JUNE 2019
Welcome new FCM interns! South Campus Residency interns having fun at the Banner - UMC "New Residents Mixer 2019."



Featured Faculty: Dr. Larry Moher Retires after 35+ Years of Service

After more than 35 years of outstanding service, Larry Moher, MD, professor and assistant dean, Student Affairs, is retiring. Dr. Moher joined COM-Tucson and FCM in 1982 as an adjunct assistant professor. Over his many years of service, Dr. Moher has received a number of awards recognizing his excellence in teaching and compassion in medicine, including the Outstanding Humanism in Medicine Award and the Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year Award. 

“For more than 35 years, Dr. Moher has embodied what it means to be a family physician. He has provided care for patients in remote communities from the Pacific Rim islands to the Native American tribal communities in Northern Arizona, to the underserved in our Tucson community” said Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, professor and FCM chair.  Read more>>

Rhea Merriman Retires After 30 Years of Service

Congratulations to Rhea Merriman, program coordinator senior, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program, on her retirement after 30 years with FCM! Rhea began working at FCM in 1989, with researcher Janet Senf, PhD, on projects with HIV/AIDs patients. In 1992, she transitioned to working part of her time with the Alvernon Family Medicine Residency program with Craig McClure, MD, professor.

"Rhea has been a staple at FCM, and we are so grateful for her incredible contributions to the department and to residency education," said Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, professor and FCM department chair.  Read more>> |  View photos from Rhea's retirement party>>


INTERNS (begin July 1):

Alvernon Residency
South Campus Residency
FELLOWS (begin July 1):

Integrative Medicine
Sports Medicine


Dr. Chizoba Ngwube Completes Executive MBA; Named Outstanding Graduate Student by W. P. Carey School of Business

Congratulations to Chizoba Ngwube, MD, faculty physician, who completed her executive MBA at the W. P. Carey School of Business - ASU and was named the outstanding graduate student for the spring semester! She was profiled in an article and a  video on the ASU website. 

“As a clinical leader who advocates for what I believe in, I began to see the need for me to see the business side of medicine. Medical school only taught the clinical side of medicine, and for me to better understand that business side and the interests of the various groups at play, I decided to come to ASU and get the knowledge I needed to become a more impactful leader, and to be a bridge between clinicians and patients and the policymakers and administrators on the other side,” said Dr. Ngwube.”  Read article >> | View video>>

Dr. Amy Rogers, 2018 Leadership Project Award Recipient

Amy Rogers, MD, a second year resident at the Alvernon Family Medicine Residency program, recently completed the AAFP Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, and her project "The Arizona Asylum Network,” received the 2018 Leadership Project Award and the overall Best Leadership Project Award from her track. She was awarded $1,000 to return to the AAFP National Conference and Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute, July 25-28, 2019, to present her project. She was also awarded $3,000 to attend the 2020 Delegation Trip to Haiti next February. Congratulations, Dr. Rogers!
Dr. Sommer Aldulaimi Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP, who has been promoted to associate professor, effective July 1.

South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program Receives National Recognition for its Rural Training Track

Congratulations to the South Campus Family Medicine Residency for being recognized by the National Rural Training Track Collaboration as one of 11 urban residency programs that have a significant percentage of residents who graduated in the last three years practicing in rural areas. 


Congratulations to Our Graduating Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the class of 2019 from both the Alvernon and South Campus Family Medicine Residency Programs. We are proud of your hard work, dedication and commitment, and wish you well on your careers as family medicine physicians!

Alvernon graduates (and where they're going):
South Campus graduates (and where they're going):

Dr. Jerry Koleski Mentors Med Students for COM-Tucson's Global Health Field Experience

FCM's Jerry Koleski, MD, assistant professor and co-director of College of Medicine-Tucson's Office of Global and Border Health, recently spent time in Ghana, West Africa, where he mentored COM-Tucson medical students Brianna Quincy and Max Klahr for their Global Health field experience. Brianna and Max are two of 17 medical students in 10 countries who participated in COM-Tucson's Global and Border Health program. Dr. Koleski mentored the medical students as they conducted health screenings on about 100 of 250 children at an orphanage school. They learned how to conduct a pediatric physical exam and diagnosed skin issues, migraines and allergic rhinitis in many of the children at the orphanage. Read more>>
Article by Dr. Sommer Aldulaimi Featured in 'World Organization of Family Doctors' (WONCA) Monthly Newsletter

Sommer Aldulaimi MD FAAFP, associate residency program director for South Campus Family Medicine Residency, wrote the article, "Rural Round-up; Training for under-resourced areas," for the June edition of the WONCA Global Family Doctor newsletter. In the article, Dr. Aldulaimi discusses the way the residency program has had 45% of its graduating residents from the last three years working in rural practice and 100% of the graduates from the last three years working in health care professional shortage areas in North America. Read article >>



UA RISE Health & Wellness Center Hosts Conference: 'Reinventing Recovery in Arizona'

On May 29th, the UA RISE Heath & Wellness Center (home of Camp Wellness), hosted the Arizona Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (AAPRP) conference, "Reinventing Recovery in Arizona." Approximately 60 behavioral health providers attended the conference, which took place at Camp Wellness. Among the presenters were Cheryl Glass, Michael Harvey, D Dwight, Julie Croteau and Paige Maier-Bunas from Camp Wellness, and Dave Delawder from Workforce Development. The team presented “Recovery ROCKS!” which focused on being strengths-based and recovery-oriented. Delawder spoke about the benefits of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s national credentialing for people who work in psychiatric rehabilitation settings and the value of having a local chapter where they can receive valuable training. Photo: Top (L-R): Cheryl Glass, D Dwight; Middle (L-R): Paige Maier-Bunas, Julie Croteau; Bottom (L-R): Michael Harvey, Dave Delawder

NARTC Contributes to Arizona Town Hall ‘Strong Families Thriving Children’ Report

Members from Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) contributed to the 2019 Arizona Town Hall report, “Strong Families Thriving Children,” published by the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy. They collaborated with American Indian Research Centers for Health to write the chapter, “Spotlight on American Indians in Arizona” (page 38). NARTC contributors were Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH (lead author); Teshia Solomon, PhD; Erik Peaches, Ibrahim Garba and Josie Carrera. Their chapter focuses on the health of American Indians in Arizona. Issues explored are: health disparities, programs that strengthen families, issues that affect families (such as caregiving and murdered and missing Indigenous women in Arizona), policies and laws specific to American Indians. “Strong Families Thriving Children” examines family life, including the systems that exist to support them, ways families can have more positive experiences, and some of the struggles families face that compromise their life experiences. Upcoming Town Halls will focus on how the community can support families and children so they're better able to overcome risk factors such as adverse childhood experiences and economic downturns. Read full report >>


AZPM Story Highlights Native American COM Graduates; Dr. Carlos Gonzales Featured

Arizona Public Media (AZPM) produced an excellent story (audio and print) about this year's high number of Native American medical school graduates from the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. Our faculty member, Carlos Gonzales, MD, FAAFP, associate professor, mentors many of these students, and was also highlighted in the story. Read article>>
Dr. Carlos Gonzales Featured in 'Making Space for Spirituality' Article in AAMC News Article

Carlos Gonzales, MD, FAAFP, associate professor, and assistant dean of Curricular Affairs was quoted in an AAMC News article, "Making Space for Spirituality" which discusses how medical schools and teaching hospitals are increasingly embracing students' faith-based traditions. “If you want to have students feel at home at predominantly white institutions, you have to do something to let them know that they're valued, that their culture is valued,” said Dr. Gonzales. Read article>>


Dr. Julie Armin Mentors BLAISER Summer Research Intern

Mariana Felix is interning with FCM researcher Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, for 10 weeks this summer, as part of the BLAISER Summer Research Internship Program. The program offers undergraduates majoring in the biomedical fields the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and be mentored by top academic scientists while preparing for a career in medicine or biomedical research. Pictured from left: Dr. Julie Armin and Mariana Felix

Dr. Alicia Allen Presents at the CPDD 81st Annual Scientific Meeting

On June 17, Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 81st Annual Scientific Meeting, in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Allen presented on the "Family-Centered Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Care Program," which has been linked to a 76% reduction length of hospital stay, and a 99% reduction in morphine administration. In addition, medical student Alaina Martinez received the Primm Singleton Award from CPDD for the literature review she conducted with Dr. Allen, on behavioral adjunctive treatments for opioid use disorder during the postpartum period.


Dr. Alicia Allen Receives New Grant 

Alicia Allen was awarded $2,400 to work with Sonoran Prevention Works on the grant, "Advocating Health Equity in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic." This project aims to educate first responders and policy makers in Arizona about the benefits of syringe service programs. Dr. Allen will analyze data from interviews with policymakers and pre/post tests from first responder educational sessions. Additionally, she will use this and other data to inform the development of materials that will be used to further educate policymakers on syringe service programs.


Chelsea Johnson, MD, 2nd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program  

Languages spoken: Un poco español
Why did you choose South Campus Family Medicine residency?: I love Tucson, family medicine, and have lots of family in town so UA-FM was a no-brainer. I chose the South Campus program because I wanted to have a broad experience, from working at large academic centers to small town rural medicine. I plan to practice in underserved settings and take trips to rural/global communities in the future. I am also interested in global health and integrative medicine so this program was the perfect fit. The wonderful residents and faculty are what really stood out the most!
What do you love most about Tucson?: The big city/small town feel. Tucson has its own quirky personality in that you can have big city convenience and yet not go a day without running into someone you know. Not to mention a few short hour drives to mountains, rivers, and great hiking.
Tell us about your family (including pets): Married to my best friend and husband Erik. Both sets of parents, my brother/sister-in-law and two nephews all live here in town. We stay busy with family get-togethers.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Cookie maker. Actually enjoy cooking just about anything.
2: Love to hike, fish and camp.
3: Crochet baby blankets.
Nate Harris, MD, 2nd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: Cincinnati, OH
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine?: This program had the coolest residents, as well as a large amount of faculty practicing full-spectrum family medicine.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson?: The scenery and mountain views.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Emily and our daughter Nora, refining my Spanish, running, and catching up on some well-deserved sleep.
What are your professional interests within medicine?: Full-spectrum family medicine
Favorite vacation spot?: Somewhere with a beach.
Favorite Restaurant in Tucson?: Cafe Torino
"Bucket list" item?: Arizona Wine Country


Alison Schlehuber started on June 17, as administrative assistant for research. Alison recently moved to Tucson from Ohio, with her husband and three daughters. She previously worked for several years at Synchrony, as a remediation specialist. "As I start my new life in Arizona, I look forward to beginning my journey here with the U of A," she said. Welcome, Alison!
Lauren Wright joins the South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program's leadership team, as the new senior program coordinator. Lauren previously worked at the South Campus Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office. She brings a lot of knowledge about GME and residency education, as well a great sense of humor, warm heart and big smile. Lauren begins on July 1. Welcome, Lauren!


Ivo Abraham, PhD Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH

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