FCM researcher Alicia Allen, PhD, presents at COM – Tucson's Innovations and Inventions event. See story below, in the "Research" section.


Featured Faculty: Andy Bernstein, PhD

What do you do at FCM?
I'm the clinical director of Camp Wellness at the RISE Health and Wellness Center, and a clinical professor on the core faculty of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. In the latter role, I supervise residents in their communication with patients and their ability to identify and manage behavioral health issues. I'm also on a research team which examines how professionals’ and laypersons’ “helping conversations” can help people reduce or quit using tobacco.    
What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work? 
It’s a toss-up between contributing to the training and development of new family docs, and seeing the collaboration of professional health educators and professionally-trained peer support staff at Camp Wellness as they serve as role models and empathetic instructors helping people with serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders achieve improved health and wellness in a recovery-oriented adult-education setting.
What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus?
My first job out of graduate school—a long time ago—was as a community psychologist at the New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, which helped people throughout the state find and form support groups for dealing with a wide range of psycho-social and health-related challenges, notably HIV/AIDS and SMI. It was there that I was first exposed to the mutual-help paradigm, and how effectively it can complement the professional-help paradigm and even influence the latter’s evolution.
What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t guess?
As an undergraduate when I wasn’t demonstrating I used to play the bells (carillon) every Friday afternoon in the library tower of the University of Rochester.  
What do you like to do in your free time?  
My favorite activity is traveling to and spending time with our two grown kids’ families, and watching the three family dogs play tirelessly with each other and with our granddaughter. I am also blessed with close friendships around the country that are half a century old, and I like to see how long I can take care of plants before accidentally killing them.


Claudia Gallego Promoted to Assistant Department Administrator

Congratulations to Claudia Gallego! Claudia was promoted to assistant department administrator, from senior business manager. In addition to Claudia’s current job duties, she will manage the IT department functions and personnel; supervise the promotion and tenure coordinator; oversee the business office promotion and tenure functions; supervise the grants manager; increase coordination and integration of Banner and UA business office functions, and conduct strategic financial planning and process development. Claudia has been a stellar leader of the FCM business office since 2013, and we are proud of her accomplishment!
Dr. Alicia Allen Accepted into ADFM Leads Fellowship

Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, was accepted into the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) LEADS fellowship for 2020-2021. The fellowship is a 1-year program designed for family physicians and senior family medicine faculty who either aspire to becoming a department chair or other senior leadership position in academic family medicine, or want to further explore if these roles would be a good career fit. Congratulations, Dr. Allen!
Dr.  Francine C. Gachupin Selected by Tucson Indian Center for 'Community Organization Recognition Award'

Congratulations to Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor, who was selected by Tucson Indian Center (TIC) for a Community Organization Recognition Award for her Heart and Mind Study and TIC Community Health Needs Assessment she conducted for the center. The award was accepted by Jennie Joe, PhD, MPH, professor emerita, during the TIC Moccasins and Bolos Gala on Sept. 28.
Susan Voirol Presented With 2019 Families First Award 

On October 24, Susan Voirol, program manager for the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities (UCEDD), was presented with the 2019 Families First Award by the organization, Raising Special Kids. The award is presented to an individual who has shown exemplary support for Arizona families raising children of all ages with disabilities. Susan's work in systems change through collaboration and participation, her commitment to Arizona’s Employment First Initiative, and her compassion for the family experience made this year’s unanimous decision an easy one for the committee. Congratulations, Susan! Pictured here with Susan: Chris Tiffany, executive director, Raising Special Kids
Cadey Harrel, MD, Elected as Women's Constituency Delegate by AAFP 

Congratulations to Cadey Harrel, MD, assistant professor. At AAFP's Congress of Delegates in Sept., Dr. Harrel was elected as the Women’s Constituency delegate, and appointed as one of the two constituency caucus leaders for the Congress. During the Congress, they voted on and adopted policies on topics such as reproductive health, sex trafficking, gender-affirming care, and the health of immigrant families." AAFP has some of the strongest lobbying power on Capitol Hill," said Dr. Harrel. "The policies that we adopt directly influence which conversations take place with legislators, and it's important that the voices of our generation and our patients are heard. This is an important avenue that family physicians can take to ensure that this is accomplished. Plus, there is a student and resident caucus there too, so residents should consider the opportunity to represent. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun, and the friendships you forge with other like-minded advocates is inspiring." Photo: Dr. Harrel, second from the left.
FCM Faculty Featured by COM – Tucson for 'Women in Medicine' Month

Drs. Sommer Aldulaimi, Julie Armin, Ann Mathias, Kyle Meehan and Jessie Pettit were featured in UA-Women in Academic Medicine for Women in Medicine month in September. The UA-Women in Academic Medicine group is dedicated to fostering mentorship, networking, career development, and institutional advancement for female faculty at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. We are proud of you all!


Banner – University Medicine Whole Health Clinic Wins Silver Award from APA

Congratulations to Ann Mathias, DO, associate chief of clinical affairs, and her team at Banner – University Medicine Whole Health Clinic! They won the American Psychiatric Association's Silver Award for modeling how behavioral health and primary care teams can work together to address the needs of the people they serve. The Banner marketing team made a wonderful video about the clinic. Great job, team!
Alvernon Clinic Annual Retreat

In September, the Wellness Committee at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon, chaired by Janelle Thompson, PsyD assistant professor, held its annual retreat at Reid Park. It was a chance for faculty, residents, and staff to come together outside of the clinic to engage in team building and camaraderie. Clinic cohesion was strengthened through a simulated zombie apocalypse and clinic communication was enhanced with, believe it or not, finger painting. The retreat concluded with looking toward next year’s retreat with a t-shirt design competition where Alvernon clinical teams created t-shirt designs that capture the spirit of the Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic. The t-shirt with the most votes from clinic personnel will be distributed clinic-wide to wear at next year’s retreat.


FCM Media Training

On Oct. 10, FCM held its first media training for faculty, staff and residents. The training was led by Chris Sigurdson, vice president for UA Communications and Rebecca "Bec" Ruiz McGill, earned media program manager for Banner – University Medicine. There were nearly 60 participants! Chris discussed how to prepare for a media interview, strategies for working with the media, what makes a story newsworthy (or not), how to navigate advocacy, and more. Bec discussed Banner's marketing communications strategies, and Banner requirements when working with the media featuring patients and staff. 

Dr. Barry Weiss Presents at the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) Annual Event

For the second year in a row, Barry Weiss, MD, professor and associate editor for American Family Physicians (AFP) presented a writing-for-publication workshop at the AAFP annual FMX meeting, that took place last month in Philadelphia. Photo: Presenting with Dr. Weiss (right), Sumi Sexton (left), AFP's editor in chief, Kenneth Lin (center), AFP’s deputy editor


Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program Host 'Fifth Annual Global Peer Support Celebration'

The 5th annual Global Peer Support Celebration Day took place Oct. 17 at RISE Health & Wellness Center, with peer supporters from Camp Wellness and Workforce Development Program (WDP)

"Global Peer Support Celebration Day is an annual celebration of peer supporters to recognize their hard work helping their peers with mental health, addictions and/or trauma-related challenges, progress in their recovery," said Andy Bernstein, PhD, clinical professor and clinical director of Camp Wellness.

“In Pima County and surrounding areas, peer supporters work in diverse settings and employ a variety of support skills and services,” said Adria Powles, program manager of WDP. “This event is designed to give back to the peers and celebrate them for breaking down barriers and improving the quality of life for many of our community members.”

Peer support is an emerging “best-practice,” and has proven to be a cost-effective treatment for mental health, addiction and traumatic challenges. It reduces inpatient hospital days and recidivism rates, and in addition to increasing service recipients’ knowledge and competence regarding the use of less expensive and less restrictive community-based services, it helps them to develop and take advantage of free and natural social supports.

Pictured above, from left: Adria Powles, WDP program manager; Jennifer De La Rosa, PhD, WDP evaluation associate 


Dr. Alicia Allen Presents at COM-Tucson’s Innovations & Inventions Event

Alicia Allen, PhD, assistant professor, presented a “Fast Pitch” at COM-Tucson’s Innovations & Inventions event on Oct. 17. Her pitch was titled, "Hormones in substance use disorders: A novel approach to breaking the abstinence-relapse cycle" (begins at 18:49). Innovations & Inventions is an annual COM – Tucson research-centered event, spotlighting new faculty and successful inventions. 
FCM Participants Present at the AAFP Global Health Summit

FCM faculty, residents and resident alumni presented at the 2019 AAFP Global Health Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 9-12.

Participants included:
  • Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP, associate professor; Victoria McCurry, MD (former resident), "Ethical Considerations of Short term Medical Mission Trips Roundtable 2.0"
  • Shana Semmens, MD, assistant professor; Myles Stone, MD (former resident), "Palliative Care in Indigenous Communities"; Dr. Stone also presented, "Airway Emergencies in Resource Limited Settings"
  • Iman Ahmed, MD, 3rd-year resident at Alvernon, "Will Identifying and Tailoring a Traditional Somali Diet Using Nutritional Intervention Improve Glucose Control in Somali Patients?"
  • Third-year residents Emma Goodstein, MD (South Campus) and Amy Rogers, MD (Alvernon), "Improving Forensic Medical Examinations for Asylum Seekers: A Skill for Family Physicians and Residents"
  • Ron Pust, MD professor emeritus, "Leprosy Update 2019: From Basics to the Latest" and "Global Health Stories you KNOW you NEED to Share"
  • Joshua Freeman, MD, clinical professor, and Anna Landau, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor, "Global Health at Home: Caring for Migrant Families on Their Arrival to the U.S." 
Pictured left to right: Drs. Anna Landau, Amy Rogers, Chelsea Johnson, Patricia Wu, Sommer Aldulaimi, Iman Ahmed, Emma Goodstein
FCM Participates in the 2019 WONCA World Rural Conference

Shana Semmens, MD, assistant professor, Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP, associate professor and Jerome Koleski, MD, assistant professor presented at the WONCA Rural Conference on Oct. 12 in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Semmens and Myles Stone, MD, (former resident) presented, "Palliative Care in Indigenous Communities." Dr. Aldulaimi and Dr. Koleski presented their poster, "Training Residents for Future Rural and Underserved Practice: One Residency Program's Success Story." Pictured left to right, Myles Stone, Shana Semmens, Sommer Aldulaimi, Jerome Koleski


Workforce Development Program Featured in Eastern Arizona Courier

Workforce Development Program's Integrated Healthcare Recovery Support Specialist Institute (IHRSSI) was featured in the Eastern Arizona Courier article, "Recovery support specialists celebrate graduation." Pictured here: WDP's David Delawder (right) high fives an IHRSSI graduate.

ArtWorks Featured on Arizona Illustrated

AZPM’s Arizona Illustrated featured ArtWorks and their “Crafting My Story” exhibit, which is currently on display at the UA Museum of Art through January, 2020.

Dr. Paul Gordon Featured in 3M's "Inside Angle," Podcast

Paul Gordon, MD, MPH, professor, participated in podcast with 3M "Inside Angle." In the podcast, Dr. Gordon discussed his 2016 "listening tour"—a three-month coast-to-coast bicycle trip, where he stopped at diners, truck stops and cafes, to listen to people discuss their views about health care costs, access and the Affordable Care Act. His listening tour earned national media attention. Dr. Gordon's goal was to amplify the voices of those in rural areas and small towns, and to help clinicians be better practitioners—and listeners—when it comes to their patients. 


Dr. Emma Goodstein Featured in The Daily Wildcat

Emma Goodstein, MD, chief resident and 3rd-year resident at South Campus, was featured in a Daily Wildcat article, "Medical resident receives national award for community service" for the award she received from the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Dr. Francine Gachupin Serves as Outreach Core Lead on Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) Study

The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) received 5-year funding from the National Cancer Institute. The NACP has several different components including research, training and outreach. Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor, is the UA Outreach Core Lead, which was funded at $565k. The Outreach Core will focus on sustainable cancer research and prevention, a dissemination academy, and community-based education activities. 


Bijan Mossadeghi, MD, 2nd-Year Resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program

Why you chose South Campus FM residency?: I chose South Campus because it provided: opportunity to work with underserved population; rural rotations which is very rare among family medicine residencies; faculty with expertise in global health; wide variety of available electives; and cordial and supportive culture among residents and faculty.
What you love most about Tucson?: I love the great opportunities for outdoor adventure in Tucson; great place to live with family; beautiful skies; people are down-to-earth and friendly; wide variety of cultural activities; great international cuisine.
Tell us about your family (including pets.): My wife Lily is a woodworker and loves hiking and camping. My daughter Leila loves to dance, bake cakes, play violin and piano; our dog Jessie likes to catch her Frisbee and chase after lizards.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Used to be a judo fanatic before going into medicine.
2: Lived in Malaysia for 3 years and traveled all over southeast Asia.
3: Love southeast Asian food.
Atalie Elizabeth Rutherford, MD, 3rd-Year Resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: Denver, CO
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine?: I had the best interview experience of any place, which instantly made me feel like family. Also, you get an incredible breadth of training in the program, which made me feel like I will be well prepared after residency.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson?: The mountains, since I missed them while in medical school in Nebraska.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?: Fly fishing, yoga, concerts, and cheese (it has to be on all food I eat)
What are your professional interests within medicine?: My family is from the southwest and thus I have always wanted to live in the southwest and work with native populations, especially in the rural setting.
Favorite way to spend a day off?: Rock climbing with other residents, and then pool volleyball at Amy's house.


Miriam Downey, NP, started on October 21 as a nurse practitioner for the Mobile Health Program. Welcome, Miriam!

Nicholas Rivas, started on October 21 as an accountant for the FCM business office. He is a native of Tucson, and has a bachelor's degree in arts and media, with a minor in anthropology. His long-term goal is to be an anthropology professor. Nicholas has worked at the UA for more than four years and previously worked in the business offices at the Student Union and the Department of Psychology. He has a fiancé, two dogs (his "children"), Chloe and Bandit (a German Shepard and a Shih Tzu), and a cat that is more like an aloof roommate. In his free time, he is does photography for weddings and quinceañeras. Welcome, Nicholas!

Paul Steffen joined FCM on October 7, as a driver for the Mobile Health Program. Paul grew up in Riverside, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and earned a BA in economics from the College of Artesia (New Mexico). He worked for 20 years as a manager in the property and casualty insurance industry and 13 years in the car business, finishing as finance director at a Chevrolet dealership in Phoenix. He moved to Mexico for seven years, and returned to Arizona in 2015, where he worked as an executive chauffeur. He is a widow, and has a 33-year-old son and two dogs—an American Hairless Terrier and a Chi-weinee (Chihuahua and Dachshund cross). Welcome to FCM, Paul!


Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH Julie S. Armin, PhD Andrew D. Bernstein, PhD Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH Chelsea Johnson, MD Jerome F. Koleski, MD Karyn B. Kolman, MD Randa M. Kutob, MD, MPH Elizabeth A. Moran, MD, MPH Myra L. Muramoto, MD, MPH

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