March is an exciting month for FCM, as it's the month of National Match Day—where medical students from all over the country learn where they will complete their residency programs. Match Day culminates months of hard, but exciting work, as our residencies do their best to recruit the best and brightest of medical students who have chosen careers in family medicine. I'm happy to announce that both Alvernon and South Campus Family Medicine Residency Programs filled all eight slots for the residency class of 2022! It is an outstanding group of future family physicians! Please help me welcome our incoming interns, who will begin their family medicine residency programs in July.
South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program, Class of 2022:
Kela Bergren,University of Washington School of Medicine–Montana WWAMI
Rachel Bruckman, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Clare Donahue, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Caroline Flowers, The University of Texas–Southwestern Medical School
Justin Gause, University of Washington School of Medicine–Idaho WWAMI
Mark Grant, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Marisela Mariscal, The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Hadley Pope, The University of New Mexico College of Medicine
Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program, Class of 2022
Sarah Bodine, The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Fatima Giron, The University of Illinois College of Medicine
Frank Gomez,The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Dan Luccock, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Sean McEvoy, The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Natasha Mitra, The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Natondra Powell, Howard University College of Medicine
Karissa Wasiak, University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine
FCM Department Administrator Dara Purvis Joins Duke University
On March 8, we said goodbye to Dara Purvis, FCM's department administrator. Dara accepted a position at Duke University where she will be the department administer for their Department of Orthopedics. This opportunity will enable Dara to move closer to her extended family and apply her tremendous talent and experience to help another large health system and university navigate major change. While we certainly will miss Dara, we are happy for her new opportunities and wish her every success.
In her three years since rejoining FCM, Dara’s impact on our department has been immeasurable. She truly embraced the uniquely multi-faceted mission of our department, and worked tirelessly to help us realize the vision for our department’s future. Dara developed and grew an outstanding FCM business office/administrative team, and helped me to restructure our department leadership. We hired 32 new FCM faculty during Dara's tenure with us. With this growth we have strengthened our residencies with new faculty, grown our clinical footprint with faculty private practices that also contribute to our academic mission, and we are actively strengthening and growing our research and community engagement programs.
Beverly McGuffin Retires After Years of Groundbreaking Work
Beverly McGuffin, RN, MS, CPRP, Director of FCM's UA RISE Workforce Development Program (WDP), retired on March 8, after many years of outstanding service at FCM, and a lifetime of tireless advocacy and visionary work in the field of behavioral health care.
Beverly joined FCM's UA RISE in 2005, and in 2012, she became the director of WDP. WDP provides Certified Recovery Support Specialist training and has trained more than 1,280 individuals since 2005. WDP is the first and largest peer support training program in Southern Arizona, providing services in Tucson and rural areas including Sierra Vista, Safford, Nogales, Yuma, Casa Grande and Marana. The program promotes recovery and expanded opportunities for people with mental illness, substance use disorders and dual diagnosis, by employing a collaborative approach to advocacy, service, education and research. Under Beverly's proactive leadership, additional integrated health care content was added to the WDP curriculum to prepare graduates for work in integrative health care settings. She continues to advocate for peers in clinical settings and created the "Collaborative Care Advisory Committee," composed of Banner University Health Plans and community members to provide guidance in fulfilling the vision of truly integrated health care.
Beverly graduated from Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1971 with a with a BFA degree. After touring with theatrical groups in the midwest and the east coast, Beverly changed her career vision and in 1980, graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Over the next 10 years she worked at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, including working as a charge nurse in the inpatient psychiatric unit. In 1990, she received her MS in Nursing from UCSF in Quality Assurance. She was one of several people chosen to produce and participate in bringing the psychosocial rehabilitation option to California in the early 1990’s. In 1994, Beverly moved to Phoenix, where she worked for the Maricopa County Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA). In 1997, she moved to Tucson and worked at La Frontera Center. In 1999, she was promoted to the Director of Services for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness, and held that position until 2004.
We are so grateful for your years of exceptional work, Beverly!
Chris Weber Accepts Position with COM-Tucson Information Technology Services
FCM's Chris Weber, IT Support Analyst Sr., has accepted a position with the UA College of Medicine-TucsonInformation Technology Services team, as their new IT Support Analyst, Principal. In his new role, Chris will oversee COM-Tucson's IT team—a big challenge, but we know Chris will do a great job. Although we are sad to see Chris leave FCM, we are grateful for all his hard work at FCM over the past three and a half years. His last full day at FCM is March 29, and he will help part-time with the transition the first week of April. Thank you for being such a valued member of the FCM team, Chris!
Karyn Kolman, MD, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Education
What do you do at FCM?
I have a varied role at FCM. Most recently, as the Vice Chair for Education, I am responsible for the oversight, evaluation, and performance of our existing educational programs (residency, medical school and undergraduate), as well as developing new educational programs that are aligned with our department’s mission. I also work together with the other Vice Chairs to help integrate all of our mission areas.
What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work?
At heart, I am a teacher and a clinician, practicing and teaching medical students and residents in the office, hospital, and delivering babies. Every day is different, so I don’t get bored. The meaning in my work comes from the relationships I form with patients, residents, faculty, and the staff I work with every day.
What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus?
In college, I majored in biology and environmental science with the thought of going on to become a forest ecologist. After spending a year in Israel after college graduation, I came to realize that I would be much happier helping people than trees. Medicine had always been in the back of my mind, since my grandfather was a general surgeon and my uncle is a family physician. Growing up, I remember how happy they were when they told stories of their long-time patients (HIPPA compliant, of course). I knew that the connections and relationships that I would form with my patients would bring joy to me as it had to them. So, when I got back to the U.S. I started working on my medical school applications. The rest is history.
It was during medical school that I became interested in teaching, but didn’t realize I wanted to include it as part of my career until residency. I enjoy being involved in the education and training process. Each year, I get to meet a new class of residents and watch them grow and mature into confident, compassionate and skilled clinicians. That never gets old.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I spend my free time with my family—my husband Paul of 12 years, my two sons, Jonah (10) and Ari (8), and our dog, Daisy. They keep me pretty busy with all their activities and I enjoy being the mom and cheering them on. We like to play board games and hike together, especially on the trails at Mount Lemmon and Sabino Canyon.
South Campus Core Faculty Retreat
The core faculty at Banner - University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at South Campus participated in a retreat at Hacienda Del Sol on Saturday, March 16. Leaders from Banner conducted leadership development and resiliency work with the faculty. They commented on what a great and unified team South Campus has and how good the communication was between all the team members. We couldn't agree more!
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Dr. Teshia G. Solomon Receives "University Distinguished Outreach Faculty" Award
Congratulations to Teshia G. Solomon, PhD, associate professor, and Director of Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC). Dr. Solomon received a University Distinguished Outreach Faculty award by the UA Office of the Provost, recognizing her "exceptional contributions to local health, translational research and outreach at the University of Arizona." The Provost noted that Dr. Solomon is nationally and internationally recognized for her ethical work with Native American communities to address health disparities, is the lead editor on a seminal work that is one of the American Public Health Association's top 10 selling digital books, and is a key leader on multiple large grants (including the largest NIH grant in UA history). A formal ceremony will take place in the winter to recognize the achievements of Dr. Solomon and the other newly awarded Distinguished Outreach Faculty, University Distinguished Professors and Regents' Professors.
Dr. Francine C. Gachupin Selected as a Fellow to the Native Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center in Minority Aging Research
Congratulations to Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor. She was selected as a Fellow to the Native Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center in Minority Aging Research (NAD-RCMAR). NAD-RCMAR is supported by the National Institute of Aging, Washington State University. The goals of the NAD-RCMAR pilot studies are to encourage native investigators to pursue Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and health disparities research; to publish articles on their research in peer-reviewed journals; and to obtain NIH and other external funding. Dr. Gachupin will work on her Tucson Indian Center Heart Mind Study as part of the fellowship.
Dr. Colleen Cagno Invited to Join Women's Health Test Material Development Committee
Congratulations to Colleen Cagno, MD, associate professor, who accepted an invitation to join the USMLEWomen’s Health Test Material Development Committee. The committee is charged with developing multiple choice questions and cases to assess the foundational science and clinical science of women’s health, essential to the practice of medicine. The committee is comprised of obstetricians/gynecologists and primary care physicians who specialize in women’s health. Dr. Cagno has served as the Maternal Child Health Service Chief for FCM for the past decade. Her area of clinical focus is maternal child health, and she teaches family medicine residents and medical students. “I am honored to have been nominated then invited to join the USMLE Women’s Health TMDC," said Dr. Cagno. "It is a testament to the UA College of Medicine-Tucson’s well-deserved reputation as a leader in medical education, that national organizations turn to us for representation. In this new role, I look forward to expanding my expertise in women’s health and educational assessment, and through this work hope to learn how to better educate residents and students who are preparing for boards.”
Pamela Wagner Volunteers at Tucson Festival of Books
Pamela Wagner, administrative associate for UA RISE Camp Wellness volunteered with Science City at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books, Mar. 2-3. This was her first year as a Tent Manager for Science in Art, overseeing multiple participants while they helped attendees explore the ways that science and art interact to enrich our lives. The Tucson Festival of Books entertains about 200,000 attendees each year and Science City offers hands-on activities for all ages. Nice work, Pamela!
Dr. Julie Armin, Editor of New Book, "Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control"
Kudos to Julie Armin, PhD, assistant professor, who was one of the editors of the new book, Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control. The book is now available from the School for Advanced Research/University of New Mexico Press. "...the contributors in this volume explore what it means to be structurally vulnerable; how structural vulnerabilities intersect with cancer risk, diagnosis, care seeking, caregiving, clinical-trial participation, and survivorship; and how differing local, national, and global political contexts and histories inform vulnerability." Order book>>
Drs. Josh Blessing and Bijan Mossadeghi Elected as "Resident Members" of Pima County Medical Society Board of Directors
Dr. Serign Marong Featured on KVOA for Story about Vaccinations
Serign Marong, MD, faculty physician, was interviewed by KVOA on March 13, about the importance of vaccinations and the recent Arizona bills that have been introduced to expand vaccine exemptions. View KVOA story>>
Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor,gave a very interesting presentation at FCM's March Grand Rounds about her Heart Mind Study. In addition, she reviewed a few of her other studies, and provided some insights about conducting research on American Indian populations. She highlighted that few data exist on cognition and depressive symptoms in American Indian elders. Since American Indian elders are at high vascular risk, and vascular risk factors increase risk for cognitive impairments, depression and dementia. So, it is timely to assess the interplay of these factors in comprehensive studies of aging in these populations. The Heart Mind Study includes two pilot studies among American Indian elders from both reservation and urban environments. View presentation>>
Dr. Shana Semmens Presents at Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care
Shana Semmens, MD, assistant professor gave two talks and presented a poster at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, in Orlando Florida, March 13-15. Her first talk, "Validation of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) to Predict Survival of Older Adults Admitted to the Hospital from the Emergency Department" addressed identifying those patients admitted from the emergency department who have a high six-month mortality rate and could benefit from early palliative intervention. Her second presentation, "Navigating the Landscape of Increased Cancer Survivorship: When Malignant Pain Transitions from Acute to Chronic" addressed considering how immunotherapy and prolonged survival are impacting symptom management in patients with incurable malignancies. Dr. Semmens also presented a poster, "Expanding Palliative Care Accessibility: Models for Palliative Care Delivery in Primary Care and Hospital-Based Settings."
Dr. Julie Armin and Zonnie Olivas Present at NARTC's Winter Institute
With funding from the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, FCM researcher, Julie Armin PhD, assistant professor, and Heather Williamson, DrPH, assistant professor in occupational therapy at Northern Arizona University, presented their preliminary findings on adapting Women Be Healthy 2, a cancer screening education program for Native American women with intellectual disabilities. Zonnie Olivas, Sonoran UCEDD diversity fellow, presented her work, Prevalence of Depression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients. They presented their findings at NARTC's Winter Institute that took place Feb. 25-27. Photo, left to right: Zonnie Olivas and Dr. Julie Armin.
South Campus Residency Program's Rural Rotations Program
UA South Campus Family Medicine Residency's rural rotations program was featured in both the Arizona American Family Physician's (AZAFP) special edition of Family Physician Focus magazine and the Arizona AHEC (Arizona Area Health Education Centers) 2018 annual report. Residents have the opportunity to choose from a number of excellent clinical sites depending on their interests and plans for future practice. Residents complete a four week block in rural Arizona in each of the following areas: Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine and an elective. South Campus Family Medicine Residency is proud to accomplish their training mission in rural and underserved areas! Read article>>
South Campus Residency Program Participates in “Pathway to Success”
On the evening of Feb. 20, FCM members from the South Campus Residency Program participated in Pathway to Success, a high school health career fair that introduces teens (who may be from traditionally underrepresented groups) to various health professions. Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, associate residency program director, gave an inspirational talk about her own career in medicine. Attendees were divided into groups to make rounds of different health career booths. Second-year resident Patricia Wu, MD, ran the obstetrics booth, and Andy Bernstein, PhD, clinical professor, helped at the booth as well. Additionally, hands-on demonstrations of intubating a patient, performing ultrasound and CPR were given. Pixie Sanders, DO, third-year resident, gave tours of the areas within the hospital (e.g. surgery, critical care, medical imaging, ER and pharmacy). Sixteen schools were represented, with major attendance from Pueblo, Sunnyside, Empire and Amphitheater High Schools. The annual event is hosted by the GME at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson South and Banner - University Medical Center South.
American Indian Youth Wellness Camp 2019 Crowdfunding Campaign Begins
The Crowdfunding campaign has begun for the American Indian Youth Camp! Contribute today and make camp possible for 25 participants. The goal is to raise $8,250 to pay for room and board ($330 per person) for all participants. Donations of any size are appreciated. Be part of the solution and contribute today! American Indian (AI) youth have the highest prevalence of obesity of all ethnic groups in the United States, placing them at disproportionate risk for adult obesity and obesity-driven metabolic disease including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. Health behaviors can modify obesity risk and associated morbidities and the Youth Wellness Camp focuses on healthy lifestyle. Donate now>>
Join the Fun at ArtWorks for Cyclovia Tucson, April 7
We hope you can visit ArtWorks at Cyclovia on April 7, 9am - 3pm! ArtWorks is a Cyclovia participating organization on the route and will provide an open studio and gallery tour in the ArtWorks Mary T. Paulin Gallery. There will be a preview of ArtWorks new exhibit, "Dreams." Along with live ukulele music, ArtWorks artists, UA students and staff will facilitate a free photo booth, created by Artwork artists for Cyclovia participants. ArtWorks artist-designed cards and tote bags will be for sale and raffle tickets will be passed out for a chance to win selected art pieces. ArtWorks artists are excited to help further enrich the Tucson community and make new friends!
Mark Your Calendars! New ArtWorks Exhibit Begins April 12: "Dreams"
Join us for the ArtWorks' "Dreams" exhibit opening reception on April 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Paulin Gallery, 1509 E. Helen St. This is a collaborative art show with Hozhoni Foundation. The exhibit is about goals, dreaming and imagination. We hope to see you there! The exhibit runs April 12 - July 26.
UA Sonoran Center for Disabilities Shares Story on AUCD Website
The UA Sonoran Center for Disabilities published a story on the AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) website for their AUCD4all: Celebrating Leadership in Civil Rights issue. The article, "Despite a Border Wall, a Cross-border Collaboration Unites People Assisting Individuals with Disabilities," highlights a survey they conducted in 2012 that focused on identifying issues impacting the border community of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. "The results indicated social isolation, problematic schooling, and unemployment associated with a lack of wheelchairs durable enough to navigate the rough terrain, lower limb prosthetics, and hearing aids with re-chargeable batteries; medical devices that were not available or unaffordable to many people. The response: the ARizona SOnora BOrder Projects for Inclusion (ARSOBO) was established to provide medical devices that would be made by individuals who need and use the same device, to alleviate barriers and enhance the potential of people with disabilities...." Read full article>>
Dr. Lynne Tomasa's Workbook, "Future Planning: A Roadmap of Our Futures, Our Wishes" Now Available
The workbook, Future Planning: A Roadmap of Our Futures, Our Wishes, is now available on the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities website. Both English and Spanish versions are available. FCM researcher Lynne Tomasa, PhD, MSW, wrote the workbook for individuals with disabilities. The workbook explores the future planning process for individuals, and topics include: gathering information, looking at options, making decisions, creating back-up plans and asking for help. Dr. Tomasa integrated her preliminary research findings into the workbook. Structure and wording are straightforward and easy to understand and follow, so the reader is motivated to complete tasks and personal objectives. View Roadmap>>
MEET OUR RESIDENTS
Dr. Josh Blessing, MD 2nd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? The people I met at the interview, the culture of support and cooperation in the hospital, and mission of service the residency holds. What do you love most about Tucson? The clean air, great scenery, and short commutes. Tell us about your family (including pets) I have the best wife ever, a chunky little kid, and a puppy. What are some fun facts about yourself?
1: I am a native born South Korean.
2: I love legos.
3: Portwine birthmarks are the coolest (I have a big one on my left arm).
Dr. Michael Setareh MD, 3rd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program
Where are you from?: Los Angeles, CA Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? This program is focused on its residents and making us into good physicians. What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson? Being able to spend time outside year round. What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine? Sports, hiking and my dog. What are your professional interests within medicine? I'm interested in sports medicine. Favorite vacation spot? On a beach that doesn't have internet access. Favorite way to spend a day off? Hiking with my dog. Favorite restaurant in Tucson? Rosa's Mexican.
WELCOME TO FCM!
Georgette George, FNP, started on Mar. 1, as a family nurse practitioner for the Mobile Health Program. Welcome, Georgette!
Felina Cordova-Marks, DrPH, MPH, started on March 25, as a program coordinator, senior, with NARTC.
Adrianna Virgen started on Mar. 11, as a medical assistant for the Mobile Health Program. Welcome, Adrianna!
Anna Lucia Acosta started on February 26, as a student administrative assistant for the FCM business office. Welcome, Anna!
GRANTS & GIFTS
Mobile Health Program
$42,500 from Pima County to provide mobile health care services to underserved individuals in Pima County.
$20,000 from Delta Dental Foundation to provide dental fluoride applications and dental screenings through the Mobile Health Program.
UA Sonoran Center for Disabilities
$24,144 from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC), for the development of the Employment First website. The purpose of the website is to provide access to inclusive employment-related opportunities, facilitate community connections, and encourage and increase inclusion of individuals in the workplace through a centralized platform for comprehensive access to employment related information. The website is a critically needed resource to increase public awareness of Employment First initiatives in this state and to build support for developing and implementing strategies that will result in a paradigm shift of “employment as the first consideration” for all Arizonans with disabilities.
Tucson Family Advocacy Program (TFAP)
$50,000 from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education through its partnership with Southern Arizona Legal Aid. This funding helps support free coordinated legal assistance and education to low income patients at a family medicine clinic as part of a medical treatment plan, and educates health care providers and community partners about legal issues that impact patient health.
Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC)
$1,489,568 from the NIH/Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) for the Leadership in American Indian Health Equity Development Program (LEAD).
$186,764 from Pima County for the Pima Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Project (REACH).
Ivo Abraham, PhD
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Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH
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Julie Armin, PhD
Armin JS. Administrative (in)Visibility of Patient Structural Vulnerability and the Hierarchy of Moral Distress among Health Care Staff. Med Anthropol Q. 2019 Jan 22. doi: 10.1111/maq.12500. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30667109.
Myra Muramoto, PhD, MPH
Johnson M, Douglas M, Grumbach K, Muramoto M, Ramanathan A, Wilson B, Zazove P, Davis A. Advancing diversity, inclusion, and health equity to the next level. Ann Fam Med. 2019 Jan;17(1):89. doi: 10.1370/afm.2348. PubMed PMID: 30670406; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6342605. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30670406
Barry Weiss, MD
Weiss BD, Walling A. Fitness-Related Cardiac Arrhythmias. Am Fam Physician. 2019 Jan 15;99(2):78-79. PubMed PMID: 30633477.
Weiss BD. The use of the Newest Vital Sign in children. Health Literacy Research and Practice. 2019; 3(1):e19