Dr. Jason Bronner Receives Department of Medicine’s Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems Award for 2013

UC San Diego Health System primary care physician Jason P. Bronner, MD, is the winner of the Department of Medicine’s Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems Award for 2012-2013.

Drs. Francis Gabbai, Jason Bronner, and Daniel Bouland

Drs. Francis Gabbai, Jason Bronner, and Daniel Bouland.

Each year, the award recognizes the clinical program leader who has achieved particular excellence in service of the patient care mission in internal medicine and its subspecialties.

Dr. Jason Bronner

Dr. Jason Bronner

Bronner was chosen the winner this year for his exceptional dedication to the direction and practice of five-star clinical service, said Dr. Daniel Bouland, head of the Clinical Services Committee.

Bouland is vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Medicine and Health Sciences clinical professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine.

“Dr. Bronner has focused his considerable talents and energy on fostering a patient-centered culture while emphasizing our core values of quality and excellence,” he said.

Bronner, Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, joined the UC San Diego Health System in 2005. He sees patients at the Internal Medicine Group clinic in La Jolla.

Bronner has been named on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list every year since 2009.

In the photo above, Bronner is shown with Bouland (right) and Dr. Francis Gabbai (left). Gabbai is executive vice chair and vice chair for VA affairs in the Department of Medicine, chief of the medicine service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension.

UC San Diego Health System and Qualcomm Life Join Forces to Improve Care Remotely

2net™ Platform provides physicians with state-of-the-art patient monitoring platform

UC San Diego Health System is collaborating with Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to pilot the 2net Platform and Hub for remote patient monitoring. Qualcomm Life’s innovative 2net™ technology collects patients’ clinical information from wireless medical devices and transmits it to UC San Diego Health System physicians, to supplement information already available. This system provides a rapid, automated way to collect patient data in near real-time, analyze the readings, and suggest follow up actions with the patient, if needed.. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Marlene Millen, MDQuoted in the UCSD Newsroom story is Marlene Millen, MD, clinical service chief of the Internal Medicine Group and medical director of the Internal Medicine Group Hillcrest for UC San Diego Health System.

Dr. Millen and Dr. Deanna Hill, both primary care physicians in the Fourth & Lewis Medical Offices, are overseeing the pilot project. With the help of the clinic’s nurse case manager, they are reviewing the real-time data online and providing medical follow up with patients if needed.

While this is just a pilot project at present, Drs. Millen and Hill are hopeful that such monitoring will become a reality in patient care in the future.

Dr. Millen, pictured above left, is associate clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She trained in internal medicine here at UCSD and was chief medical resident in 2004-2005.

In 2012, Dr. Millen was named on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for the third straight year.

Dr. Deanna HillDr. Hill (left), a new member of the UC San Diego Health System faculty, is assistant clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

After her internship and residency training in internal medicine at UCLA, she spent two years at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Primary Care Center before coming to UCSD.

Drs. Beatrice Golomb, Mia Savoia honored in “Women Who Mean Business” awards

Two Department of Medicine faculty members were among six from UC San Diego Health Sciences who were honored in the 2012 “Women Who Mean Business” awards sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal.

Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Mia Savoia, MD, pictured at left, is dean for Medical Education in the UCSD School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.

David A. Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, announced the awards to Health Sciences faculty and staff November 9.

Regular Chocolate Eaters are Thinner

Katharine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: “What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” New evidence suggests she may have been right.

Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues present new findings that may overturn the major objection to regular chocolate consumption: that it makes people fat … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Golomb is professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSD and a primary care physician at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System.

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U.S. News Again Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Graduate Schools

Each year, graduate programs at the University of California, San Diego are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, as noted in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released today…. Read the story from the UCSD Newsroom.

UCSD School of Medicine campus in La Jolla
In the rankings just released, the UCSD School of Medicine tied with Weill Cornell Medical College for 16th in research and ranked 27th in primary care. The School of Medicine maintained its ranking as #8 in the nation for AIDS programs.

In the HIV/AIDS specialty, the Department of Medicine offers research and clinical training via the teaching activities of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases. The two divisions operate a variety of clinical and research entities including the Owen Clinic, the Antiviral Research Center, the AIDS Research Institute and the Center for AIDS Research.  |  See details of the UCSD School of Medicine rankings in U.S.News & World Report

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression

Might the “Twinkie defense” have a scientific foundation after all? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown – by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities – that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) is associated with irritability and aggression…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Laboratory test tubes.
Dr. Beatrice Golomb led the study team. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, is associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. | Read the article online in PLoS One.

In the Media: Dr. Laura Greci

Dr. Laura Greci is one of the innovators featured in the Wall Street Journal story, “Avatar II: The Hospital.” Dr. Greci developed an online simulation that allows nurses to train in the virtual world for real-life hospital emergencies.

Laura Greci, M.D., M.P.H., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

In the Media: Drs. Beatrice Golomb and Joe W. Ramsdell

Dr. Beatrice Golomb and Dr. Joe W. Ramsdell and colleagues are the authors of an Archives of Internal Medicine Research Letter titled “Electronic Medical Records and Upper Extremity Symptoms: Pain With the Gain?” The letter appeared in the April 12, 2010, issue.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine in General Internal Medicine.

Joe W. Ramsdell, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the UCSD Clinical Trials Center.

In the Media: Dr. Beatrice Golomb

Dr. Beatrice Golomb is one of the experts quoted in the article, “Do Statins Work Equally for Men and Women?” in Time magazine.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine in General Internal Medicine.

Medical Students Use Video and Peer Feedback to Refine Their Communication Skills in the Clinic

In a UC San Diego clinic, a patient is describing his symptoms to a medical student. The student asks questions and listens closely to discover the patient’s chief concern.It’s a normal part of her fourth-year clinical training – except that another medical student is observing and filming the entire encounter.

When the visit is over, she’ll watch the video and listen to the other student’s comments about her communication skills.Then he’ll hand her the camera. He’ll interview the next patient, and she’ll do the filming and the feedback.They’re taking part in the Paired Observation and Video Editing (POVE) project at UC San Diego.

The project is testing a new method for teaching and learning the skills that make a doctor a good communicator.

Kristin Bell, MDUC San Diego is one of 10 centers participating in the 3-year POVE project. The project is conducted as a fourth-year elective, MED 472, in the School of Medicine curriculum.

Peer learning is powerful

Year 1 of POVE has just ended, with medical students Christine Lee and Ninad Athale completing the elective last December.“The feedback they gave one another was amazing,” says Dr. Kristin Bell, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. “They taught each other.”

As Principal Investigator of the POVE Project site at UC San Diego, Dr. Bell is the course director.“It was really great to watch their progress, and it was a unique learning experience for me as well,” she says.“I think it’s very powerful to learn from your peers.”


The goal is to teach the skills that make a doctor a good communicator.


Students produce a “before and after” video

The POVE course is a four-week, full-time intensive in doctor-patient communication. The medical students work in pairs, taking turns at filming and critiquing.All of the filming is done with the patients’ consent.The students meet with Dr. Bell and Ellen Lavin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, in weekly video review sessions to talk about the interactions they find challenging.

The film footage records their progress.

At the end of the course, the students extract the best “before” and “after” clips and produce a video essay that highlights the interactions they found difficult and the ways they addressed them.


“You can learn a lot from your medical student peers.”


On December 7 of last year, POVE students Lee and Athale presented their video essays at an interactive seminar for fellow students, residents, and faculty.“They did an amazing job,” Dr. Bell says.The students’ videos will become resources for medical centers across the nation after the study is concluded.

UC San Diego part of “a nationwide learning community”

Seeing the videos and having the immediate peer feedback, which Dr. Bell says was delivered with great sensitivity, helped the medical students pinpoint the interactions they found challenging.The goal is to train the students to be their own observers. Once they are able to recognize precisely the communication skills they want to refine, they are better equipped to improve their interactions with patients.

Studies show that when a doctor communicates in an effective and caring way, patient satisfaction goes up and the average length of a clinic visit actually goes down. Both doctor and patient find the experience more positive.


A University of Washington therapist and educator is the POVE project leader.


A total of 4 students from UC San Diego will be part of the POVE study, but more may enroll in the course if they are interested. Dr. Bell is now recruiting two students for the Fall 2008 session.The POVE project is headed by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Larry Mauksch, M.Ed., a University of Washington family therapist and the overseeing investigator, calls it “a nationwide learning community.”Funding for the POVE study comes from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, whose healthcare grants are devoted to advancing caring attitudes in medical professionals.

The participating centers include community-based clinics as well as academic Family Medicine and Internal Medicine departments.

Dr. Bell credits many individuals who have worked to make the POVE project possible here. Many School of Medicine colleagues have been greatly supportive, she says, including Jess Mandel, MD, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), and the UGME Electives Committee.

Looking to the future

Dr. Bell considers how the POVE experience will influence the medical school curriculum in the future.

“Can you do more peer learning?” she says. “I think you can. You can learn a lot from your medical student peers. It’s instruction from someone you can relate to.”


“It’s powerful to see a video. As a teaching tool, it’s just limitless.”


She hopes that the POVE course concept will eventually be incorporated into the new curriculum in a different form.“As it is, the course is very time consuming,” she says. “When we design a course for the new curriculum, we need to set aside enough time to make it effective for student learning, and at the same time keep it sustainable with the faculty resources available.”“It’s powerful to see a video. As a teaching tool, it’s just limitless.”

More about Kristin Bell, M.D.

Dr. Kristin Bell has been a primary care physician and educator at UC San Diego since 2001. She is based at the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s Vista Clinic, where she is Physician Site Leader.Challenged to help veterans manage chronic pain conditions, she has trained as an acupuncturist and founded an acupuncture clinic at the VA.

A grateful patient nominated her for the American Medical Association’s Young Physician Award, which was granted to her last fall.An emphasis upon doctor-patient communication was built in to her own residency training, she says. She’s a graduate of the Primary Care track in the Medicine program at UC San Francisco.


“For me, the POVE project
is a great learning experience.”


She’s relatively new to video production, but she has a longtime passion for medical education.She chose to develop a new behavioral medicine curriculum in her project for her National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine (NCLAM) course.It grew into an addition to the third-year Medicine Core Clerkship.

That course also uses video, among other teaching methods, to teach medical students behavioral change counseling and motivational interviewing. The goal is to help patients make healthy lifestyle changes.

It has been a required part of the curriculum here for the past three years.

Dr. Bell acknowledges and thanks her mentors Shawn Harrity, M.D., and Peggy Wallace, Ph.D., for encouraging her and helping her attain success in this area of education.

Dr. Harrity is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Wallace is Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Director of the Professional Development Center in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education.

“For me,” Dr. Bell says, “the POVE project is a great learning experience. I learn from the other POVE faculty, and especially from our students.”

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