JULY 2018

Family medicine interns from both the Alvernon and South Campus residency programs, and a few second-year residents from the Alvernon program, participated in the ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) training on July 12th.


Dear Colleagues,

Happy Summer, 2018!

I hope you are all surviving our sweltering summer, and finding some ways to cool off!

I want to welcome all our incoming interns, fellows, and faculty that have joined FCM this month. We are excited to have all of you join our department and become part of the FCM family. I look forward to seeing our interns, residents and fellows continue developing their clinical skills. Congratulations to our family medicine residents and fellows who recently graduated and are on their way to meaningful careers as family physicians. We are proud of you! Family medicine truly is a rewarding career choice, and you will make a significant positive impact on the lives of all the patients you care for. 

I also look forward to seeing our new faculty launch their education, research, and community engagement endeavors. Your dedication and passion for the work you do makes our department a great place to work and to learn. Thank you to all our clinical faculty who signed up to participate in the Banner Health "Find a Provider" video project! I appreciate you taking the time to do this, as we seek to increase awareness of family medicine as a specialty and raise the profile of family medicine and its importance to our institution and our community.  ~Myra


Evelinda Gonzales, MD, Assistant Professor. We're proud to welcome Dr. Gonzales to our department! Dr. Gonzales completed her MD and MPH at the UA. She then completed her family medicine residency at the University of New Mexico, where she was chief resident from 2015-2016. Prior to joining our faculty, Dr. Gonzales worked as a full-spectrum family physician at the Hidalgo Medical Services Community Health Center, in Silver City, New Mexico and Gila Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gonzales will be joining the Alvernon residency core faculty. She will be teaching and providing patient care at the Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic and on FCM's Banner - UMC South Campus in-patient service.
Arju Patel-Butani, PA, Physician Assistant. We are happy to welcome Arju as a provider on FCM's in-patient service at BUMC-South! Arju completed her BS in physiology at the UA, and then went to A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences where she completed the Masters of Physician Assistant program. Prior to joining our practice, she previously worked at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque as a hospitalist PA. Arju will be practicing at Banner - UMC South Campus.
Jared Schultz, PhD, CRC, LVRC, HS-BCP, Professor. We're thrilled that Dr. Schultz (joint appointment) has joined FCM and the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities as the Director of Research. His primary appointment is with the College of Education, in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies. As the research director for the Sonoran Center, Dr. Schultz will be working with the Sonoran Center's current programs, as well as developing new research and programming initiatives. His focus will be primarily in the area of transition services for adolescents and competitive community-based employment. Read more>>



The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) awarded Alvernon Family Medicine at Banner - University Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon its AZ Big Shots Award on April 18 at its annual awards gala at the Phoenix Country Club. Accepting the award in Phoenix on behalf of Alvernon Family Medicine, were Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD (Medical Director), Jamie Dromgoole-Hernandez (Nurse Manager), Christine Chan, MD (resident vaccine champion), and Arwa Abdel-Raheem (QI and Population Health Coordinator). Alvernon was honored for its innovative approaches to boost immunization rates such as use of honors college interns to address flu vaccination amongst kids with asthma, and tackling adolescent vaccines through creating videos on tablets given to patients during visits. Vaccines are an essential preventive health service and an important part of providing high quality patient care. Great job and congratulations!


Alvernon Residency, Class of 2021:

South Campus Residency, Class of 2021:


Yumi Shirai, PhD, was recently promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor. Dr. Shirai is the director of ArtWorks and a faculty member in the FCM's Sonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Sonoran UCEDD). Dr. Shirai is a trained modern dancer and a social behavioral scientist. She holds an MA in Dance, with an emphasis in Movement Therapy, and a PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the UA. Dr. Shirai integrates her passion for, and training in, these two seemingly distantly-related fields through her work at the Sonoran UCEDD. Through her multiple programs and projects, she is exploring how the visual and performance arts can support grieving and caregiving for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers and families.

Her outreach service, teaching and research focuses on family caregiving and later-life transitions. Her recent projects focus on examining factors that are related to psychological and physiological health, and developing support and educational programs for adults with IDD and their aging family caregivers. Dr. Shirai’s scholarly and teaching interests are inspired by the creative talents and the day-to-day challenges/questions of the FCM ArtWorks community—including the artists with IDD and their families/friends. She’s also inspired by her UA colleagues, students and interns. Her current projects include Project Together (an expressive art-based bereavement support curriculum for adults with IDD), ArtWorks Mary T Paulin Gallery project (a traveling gallery by artists with IDD), and I-AADPAT (Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Prevention and Training). Congratulations on your promotion, and thank you for all that you do for our learners and our community!
Holly Beach, MD, Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship has been promoted to Associate Professor, Clinical Scholar Track. Dr. Beach is the Program Director for FCM's Sports Medicine Fellowship and the Medical Director for FCM's Sports Medicine clinics. Dr. Beach practices non-operative primary care sports medicine, specializing in musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. She also specializes in assessment of sports-related concussions and sees athletes for baseline neurocognitive testing and evaluation treatment after an athlete has sustained a concussion injury. Congratulations, Dr. Beach!
Tejal Parikh, MD, Assistant Dean of Admissions, College of Medicine - Tucson (COM-T), has been promoted to Associate Professor, Educator Scholar Track. Dr. Parikh has devoted her academic career to medical education while continuing to maintain an active clinical practice at UA Campus Health. She is Director of Life Cycle, a second-year required block for medical students at UA COM-T. Moreover, Dr. Parikh's work with the COM-T admissions process led to the adoption of a holistic admissions process.


Congratulations to Anne Ryan, JD, director of FCM's Tucson Family Advocacy Program (TFAP). She was selected by the State Bar of Arizona to receive the 2018 Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award! This award recognizes the "legal services lawyer in Arizona whose service to low-income people encompasses both aggressive advocacy on behalf of individuals in extreme need as well as impact advocacy designed to address systemic issues affecting significant numbers of low-income people.” The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors commended Anne in their award letter stating, “Your years of commitment to the delivery of legal services to Arizona's citizens is exemplary. We honor your dedication and celebrate your legal services career." Anne received the award at the State Bar's Annual Luncheon on June 27. Read full story here>> | Read AZ Daily Star article>>
Congratulations to FCM's Interim Vice Chair of Research, Ivo Abraham, PhD, who received the Theodore G. Tong Distinguished Leadership and Service Award, from the UA College of Pharmacy. This award is named for Dr. Theodore G. Tong for being a leader in our community and providing ongoing mentorship to students and faculty at the UA College of Pharmacy. The Theodore G. Tong award recognizes a member of the UA College of Pharmacy whose impact reaches students and members of the profession in ways that emulate the outstanding service and leadership Dr. Tong demonstrates.
Congratulations to Stephanie Tellez, at FCM's Workforce Development Program, for receiving the Champion of Hope Bell award from Banner University Family Care Health Plans. As an Instructional Specialist Sr., Stephanie teaches the State Certified Integrated Healthcare Recovery Support Specialist Institute. This is a 10-day training that certifies individuals with lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder to use their experience to help others through peer support. Stephanie presented the advantages of Recovery Support Specialists in the workplace to Banner directors, as the process of integrating behavioral health care and physical health care progresses. Stephanie is the first person outside of Banner to receive this award!
Faculty Teaching Awards, South Campus:

Pictured left to right: Drs. Shirley Blancas, Sommer Aldulaimi, and Karyn Kolman
  • Shirley Blancas, MD: Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching in the Outpatient Setting
  • Sommer Aldulaimi, MD: Faculty Excellence in Residency Didactic Teaching, and UA College of Medicine at South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program Overall Annual Teaching Award
  • Karyn Kolman, MD: Faculty Excellence in Teaching on the Inpatient Service
Resident Awards, South Campus:

Pictured left to right: Drs. Zoe Cappe, Kaitlyn Losey, and Michele Alba
  • Zoe Cappe, MD: STFM Resident Teacher Award
  • Kaitlyn Losey, MD: AFMRD Resident Award for Advocacy
  • Michele Alba, MD: AFMRD Resident Award for Scholarship
Congratulations to Mari Ricker, MD, FAAFP, who will be awarded the Degree of Fellow of the the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to family medicine, by their advancement of health care to the American people, and by their professional development through medical education and research. Dr. Ricker's recognition will be conferred at the Fellowship Convocation Ceremony that will be held on October, 12, 2018 at the AAFP's annual national meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kudos to the South Campus Residency Program! The program was honored with National Rural Recognition from the Rural Training Track Collaborative (RTTC). This recognition is awarded to residency programs that demonstrate an outstanding record of graduates entering rural practice. Only 11 programs in the entire country received this recognition! Well done!
Congratulations to residents Emma Goodstein, MD (South Campus), Nate Harris, MD (Alvernon), and Amy Rogers, MD (Alvernon), who have been selected as participants in the UA College of Medicine at South Campus Spanish Language Health Care Disparities Distinction Track. This two-year program focuses on strengthening the skills of intermediate and advanced Spanish-speaking residents in providing enhanced care to their Spanish-speaking patients, as well as developing projects to educate their fellow residents in cultural competency and health care disparities.
Kudos to Jacqueline Huynh, MD, who applied and was accepted to present on Alvernon's AAFP DIY Immunization Grant findings and lessons learned at the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit in July. The Alvernon Family Medicine Center will also receive $1,000 for demonstrating how adolescent immunization rates increased. The selection committee will honor five family physicians with the "High Performers Award" to recognize those family physicians who are going beyond the Healthy People 2020 targets and goals for one or more adolescent vaccines. "High Performers Award" awardees will have the opportunity to present the outcomes from the Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit proceedings at AAFP’s FMX - AAFP's annual national education conference.


Colleen Cagno, MD, produced and published an instructional YouTube video, "Effective Clinical Precepting" for FCM residency faculty development. Her video was shown at the Alvernon residency retreat, and has since been shared across the Association of Family Medicine Residency Director's national listserv. What's more, the video has captured the attention of COM-T instructional faculty, who are exploring options to obtain a UA Health Sciences subscription to a video production service (such as PowToon, the service she used), so faculty can easily produce similar styles of instructional videos. If anyone wants to try PowToon, contact Dr. Cagno for tips before signing up for an account. View video>>
MEET A STUDENT: ASU Student Virnel Demby Gains Valuable Experience as UA Intern 
Hi, my name is Virnel Demby, and I am a senior, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness at Arizona State University. This summer, I have the privilege of participating in the Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) program. It is an intensive 10-week program held at the UA, and is concentrated on health disparities among minorities. Working under FCM researcher, Julie Armin, PhD, I am contributing towards improving shared decision-making about cancer screening for Native American women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Research has primarily consisted of training in the ethical conduct of research, participating in research team meetings, audio-to-text transcription, and literature reviews. By the conclusion of this program, I will have written and presented a research poster displaying my efforts towards understanding an area of health disparities among minorities. As a mentor in the BLAISER program, Dr. Armin provides Virnel with exposure to research, guidance, advice, and assistance in navigating a career in translational health sciences research. 
June FCM Grand Rounds: "Expanding Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Underserved Patients in Southern Arizona"
On June 14, Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD, MPH, Julie Armin, PhD, and Heidi Hamann, PhD, described the involvement of UA investigators and community partners in the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care, an initiative funded by the Merck Foundation. They spoke about the efforts to address oncology care coordination, provider/patient communication, and psychosocial care for underserved cancer patients in Southern Arizona. They described program goals and findings, talked about the “Team Science” approach and integration of researcher and clinicians within Family & Community Medicine. View their presentation>>
Victoria Murrain, DO, FCM faculty and interim Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, completed the AAMC Health Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program on June 14. The Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate (HEDIC) is an intensive academic program of diversity education specifically designed to develop the competencies leaders need to drive diversity as a core component of excellence in health care. The curriculum combines distance-learning and in-residence study with a focus on applied skills that will assist participants in successfully implementing a diversity project at their home institution. Upon completion of the program, participants are required to present their project before the cohort and instructors, as well as at their home institution which sponsored them.  We are proud to have one of our FCM faculty serve as the chief diversity officer for the UA College of Medicine-Tucson. 
Tammie Bassford, MD, presented at AADMD. In her presentation, "Assessment of a Model Coordinated Primary Care Program for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities by Analysis of Medicaid Billing Data," Dr. Bassford discussed health disparities in adults with intellectual developmental disabilities  (I/DD) and the barriers to comprehensive care. She introduced a model coordinated primary care program embedded in a family medicine teaching clinic, and described an analysis of Medicaid billing data, comparing outcomes for members of this program to a matched sample drawn from statewide Medicare beneficiaries with I/DD.
FCM was very well represented at the on-boarding session for all new incoming interns, residents and fellows across Banner UMC-Tucson and Banner UMC-South. Beth Bruzzi, MD, Karyn Kolman, MD, Vicky Murrain, DO, and Mari Ricker, MD, spoke at the COM-Tucson New Residents Orientation on June 29th. Dr. Bruzzi participated in the opening welcoming remarks, Drs. Kolman and Murrain spoke about professionalism, and Dr. Ricker spoke about resident well-being.



The Mobile Health Program (MHP) continues to make an impact in our community! The MHP team has been meeting with potential new partner sites throughout the first half of the year, and hope to begin new services this summer. MHP will begin a partnership with AmeriCares, a national non-profit that is famous for disaster relief services. A little known arm of AmeriCares is working with clinics, like the Mobile Health Clinic, to provide free medications to patients. This summer, MHP will be able to offer patients who are unable to afford medications, specific medications to manage their health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The original Mobile Health van refurbishment should soon be completed, thanks to a Pima County grant. The van will have new flooring, cabinets, and other features that will enable the MHP team to best provide care to communities in need.


Tracy Carroll, PT, MPH: activist, clinician, educator. Tracy Carroll is truly an ace in these three diverse roles—blended together by her passion for “health for all.”  While officially retiring from the University of Arizona faculty in January 2018, these commitments began years before joining FCM in 1997—and will continue on into Tracy's “retirement.”
    Tracy began her career as an educator and life-long community activist on an Oregon American Indian reservation and with the United Farm Workers union. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from NAU in 1986, and an MPH from UA in 1998. Tracy has been the “Border” in the College of Medicine’s Office of Global & Border Health well before its beginning in 2010, working primarily in Sonora, Mexico. She helped forge truly bi-national partnerships with Sonoran counterpart professionals and “urban campesinos” to found En Comun, a community micro-credit bank. She has helped link students from all four UAHS colleges with their counterparts at the Sonora Health Sciences Faculty in Hermosillo. Utilizing her physical therapy skills, she has worked with UA faculty and Nogales, Sonora counterparts to develop and produce all-terrain “Rough Rider” wheel chairs through a bi-national NGO, ARSOBO. Always an educator, Tracy has been lead faculty in the Conversantes service-learning experience for Spanish-speaking young Americans aspiring to the health professions. She served as Co-Director of COM/FCM Global Health Distinction Tract, placing her curricular emphasis on the “big picture issues”—the social determinants of global health and its disparities and solutions. Tracy, thank you for all you have contributed to FCM, COM, UA and our communities on both sides of the border.
Ron Pust, MD, now FCM Professor Emeritus, retired in January after serving as FCM faculty for 38 years and the Director of the Global Health Curriculum at UA COM since 2010. Also trained in public health and preventive medicine, Dr. Pust's career as a physician spanned over 45 years! In that time, he served in numerous professional roles, in many countries, and across multiple continents. Dr. Pust began his medical career as a physician and commissioned officer with the US Public Health Service, serving as a medical officer and epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, working for two years in the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, followed by two years in Nigeria after its civil war.
          Dr. Pust’s most formative experience as a clinical and public health generalist was at a 120 bed provincial hospital in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He become fluent in Neo-Malasian, later serving as an official examiner for the UA Department of Modern Languages. Dr. Pust joined the FCM faculty in 1979, becoming a tireless proponent to establish global health initiatives on the UAHS campus, that continue to this day. Dr. Pust started a global health training course to prepare health care professionals to work in less developed countries and the low-resource environments that can still be found in the US. This interprofessional course has been taught annually for the past 37 years, attracting students and practicing health professionals from around the world. The foundation of this course is Dr. Pust's approach of not seeking shortcuts or substitutes merely for the sake of economy, but to promote intellectually-sound, but efficient ways of diagnosing and treating problems in underserved settings in the US and abroad.
        An award-winning and dedicated educator, Dr. Pust was founding chair of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya - during his 2004-2005 sabbatical year! Soon after the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the government of Sierra Leon asked Dr. Pust to come advise them on rebuilding a health system devastated by Ebola. These are just two examples of the many capacities through which Dr. Pust has served international organizations and educational institutions around the globe. Although he has retired, Dr. Pust leaves a legacy that continues on in the dedication and passion for global health shown by UAHS students, residents and faculty. Ron, thank you for all that you have contributed to FCM, UA, our community and the world!
Hal Strich, MPH, now FCM Lecturer Emeritus, retired after serving nearly 20 years as FCM faculty. During Hal's time with FCM, he has worn many hats, including: program evaluator for a state-wide tobacco cessation training program, setting up a research clinic, Associate Director for the MD-MPH Dual Degree program, Associate Director for the Immunity and Infection Block in the COM-T curriculum, and Thread Manager for the ArizonaMed COM-T medical curriculum. Hal taught coursework in public health, epidemiology, and community health planning. Even though Hal is going to be "retired," he will continue to teach public health topics for COM-T. Prior to joining FCM, Hal held positions as an epidemiologist for the Pima County Health Department, and Executive Director of the Navajo Health Systems Agency, the health planning agency for the Navajo Nation. A great fan of UA basketball, come this fall, Hal will sure to be found at McKale Center or at a sports pub--cheering on the Wildcats!  Hal, thank you for all that you have contributed to FCM and the UA.


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