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: https://meded.ucsd.edu/clinicalmed/introduction.html

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!!!

Core Faculty/Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Davey Smith!

Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, and one of our amazing core faculty and alums (UCSD class of 1999, CMR 1999-2000), Dr. Davey Smith, and his team are leading UCSD’s research efforts focused on the testing, transmission, and treatment of COVID-19. Thanks to their efforts and progress, a generous $1 million donation was recently made by the John and Mary Tu Foundation, to help fund their continued work on the virus and disease. While the pandemic persists, it is this kind of research that allows us to try to stay ahead of the spread, and have hope for more treatment strategies in the future. Congratulations Dr. Smith, and thank you for all your hard work!!

Inspirational Message for Residency Grads from Dr. Vivek Murthy!

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, Congratulates Class of 2020  
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy addresses the residency class of 2020 with a message that he has built his medical career around – that relationships and social connection effect all aspects of life. He shares the three aspects of building a connected personal and professional life: being fully present, always reach for kindness, and having the courage to be yourself.  The video begins with introductions from AAIM President and CEO D. Craig Brater, MD, and ACP Chief Executive Officer and EVP Darilyn V. Moyer, MD.  Total runtime: 19:04 minutesWatch video from ACP websiteVivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally.   During his tenure, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis.   An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy has focused his attention on chronic stress and isolation as prevalent problems that have profound implications for health, productivity, and happiness.   Dr. Murthy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later joined Harvard Medical School as faculty in internal medicine.

#UCSD4antiracism medical student- and resident-led protests across all campuses

Students, residents, faculty and staff staged peaceful demonstrations at all three UCSD campuses. Speakers at the School of Medicine included Med Students Betial Asmerom, Jonathan Cunha, Ian Simpson-Shelton (incoming UCSD IM Intern!), Dr. Sierra Washington (faculty, OB/Gyn), and Dr. Cheryl Anderson (new founding Dean of the UCSD School of Public Health).

#WC4BL #BLM

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2019-2020 Six Word Stories

During the 2019-2020 academic year, our family of residents responded to three 6-word story prompts.

My pandemic silver lining is…

  • Zooming with friends, zoomies with doggies
  • gratitude for snail mail and amazonprime
  • Residents who inspire me every day!
  • A crisis without precedent or president
  • my dog loves me even more
  • relearning how to read leisure books.
  • wearing jammies and blankies to work.
  • online church any day, any time.
  • memes, online dance workouts, virtual concerts.
  • Innovative collaborative scientific medical staff worldwide
  • less plans, free time, slow down
  • Time to reconnect with support system
  • more snuggles with the best pup
  • Almost a PGY2; no more prerounding
  • no cars no traffic smooth drive
  • parents finally learned how to facetime 
  • the tiger king is outrageous and addicting

New Year, New Me- This year I am looking forward to…

  • finally getting around to PDSAs…maybe
  • Making new memories with old friends 
  • counting to six without making any errors
  • First job, long vacation, celebrating friends!
  • Finally achieving better work life fit
  • Vegas bod inspired by Jon Chung.
  • Being done with intern year yay
  • Starting fellowship, new city, mksap first!
  • Super seniors finally graduating from residency
  • The birth of my first baby!
  • Trying a new taco every month
  • Publishing my first author research paper!
  • Becoming an ultrasound guru, like Gary
  • Finally mastering the art of mealprep
  • Watching my baby learn to walk

Today I am grateful for….

  • Light rain, comfy sweaters, Jassal hugs.
  • The chance to serve through medicine.
  • My Family, My Patients, My Residents.
  • The last parking spot in Gilman
  • warm drinks, lights, things merry/bright
  • Not being a patient in hospital
  • F Words: Family, Friends, Food, Festivities
  • Compassionate co-workers who keep me sane.
  • EDIS is all green. I sleep
  • Rain in the desert, no fires
  • My amazing va interns and attending
  • No wards, no call, no problem 
  • A good night’s sleep without interruption
  • Happy hour after Friday School, yeah!
  • Turkey Turkey Gobble Gobble Yummy Tummy


NEW Communication Tool to the VA (VIQ/QIPS)

Kudos to our residents Sophie Cannon, Ibrahim Selevany and Diego Vargas for successfully launching a communication aid tool at the VA based off a QIPS case presented by Nandi Shah. Look out for these signs at the bedside to indicate communication deficits and improve the patient experience.

GREAT WORK TEAM!!