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Quarterly Updates

Winter 2019

Academic Affairs, Awards, & Honors

New Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Maria Harsha Wusu joined Stanford Family Medicine and MayView Community Clinics as a family physician in January 2019. Dr. Wusu joins us from Boston University, where she served as the inaugural Director of Diversity Programs in the Department of Family Medicine.
Kalanithi Writing Award

Each year, the Division of Primary Care and Population Health along with the support of a private donor, sponsors an award honoring the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, former physician writer, neurosurgery resident at Stanford Medicine, and husband of PCPH Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Lucy Kalanithi. Dr. Paul Kalanithi wrote the NY Times bestseller “When Breath Becomes Air” about his experience with the cancer that eventually took him. This writing award honors his legacy and the struggles with serious illness from either the patient or provider perspective. The awards ceremony was held March 5 where the top three winners of more than 350 entries, were recognized.

Clinical Highlights

Residency Program to Participate in Clinic First Collaborative

The Stanford-O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 18 nationally selected programs to participate in the Clinic First Collaborative (jointly sponsored by the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care). The CFC aims to improve primary care ambulatory residency training for residents and patients by moving towards a Clinic First orientation.

Wellness Highlights

Staff Wellness Spotlight
Melanie Hanson

What do you do for your wellness and how do you incorporate nature into your week?
I love to go on hikes with my dog! When weather permits, we hike Water Dog Lake Park in Belmont, a 4.5 mile trail that takes us through the woods in the Belmont hills. It is a beautiful place and offers some great views of the Bay as well!


Wednesday Wellness: Mindful Meditation with We WIN

We WIN (Wellness-In-Nature) continues to use Wednesday Wellness afternoon breaks as a time for staff and interested faculty to reflect, practice, and share wellness. Initially, while the weather permitted, PCPH and neighboring staff from other divisions, were participating in Wednesday Wellness Walks around campus. To expand the wellness experience, PCPH staff have been practicing Mindful Meditation during the winter season as the new Wednesday Wellness activity. 


Education Highlights

Family Medicine Core Clerkship Chosen as Pilot Site for STFM Learning Collaborative

Congratulations to our Family Medicine Core Clerkship, under the direction of Dr. Tracy Rydel, for being selected to participate in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Building Better Clinical Training Experiences pilot project.
In this national project, family medicine departments, in collaboration with other departments and professions are in the midst of a pilot project designed to increase the pool of community-based preceptors and the quality of training at ambulatory sites.

Family and Community Medicine Core Clerkship Announces New Partnership

Beginning in February, during clerkship period 8, students began to rotate at Foothill Clinics with the Core clerkship’s new education partner, Foothill Community Health Center. The partnership was made possible through the excitement and support of Kevin Herrick, MD, PhD, Director of Education and Research for Foothill Community Health Center, and newly appointed Adjunct Clinical Instructor. 


Patient & Family Engaged Medical Education Has New Director

Kim Osborn, who is well-known for her tremendous work in the Office of Medical Education in the School, has recently joined the Division of Primary Care and Population Health in the newly created position of Director, Patient & Family Engaged Medical Education Administration.


Express Care PA Accepted to Educator-4-Care PAs Program

Hannah Wright, Physician Assistant in Stanford Express Care Palo Alto, was recently accepted to the Educators-for-Care PAs (E4C-PAs) program, a program for clinically practicing PAs within the Stanford Health Care System who serve as teachers and mentors to PA students and work with the students for the duration of their time at the Stanford School of Medicine. She has also begun teaching at Stanford School of Medicine.

Family Medicine Residents Elected as AMSSM National Officers

Two Stanford-O'Connor Family Medicine Residents were recently elected to be 2019-20 national officers for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Resident Council. Nick Hatamiya, DO (PGY2) was elected President, and Marisa Yanez, MD (PGY2) was elected Family Medicine Representative. Congratulations to them both!

Research Highlights

Society of Critical Care Medicine Honors PCPH Researcher and Clinician

Dr. Rebecca Aslakson, Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health) and of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, received the 2019 Grenvik Family Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. This is an international award bestowed once a year by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to recognize clinical and research excellence in addressing humanistic and ethical values in critical care.


Population Health Team Awarded SHC-UHA Research Grant

The population health team - Drs. Anuradha Phadke, Amelia Sattler, and Megan Mahoney – in collaboration with Dr. Topher Sharp and others, were awarded a combined SHC-UHA research grant to study different strategies to improve hypertension management within the Stanford primary care clinics as well as UHA clinics. Likely interventions in the next months will include a hypertension best practice advisory as well as dedicated care coordination for centralized hypertension follow-up.

PCPH Faculty and COMET Fellows Awarded Seed Grant

The blended research team, including faculty and three medical scribes – Anu Tirupasur, Tuan Nguyen and Kevin Lee – was awarded a Seed Grant to study patient responses to the SHC 2018 flu vaccine bulk outreach message.

Society of General Internal Medicine Taps Geriatrician for Podium Presentation

Meera Sheffrin, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatric Medicine, will be one of the speakers at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) 2019 National Meeting for podium presentation "Update in Geriatric Medicine".

American Geriatric Society Accepts Eight Abstracts for 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

Abstracts were submitted by Stanford and VA faculty, staff, fellows, and residents. Congratulations to our Stanford VA Geriatrics fellows: Julia Cremer, Aarthi Kannan, Pratyusha Narra; current Stanford resident ad future fellow Mike Genualdi; Stanford Aging and Adult Services's Terese McManis; Palo Alto VA's Dat Hoang, and Stanford's Nannette Storr-Street; and everyone who helped with their projects and abstracts!!

Recent Publications

Community Outreach

CERC Faculty Saves the Day!

CERC faculty, Dr. Nirav Shah was hailed a hero on November 5, 2018 when an elderly gentleman became disoriented and tried to drive through the CASBS kitchen garden, stopped only by a concrete planter. Distraught staff members tried to get him to back up, but he insisted that he needed to go forward. Dr. Shah, coming back from a walk, heard the commotion and took over immediately. He coaxed him from the car, called for a chair for him to sit in, and talked soothingly with the gentleman until emergency crews could arrive. The team at CASBS were grateful and sent kudos to CERC and Dr. Shah for his amazing bedside manner and thoughtful handling of both patient and facility.

SCOPE Honored for Service in Community

In January, the Stanford Community Outreach Partnership Efforts (SCOPE), kicked off the new year with a strategic planning meeting. BeWell Stanford Wellness Manager, Jayna Rogers, joined the meeting to extend BeWell's support of and collaboration with SCOPE. While there, the SCOPE team was surprised with a certificate of achievement and service from BeWell. It was an honor to be recognized after being in service for just one year.

Fun with PCPH

PCPH Winter Celebration Blends Philanthropy and Fun

In February 2019, the Division of Primary Care and Population Health held its annual New Year's Celebration at Paul Brest Hall. University faculty and staff, as well as SHC clinic staff, and guests were invited to come celebrate the many great accomplishments of 2018 and the amazing new year of 2019.


Staff Labryinth

Welcome New Staff!

Since autumn quarter of 2018, PCPH has added four new staff members. 
From Left to Right:
Permsuk (Perm) Lamprasitipon, Assistant Division Manager
Anna Lestoquoy, Clinical Research Coordinator
Kim Osborn, Director of Education Administration
Mona Shah, CSI Program Assistant

Announcements & Events

PCPH Journal Club

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12:30-1pm- Stanford, CA - Hoover Pavilion, Rm. 208
The PCPH Journal Club meets every first Tuesday, 12:30-1pm.


Medical & Bioscience Education Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:30-1:30pm- Stanford, CA - LKSC, Rm. 101/102
Register today for spring quarter.

PCPH Clinical Conference Series

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 12:30-1:20pm- Stanford, CA - Hoover Pavilion, Rm. 208
Dr. Elizabeth Reilly will discuss common foot problems and solutions. Lunch provided.

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting

April 11 - 13, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Mentoring Skills Workshop - Spring Quarter

Tuesdays, April 16, 23, and 30, 2019 - Stanford, CA - LKSC, Rm. 205/206
Register today for this upcoming workshop.

PCPH Quarterly Division Staff Meeting

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:00-10:00am- Stanford, CA - LKSC, Rm. 101/102
Light breakfast will be served.

STFM Annual Spring Conference

April 27 - May 1, 2019 - Toronto, Canada

36th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 3:00-6:00pm- Stanford, CA - LKSC, Berg Hall
Judges needed. Contact Celina Ng if interested.

AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

May 2 - 4, 2019 - Portland, OR

3rd Annual Medical & Bioscience Education Day/SIMEC IV

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8:00am-5:00pm- Stanford, CA - LKSC
Registration is currently open.

SGIM Annual Meeting

May 8 - 11, 2019 - Washington DC

State of the Department of Medicine

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:30-6:00pm- Stanford, CA - LKSC, Berg Hall
Refreshments will be served.

PCPH Annual Spring Faculty Retreat

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Stanford, CA - Paul Brest Hall
Save the date. More details will be forthcoming.

Annual Celebration of Patient & Family Engaged Medical Education

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5:00-7:30pm- Stanford, CA - LKSC, Berg Hall
Save the date. More details will be forthcoming.

AAFP Family Medical Experience

September 24 - 28, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA
Early registration is currently open until July 12, 2019.

Have Division News to Share?

If you have recently been published, received an honor or award, have an exciting announcement, your Division colleagues want to know about it. The PCPH Newsletter Team wants to hear from you for the next newsletter in May 2019!
Division of Primary Care & Population Health

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