rain Forest.

I encourage you to check out the UC Davis Health System news section and read about the new Integrating Quality course taught by an interprofessional team of faculty from the schools of Medicine and Nursing. An AAMC workshop was conducted on Holistic Admissions, where a team of faculty, students and staff learned ways to align the School of Medicine process with the vision of UC Davis Health System.

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Welcome to the second class of SJV PRIME students

Posted by Fred on July 25th, 2012 in General | No comments »

Advancing health in the San Joaquin Valley has been a great concern for many people, particularly those who live there and experience the need for better care. Access to care, due in part to a lack of practicing physicians in the region, is part of the problem. UC Merced, in a joint partnership with UC Davis and UCSF-Fresno, established the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME) several years ago in an effort to educate and encourage medical students to deliver care in the Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley PRIME came one step closer toward addressing the need for better access to care by welcoming the new cohort of students. I’d like to welcome the second cohort of 6 students, who join the first group, affectionately called the Valley Five:

  • Fabian Alberto from Soledad
  • Karina Martinez Juarez from Ceres
  • Filmon Mehanzel from Tracy
  • Kristine Ongaigui from Fresno
  • Maricela Rangel-Garcia from Clovis
  • Katy Ruch from Fresno

These students will begin their medical education at UC Davis and complete year 3 at UCSF –Fresno. As we hold our Induction Ceremony (also called the White Coat Ceremony) this weekend, I will welcome these students and their classmates with Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire Pomeroy and all our faculty.

You can read more about this second class in the press release. As I’m quoted in the press release as saying, this class reflects the realization of the missions of PRIME, educating a diverse, professional work force who can serve the communities of California and improve both health care and population health. These students could have chosen many other medical schools. We are proud to have attracted such a fine group who are committed to our program’s success. We are confident that they, like the Valley 5, will make lasting contributions to the long-term success of the program.

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