June 2020


INTERNS (begin July 1):
South Campus Residency
Alvernon Residency
FELLOWS (begin July 1):
Sports Medicine and Integrative Medicine Fellowships


Chantelle Chen, MD, clinical assistant professor, joined FCM and Banner – University Medicine on June 8. Dr. Chen will serve as clinical faculty to the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, as well as serve as clinical director and care for patients at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus. Dr. Chen completed her medical degree at the Medical University of The Americas, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies, and her residency in family medicine at COM–Tucson Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Dr. Chen is interested in women’s health, community medicine, public health and integrative medicine. Welcome, Dr. Chen!


Dr. Colleen Cagno Elected Vice-Chair of Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Review Committee
Congratulations to Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, who was elected vice-chair of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Family Medicine. The two-year national committee position is charged with accreditation of all family medicine residency programs and associated fellowships. The committee also writes the accreditation standards and supports the field of family medicine in their efforts to expand family medicine programs across the United States and related territories.
Dr. Lynne Tomasa, Receives Fellow Designation by the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities 
Congratulations to Lynne Tomasa, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD, assistant professor, for receiving the designation of Fellow (FAAIDD) from the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities for her contributions to the field of intellectual disability. The recognition was to occur at the 2020 AAIDD conference that was scheduled for June 1-4 in Pittsburgh but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Weston LaGrandeur Receives 2020 Walter Brazie, MD, Fellowship Award
Congratulations to Weston LaGrandeur, MD, second-year family medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, who is the recipient of the Walter Brazie, MD, Fellowship Award for 2020. This award honors the eighth president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP) and is given each year to the most outstanding second-year family medicine resident in Arizona.

NARTC's Erik Peaches Selected for NASA's Outstanding Graduate Student-Service Award
Congratulations to Erik Peaches, MPH, assistant LEAD program recruiter for the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) on being selected for the Native American Student Affairs (NASA) Outstanding Graduate Student-Service Award! This award goes to a senior student who has earned no less than 90 units and has demonstrated significant achievement as well as contributed to the establishment of the Native American community at the UArizona.
Dr. Ana Gonzales Receives 'Norma J. Peal, PhD Excellence Award'
Congratulations to Ana Gonzales, MD, third-year Family Medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus, who is the recipient of the Norma J. Peal, PhD Excellence Award. This award recognizes a third-year resident within the South Campus Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency programs who best exemplifies the missions that were close to Ms. Peal’s heart; including, a commitment to underserved populations, a commitment to rural communities, an interest in community activism, and a commitment to scholarly activity. Dr. Gonzales was also nominated for the James L. Grobe Award, an award which recognizes Arizona's most outstanding third-year resident.
Dr. Stephen Paul featured in AZ Daily Star Article about Re-entry Plan for Athletes
Stephen Paul, MD, associate professor, was featured in the Arizona Daily Star article, UA’s Dr. Paul not afraid to lead — as surprising soccer past shows.
Mobile Health Strong
The FCM Mobile Health Program team returned to our community partners in mid-May to provide care to Tucson's at-need communities. Pictured left to right, Misty George, NP, nurse practitioner, Greg Loring, driver, and Adrianna Virgen, medical assistant. #MobileHealthStrong! 


Mini Interview 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 a Zoom feature. All interviews will take place on Fridays with check-in at 11:30 a.m.. Interviews will go from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Please contact Megan Sorenson at to schedule. Click here to view schedule >>
Grand Rounds: Clinical and Community Services for Your Patients with Disabilities
Christina Vasquez, PhD, clinic director, Disability Assessment Research Clinic (DARC); Arizona Arthritis Center, discussed the various local services that are available for patients with disabilities struggling with attaining employment or need guidance with disability benefits. Community representatives from Arizona’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Determination Services also presented on procedures and services that may benefit patients. View presentation>>


Sonoran UCEDD: "Understanding Distance Learning’s Impact on High Needs Students"
A three-part webinar series is bringing together parents and guardians of high-needs students to share stories of their child’s distance learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the series is to provide families with a forum to share their experiences, challenges and successes with distance learning, to ask questions about what comes next, and to hear form Arizona education advocates and leaders about resources and self-advocacy. 

Camp Wellness Receives COVID-19 Support Grant 
Congratulations to Camp Wellness, for receiving a $5,000 grant from Arizona Complete Health (AzCH) and Care1st. These organizations have partnered to offer a one-time, unrestricted general operating support grants. The grant aims to support social service organizations across the state that serve on the front lines of impacted communities while experiencing unprecedented demand, combined with often simultaneous reductions in available resources.


Dr. Lynne Tomasa Receives Grant from Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council 
Lynne Tomasa, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD, assistant professor, received a $99,800 one-year research grant from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC). Her study aims to increase understanding of sexual abuse/violence among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and to identify the perspectives and incentives for identifying, reporting, and preventing abuse. Dr. Tomasa's research will help inform policy, support systemic change, and identify appropriate interventions and training. Partnering in the research are The Arc of Arizona, community partners and behavioral health experts.


Channeling Your Patient’s Inner Superhero: How integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health will Change your Practice 

Date/time: Friday, June 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
FCM's Janelle Thompson, MA, PsyD, assistant professor, is one of the presenters for this event. Learn more and register>>


Dr. Laura Galinat to Present at UAHS "Wellness Wednesday" on July 15: "The Healing Properties of Food: Quelching Inflammation from Brain to Pain"

Date/time: Wednesday, July 15, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Laura Galinat, MD, MPH, associate professor, will present at Wellness Wednesday on July 15. (Registration info coming soon.) Scientific evidence reveals that your food choices can trigger body inflammation, increasing your risk for many chronic diseases. Learn healthier ways to choose and prepare foods to improve your health and resiliency. |


Susan Schembre, PhD, RD

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