U.S. News & World Report Names UC San Diego Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best

School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering both ranked at 14. Other top 20 programs include biological sciences (14), computer science (15), earth sciences (16), and physics (16)

The 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the sciences. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Recognized by Industry Leaders for Highest Quality, Consistent Care

Only academic facility on West Coast to receive certification

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center has one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program is a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care. .. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Barbara Parker
The medical director of oncology services at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is Barbara A. Parker, MD, professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology.

In her own clinical practice and research projects, Parker specializes in breast cancer. She was named in 2011 to both the national “Top Doctors” list from US News and World Report and the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

“Taking Control of Your Diabetes” Wins an Aurora Award for UCSD-TV

Dr. Steven Edelman“Taking Control of Your Diabetes,” a UCSD-TV series hosted by Dr. Steven Edelman, is one of two UCSD-TV programs to win an Aurora Award for outstanding quality this year. The weight management episode of the series won a Gold Award in the Fitness/Health category.

Steven V. Edelman, MD, pictured at left, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Dr. Gregory A. Maynard Is Named a Top Hospitalist in the U.S.

Dr. Greg MaynardDr. Gregory A. Maynard, chief of Hospital Medicine at UCSD, is one of the top 10 U.S. hospitalists in a new ranking from the prestigious American College of Physicians.

The honor was announced in November. It recognizes Dr. Maynard’s outstanding contributions in improving the quality of hospital care and mentoring hospitalists in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Maynard has led the UCSD hospitalist team in developing nationally-recognized patient safety and quality improvement programs.

These efforts have advanced two crucial aspects of patient safety in the hospital: venous thromboembolism prevention and glycemic control.

Dr. Maynard is also an active mentor in the developing field of hospital medicine.

He’s advising a number of institutions as they develop hospital medicine programs. Among these is the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, where Dr. Maynard helped conduct the first-ever Chilean hospitalist meeting last November.


Dr. Maynard and the other “Top Hospitalist” honorees are profiled in the November 2008 issue of ACP Hospitalist.  |  Read the article


UCSD’s advances in patient care quality improvement

Gregory A. Maynard, M.D., M.Sc., joined the UCSD faculty in 2003 as head of the new Hospital Medicine division.

Since then, the division has expanded to 23 faculty members and has won national awards for its achievements in hospital care quality improvement.

In 2008, the Society of Hospital Medicine honored Dr. Maynard and the UCSD hospitalists with the Team Improvement Award for their venous thromboembolism prevention program.

The program was developed with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Maynard and his colleagues developed a risk assessment tool that allows healthcare professionals to identify quickly and accurately the most appropriate venous thromboembolism prevention measures for each hospitalized patient.

As a result, the UCSD Medical Center is among the leaders in the U.S. in preventing venous thromboembolism in its inpatients.

At the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest alone, the program prevents approximately 50 cases of venous thromboembolism each year.

The tool, now part of the Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room on the Society of Hospital Medicine website, is now in use at medical centers around the nation.

UCSD’s hospitalists also play a major part in the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Inpatient Glycemic Control Task Force, which is headed by Dr. Maynard.

The work of the task force was presented recently in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM).

“Most of the work on the SHM website, this supplement, and the SHM QI pre-courses features contributions and lessons learned from the hospitalists at UCSD,” Dr. Maynard said.

The term “hospitalist” was first used in 1996 in a New England Journal of Medicine article that highlighted the importance of inpatient-focused care in healthcare today.  |  Read the article

The role of the hospitalist

In creating the “Top Hospitalists” list, the American College of Physicians is recognizing the increasing importance of the new specialty of hospital medicine.

Hospitalists dedicate themselves to improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients. Their efforts range from creating new disease management protocols to revamping hospital information systems.

According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, there are an estimated 20,000 hospitalists in practice today.

As experienced attending physicians who are continuously available on the wards, hospitalists also play a central role in training students, residents, and fellows.

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Housestaff of the Year Award Goes to Dr. Brian Kolski

The Medical Staff Executive Committee has honored Dr. Brian Kolski with one of its two Housestaff of the Year awards for 2008.Dr. Kolski is a chief resident in Internal Medicine for the year 2007-2008.

Upon his graduation in June, he will enter a fellowship in cardiology here at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.


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Dermatology Residency Program Wins Recertification and Commendation from ACGME

The UC San Diego Dermatology Residency Training Program has received a commendation along with a five-year recertification from the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The ACGME commended Program Director Terence C. O’Grady, M.D., and his staff for the excellence of the program, with particular praise for the program’s pediatric training and scholarly activity.

“We’re very pleased with the results of the recent survey and are excited about the continued growth of the training program,” Dr. O’Grady said.

In a recent interview, Dr. Richard Gallo, Chief of Dermatology, said of the program, “It is one of the most competitive programs around.

“We are dedicated to outstanding clinical teaching as well as training the future academic leaders in dermatology.”

The Dermatology Residency Training Program is a three-year program that attracts hundreds of applicants for its three available slots each year.

Along with UC San Diego Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System are participating sites in the residency training program.

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