Dr. Annie Cowell–Our Newest Associate Program Director

Dear UCSD IM Residency Family,

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Annie Cowell! Dr. Cowell has been appointed as an Associate Program Director for our residency training program.

Dr. Cowell received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at University of Southern California, and her medical degree and Masters of Public Health in International Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital followed by fellowship in adult Infectious Diseases at UC San Diego. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health.  

Dr. Cowell is committed to the education of medical students, residents, and fellows and remains passionate about infectious diseases and global health. She is both the founder and Director of the Global Health Pathway and serves as Core Faculty for the ID fellowship program.  She participates in research on malaria with our partners in Mozambique and looks forward to building additional international educational partnerships across the border and around the world.  She is excited to work with everyone more in this new role.

Please also join me in thanking Dr. Charlie Goldberg for his service to the residency program! Dr. Goldberg served as an Associate Program Director since 2014.  Dr. Goldberg built our Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum and the BEAM (mini-MBA), as well as our Medical Mystery (patients with physical exam findings) and microaggressions curriculum.  Dr. Goldberg has ascended to the position of Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education for UCSD and will continue in the role of Core Faculty in the UCSD Internal Medicine Program.

THANK YOU Drs. Cowell and Goldberg!  We are so fortunate to have such amazing faculty support for our program!!!!



Annie Cowell, MD, MPH

NEJM Perspective on Women’s Health by Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel

“Championing the role of science as the route to better health remains essential to spurring new discoveries to advance women’s health.”

Cynthia A. Stuenkel, M.D., and JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Dr.P.H.

One of UCSD’s amazing endocrinologists, Dr. Cynthia Stuenkel, recently published a perspective for NEJM on the important advances in women’s health over the past 50 years. She discusses the milestones in women’s health from the 1970s to today from treatment of breast cancer to the coverage of mammograms under the Affordable Care Act.

While a lot of progress has been made, she notes that we have many more challenges to address and inequities to overcome to improve health care for everyone.

“Moving forward, it will be essential to recognize and study intersectional health disparities, including disparities based on sex, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, and disability status.”

Cynthia A. Stuenkel, M.D., and JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Check out the article here!

Advancing Women in Medicine Event June 10th! “Women Physicians and Mothers”

We are having our next Advancing Women in Medicine Event on June 10th from 6-7 PM via Zoom!

We will have two amazing panelists, Dr Darcy Wooten and Dr Trish Santos, share their approach to being a successful female physician and mother. They will address the obstacles they have encountered and the lessons and resources they have learned along the way!

This will be an open forum for you to ask any questions, but if you would like to submit any anonymously or before the event, please use this link! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZmZo4v9nvV5orr_nGqdferVS2GbuCDvidvE41aWnjQxx3xQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Zoom Link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/95835191284?pwd=Tk5yckVacFVHK0NiS2Z2MEVnS2xMQT09

Wed, 5/19/21–Residency Book Club! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Hello Everyone!

Happy Spring! We are so excited to announce that the UCSD IM Book Club is starting up again with the fabulous book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This non-fiction book tells the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks whose cervical cancer cells were the first to be grown in culture and are still being propagated today. These cells, known as HeLa cells by scientists, have been essential to many medical advancements from the polio vaccine to gene mapping. During the author’s research, she became close with Henrietta Lacks’ remaining family members uncovering an extraordinary history of human experimentation and medical ethics. Check out this link for a full review: https://bloom-obgyn.com/book-review-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-by-rebecca-skloot/

UCSD’s book club strives to encourage reading and foster rewarding discussions in a very laid-back setting. We invite anyone and everyone (including family and friends) to join us whether you have time to read the whole book or even just the first page! This book has also been made into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey, which is a great option to check out, if you aren’t able to pick up the book! The movie is available for streaming on HBO max.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30pm

Location: Mission Bay Park–2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. SD, CA 92109

Email Lizzy Hastie ehastie@health.ucsd.edu for more details!

We cannot wait to hang out and chat about this beautiful book with you soon!

Dr. Zea Borok – New Chair of the Department of Medicine

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Zea Borok as our new chair of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Borok is coming to UCSD from the University of Southern California where she served as Division Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Borok is widely recognized as an incredible researcher and leader with accolades from numerous national and international organizations. Throughout her career, Dr. Borok has emphasized mentoring students, trainees and faculty, with particular focus on advancing women in medicine. 

We are delighted to have such a remarkable woman at the helm of our department. We hope that you all have a chance to meet her soon! 

Women in Medicine Event: Women Leaders!

Last night, we were extremely lucky to have two amazing panelists join us to share their experiences on being successful women leaders. Our panelists included Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy and ranked #9 on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List in 2020, and Kavita Patel MD, primary care physician, venture capital partner of NEA, and previous Director of Policy of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the Obama Administration. Even though our fields may be different, and no career path is the same, they were able to speak on their important and unique perspectives on shared experiences we have all encountered as women in medicine and leadership! Some amazing messages from last night include, “be authentic”, “take pride being the only one in the room that looks like you”, “confidence comes from competence with a little bit of courage”, “advocating for yourself is not bragging”, “don’t be afraid to ask for help”, and “surround yourself around people that support you and challenge you!”

Thank you Corie and Kavita!

Resident Kudos–Elizabeth Epstein!

Amazing R1 (almost R2) Elizabeth Epstein has proven herself to be a champion of wellness. She has published a review paper reframing cardiac rehab as not only a means of increasing survival rates but also improving quality of life during those years! https://rdcu.be/b4KgR

That’s not all! She has also published an article giving us all a guide on how to maintain wellness in the COVID19 era. In the articles, she compares residency training to High Intensity Interval Training, and frames wellness as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read more here: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/covid-19-as-a-threat-to-wellness.html She did this all while being an amazing co-resident and physician!

Resident Kudos–Cathy Cichon!

Kudos to R2 Cathy Cichon for her amazing work while on her Hillcrest Emergency Department rotation!! She was recognized by her EM colleagues for her work ethic, skill set and determination. Congratulations Cathy and thank you for all of your hard work!