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JULY 2019
Participants from the 28th annual American Indian Youth Wellness Camp, at Camp Wamatochick in the Prescott National Forest. The week-long program included physical assessments, behavioral risk surveys, nutrition education, physical activity and mind-body medicine.

 

FEATURED FACULTY 

Dr. Elizabeth Kyle Meehan, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency at South Campus

In July, Elizabeth Kyle Meehan, MD, assistant professor, was appointed Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. Dr. Meehan will lead and direct the residency program, as well as conduct clinical care, teach residents and pursue scholarly activity. In addition, she will be responsible for establishing an effective learning climate at the program's teaching sites. Congratulations, Dr. Meehan!

What do you do at FCM? I am the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at South Campus. I practice full-spectrum family medicine (outpatient, inpatient, as well as labor and delivery and pediatric care on the maternal child health service). I am the medical site director for our Mobile Health Prenatal Program for the South Campus Residency. In addition, I am fellowship-trained in integrative medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

What is one of the most meaningful aspects of your work? Fundamentally, family medicine is about relationships—the patient-physician relationship and the patients’ relationship with their family, friends and community. Caring for patients within the larger landscape of their life, with the potential to provide medical care to them for their lifetime and perhaps even multi-generational care to a family, is one of my greatest joys within medicine and why I continue to practice full-spectrum care.

What got you interested in your subject area/current job/career focus? I value family medicine’s focus on treating communities and also the understanding that poverty and inequality have profound impacts on health status. I believe that health care is a right and I am committed to providing health care for all as a means to social justice. I chose a career in academic family medicine because I wanted to work in this capacity while also teaching those who came after me. Our residency program’s mission embodies this truth and the amazing residents we attract to train here keep that spark alive in their present work and future dreams of how they will care for vulnerable and underserved patients after graduation.

What is something about you that most people don’t know or wouldn’t guess? One of my bucket list life goals is to learn to surf. I am scoping out a yoga-surf camp for a future vacation.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love to spend time with my husband Niall and two children Makai (3 years old) and Talcott (almost 2 years old) and our extended family. We like hiking, swimming, and being in nature. I try to steal quiet moments to read fiction and poetry and write letters to loved ones. Letter-writing is a lost art that I refuse to give up on.

AWARDS, ACCOLADES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Yumi Shirai Presents at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Conference

Yumi Shirai, PhD, assistant professor, presented at the annual American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Conference that took place June 24-27, in St. Paul, MN. As chair of the AAIDD Creative Arts Special Interest Network, Dr. Shirai is leading the project, Creativity: The Path to Belonging. "As individuals who understand that creativity leads to belonging for individuals with disabilities, our project is designed to raise awareness of the unique and varied ways that creativity promotes a sense of community and belonging across all people," said Dr. Shirai. For the conference, Dr. Shirai and her team collected and presented 22, 90-second promotion videos showcasing creative organizations and programs supporting their theme, “Creativity: The Path to Belonging.” "ArtWorks participated in the video, and we plan to continue this project to expand our mission through collaborative projects," Dr. Shirai explained. Photo: Dr. Shirai, right, and Michelle Thompson, who serves as vice-chair for the Creative Arts Special Interest Network
 
Dr. Ivo Abraham Appointed Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations to Ivo Abraham, PhD, professor and interim vice chair for research, on his appointment to deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Economics for a 3-year term, 2019-2022.
Valerie Koellisch Promoted to Accountant

Congratulations to Valerie Koellisch, MBA, who was promoted to accountant. In her new role, Valerie will serve as the primary accountant for the RISE Health and Wellness Center, the RISE Workforce Development Program, and FCM grants and contracts. Additionally, she will assist with pre‐award activities, serve as a departmental and RISE program liaison to faculty, staff, UA colleges and units related to document processing, and assist in managing electronic grants, contracts and financial records.
 
FCM Faculty Elected to 2019 COM-Tucson Committees

Congratulations to the following FCM faculty members who were elected to COM-T committees:
  • Julie Armin, PhD: Educational Policy Committee; Medical Student research Committee
  • Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo, MD, MPH: Admissions Committee 
  • Jacob Hyde, PsyD: Student Appeals Committee
  • Jerome Koleski, MD: Student Progress Committee
  • Tanisha Price-Johnson, PhD: Committee of Ten
  • Mari Ricker, MD: Dean's Council on Faculty Affairs
  • Janelle Thompson, PsyD: Student Affairs Committee
Darci Slaten Completes Test for 1st Degree Black Belt 

Congratulations to Darci Slaten, MA, communications director, who completed her 1st degree (Dan) black belt test in taekwondo at The Dojang – A Martial Arts Community, on July 20. Photo: Darci (on right), with Senior Master Marie Daranyi, 6th Dan.

EDUCATION

Grand Rounds: From Dehydration to Fractures: Medical Issues Faced by People Crossing the United States-Mexico Border

At July's FCM Grand Rounds, Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, associate professor, and Jerome Koleski, MD, assistant professor, gave an interesting presentation about their study, “From Dehydration to Fractures: Medical Issues Faced by People Crossing the United States-Mexico Border,” and provided information about the medical issues faced by border crossers. They discussed using electronic medical records (EMR) in their study to identify patients in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol who were seen at Banner–University Medical Center, South and Tucson Campuses during 2016. View presentation>>

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Mark Your Calendars! ArtWorks Talent Show, "SHOWTIME" Thursday, Aug. 8

We are excited to invite you to the ArtWorks 2019 Talent Show: SHOWTIME! There will be a yoyo-ing Elvis, a magic show, sleepy lions, Godzilla and much more! Thursday, Aug. 8, 10am - 12pm; BIO5 Institute (1637 E. Helen St.), Room 103 Parking info>>

Campers Have Fun While Learning at the 28th Annual American Indian Youth Wellness Camp

The 2019 American Indian Youth Wellness Camp held its 28th summer residential camp, June 16-20, at Camp Wamatochick, in Prescott, Arizona. There were 55 camp participants representing six tribes. The week-long program included physical assessments, behavioral risk surveys, nutrition education, physical activity and mind-body medicine. "The camp also provides an opportunity for native students to gain practical public health experience and this year we had two high school students, two undergraduate students and one graduate student assist with camp," said Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, associate professor and the camp's director. A special thank-you to course instructors: Noshene Ranjbar, MD, Department of Psychiatry; Cara Popeski, UA medical student; Christina Interpreter, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) nurse practitioner; Rachel Seepie, SRPMIC wellness program manager; and, Dr. Gachupin. The camp was made possible through funding from the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Marin Community Foundation, the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, and donors through the camp's annual crowdfunding campaign. Dr. Gachupin sends thanks to all donors, and also acknowledges the support of the FCM team: Ed Rose, Claudia Gallego, Deanne Kelly, Erin Tyo, Darci Slaten, Patricia Philbin, Valerie Sipp, Claudio La TosaVeronica Cortez and Jackie Slowtalker. View photos>>
 
Ortiz Endowment Enables UA Medical Student Sohab Arif to Intern at Mobile Health Program 

Second-year UA medical student Sohab Arif is helping the Mobile Health Program (MHP) through a summer internship, thanks to support from the Ortiz Endowment. Sohab works with MHP providers in the mobile clinic to build patients' past health history and help address their current health issues. "My favorite part is working with all the diverse patients," said Sohab. He is also helping the MHP team establish the electronic health record system (EHR) from the past 18 months into their new EHR program. During the rest of the year, Sohab volunteers at the MHP, serving as the medical student volunteer coordinator. "Volunteering for the Mobile Health Program has been a truly humbling experience," he said. "Being part of a team to address health care access and disparities has been my passion ever since I moved from a village in Pakistan. Working with rural, tribal and underserved communities is inspiring and I hope to continue this work as I progress through my journey in medicine and public health.” When not working at MHP, Sohab is figuring out if point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency room for syncope patients improves their health outcomes. His hobbies include painting, cooking and exploring different coffee shops.
 
FCM Faculty and Staff Volunteer at Community Food Bank 

On Saturday, July 13, FCM faculty, residents and staff had a good time volunteering at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Thank you to Dr. Jessie Pettit and Leslie J. Cohen for organizing this service opportunity! View photos>>
 

RESEARCH

Dr. Yumi Shirai Presents Poster at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Conference

Yumi Shirai, PhD, assistant professor, presented a poster, Creating an Art Exhibition Through the Shared Experiences of Grief: Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and University Students at the AAIDD Conference. This is a collaboration work with Dr. Carissa DiCindio at the UA Visual Arts & Culture Education. They examined a potential learning opportunity for college undergraduate students to assist adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparing an art museum exhibition. Over six weeks, 16 university students assisted six participants who completed Project Together, an expressive arts-based, 10-week bereavement support program, to transform their personal bereavement stories into a public exhibition. The current study focuses on the university student outcomes after their participation in this project: whether involvement in the project impacted the students’ perceptions of talking/sharing about death and loss in general, and intellectual and developmental disabilities ability to understand and process grief.
 

MEET OUR RESIDENTS

George Anthony Sayre, MD, PhD, 3rd-year resident, South Campus Family Medicine Residency Program  

Languages spoken: English, a little Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus Family Medicine residency?: I chose this residency for several reasons. First, I really liked all the residents and attendings during my interview day. They were all down-to-earth and obviously committed to serving our underserved population. Second, with the rural rotations and variety of other rotations, I knew the training would be good—it is. Third, my wife’s family are all in Tucson. It’s great having them around, especially for my daughter.
What do you love most about Tucson?: Having family around, outdoor activities, nice weather (for part of the year), good food, relaxed vibe.
Tell us about your family (including pets!): I’ve been married to my beautiful wife since June 2011 and I’m very fortunate to be. We have a great four-year old daughter who is in preschool, and we have a little terrier mix.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1. I’m related to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda Sayre.
2. I am from Texas and proud of it.
 
Joshua Jean, MD, 3rd-year resident, Alvernon Family Medicine Residency Program

Where are you from?: Washington, D.C
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine?: Small, big city with large refugee and Spanish speaking population.
What is your favorite thing about living in Tucson?: It isn't crowded, but still isn't small.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?: Backpacking, traveling, taking pictures.
What are your professional interests within Medicine?: Unknown at the time.
Favorite Vacation spot?: Costa Rica
Favorite Restaurant in Tucson?: Zemam's
"Bucket list" item?: Travel to all seven continents.
 

NEW STAFF

Annette Morales has joined the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) as an administrative associate. She will be working on the REACH, All of Us and LEAD grants. Welcome, Annette!

PUBLICATIONS

Ivo Abraham, PhD Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH Karen Lutrick, PhD Susan Marie Schembre, PhD, RD
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