Explore Research Innovation at the David Geffen School of Medicine
Dr. Sebag, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO is a Senior Voluntary Research Scientist at the Doheny Eye Institute of UCLA. He is a world-renowned vitreo-retinal surgeon, leading authority on vitreous, and founder of the VMR Institute for Vitreous, Macula, and Retina in Huntington Beach. He has authored three books, as well as more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and editorials on diseases, drug therapy, and surgery of the vitreous, macula, and retina.
Dr. Sebag has a passionate commitment to training the next generation of medical students to become leaders in the field of ophthalmology and vision research. During his long tenure as a professor at USC, many medical students and research fellows were able to present the results of their research at international meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals as first authors. Currently, Dr. Sebag would like to extend an invitation to any medical students and research fellows who would be interested in jointly writing a chapter in an upcoming book titled Cutting Edge Vitreoretinal Surgery.
Given Dr. Sebag’s flexibility and commitment as a mentor, medical students have successfully balanced their research endeavors simultaneously with medical school. To learn more about how to get involved, please forward a copy of your CV to Dr. Sebag at jsebag@VMRinstitute.com
More information is available at www.VMRinstitute.com
Between April 9-11 and 16-18, the Café Med Advisory Committee in coordination with The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health plans to collect data that will help the committee better understand opportunities to improve the availability of healthy foods and beverages sold at Café Med. Interested students are invited to participate in this patron survey research opportunity. Students will learn rapid survey assessment methods (e.g., interviewing patrons as they enter or exit Café Med). Research opportunities may also include data entry, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.
Interested students should attend a training held on April 2, which will be offered in 30-minute windows between 9am to 3pm. Survey dates will be April 9th, 10th?, 11th, 16th, 17th?, and 18th. Surveying on these days will take place between 8:30-10 AM and 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. To sign up for the training and for intercept surveying, students should fill out the Google form found here.
We look forward to improving the quality and access of healthy food and beverages in Café Med for all who work, study or visit in the CHS building.
Janet Leader, MPH, RD
Nutrition Strategy Director
UCLA Department of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine
Informed medical decisions require patient accessibility to ensure superlative care and maintain patient autonomy. Often, due to clinical time constraints and a lack of provider training, healthcare professionals remove patients with intellectual disabilities (ID) from decisions by using excessive jargon or ignoring the patient. This project strives to remedy this by providing immersive, direct training from both self-advocates with ID and our clinical training team in ways to improve patient-provider interactions and clinical diagnostics. This training will provide ways to ensure that informed consent is obtained and that a supported-decision making model is utilized to improve patient care. This training will be filmed and will then be disseminated to a variety of health organizations for training purposes. We seek medical students to simulate the clinical scenarios with participants with ID. We anticipate no more than a few hours required for each student. For more information please contact our lead project coordinator Bradley Roth at email@example.com or Dr. Linda Demer at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time for the 2019 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest on The Art of Communication in Psychiatry!
The selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive up to $1,000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2019 AAP Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, September 4-7, 2019 where s/he will present the essay. The theme is: The Art of Communication in Psychiatry: Connecting with the Patient.
Please see below for specific details and forward this email to those in your organization that can get the word out to the students! Last year we had 19 submissions, and I am hoping for even more this year!!
Submission Requirements The contest is open to any student who is both currently enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting. The work must be an original, unpublished essay of 2,000 words or less. Essays should be submitted electronically as a *.doc, *.txt or *.rtf email attachment to email@example.com and should include a cover page with the following information:
Judges will be blinded to the participant and affiliated medical school. Judging will be based on originality, uniqueness, flow of thought, and appropriateness to the theme. The winner must be able to attend the Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting as indicated above.
Deadline for submission: June 1, 2019
For additional inquiries, contact Heidi Combs, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Student Education Caucus Chair
For those of you, current or former string players, French horns or brass, there’s an exciting opportunity to join the L.A. Doctors Symphony, who’s looking for people to join. This orchestra has been in existence a long time (I’ve been a member as a violinist over 25 years). While it used to be made up primarily of doctors and allied health professionals, now anyone who’s ever been to a doctor can join and there is a good number of young musicians in it—in case I frightened you by saying I’ve been in it for over 25 years. I’m sending this out since we would like to build up our ranks and because it’s probably a truism that many students have played an instrument at one time or another, but not all have kept it up. This is a chance to rejoin your past.
Rehearsals start September 4th at 343 South Church Lane (less than a 10 minute drive from UCLA) on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 10. If you don’t get this email in sufficient time before that date, feel free to respond anyway as you can still join after. If you can’t make every Tuesday, that’s fine. There are about 4 concerts a year, held in various venues, mostly on the Westside. This is a no-pressure, volunteer orchestra (with no membership dues) and by no means does one have to play at an advanced level to be part of it. We do play fairly standard classical repertoire but modern works as well. You can view the website at ladso.org.
If you are interested or have questions, please let me know (as well as what instrument you play and your prior instrumental experience). In addition, if you know anyone outside of the med school who might be interested in joining, feel free to forward this to them.
Best regards and best wishes in your journey through med school,
Visit http://medschool.ucla.edu/current-funded-elective-and-seminar-opportunities to learn more.
Students can get up to $192/month for groceries if they are approved for CalFresh. We will be hosting an eligibility worker for private CalFresh Interviews and enrollments biweekly starting March 5th from 8:30am-4pm.
If students would like they can sign up for an appointment here: https://calendly.com/uclacalfresh/cpoofficehours
And if they're not sure if they are eligible for CalFresh please fill out this pre-screening tool before signing up for an appointment: https://goo.gl/forms/aPgo5bz8z53G8Ppd2
UCLA Safe Ride App
The new Safe Ride app is now available to all UCLA students, staff, faculty and visitors. Download the app through Google Play or the Apple Store to request a Safe Ride van at night to take you between campus buildings and nearby residential areas.
Vans can be requested Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (excluding University holidays and breaks).
Please note that vans stop at designated stop locations only. For more information, >click here.Application materials can be found at: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/orthopaedics/education/fellowships/research
Written by residents, The Scope sends weekly emails with our favorite medical research summarized in a few easy-to-read sentences with humor. We're kind of like TheSkimm for The New England Journal. Our goal is to make medical research more fun and easier to keep up with. Check out this week’s issue at http://eepurl.com/c89AnL and sign up at medicinescope.com . Our email is free and we don't share our subscribers' info. Questions? Please contact Adam Widman at email@example.com
Food is integral to life. It meets basic human needs for growth, development and function. It is also important for the functioning of societies, allowing people to make social linkages and distinctions. It plays a role in multiple aspects of life and is a subject of interest and inquiry in multiple disciplines including agriculture, anthropology, geography, humanities, law, nutrition, psychology, public health, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. With food security and environmental sustainability becoming increasing global concerns, there is an urgency to educate the next generation of leaders with strong interdisciplinary foundations.
Interested in learning more? Join the Food Studies listserv to receive updates on classes, events, applications, job/volunteer opportunities, and more! http://luskin.ucla.edu/food-studies-certificate-program-2/#connect
The Clinical and Research Opportunities Database is available on the Careers in Medicine® website. It contains information about summer and year round programs in the United States and abroad that are available to medical students looking to gain valuable research and clinical experience in a desired specialty or scientific area.
The database allows you to search by program type, specialty or topic, program duration and country, and includes fellowships, internships, scholarships, and grants. A short description of the program is presented along with a link to the program’s website for further information. The Clinical and Research Opportunities data base can be found on the CiM website (aamc.org/cim) under Choose Your Specialty > Explore Options > Clinical and Research Opportunities. You can also access the database directly at https://www.aamc.org/cim/specialty/exploreoptions/clinicalandresearchopportunities/ . You must have a CiM account to access the resource.
The UCLA Blood and Platelet Center has a goal of becoming the first self-sufficient hospital based blood donor center in the country.
The UCLA Blood and Platelet Center has regular monthly drives in Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Santa Monica Hospital, CHS, Med Plaza and other places around campus that medical students can take advantage of to donate. There are also two donor centers in Ackerman Student Union and on Gayley across from Whole Foods.
To donate and for more information, please visit www.gotblood.ucla.edu
NORD is the primary nonprofit organization representing all Americans with rare diseases; roughly 7,000 diseases and affecting 30 million people. NORD has rich and diverse programs focused on advocacy, research, patient and family assistance, and medical student programs.
The Student Chapter program is a newly launched project that provides clinical experiences, networking opportunities, while increasing awareness of the patient community to medical professionals. Students have the opportunity to be working in rare disease centers with clinical rotations or internships; directly and indirectly helping patients and families; networking with governmental affairs, patient organizations, and pharmaceutical companies at NORD's Rare Diseases & Orphan Product Breakthrough Summit; and can become a writer on NORD's Rare Disease Reports. If interested, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce the launch of The Palate, a peer-reviewed online publication for medical students at the intersection of nutrition and public health, at thepalate.org. The Palate seeks to engage medical students in conversations that explore the connections between nutrition and public health, and the health of our patients, communities, and ourselves. We envision a future where nutrition is an integral part of health care practice and medical education. We believe The Palate will inspire a commitment to the integration of nutrition and public health in the future medical careers of our readers. If you are interested in contributing to The Palate, please contact us at email@example.com. We seek manuscripts on all topics related to nutrition and public health, including the current obesity epidemic, food inequalities and insecurities, and our food environment.
We also seek medical students to serve on the publication's editorial board to curate content for this important new community, as well as faculty members to serve on our publication’s editorial board as Nutrition Experts. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Finally, we hope that you will spread the word of this new publication to your colleagues in medicine and nutrition. We thank you for your support.
in-Training (in-training.org), the online magazine for medical students, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit articles and essays about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication. We are also accepting applications for medical student editors, graphic designers and mobile app developers.
For potential writers: With an emphasis on humanism in medicine, in-Training is run entirely by medical students and serves as an outlet for budding physician-journalists and writers at all medical schools around the globe. We seek articles on any topic relevant to the medical student community, including reflections, opinions, policy, research, poetry and art. Please fill out our interest form at tinyurl.com/intraining if you are interested in contributing.
For potential editors: in-Training is also looking for medical student editors to join our 35-member Editorial Board. If you are interested in editing and working with a dynamic staff to produce in-Training, please contact us at email@example.com.
For graphic designers and potential app developers: If you have experience with graphic design or app development and are interested in producing a new mobile app for in-Training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite students and faculty to visit in-Training at in-training.org and subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter at in-training.org/newsletter. Please fill out our interest form at tinyurl.com/intraining or contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in writing, editing or reporting for in-Training.
Joe Ladowski (Indiana University School of Medicine) and Vikas Bhatt (Drexel University College of Medicine)
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with American Student Assistance (ASA) to help the members of the academic medicine community strengthen their financial literacy and money management skills. ASA’s program, SALT™, is a leading financial education and engagement program that empowers students and alumni to confidently approach, manage, pay for and pay back college costs while improving their financial literacy skills. Beginning on January 15, 2015, SALT’s financial education resources will be available to medical students, residents, faculty, and staff at AAMC member institutions. Create a free AAMC/SALT account, by using the following links:
School Administrators: www.saltmoney.org/AAMCschooladministrator