March 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCM Executive Leadership Team (ELT) has created resources relevant for FCM faculty, staff, residents and fellows. The resources are located in the new COVID-19 folder on Box. ELT is regularly updating the FAQs, so if you have a question not yet answered, please email it to Darci Slaten, FCM communications director.

Current resources include:
  • FAQ for clinical employees
  • FAQ for non-clinical employees, research, community engagement
  • COVID-19 101 training PDF and audio file
  • PPE Donning and Doffing video
  • "COVID-19 Symptoms" and "Keep Illness from Spreading" PDFs in multiple languages
  • "Conversation with Chair Meeting" archive of meetings in video and PDF summary
You can access the folder through our Department Resources web page on our website (with NetID), or you can access it here directly if you don't have a NetID.

Additional links to online resources have also been added to our Department Resources page for mental health and refugee/immigrant resources. 

We have created a COVID-19 Resources page on the FCM website to provide a wide array of resources for faculty, staff, students and our community. The page is updated on a regular basis. It provides information and resources from UA/COM-Tucson/UAHS, Banner Health, the Arizona Dept. of Health Services, Pima County Health Dept., the City of Tucson, the CDC, other agencies and more. 


Native Americans and Higher Cigarette Use: Stereotype Goes Up in Smoke

Multiple past studies have reported that, compared to whites, Native Americans have relatively high cigarette use, and this has contributed to speculation that Native Americans might be inherently prone to such use. A new study led by FCM, however, found that after adjusting for differences in the income and education levels of the two groups, whites were more likely than Native Americans to use cigarettes daily, to consume larger numbers of cigarettes per month and to be nicotine dependent. The study, conducted by the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence (DAD)

The research team included lead author James K. Cunningham, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and NARTC member; Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD, associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and NARTC member; and Jamie Ritchey, PhD, MPH, director, Tribal Epidemiology Center, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

In the News: News Medical Life Sciences, 3/6/20 | UANews, 3/9/20


Susan Hadley, MD, clinical assistant professor, joined FCM and Banner – University Medicine on March 2. Dr. Hadley will provide care for patients at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus. A UArizona alumna, Dr. Hadley is a family medicine physician interested in addiction medicine and integrative medicine.



Violet P. Siwik, MD, was recognized for her contributions in 2019, serving as the executive chief proctor for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The executive chief proctor interacts with the NBME on all matters pertaining to the security and administration of NBME’s examinations and oversees all administrative tasks for the provision of examination services.
Colleen K. Cagno, MD, was recognized for her contributions in 2019, serving on the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) Women's Health TMDC (Test Material Development Committee). TMDC members develop and review test items and cases from which the USMLE is composed.



FCM researcher Dr. Susan Schembre and her team are continuing the recruitment of individuals with Type 2 diabetes to provide feedback on a new mobile app designed to help manage diabetes.

The study seeks to develop a new dietary assessment and intervention approach that, for the first time, integrates continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data with a mobile diet tracker to automate personalized dietary guidance. For the safety of our participants, study activities will restart when social distancing restrictions have been lifted.  



Alvernon Family Medicine Residency 45th Anniversary Reunion

Resident alumni and past faculty, program directors and chairs of the Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program met Friday, Mar 6, for an evening of reminiscing and renewing friendships. On Saturday, they continued with interactive CME-accredited family medicine grand rounds, "Managing Trigger Finger in Your Practice" presented by Taiwana Elliott, DO, assistant professor; "Review of the Anatomy and Examination of the Shoulder," presented by Holly Beach, MD, associate professor, and "Food as Medicine: Optimizing Health through Nutrition," presented by Laura Galinat, MD, associate professor. A great time was had by all! View photos on the residency program's Facebook page (scroll to March 6-7) >>
Grand Rounds: Empowering Learners to Approach Chronic Pain From an Integrative Approach

At March's FCM Grand Rounds, Patricia Lebensohn, MD, professor, and Mari Ricker, MD, associate professor, gave an interesting presentation about their study "Educating Physicians in Family Medicine Residencies About Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Pain: Results of an Online Integrative Course". View presentation>>   |  View publication>>
Allison Huff MacPherson, DHEd, assistant professor, presented her poster, Indigenous Mentoring Program: Initial Steps for Scaling a Model Already Implemented in the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest Region at the National Science Foundation, "Innovations in Graduate Education Principal Investigators Meeting" on Jan 30, in Washington DC.

Tanisha N. Price-Johnson, PhD, research assistant professor and executive director of admissions, COM – Tucson, organized an inter-departmental interactive session to inspire African American high-school students to consider careers in health care, at the 12th Annual African American Youth Heritage Day, on Feb. 5. FCM faculty Tai Elliott, DO, Jessie Pettit, MD, and 3rd-year resident Iman Ahmed, MD, provided opportunities for students to learn how to deliver a baby.
Jessie Pettit, MD, assistant professor, and the Alvernon team brought lessons learned from Alvernon’s practice transformation efforts and the program’s 2+2 curricular changes at the third annual Clinic First Collaborative kick-off meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, March 2-3.


Pediatric Feeding Conference – POSTPONED
Student Union Memorial Center |
Camp Wellness: Tucson Palooza 2020
Jacome Plaza |


Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Increasingly Common, Linked to Stressful Life Events
MDlinx, 2/12/20   Prevention Conversation, 2/27/20  |  Addiction Professional, 2/27/20
Native Americans and Higher Cigarette Use: Stereotype Goes up in Smoke
News Medical Life Sciences, 3/5/20 | UANews 3/9/20


  • Shirley Moody, billing and claims specialist II, joined RISE Heath and Wellness, Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program
  • Arwa Abdel-Rahee, graduate student assistant (will work with Karen Lutrick, PhD)
  • Student workers Kimberly Rogan, Gabriel Martinez and Jack Baynham, joined the Sonoran UCEDD


Joseph “Joey” Harkins, MD, 2nd-Year Resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program

Why did you choose South Campus Family Medicine Residency? I fell in love with family medicine due to the people in this program.
What do you like most about Tucson? The great access to rock climbing.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of medicine? My hobbies/interests including rock climbing, camping, exercising and spending time with my snuggly cats.
What are your professional interests within medicine? My professional interests within medicine include hospital medicine with an interest in rural communities as well as providing care in remote locations. I am also interested in wilderness medicine and would like to explore expedition medicine after residency. I'd like to find jobs that let me get out of cities and hopefully spend time in nature while I practice medicine.
Andrew Janicki, MD, 2rd-Year Resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Why did you choose Alvernon Family Medicine Residency? I was drawn to the program's emphasis on integrative medicine as well as its dedication to providing care to underserved populations.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? I'm excited to have what seems like an unlimited number of places nearby to enjoy the outdoors. I love hiking, and I am stoked to have so many trails in my backyard. Also, I am super excited to get more into rock climbing while living in Tucson.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? I love being in the outdoors and also doing anything involving music. My other hobbies are sailing, drawing, and cooking.
What are your professional interests within medicine? I am particularly interested in integrative medicine, and hope to become trained in therapies like acupuncture so that I can have more tools to offer patients. I also have an interest in preventive care. I hope to help patients modify their lifestyles before disease onsets, because that is where I see the greatest need in our current healthcare system.


Ivo Abraham, PhD James K. Cunningham, PhD Francine C. Gachupin PhD, MPH Patricia Lebensohn, MD Mari A. Ricker, MD Susan Schembre, PhD, RD


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