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

Congratulations Dr. Goldberg!

Dear UCSD IM Family,

Please congratulate our very own Dr. Charlie Goldberg!!! He has been appointed the new Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. He is an amazing physician, teacher, mentor, and leader; he will be an incredible advocate for residents and fellows. We are SO LUCKY to have him leading ALL of GME efforts at UCSD!!!

If you haven’t done so recently, please check out Dr. Goldberg’s amazing website–a comprehensive physical exam and clinical medicine guide:

2020 ACP So Cal Meeting KUDOS!

THANK YOU to our stellar UCSD Jeopardy team!!! R2s Ali Crisp, Brian Coburn and Alex Song did an AMAZING job representing us–all while Brian was on Hillcrest Short Call!!! WOW!

CONGRATULATIONS to Lauren Haggerty–1st place winner and Neal Jones–3rd place winner for the Clinical Vignette oral poster competition! Lauren’s poster was entitled “Eight Years of Recurrent, Chronic Tuberculous IRIS: The Importance of Ongoing Microbiology Testing” and Neal’s was “The Great Mimicker: Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-Cell Lymphoma.”

Ali Crisp and Armando Martinez were also invited to give oral presentations of their posters. Ali presented a case reported titled “I Spy Kansasii: An Atypical Case of an Atypical Mycobacterium” and Armando presented his research on “Impact of Left Atrial Volume Index on Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.”

Huge kudos also to our med student winners: 1st place Kathryn Park, 2nd place Laurel Ball, 3rd place John Pietrykowski! So proud of all of you.

And a BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Vineet Gupta for organizing the entire virtual poster competition–an incredible feat!!!