MAY 2019
Congratulations to third-year resident, Brianna Grigsby, MD, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program, who received the "Best Poster Award" at our RSPP Scholarly Day, May 9. View more photos>>


Julie Armin, PhD, Assistant Professor

What do you do at FCM?
I am a member of the research faculty. My program centers on improving access to cancer care for historically marginalized populations, including immigrants and people with disabilities, using qualitative and multi-method community-based research. I also co-direct the Resident Scholarly Project Program (RSPP) with Dr. Alicia Allen.
What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work? Collaboration with academic and non-academic partners. I am honored to share my expertise and learn from others. I co-edited a book that was published in March 2019 titled, Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control, and I was excited to collaborate with fantastic scholars in the production of our manuscript.  

What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus? Before graduate school, I handled media relations for the American Cancer Society in the San Francisco Bay Area. I found myself thinking like an anthropologist as I navigated the fraught politics of cancer in my role as the local spokesperson for a large national organization. I needed to understand and respond to the perspectives of many different communities. That role also widened my view into the social hierarchies and processes that produce health inequity.
What do you like to do in your free time? I have been practicing yoga regularly for about 18 years, so I manage to fit in yoga on a weekly basis. I am generally engaged in lots of family activities with my husband and 8-year old daughter. My favorite is family movie night, when we painstakingly choose a movie everyone can enjoy and I fall asleep within the first hour.


D Dwight and Beverly McGuffin Present at Tucson Foundation Nurses Week Conference

D Dwight, RN, MSN, research nurse with Camp Wellness, and Beverly McGuffin, RN, MSN, CPRP, former director of Workforce Development Program, presented on May 10 at the Tucson Nurses Foundation Nurses Week Conference that took place at Loew’s Ventana Canyon, May 10-11. They presented about behavioral health recovery in primary care and discussed the impact of recent AHCCCS changes on doctors, nurses, clinics and hospitals throughout the state. "It was rewarding to see their faces light up and their heads nod yes (or no) when we presented on Person First Language, hope, motivational interviewing and WRAP," said D. "The Tucson Nurses Foundation Nurses Week Conference is  important to the practice of nursing, evidence-based practice, and the medical community in Tucson."
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah, Panelist at AAFP Leadership Conference

Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, MBA, clinical associate professor, spoke about turning passion into patient advocacy at the AAFP Leadership Conference, that took place in Kansas City, MO in April. At the conference, Dr. Grivois-Shah shared that he found he could take his passion for changing systems and bettering communities and use that in family medicine. He attended as an official delegate for the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AzAFP). Read about his presentation>>


Department Chair Dr. Myra Muramoto Participates in the 42nd Annual 'TD Five Boro Bike Tour' in New York City

Accolades to FCM's Department Chair, Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, for completing the TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5! Myra and her husband Doug joined 32,000 other bicyclists and rode 40 miles through the five boroughs of New York City—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Although it rained for the entire ride, Myra said it was an amazing experience.The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the country’s largest charitable bike ride and proceeds from the event fund many free bicycle education programs it has for children and adults. 
Dr. Cadey Harrel Chosen as a Caucus Leader for National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL)

Kudos to Cadey Harrel, MD, assistant professor (pictured on right), who was chosen to serve as one of the women’s caucus leaders for American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Constituency NCCL in Kansas City this year. 
Medical Student Kimberly Golisch Receives FCM's 'Nehal A. Shah Global Health Award'

Congratulations to Kimberly Golisch, UA College of Medicine class of 2020. Kimberly was selected to receive the Nehal A. Shah Memorial Global Health Award from FCM's Nehal A. Shah Endowment for Global Health Education. The endowment was established in memory of UA medical student Nehal Shah, for her visionary leadership in global health. The award is presented every year to a fourth-year medical student who is active in the Global Health Forum. Pictured left to right: Ron Pust, MD, professor emeritus and former director of the Global Health Curriculum; Kimberly Golisch; Tracy Carroll, PT, MPH, former co-director of COM/FCM Global Health Distinction Track
Dr. Sommer Aldulaimi Elected Communications Chair for STFM Global Health Educator Collaborative

Congratulations to Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, assistant professor, who was elected Communications Chair for STFM's Global Health Educator Collaborative. In this position, Dr. Sommer will work to improve access of STFM-GHEC members to STFM Connect, create a quarterly newsletter including major articles from STFM/AAFP journal on global health topics, obtain updates from partner global health groups (AAFP, WONCA, etc.), and participate in a regular leadership call with the Chair Elect and Chair.
Dr. Dan Derksen Named 2019 Alumni of the Year

Congratulations to Dan Derksen, MD, professor of public health and family medicine, who was named College of Medicine – Tucson’s 2019 Alumni of the Year! The honor is bestowed annually by the UA Alumni Association. Dr. Derksen completed his bachelor’s degree and medical degree and at the UA. He then went on to complete his residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico. Today he serves as the UA Health Sciences Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Outreach and Interprofessional Activities. In this role, he collaborates across the UA campus, and with stakeholders and partners statewide, to build on activities that promote health equity – including social, economic, demographic and geographic factors that affect health outcomes. Read more >>
Dr. Adam Patterson Receives 'Norma J. Peal, PhD Excellence in GME Award' 

Kudos to Adam Patterson, MD, third year South Campus Family Medicine resident, who was awarded the Norma J. Peal, PhD Excellence in GME Award, at the annual Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day academic research event on May 14. The award is given to a resident who has shown a commitment to underserved populations, rural communities, community activity and scholarly activity. For more info about the event, see article in the "Education" section about the "Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day."
Dr. Weston LaGrandeur Accepted to GME Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track

Congratulations to Weston LaGrandeur, MD, first year South Campus Family Medicine resident, who has been accepted to the Graduate Medical Education South Campus - Spanish Language/Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track. The program offers medical Spanish language training to 2nd and 3rd-year residents with an intermediate to advanced proficiency level.
CME Office, Led by Dr. Randa Kutob, Receives ‘Reaccreditation with Commendation’

Kudos to FCM's Randa Kutob, MD, MPH, associate professor and director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) at the College of Medicine – Tucson, and her team. For the first time, the OCME received reaccreditation with commendation from the national Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  The commendation status is the highest status awarded by ACCME. ACCME’s commendation status recognizes institutions  engaged in quality initiatives within their health systems and their communities through collaborative alliances. Institutions receiving commendation also must demonstrate the implementation of educational strategies to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. Read more>>


Mobile Health Program Expands Services in Partnership with SAAF, YOTO and Primavera Foundation

Fantastic news! FCM's Mobile Health Program (MHP) recently expanded its services, in partnership with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Youth on Their Own (YOTO) and Primavera Foundation’s Casa Paloma. The program began its expanded services on May 1. The additional services were made possible, thanks to a $450,000 gift from Banner Health Foundation earlier this year. The funds enabled MHP to hire Georgette George, FNP (pictured above) and bring its second mobile clinic into full service. At SAAF, MHP will offer services to the LGBTQ community and other populations at risk of acquiring HIV. In addition, the program will offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help prevent HIV transmission for individuals at higher risk. At YOTO and Primavera Foundation, MHP will provide health care for those who are homeless or have housing insecurity. Read more>> | KVOA segment | AZ Star articleAZ Star article (Spanish) | KGUN segment
Anne Ryan Featured in Lo Que Pasa Article, 'Professor Combines Legal, Medical Backgrounds to Improve Health Care for Low-Income Patients'

Anne Ryan, JD, assistant professor, was featured in the Lo Que Pasa article on May 15, "Professor Combines Legal, Medical Backgrounds to Improve Health Care for Low-Income Patients." The article highlights Anne's work to establish FCM's Tucson Family Advocacy ProgramRead article>>
ArtWorks Encourages UA Students During Finals Week, Featured on AZPM's Arizona Spotlight

During the second week of May, artists from ArtWorks' provided encouragement to UA students during finals week. Each year, the artists paint signs with positive messages, such as "Good Luck on Finals," "Finals are Fun," and "You Got This." They spread a lot of smiles and kindness to everyone passing by! AZPM story>> 
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah Speaks at AIDS Candlelight Vigil

Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH., MBA, clinical associate professor, spoke at the annual candlelight vigil for those affected by HIV and AIDS. The purpose of the event is to remember those who have lost a loved one to AIDS and to reduce the stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV. KOLD segment>> 
A Life of Service, A Life of Impact: Former FCM Nurse Practitioner, Betty Liggins

Former FCM nurse practitioner, civil rights leader and community activist, Betty Higgins, RN, FNP, died on May 8. She was 88.

In 1984, Betty joined FCM and worked with seniors in the South Park Neighborhood. She set up health clinics to care for the elderly in Tucson and South Tucson housing complexes. A third clinic was established at the then-Connie Chambers housing project south of downtown. "Betty was a force unto herself. Godspeed, Betty," recalled Lane Johnson, MD, MPH, professor emeritus. "She was never predictable and never tired," said Ronald E. Pust, MD, professor emeritus. Photo by Mike Christy  Read more>> | AZ Star article>> | KVOA segment>> 

Third Annual Tucson Palooza a Big Success!

The third annual Tucson Palooza was a big success! Attendees learned ways to help themselves and loved ones be happier and healthier. Whether petting a therapy dog, taking a swing at the dunking booth or exploring the experiences of others at the Living Library, Tucson Palooza promoted mental health awareness. An annual outreach event of Camp Wellness, the event had music, games and mental health resources.  View photos>> | Daily Wildcat article>> | KGUN segment>> | KOLD segment>> | First Responders Lip-Off Challenge>>


Resident Scholarly Project Program (RSPP) Scholarly Day

On May 9, the annual "RSPP Scholarly Day" took place. Our third-year residents presented their completed scholarly projects, we learned about our second-year residents' works-in-progress, and the "Best Poster Award" was presented.

Congratulations to Dr. Brianna Grigsby (Alvernon Family Residency Program), who received the Best Poster Award for her project, "Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in Refugee and Non-Refugee Patients"!  

Additional RSPP awards:
Most likely to improve community health: Dr. Patricia Wu
Most likely to improve the health of a special population: Drs. Emma Goldstein & Amy Rogers
Most likely to improve clinic work flow: Dr. Atalie Rutherford
Most likely to improve community-clinical relationships: Dr. Erika Kumala
Most likely to improve resident inpatient education: Drs. Nate Harris & Sho Shima
Most likely to improve clinical practice: Drs. Joshua Jean & Iman Ahmed

We are grateful to RSPP Co-Directors, Drs. Alicia Allen and Julie Armin for all their hard work with the program throughout the year! 

Pictured above: Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program chief resident Erica Gadzik, MD, discusses her scholarly project with Dept. Chair Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH (left), Sommer Aldulaimi, MD (center), and Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH (right).  View Scholarly Day Photos>>
FCM Faculty Attend STFM Spring Conference 

Many of our FCM faculty attended and presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference April 27 - May 1, in Ontario, Canada. STFM is a national community of academic leaders committed to developing an accomplished family medicine workforce, prepared to serve as the foundation of America’s health care system. FCM faculty who presented:
  • Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP: Chief Leadership Curriculum
  • Josh Freeman, MD: Writing and Submitting Manuscripts for Family Medicine
  • Patricia Lebensohn, MD, Emma Goodstein, MD, Amy Rogers, MD, and Claire Lamneck (medical student): Forensic Evaluations for Asylum Seekers: A Skill for Physicians to Advocate for Human Rights 
  • Nicole Person-Rennell, MD, MPH: Developing and Implementing a Procedure Elective for Medical Students Interested in Primary Care
  • Mari A. Ricker, MD: Empowering Learners to Approach Chronic Pain From an Integrative Perspective 
FCM Faculty and Residents Participate in 'Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day'

FCM faculty and residents participated in the 2019 Jeanne Deinert GME Scholarly Day academic research event on May 14 at Banner – University Medical Center South Campus. FCM South Campus residents presented research posters and South Campus resident Patty Wang, MD gave a presentation titled, “Planetary Medicine.” This annual event is hosted by the UA College of Medicine – South Campus GME Office in recognition of the late GME office administrator Jeanne Deinert. Pictured here, South Campus Family Medicine chief resident, Sarah Hutchison, MD; chief resident Phillip Call, DO; and third-year resident, Pixie Sanders, DOView more photos>>  | Read more>>


NARTC'S Student Action Advisory Board (SAAB) Co-Organizes 5k Run/Walk

NARTC's student organization, Student Action Advisory Board (SAAB) co-organized the Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Awareness 5k run/walk that took place at Brandi Fenton Park on May 5. Over 125 people participated in the race to raise awareness for MMIWG. Arizona is ranked third in the country for highest incidence of MMIWG and Tucson is tied for third as the city with the most MMIWG. 

The event included information on MMIWG, a blessing provided by FCM's Carlos Gonzales, MD, associate professor, and cultural performances by Wildcat Nation Drum Group, and doctoral student and UCEDD diversity fellow, Christie Kelly, playing the flute. The event is part of the national virtual run for MMIWG awareness created by the organization Native Women Running.

The event was organized by Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH, NARTC SAAB co-advisor and her organization, Indigenous Volunteers. Erik Peaches, NARTC SAAB president and NARTC intern, co-organized the event. NARTC SAAB is led by NARTC's Teshia Solomon, PhD, associate professor, who also volunteered at the event. Small photo: Erik Peaches, Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks. Large photo: UA Zuckerman College of Public Health students Rachelle Begay (L), Jenny Richards (C). Photo by GoatOGRAPHER View more photos>>
Dr. Ines Mghamba Kajiru, Completes Fellowship at Sonoran UCEDD

Ines Mghamba Kajiru, PhD, from Tanzania, was in Tucson during May, working on a fellowship at the UA Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities, as part of the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment. Dr. Kajiru's project, "Training Employers on the Essence of Employing People with Disabilities," will illustrate the advantages of employing people with disabilities, and will identify and address myths associated with people with disabilities in Tanzania. The goal of her project is to reduce stereotypes, change hiring policies and practice, and increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities in Tanzania.

The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment is part of the Professional Fellows Program, an exchange initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is administered by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI), and Humanity & Inclusion (HI). Dr. Kajiru spent time with UCEDD staff, traveled around Arizona and met with government agencies, schools, provider organizations, families and people with disabilities to learn best practices in inclusive employment.
NARTC SAAB Volunteers for Ha:San Preparatory and Leadership School Student Academic Showcase and Prom Clothing Drive

Erik Peaches, president, NARTC Student Action Advisory Board (SAAB) and Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH, NARTC SAAB co-advisor, volunteered to judge the annual Ha:San Preparatory and Leadership School Student Academic Showcase, on May 9. All grades participated in this showcase, that incorporates science, technology, the arts and culture into student projects. View photos from the academic showcase>>

Erik and Dr. Cordova-Marks also organized the "5th Annual Prom Clothing Drive" that collected prom clothing for students at Ha:San. Ha:San is a local Tucson high school that primarily serves urban American Indians in Tucson. Thank you everyone that donated to the prom clothing drive, especially FCM Business Office, Pima County Health Department and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Teshia Solomon, PhD, associate professor, is the NARTC SAAB advisor. 


Dr. Susan Schembre Receives New Grant 

Susan Schembre, PhD, RD, associate professor, is co-principal investigator on a new, one-year, $300,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant. She is collaborating with Rick Weiss, MS, president and founder of Viocare, and Ali Cinar, PhD, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education, Illinois Institute of Technology. The grant, “mDGS: A Novel Mobile Dietary Guidance System for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Using CGM-based Hyperglycemia Prediction” 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. The aims of Phase 1 are:
  • Develop algorithms that use CGM data to predict post-meal hyperglycemia
  • Design, prototype and test the usability of CGM-integrated mobile dietary guidance system interfaces


Emma Goodstein, MD, 2nd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program  

Languages spoken: Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I am planning on doing full service, rural family medicine when I graduate, and this is the perfect program for that. With our rural rotations, we not only are prepared for the rigors of full-service practice, but we also get to experience rural practice firsthand. We are also in the unique position to practice border medicine, and have faculty experienced in global health to lead our global health track. Overall, it was a perfect fit for me!
What do you love most about Tucson? People laugh at me because I am obsessed with Tucson! I moved here for the residency program, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the perfect sized city, in my opinion, and it is so easy to access the beautiful outdoors. There are hiking trails that go up into the mountains, walking distance from my house! There are many other things I love about Tucson, but if I had to pick one thing, the accessibility of the outdoors would be it.
Tell us about your family (including pets): I live with my fiancée and two cats. I’m originally from Portland, Oregon and my family is still up in the Pacific NW.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I love hiking, biking, running, gardening—basically anything that gets me outside!
2: I worked for Partners in Health in Chiapas, Mexico prior to med school.
3: I’m a huge sci-fi nerd.
Shannon Driscoll, MD, 2nd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from? Tucson, AZ
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? Out-of-the-box thinking, emphasis on integrative medicine, and great people!
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Tucson is such an eclectic place, there is something for everyone.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? Swimming, biking, running, weightlifting, rock climbing
What are your professional interests within medicine? Nutrition, exercise and prevention
Favorite Way to spend a day off? Breakfast out, swimming and watching my husband do the laundry.
"Bucket list" item? Bicycling around Europe.
Best Arizona getaway? Star Pass, North Rim of Grand Canyon, Springerville


Jordan Elliott started on May 20, as an administrative assistant for the FCM business office. As a student worker, she will be with us over the summer. Welcome, Jordan!


Ivo Abraham, PhD Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH Randa Kutob, MD, MPH Susan Schembre, PhD, RD Barry Weiss, MD

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