Congratulations to Aram Namavar for being appointed as a Resident Liaison to the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He will be the first resident on the leadership team of this organization!

Congratulations also to our Associate Program Director and hospitalist extraordinaire, Ali Farkhondehpour who is the President-Elect of the SHM San Diego Chapter!

Help our veterans at North County Stand Down!

North County Stand Down volunteers are still needed!  

When: Friday February 7th, Saturday February 8th, or Sunday February 9th 2020

Where: Green Oaks Ranch (Vista)

Shifts needed: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. Sunday 9-1 only.

The North County Stand Down is an event that provides health care to homeless veterans, with a Medical Tent that provides a number of services including urgent/walk-in medical care.  Services do include some limited labs, pharmacy services, counseling, immunizations, and HIV/HepC screening. This is a great opportunity to hone your clinical skills! The patients are very grateful for the care they receive at this event, and some will go on to establish regular care at the VA based on a positive first interaction there.

If interested and available, please email the medical director, Dr. Amanda Apicella at

UCSD at SNMA RMEC: #WhatADoctorLooksLike

UCSD medical students and Med/Peds resident Dr. Maggie Kozman attended the 2019 Student National Medical Association’s Regional Medical Education Conference (RMEC) in Tucson, Arizona today!  RMEC is a region’s annual, student-led conference initiative that seeks to equip SNMA members, community members and pre-health students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and thrive in their academic and professional pursuits. Themed “#WhatADoctorLooksLike,” the Region 1 RMEC sought to examine how the societal mold of what doctors are ‘supposed’ to look like was created and explore ways in which underrepresented minority students can break this mold. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Stand Down medical volunteers are still needed! When: June 28, 29, 30 Where: San Diego High School, downtown Shifts needed: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm   Stand Down is an AMAZING annual event coordinated by Veterans Village of San Diego that provides a 3 day, 2 night intervention program for more than 800 homeless veterans and their families.  The Medical Tent provides a number of services including urgent/walk-in medical care. If you have ever wanted to find out how your clinical skills stand up without instant access to ECGs, full labs, imaging, or consultants, this is a GREAT opportunity for you!  Services do include some limited labs, as well as pharmacy, OT, massage, dental screenings, and lots of other helpful things. You will find that patients are very grateful for your care even when you can’t fix the problem, and some will go on to establish regular care at the VA based on a positive first interaction with

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Upcoming Seminar: Instilling Hope

With the recent surge in refugee and asylum seekers, you may have wondered about not only the physical health, but also the mental health of the people seeking asylum in the US and abroad. You are invited to sign up for this seminar to learn more at USD. More information below!   Speaker:        Dr. James L. Griffith Title:                Instilling Hope: Mental Health Needs of Refugees & Asylum Seekers Date:               Thursday, June 27 Time:              4:00 – 5:30pm Location:        Mother Rosalie Hall Warren Auditorium (Room 116) 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110 RSVP:            June 20 at   Presented by USD’s MFT and Counseling Department Questions:   Dr. James L. Griffith is Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.  He will share with you his work on the “Hope Modules” he developed to treat despair from demoralization seen in

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Check out this awesome opportunity with IHC (International Health Collective)!

Clinic Itinerary International Health Collective is a nonprofit, student-run organization that aims to solve health disparities in Eastern Tijuana and San Diego communities. International Health Collective, or IHC, takes on this issue through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach. Holding the firm belief that it takes a wide lens and a diverse skill set to examine and alleviate root causes to health issues, IHC members originate from different backgrounds and fields of expertise. Specifically, IHC consists of undergraduate students (medical, engineering, humanities etc.), Medical and Pharmacy graduate students, health professionals, and community members. Members will work towards disentangling the complex relationship between structural barriers and health disparity on a global scale. The clinic is situated in Tijuana, Mexico and clinic trips are held the first Saturday of every month. Our next clinics will be 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5 and we are in need of medical providers to see patients with a variety of chief complaints, prescribing medication from our pharmacy and

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This past Saturday some of our residents volunteered their time to team up with medical students teaching high schoolers about health professions. Maggie and Lauren talked to the high school students about their paths to medicine and what options exist as careers in health care. This was followed by an ultrasound session during which Alex and Ali taught the students how to perform basic ultrasound and the medical students did hands on sessions with them. Finally they did a PBL case together. Thanks to the medical students for organizing this and to all of the resident volunteers! We hope we were able to recruit future medical students and residents as well as colleagues in the other health professions.

Women in Medicine Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Julie Sierra!

Dr. Julie Sierra is a primary care internal medicine physician at UCSD with an interest in the care of underserved populations. Prior to joining UCSD, she was the Clinic Medical Director at the main clinic site of San Ysidro Health, and has practiced in New Mexico, Hawaii, and Chicago as well.     Dr. Sierra decided to become a doctor after spending a few weeks interpreting for surgical teams from the U.S. and Canada while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.  She went to medical school at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston (now NorthShore University Health System), where she also did a year as chief resident.    During medical school, she traveled with multiple medical teams to El Salvador and Nicaragua, taking care of patients in rural communities with limited access to healthcare. She has also spent several months in Cuba, studying their healthcare system and

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Urgent need for physicians to assist with refugee health assessment!

Dear UCSD Family, There is an urgent need for physicians to help screen migrants who are seeking asylum in the US, as part of a refugee health assessment program at a shelter in the South Bay, from 3-9pm every night of the week (7 days a week), starting tomorrow (December 28, 2018). You do NOT need to speak Spanish to volunteer; medical interpreters available on site. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the chief resident on call at so that we may work to excuse you from scheduled duties and put you in touch with Dr. Linda Hill, Program Director for the UCSD-SDSU Preventive Medicine Residency, who is coordinating this effort, to ensure that you can be scheduled for a shift where you can be supervised by a UCSD faculty member.    Residents who wish to do so may be approved to rotate at the clinic to perform refugee assessments while on specific rotations including Primary Care the Underserved Med elective, research, VIQ, and on other elective and consult rotations, after we

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Volunteer at North County Stand Down: Provide Care to Homeless Veterans (February 7-10th)

Many of you have asked about how you can provide care for homeless and underserved populations. The North County Stand Down is a great opportunity to do so! This event takes place from Thursday February 7th to Sunday the 10th. For more information, check out the flyer (attached), visit, or email Robert West at Thank you for all that you do for our Veterans! 2019 Stand Down Donate Volunteer Brochure V7