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Northern California Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

Northern California Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

September 26, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Regional Welcome 

Calvin Wheeler, MD
Medical Director, UME/GME

About the presenters

Dr. Wheeler is the Medical Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education and serves on the Regional Governance and Contributions Committees for KFH/HP Community Benefit as well as the Regional and National Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Councils. He served as the Physician-in-Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Fremont and the Greater Southern Alameda area for 18 years and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Operations Management Group of The Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Wheeler joined Kaiser Permanente in 1984 as a staff pediatrician and neurologist in Hayward and Walnut Creek.

 

Dr. Wheeler graduated from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Following medical school, he did a 6-month American Hepatic Foundation Fellowship at the Kings College Hospital on the liver failure unit in London, England. He then did residency training in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His residency was followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Boston City Hospital & the Boston University Combined Neurology Program, where he also served as a clinical instructor. He then completed a fellowship in Epilepsy/EEG and the Houston Merritt Fellowship in Cerebral Palsy at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School, where he also served as a clinical instructor. After moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Wheeler became a clinical instructor at UCSF in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Neurology. His research interests have been in the area of anti-epileptic medications and alternative epilepsy treatments.

 

A founding member of the Kaiser Permanente African American Professionals Association (KPAAPA) in Northern California,
Dr. Wheeler twice served as president. He completed the KP Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997. He completed the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Fellowship between 2003-2005.

Theresa Azevedo
Director & Designated Institutional Official, UME/GME

About the presenters

Theresa Azevedo-Rousso is the Director and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of Northern California Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2006 with 16 years of previous experience in GME, strategic program development, with expertise in developing all phases of nonprofit business. At KPNC, Theresa develops new programs that align with KP’s workforce development goals, facilitates faculty and resident development and oversees accreditation, financial planning and marketing of KPNC’s residency and fellowship programs which serves 1,400+ unique residents and over 700 medical students who learn in KP Northern California’s twenty-one medical centers. Before joining KPNC, Theresa was concurrently the president of an academic research institute and the executive director of a GME consortium. Theresa received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California and received her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco.

 

Theresa’s new scholarly interests are workforce development and diversity, integrating quality and performance improvement across the educational continuum, faculty development and educational research, the effects of healthcare policy on graduate medical education, and aligning community health needs assessments with resident education and care in underserved communities.

 

A native of California, Theresa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys its many hiking and cycling areas. Theresa is an active volunteer, teaching healthy eating and cooking practices in a variety of settings.

10:15 a.m.

Resident Wellness

Elyse Weinstein, MD
Psychiatry, San Rafael Medical Center

About the presenter

Dr. Elyse Weinstein is originally from the Detroit Michigan area. She graduated from the University of Michigan’s Pre Med- Medical integrated program with a BS in Biomedical Science and a Medical Degree. She completed a Medical-Psychiatry internship at Albert Einstein in NY and then journeyed to CA to complete her residency at Stanford in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Weinstein was an attending at Stanford prior to joining the Permanente Medical Group.

 

Currently Dr. Weinstein is the Physician Lead of TPMG Physician Recruitment, Certified Physician Leadership Coach, and a practicing psychiatrist. Prior to this year, she served as Chief of Mental Health in the San Rafael Medical Center. She is also currently on the Physician Well Being committee and is part of the Physician support task force. Prior to these roles, she serviced as Assistant Chief and Quality Chief, Co-Chair of Depression Best Practices, Women’s Mental Health Lead and intimate partner violence liaison.

 

Her professional interests are in Women’s mental health through the life spectrum and Mentoring and Leadership development. She attended the Harvard Health Care Executive KP Program and was schooled at the Center for Executive Coaching. She was an inaugural member of The Permanente Medical Group emerging leaders’ program. She received a KP Vohs award for supporting the development of the hospital Delirium program and was named a 2018 North Bay Business Journal Women in Leadership awardee.

10:30 a.m.

Session 1

Culturally Responsive Care

Carla Wicks, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Richmond Medical Center

About the presenter

Dr. Carla Victoria Wicks is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with The Permanente Medical Group in the East Bay. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Wicks completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Howard University in Washington, DC and then moved to the west coast and completed training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

Dr. Wicks joined The Permanente Medical Group after residency and has been in practice at the Richmond facility since 2006. Dr. Wicks held several leadership roles including Site Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Richmond, Assistant Chief of Service for East Bay Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Physician-In-Chief (APIC) of Care Experience and Diversity in Kaiser Permanente, East Bay, and a host of other roles.

Dr. Wicks is currently serving as the TPMG Medical Director of Culturally Responsive Care and Inclusion for NCAL. In this new role for TPMG, her vision is to cultivate a culturally responsive and inclusive care climate by aligning the intentions, practices, and actions to meet the needs of the people, patients and communities we serve in Northern California.

Dr. Wicks’ clinical practice embodies general Obstetrics and Gynecology in which she is dedicated to serving a diverse and underserved community. She recently co-led the first TPMG Centering in Pregnancy group for African American women and families. Dr. Wicks is also a collaborator in the TPMG Health Equity for Women Advisory Group, a lead in the work around SB464 legislation for implicit bias training in the perinatal space, a faculty leader in the ACGME Obgyn Residency Health Equity Collaborative, as well as a host of other important initiatives and projects aimed at reducing disparities for black women and other vulnerable populations in the maternity space.

Dr. Wicks is a member of numerous professional medical societies, social organizations, and is very involved in several volunteer organizations in the community. When at home, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband and three adorable children.

Session 2

Medical School Pathway Programs and Medical Student Elective Opportunities

Ruben Gonzalez, MD
Core Faculty, Family Medicine Residency Program
Napa Solano
Assistant Medical Director, Medical Assistant Program
KP School of Allied Health

Michelle Loaiza
Practice Specialist, Undergraduate Medical Education

About the presenters

Ruben Gonzalez, MD

Dr. Ruben Gonzalez received a degree in Neuroscience and Physiology, and a degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; and his Medical Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. He completed his residency training at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in Martinez. Dr. Gonzalez served as the Chief of Health Education and Diversity for Kaiser Permanente Vallejo and Napa facilities between 2016-2019. He led several initiatives to reduce barriers of care to underserved communities. His work in the area of health disparities and in increasing the pool of underrepresented medical students, has won him recognition from the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association who awarded him with the “Visión con Pasión “award in 2015 and their signature “Path Maker” award in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Solano County, Physician of the Year award for 2019.

Dr. Gonzalez is currently a core faculty member at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Family Medicine Program and Assistant Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health. In addition to serving as Principal Investigator on studies focused on improving health disparities; he is involved in teaching medical assistants, family medicine residents, medical students from Touro, UCSF, UC Davis and other affiliated schools.

Dr. Gonzalez’s dedication to teaching and serving the underserved is evident in his focus on increasing the number of underserved minority physicians. He is the founder of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Scholars Program and is involved in Kaiser Permanente Regional Graduate Education programs geared towards supporting underrepresented students. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Regional Graduate Education, Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Family Medicine Program; and Napa Valley and Solano Colleges, his programs improve students’ academic opportunities, while allowing them to serve and take on leadership positions in their communities.

Michelle Loaiza

Michelle Loaiza, BA is the Institutional Practice Specialist of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Undergraduate Medical Education. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007 as an administrator in Revenue Cycle. As practice specialist, Michelle has overseen the development of pipeline programs including La Salud Permanente Latino Health Elective, Prep Medico– a collaborative program with UC Davis, the Napa Valley College/KP Medical Scholars Program, as well as AIAMC National Initiatives IV and V. Michelle oversees Institutional GME metrics as well as data management for all 21 sites in the collection process for Medicare cost reporting. Michelle serves as the Membership Engagement Advisor for Kaiser Permanente Latinx Association and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Health Care Administration from California State University-East Bay.

Social Lounge

11:00 am – 12:30 pm (See specialties for program presentation start times)

For further discussion, questions, and networking, join our Social Lounge

11:00 a.m.

Specialty Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm (See specialties for program presentation start times)

Emergency Medicine

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Modesto
Nur-Ain Nadir, MD

Modesto  – 11:00 a.m.

Family Medicine

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Napa/Solano
Theodore O’Connell, MD
Napa-Solano FM Candidate Guide

Sacramento
Thomas Balsbaugh, MD

Elizabeth Lynn, MD,
Associate Program Director

San Jose
Francis Chu, MD

Santa Rosa
Patricia Hiserote, DO

Napa/Solano – 11:00 a.m.
San Jose – 11:20 a.m.
Santa Rosa – 11:40 a.m.
Sacramento – 12:00 p.m.

For further discussion, questions, and networking, join our Social Lounge

Social Lounge

Internal Medicine

Presenters and Downloads

Santa Clara  – 11:00 a.m.
San Francisco  – 11:30 a.m.
Oakland  – 12:00 p.m.

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Social Lounge

OB/GYN

Presenters and Downloads

Program Directors

Oakland
Laura Minikel, MD
Oakland OBGYN Program Brochure 2020

San Francisco
Gavin Jacobson, MD

Santa Clara
Anh Nguyen, MD

San Francisco – 11:00 a.m.
Santa Clara – 11:30 a.m.
Oakland – 12:00 p.m.

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Social Lounge

Pediatrics

Presenters and Downloads

Program Directors

Oakland
Rebecca Chasnovitz, MD

Oakland – 11:00 a.m.

Podiatry

Presenters and Downloads

Program Directors

Oakland
Christy King, DPM

Santa Clara
Cristian Neagu, DPM

Vallejo
Gray Williams, DPM

Vallejo – 11:00 a.m.
Oakland – 11:30 a.m.
Santa Clara – 12:00 p.m.

For further discussion, questions, and networking, join our Social Lounge

Social Lounge

Psychiatry

Presenters and Downloads

Program Directors
Lucas Van Dyke, MD
Oakland

Rochelle Woods, MD
San Jose

Oakland – 11:00 a.m.
San Jose – 11:45 a.m.

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Social Lounge

Addiction Medicine

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Martha Wunsch, MD

Cardiology

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Jonathan Zaroff, MD

Community Medicine

Presenters and downloads

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Olga Ramm, MD

Gastroenterology

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Lyle Shlager, MD

Pulmonary Critical Care

Presenters and downloads

Program Director

Bryon Quick, MD

11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Advancing LGBTQ+ Care 

Derek R. Blechinger, MD
Internal Medicine, San Francisco Medical Center

Integrative Medicine

Rajiv Misquitta, MD
Internal Medicine
South Sacramento Medical Center

About the presenter

Rajiv Misquitta, MD

Dr. Misquitta completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UC Davis where he served as chief resident and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. He is the past president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. He is the Medical Director of the lifestyle Medicine Department at the South Sacramento. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. He has also authored several articles on the topic and is the principal Investigator of 2 ongoing Lifestyle clinical trials here at Kaiser Permanente: Health Achieved through Lifestyle Transformation or HALT and Resiliency After Cancer or RACe.

Kaiser Permanente Research: Managing research in residency and fellowship programs

Presented by Shannon McDermott, PhD, Katherine Dang, M.S., M.A.S., and Brooke Harris, PhD

Health Equity Science: Where have we been and where are we going?

Presented by Alyce Adams, Research Scientist III, Associate Director, Health Care Delivery and Policy, and Director of Faculty Development

About the presenters

Shannon McDermott, PhD

Shannon McDermott is a research professional with over a decade of experience designing, managing, and conducting research and evaluation projects in health and human services. Shannon completed her PhD in Social Work at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Before joining Kaiser Permanente as a Research Project Manager, she worked as a teaching academic and research fellow at the University of Sydney conducting applied research projects in areas of homelessness, mental health, and older adults. Shannon is skilled in qualitative and mixed methods research projects, quality improvement, curriculum design and evaluation, grant writing, budgeting and tracking expenditure, and producing scholarly deliverables.

Brooke Harris, PhD

Brooke Harris, PhD holds a Master of Science and doctoral degree in clinical psychology and is a research project manager in the graduate medical education (GME) department at Kaiser Permanente San Jose. She has over 15 years of experience in the conduct of clinical research examining substance use disorders and comorbid psychiatric disorders over the lifespan with both adults and children and in mentoring students from a variety of professions (e.g., Clinical Psychology, Health Care Administration, Public Health, as well as Medical Students and Residents). Her primary role with Kaiser Permanente San Jose is mentoring medical residents, students, and faculty in scholarly activity and as such she supports research and quality improvement projects from initial inception to receiving institutional approvals to data collection to data analysis and dissemination. She also provides behavioral health lectures for Family Medicine Residents and rotating Medical Residents on topics such as Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Katherine Dang, M.S., M.A.S.

Katherine Dang is the Research Project Manager for Kaiser Napa-Solano that serves cities of Vallejo, Fairfield, Napa, Benicia, Vacaville and Dixon. Her duty is to educate and advise the faculty and residents of the Family Medicine and Podiatry Residency programs on conducting clinical and community-based research and quality improvement projects. She is also the director of the Napa-Solano Public Health Internship, which is comprised of public health graduates and undergraduates from universities all over the United States, such as Yale, Touro, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, San Jose State, and Emory University. Kat is fortunate to also serve as Community Research Director of the Kaiser Medical Scholars Pathway, which is a pipeline program serving Napa Valley and Solano Community College students from underserved and marginalized backgrounds. She is privileged to have a position to be able to help better the communities we live in.

Alyce S. Adams, PhD

Alyce S. Adams is a Research Scientist III, Associate Director, Health Care Delivery and Policy, and Director of Faculty Development at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, as well as Professor, Health Systems Science, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Focusing on healthcare disparities, her interdisciplinary research examines suboptimal treatment outcomes among older adults with chronic conditions. Dr. Adams works collaboratively with patients, communities, clinicians and policymakers to facilitate intentional stakeholder engagement at all stages of the research process. Prior to joining the Division of Research in 2008, Dr. Adams was on faculty at Harvard Medical School where she received awards from Harvard and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for her mentorship of graduate students and fellows. She has a PhD in Health Policy and a Master of Public Policy degree, both from Harvard University.

12:30 p.m.

Medical Student Scholarship Recipient Recognition

Closing Remarks

Calvin Wheeler, MD
Medical Director, UME/GME

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