5/26 Noon Conference: Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis with Dr. Laniado-Laborin

For noon conference today we were lucky to be joined by Dr. Rafael Laniado-Laborin, the head of the Tuberculosis Clinic and Laboratory in Tijuana as well as a Professor in the TJ medical school (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California). He led us though a topic that is highly relevant to our practice – the diagnosis and treatement of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. He used two cases of real patients from his clinic to highlight alternative regiments available to patients with drug resistant TB strains.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic and the work Dr. Laniado-Laborin does, check out these lecture recordings from a recent talk he gave to the UCSD ID department. The first lecture focuses on diagnosis and test interpretation, and the second on treatment of MDR-TB.

MDR-TB Recordings

Global Health Simulations!

This week our Global Health pathway held another joint simulation with our colleagues from OB/GYN, EM, and surgery. This time, our interdisciplinary teams triaged the care of a 19-year-old pregnant woman who presented with fever, HA, vomiting and fatigue for the past several days. Fleeing violence in her native Sudan, the patient had recently arrived in a Ugandan refugee camp (in a malaria-endemic region). The patient was critically ill and altered but astute investigations by our teams discovered the cause: malaria. Shortly thereafter, the patient suffered a tonic-clonic seizure and coded (sequela of cerebral malaria). The team performed a resuscitative hysterotomy and delivered a live infant. 

Following the simulation, we discussed the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria. We also discussed the multiorgan failure that accompanies the most severe malaria cases, including cerebral malaria, the most severe consequence of Plasmodium falciparum. Finally, we discussed the role of resuscitative hysterotomy (aka “perimortem c-section”) and why removal of the fetus from a gravid uterus is potentially lifesaving for both mother and neonate (if viable). Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is less effective in the third trimester because of aortocaval compression, and the procedure should be done regardless of viability of infant for maternal benefit.

Kudos to Ian Drobish for representing Internal Medicine and using his training to make an early diagnosis of malaria!

New Pathway Participants 2020-21

Congratulations to all our pathway participants for our upcoming academic year!

Primary Care

  • Stacy Han (R1)
  • Jessica Hansen (R1)
  • Allison Yip (R1)

Hospital Med

  • Nick Flores (R1)
  • Thejas Kamath (R1)

Global Health

  • Jed Bell (M/P R1)
  • Randall Blankers (R1)
  • Elena Cutting (R1)
  • David Hibbert (R1)
  • Samara Sorus (M/P R1)

RACE Track

  • Tally Buckstaff (R1)
  • Soumya Kurnool (R1)
  • Mehul Trivedi (R1)
  • Edward Wang (R1)
  • Kendel Flegenheimer (R2)
  • Erin Roberts (R2)
  • Revathy Sampath-Kumar (R2)

Integrative Med

  • Anna Armitage (R1)
  • Amy Guzdar (R1)
  • Allison Ibarra (R1)
  • Annie Ondracek (M/P R1)
  • Kevin Sung (R1)
  • Allison Yip (R1)
  • Neena Iyer (R2)
  • Ambika Munaganuru (R3)

Pathway Applications – 2020

Hi everyone,

We are excited to announce that the applications for all our pathways are open!

This includes the following pathways:

– Global Medicine Pathway

– Hospital Medicine Pathway

– Integrative Medicine Pathway.

– Primary Care Pathway

– RACE (Residents As Clinician Educators) Track

The deadline is November 20th at 11:59pm PST. You may apply to as many of them as you would like, and we will work with you to match into one of them based on competitiveness, interest, and fit. Please note that you may do the Integrative Medicine Pathway concurrently with another pathway.

Please read the application requirements carefully (listed at the bottom of each google form) to ensure that you submit the required documents before the application deadline!

Global Medicine Pathway:


Hospital Medicine Pathway:


Integrative Medicine Pathway:


Primary Care Pathway:


Residents As Clinician Educators (RACE) Track


If you missed the pathway interest meeting, you can hear a bit about each pathway https://ucsdim.com/pathway-interest-session/ or review more on our blog under the ‘prospective residents’ heading, then ‘residency pathways’ here: https://ucsdim.com/residency-pathways/.

Feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you!

Luke Webster, CMR

Pathway Interest Meeting–10/21/20

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Pathway Interest Meeting! I have attached a link to the 30 minute introduction video as well as documents that were presented during the meeting for those of you who were not able to attend. 

Applications are being finalized as we speak! We will send a consolidated email in the next 1-2 weeks containing all pathway application forms and final application details. 

If you have any questions regarding specific pathways, please reach out to the chief in charge of your pathway!

Hospital Medicine: DJ

Global Health: Alex

Integrative Medicine: Samantha

Primary Care: Luke

RACE track: Nick

Pathway Session Video: 

Pathway Information on the Blog:

Please reach out with any questions!


Luke Webster

Global Health Simulation!

Mandy Mohindra and Ian Drobish, our inaugural Global Health Pathway residents, participated in an interdepartmental simulation with fellow Emergency, Surgery, and OB/GYN residents. The simulation centered on a patient presenting with profound dehydration from a diarrheal illness. The resident teams had to manage the resuscitation while figuring out the underlying etiology (cholera!) and overcoming a twist – the patient was also pregnant. 

The teams then participated in a socially distanced debrief and dinner while discussing the realities of providing medical care in under-resourced settings. The session ended with skills stations which taught trainees how to establish intraosseous access (without an EZ-IO device!), calculate fluid drip rates for IV medications, and mix-up homemade oral rehydration solution. Thank you, Ian and Mandy, for representing our program and bringing your A game!

MTC 4/21: Diarrhea in HIV patients

Today our amazing Med/Peds PGY3, Jack Strutner, led us through a case he saw in Mozambique at his time at Maputo General Hospital.  His patient was a young man with HIV who came in with subacute diarrhea with profuse bloody bowel movements and a fever. He was found to be severely volume depleted and with an AKI on exam. We worked through our diagnostic schema and work-up of diarrhea in an HIV patient, focusing on infectious etiologies. Our expert discussant from Infectious Diseases, Dr. Stephen Rawlings, helped further flesh out our differential for these patients and discussed ARV side effects. We then discussed the differences in work-up approaches for patients in resource poor settings vs here in the US, with the main difference being more focus on stabilization and resuscitation with empiric antibiotics and less so on diagnostic tests. The patient unfortunately passed which we discovered is sadly a common scenario on a global scale, highlighting the importance of ongoing global efforts to improve water supply and sanitation in disease prevention.

Take away points:

1) Remember to take a thorough history regarding diarrhea onset, characteristics (volume, content, frequency) and associated symptoms

2) ARVs, particularly protease inhibitors, integrase inhibitors and  Zidovudine (causing acute pancreatitis) may be the cause of diarrhea in some HIV patients

3) Diarrheal illness is still a leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in resource poor nations

Thank you again to Dr. Strutner for a thought provoking case, and to Dr. Rawlings for always providing great teaching! We hope to hear from our colleagues in Maputo sometime again soon!