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

KUDOS galore for Dr. Mehul Trivedi!

One of our amazing 2nd year residents deserves a huge shout-out for going above and beyond to care for a patient in clinic this past week! If you see him around, make sure to give him a kudos high-five (or air-five)!

Thank you for being a rockstar, and congratulations on being done with intern year! You are going to be an outstanding role model for the new interns!

Kudos to Inna!

A huge shoutout to Inna Blyakhman, one of our incoming interns, who was featured in a recent TIME article sharing the stories of medical trainees personally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In her segment, Inna detailed her parents’ battles with COVID-19. She eloquently described her perspectives and lessons she learned from the experience.

We are truly lucky to have her onboard. Welcome to the UCSD Internal Medicine family, Inna!

Congratulations 2021 Research Resident Winners!

Please congratulate the following Resident Research Symposium Finalists!!! The presentations were AMAZING!

**Ana Lucia Fuentes Baldarrago–DOM GR 6/2/2021

**Mitch Biermann–DOM GR 5/19/2021

Sonya John

**Revathy Sampath Kumar–DOM GR 6/2/2021

Aaron Lee

**Praneet Mylavarapu–DOM GR 5/19/2021

Anna Silverman

Lester Tsai

**These residents were selected as finalists, based on their presentations, and will be presenting at DOM Grand Rounds.

Congratulations Dr. Mandel!

Congratulations to Dr. Jess Mandel for being recognized as UCSD Health’s Physician of the Year! 

This honor is bestowed on physicians for their outstanding commitment to healthcare, both in the hospital setting and throughout the community. Dr. Mandel is the Kenneth M. Moser Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, vice chair for education in the Department of Internal Medicine, and serves as chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division. 

Dr. Mandel has mentored countless medical students, residents and fellows, and published extensively on topics related to pulmonary and critical care medicine and medical education. He is active in the leadership of the American Thoracic Society. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Mandel led efforts to assist our healthcare colleagues in Tijuana

We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to train with such an extraordinary doctor and scholar. Please congratulate Dr. Mandel when you see him – on the wards or the cycling paths! 

Black Bean Burgers—Yum!!

On Thursday evening, R2 Elizabeth Epstein led residents from the integrative medicine pathway through a virtual cooking class to make black bean burgers! Delicious and nutritious!!!

The recipe (below) comes from Elizabeth’s own cookbook A Beautiful HEART.


Serves 4

These favorite black bean burgers, which bear San Diego’s namesake and cultural flavor influences, are easy to make and perfect for grilling or cooking in a pan. These can be enjoyed on a whole wheat burger bun, but they are especially delicious served over lettuce with all kinds of delicious toppings stacked on top, eaten with a knife and fork.

1 15-oz can black beans, drained & rinsed 1⁄4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 tsp cumin

1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper

1⁄2 tsp garlic powder

1⁄2 tsp salt

1⁄4 cup chunky salsa

Add black beans to a medium bowl and partially mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Using your hands, form 4 medium-sized patties.

Heat a skillet or frying pan (nonstick or sprayed with nonstick spray) over medium heat. Add patties and cook for about 5 minutes per side.

To serve, add greens to a plate. Squeeze a little lemon or lime on top. Add black bean burger and spread a little mayo on top. Layer on sliced tomato, sliced avocado, a drizzle of cilantro crema, a dollop of salsa, and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.

Serving size (137g = 1 large patty)

Amount per serving: Calories 140, % Daily Value, Total Fat 1g – 1%, Saturated Fat 0g – 0%, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg – 0%, Sodium 500mg – 22%, Total Carbohydrate 29g – 11%, Dietary Fiber 9g – 32%, Total Sugars 2g, Protein 8g, Vitamin D 0mcg – 0%, Calcium 60mg – 4%, Iron 2mg – 10%, Potassium 502mg – 10%

I am Grateful for YOU!

Dr. Sladek and her family shared this with me, and I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you. I felt it was particularly relevant during this challenging time!

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger to a friend…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

I want you to know how grateful I am for each of you–my UCSD IM family! You have been a source of inspiration to me throughout this difficult year. Thank you for what you do each year to care for our extended family, including our patients and one another. Here’s to a happy, healthy, peaceful 2021!!!

Love, simerjot