Medicine 401 Teaching Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 Medicine 401 Teaching Awards were announced at an awards ceremony on May 27. Granted by the third-year medical students each year, the awards go to residents and attending physicians for their excellence in teaching on the wards at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System and the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

The winners:

VA Wards Resident Award: Dr. Tyler Woodell
Hillcrest Wards Resident Award: Dr. Michelle Pearlman

VA Wards Attending Award: Dr. Mara Zulauf
Hillcrest Wards Attending Award: Dr. Darcy Wooten

“There were many kind words of praise and admiration in the comments from the students who worked with Drs. Pearlman and Woodell,” said residency program director Simerjot Jassal, MD. “Congratulations to these outstanding doctors!”

The medical students’ comments included the following.

Dr. Michelle Pearlman

Dr. Michelle Pearlman

Of Michelle Pearlman, MD: … Really focused on teaching … worked hard during the rotation to make sure we were achieving our own goals and learning as much as possible … gave excellent feedback … made great teaching points during rounds … great example of professionalism … will make an excellent teacher … great role model … clear and detailed expectations … we knew exactly what to work on and how to succeed … one of the best residents with whom I have worked … gave frequent feedback enabling me to improve daily … strong leadership skills, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic … will make an amazing GI fellow and attending.

Dr. Pearlman has matched to a fellowship program in gastroenterology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Tyler Woodell

Dr. Tyler Woodell

Of Tyler Woodell, MD: Always made it a priority to have a teaching point every day … always willing to make sure all of our questions were answered and that we were engaged in patient care … went out of his way to make sure we had a good learning experience … an exceptional model physician who I would recommend to any student as a preceptor and any patient as a doctor … focused on making sure that we learned as much as possible … carved out time to talk through our assessment and plans with us … took time on rounds to talk through key issues with us …both a fantastic role model for compassionate patient care and bedside manner as well as an engaging teacher … clearly loved to teach … not only an outstanding teacher, but also very compassionate with patients.

Dr. Woodell has matched to a fellowship program in nephrology at Oregon Health & Science University.

UC San Diego Medical Center Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

UC San Diego Medical Center, located in Hillcrest, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. Ranked among the country’s major teaching hospitals, the Medical Center was also one of twelve hospitals to receive the Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over a five-year period in Reuter’s national benchmarking study…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

UC San Diego Medical Center hospital in Hillcrest
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High Rankings for Internal Medicine Subspecialties in “Best Hospitals 2011-2012”

UC San Diego Medical CenterFour internal medicine specialties received top-50 rankings for UC San Diego Health System in the new “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” from U.S.News & World Report:

* Pulmonology (#16)
* Diabetes and Endocrinology (#25)
* Nephrology (#34)
* Cancer (#47)

Four other internal medicine specialties were high performers, scoring in the top 25 percent of those surveyed: cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics and rheumatology.

“Year by year, the Department of Medicine increases in clinical strength and breadth, and I am happy to see this strong representation in the rankings,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the department.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our clinicians, from the clinical service chiefs to the house staff, and the administrative structure that supports them.”

U.S. News evaluated the specialties on a number of points, including the availability of advanced patient care technologies and important patient services. All eight of the ranked and high-performing internal medicine specialties had high or perfect scores in those domains.

“This is one of the strengths of an academic medical center,” said Dillmann. “We offer our patients the latest developments, not only in new tools for diagnosis and therapy but also in approaches to care.”

U.S. News included 16 specialties in the rankings. Not included was HIV/AIDS care, which is ranked in a separate survey. In this year’s rankings, released in March, the HIV/AIDS program (Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) is eighth in the nation.

U.S. News determines the “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” rankings from objective and subjective factors that vary by specialty. The factors include reputation among specialists, patient survival and safety, and care-related indicators such as nurse staffing and availability of advanced technologies.

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UC San Diego Health System also ranked in orthopedics and psychiatry and was high performing in otolaryngology, gynecology, neurology/ neurosurgery, and urology.

Read the UCSD press release >>

With a total of six top-50 specialties and eight high-performing specialties, UC San Diego Health System placed in the top 3 percent of over 4800 hospitals evaluated.

Two medical centers in the University of California system made the U.S. News “Honor Roll,” which lists the hospitals with high scores in at least 6 specialties. Among the 17 hospitals that qualified, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is #5 and UC San Francisco Medical Center is #7.

UC San Diego Medical Center among Nation’s Best in 2010

UC San Diego Medical Center – where discoveries are delivered every day – has once again delivered in the category of “top hospitals,” as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s latest “America’s Best Hospitals” issue… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom.

Non-Invasive Technology Evaluated to Treat Cardiac Chest Pain

A clinical trial headed by Dr. Anthony DeMaria is the topic of the UCSD Newsroom story, “Non-Invasive Technology Evaluated to Treat Cardiac Chest Pain.”

The story has appeared in PhysOrg and EmaxHealth.

Anthony N. DeMaria, M.D., M.A.C.P., is the Judith and Jack White Professor of Medicine in Cardiology. He recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Outreach and Development for Health Sciences. He served as founding director of the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center and is on its governing board.

Dr. Barbara Parker Is Named Physician of the Year

Barbara A. Parker, MDFor her outstanding commitment to patient care in the hospital setting and in the community, Dr. Barbara A. Parker has received the 2009 Attending Physician of the Year award from the UC San Diego Medical Center.

Dr. Parker is Medical Director of Oncology Services at Moores UCSD Cancer Center and professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology.  |  Read the full story from UC San Diego Health Sciences Communications

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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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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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