Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research March 2019
2019 DMPG Retreat Report
Over 100 Division members attended the 3rd Annual Department of Medicine Professional Group Retreat at the Luskin Center on UCLA Westwood Campus on Saturday, February 23rd. Division member Jeff Borenstein, MD, MPH, (Porter Ranch) chaired a panel on quality initiatives for 2019. Maria Han, MD, MS, (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center), Chief Quality Officer for the DOM and Neil Wenger, MD, MPH, (Westwood/IMS) joined Dr. Fola May from the Division of Digestive Diseases to discuss the health maintenance module, a new initiative to improve colon cancer screening rates, and the new Advance Care Planning module in Care Connect.
Magdalena Ptaszny, MD, (Hospital Medicine), Chair of the DMPG Executive Board, introduced the luncheon speaker, Dr. Bob Wachter, Chair of Medicine at UCSF and one of the founders of the discipline of Hospital Medicine, who spoke about medicine in the digital age. Eve Glazier, MD, MBA (Santa Monica) also spoke at the luncheon, describing the role and function of the Faculty Practice Group. Dr. Glazier is current President of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group. A reception honoring Dr. Bill Reid completed the day.
Special thanks to all GIM/HSR division members who contributed to the success of the retreat, including Robert Oye, MD (Westwood/IMS), Arielle Sommer, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/IMS), and Janet Pregler, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/IMS) who co-chaired the retreat planning committee, and Mike Ong, MD, PhD (VA/Hospital Medicine), who chaired the GIM/HSR Division Meeting. Please contact Dr. Janet Pregler, firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas or suggestions for next year.
Other Division Members who presented workshops at the retreat included: Patrick Bui, MD (Hospital Medicine), Adam Cavallero, MD (Thousand Oaks/DOM Physician Informaticist), Nate Cox, MD (Hospital Medicine), Evelyn Curls, MD, (Redondo Beach/DOM Physician Informaticist) Eric Curcio, MD, (Santa Monica/Medicine and Pediatrics), Alex Milin, MD (Hospital Medicine), Gary Feigenbaum, MD (Hospital Medicine), Matt Dinolfo, MD (Santa Monica/Vice Chair for Community Practices) Ben Waterman, MD (Santa Monica/DOM Analytics), Rachel Brook MD (Westwood/Women’s Health Center/Hospital Medicine), Mina Ma, MD (Santa Monica/Westwood/Women’s Health Center), Anna Chirra, MD (Westwood/Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center/DOM Physician Informaticist), Sam Skootsky, MD (Westwood/IMS/CMO Faculty Practice Group), and Hawkin Woo, MD, (Westwood/DOM Physician Informaticist)
New GIM Honors
Dr. Keith Norris was invited to present the keynote address, "Preparing for Success and Unleashing your Personal Greatness," at the Annual Ernest Everett Just Symposium on Friday, February 22, 2019, on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina in historic Charleston, SC.
The symposium was established to celebrate the distinguished life of Dr. Ernest Everett Just, an African American scientist and Charleston native, who published over 50 papers between 1912 and 1937. The symposium, held every February in conjunction with Black Heritage Month, is aimed at recruitment and exposing undergraduates to Dr. Just through discussions of his research and presentations by scientists working in biomedical science.
Kimberly Narain MD, PhD, MPH; Haiyong Xu PhD; Francisca Azocar PhD and Susan L. Ettner PhD. Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb 7.
"We found that in many cases, racial/ethnic minorities had lower specialty behavioral health expenditures/utilization, relative to whites, primarily driven by differences in service penetration. Among women, relative to whites, Asian non-English speakers, Asian English speakers, Hispanic non-English speakers, Hispanic English speakers, and blacks had less in total expenditures. Socioeconomic status explained racial/ethnic differences in treatment intensity but not service penetration..."
Drs. Carole Warde (HPACT VA GLAHS), Allison Diamant, Alejandra Casillas, Kenrik Duru (GIM-HSR) and Christina Harris (Assoc. Prog. Dir, UCLA IM Residency & PACT WLA VA) at the 2019 Primary Care Retreat on February 22, 2019, in Santa Monica.