International Overdose Awareness Day- Tuesday, August 31st

UCSD will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31st with a series of events and educational sessions about overdoses and naloxone (Narcan) administration. Please look for staff handing out masks and ribbons at the Hillcrest UCSD Medical Center Dickinson St. entrance on your way in. Additional events will be held at the San Diego County Admin Building at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego throughout the day.

We are still looking for staff to help teach about naloxone/Narcan. If you are interested and available to participate in any of the events, please contact Substance Use Navigator, Dennis Whitmyer at


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.