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August 2020

RESIDENT ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT:
Dr. Naomi Young Fights COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

Naomi Young, MD, is a 2016 alumni of our South Campus Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Young is Chief of Staff at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ. Dr. Young grew up in Fort Defiance and returned there to practice medicine after completing her residency. She was featured in this ABC15 news story in August. We are proud of her accomplishments and her dedication to medicine, her patients, and fighting COVID-19!

NEW FACULTY – WELCOME!

Chelsea Johnson, MD, clinical assistant professor, will join FCM and Banner – University Medicine on Sept. 9. She will provide patient care at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus and Banner - University Medicine Cortaro Primary Care. Dr. Johnson completed her medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia, and her residency at our Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Welcome, Dr. Johnson!

ACCOLADES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS & IMPACT

Dr. Colleen Cagno's Committee Term Extended on Family Medicine Review Committee
Congratulations to Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor. Her appointment to the Family Medicine Review Committee (FM-RC) for the ACGME has been extended for a seventh year, through 2023. She currently serves as the vice chair to the FM-RC. The extension of her term will provide continuity of leadership on the committee, which sets program requirements that establish the standards for the education of over 10,000 residents and fellows collectively training in programs under the purview of the ACGME.
Dr. Mari Ricker Serves as Panelist for the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
Mari Ricker, MD
, associate professor, served as a panelist for the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) – Women in Medicine Panel featuring Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) at COM – Tucson. AMWA hosted their annual Women in Medicine panel featuring physicians from Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) on Aug 12. The panel shared their experiences regarding their diverse career paths and a work-life balance. These physicians serve as incredible role models and value mentoring and supporting students on their journey through medicine.
Dr. Karen Lutrick Moderates Webinar that Explores COVID-19 Impact
Karen Lutrick, PhD, assistant professor, moderated the Aug 13 webinar, UArizona Foundation's Wonder at Home webinar, Staying Informed: COVID-19 Antibody Testing & Immune System, which explored topics related to COVID-19 and its impact on our campus, state and world. COM – Tucson has been actively involved in the fight against COVID-19 and has selected panelists to address and inform the public on related topics.


 
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RESEARCH

Dr. Allison Huff MacPherson on Team for New 'Center for Quantum Networks' 
Congratulations to Allison Huff MacPherson, DHEd, assistant professor, who is one of the team members on the new $26 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish and lead a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center – called the Center for Quantum Networks (CQN). Core partners include Harvard University, MIT and Yale University. Dr. Huff MacPherson will serve as the director of the “Engineering Workforce Development” pillar of the project, and will be a researcher on the “Societal Impact Thrust” area of the project. More>>
Dr. Julie Armin, Co-Investigator for 'See Me Serene' App 
Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, is a co-investigator on the research project that recently released a new guided imagery app, See Me Serene. The project is led by principal investigator and FCM affiliate faculty, Judith Gordon, PhD, professor, UArizona College of Nursing. The project seeks to address the negative health effects of social isolation by reducing stress and anxiety, using guided imagery. Dr. Armin has worked with with Dr. Gordon on developing the guided imagery scripts based on their experience with scripting for previous guided imagery studies. Read more >>
Multiple COVID-19 Studies to Participate In
There are multiple studies you can participate in, to help fight COVID-19:
  • AZ HEROES Study: The AZ HEROES Study seeks to enhance our knowledge of the epidemiologic and immunologic characteristics of novel COVID-19 infection and reinfection among high-exposure individuals who provide critical services to our communities.
  • Antibody Testing Initiative: The UA is analyzing the blood samples of hundreds of thousands of Arizonans to determine who has developed antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. 
  • CoVHORT: Information from COVID-19 survivors and otherwise healthy participants is crucial to answering questions surrounding COVID-19. By participating in the CoVHORT study, you can help researchers gather the data to better understand COVID-19.
  • AZCOVIDTXT: The best way to fight COVID-19 is with information. Who is sick, where is the virus spreading? AZCOVIDTXT is a two-way texting system designed to allow participants to report on the health status of their households.

EDUCATION

MMI Evaluators Needed
Interested in selecting the next generation of physicians? The College of Medicine – Tucson Admissions Office is recruiting evaluators for the upcoming cycle of Multiple Mini Interviews. The interviews will take place online this year using Zoom. Interviews will take place on Fridays. Check-in at 11:30 a.m. Interviews are from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The next MMI Evaluator Training will be held on Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please email Megan Sorenson to schedule. View MMI schedule >>
 
Sonoran UCEDD Announces One-Year Fellowship 
The Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities is excited to announce a one-year Disability Policy Fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students. Students will gain knowledge of the process of policy development relevant to the community of individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Fellows will receive support to attend state and national events (virtual or in-person). More information >>
Drs. Julie Armin, Colleen Cagno and Victoria Murrain presented 'Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Healthcare' E-Course
Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, Victoria Murrain, DO, associate professor, and Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, presented "Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Healthcare," a CME-credited virtual course through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)'s e-learning center. The course helps participants better recognize, understand and mitigate unconscious biases that can negatively influence behaviors and critical decision-making. ACOFP is a professional medical association that represents more than 20,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents and students throughout the United States.
 
FCM Grand Rounds: Dr. Uma Nair, 'Making Clinical Care, Research, and Teaching  LGBTQ Inclusive'  
On Aug. 13, Uma Nair, PhD, assistant professor, provided an overview of LGBTQ terminologies, a theoretical framework for understanding health disparities, and outlined tangible LGBTQ+ inclusive practices for health care providers. She discussed strategies to make health clinics, research programs, and teaching environments LGBTQ+ friendly. View Grand Rounds >>
Dr. Colleen Cagno presented 'The Head-to-Toe Approach to Newborn Care'
Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, presented at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)'s Intensive Osteopathic Update Virtual Conference in August on “The Head-to-Toe Approach to Newborn Care.” ACOFP is a professional medical association that represents more than 20,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents and students throughout the U.S.
New Episode of FLEXcast: 'Racism, Privilege, and Some of the Reasons We Don’t Speak Up when Faced with Bias and Discrimination'
Mari Ricker, MD,
associate professor, along with Allie Min, MD, associate professor, emergency medicine and Amber Rice, MD, assistant professor, emergency medicine, facilitated FLEXcast (Faculty Learning EXchange Podcast). FLEXcast is the COM – Tucson's podcast dedicated to sharing ideas and practices for career development and well-being for faculty. Listen to the latest podcast >>
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

'Cook With Dr. Laura Micek-Galinat' Hosted by Women in Academic Medicine 
Please join Laura Micek-Galinat, MD, MPH, associate professor, for a virtual, healthy cooking session, on Thursday, Sept 10 at 6:00pm. Register to get the recipe and suggested grocery list. Register here >>
 

PUBLICATIONS

Ivo Abraham, PhD Amit M. Algotar, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Alvarez S, Coffey R, Algotar AM. Prediabetes. 2020 Jul 20. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan–. PMID: 29083606.
Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH James K. Cunningham, PhD Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH Teshia G. Solomon, PhD Barry D. Weiss, MD
      
 






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