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Recent Announcements

Spring 2014

Save the Date: History of African American Surgeons Presentation Set for Nov. 1

Posted: Aug. 17, 2014

“Opening Doors” Contemporary African American Surgeons,” a keynote presentation by Dr. Ancel J. Rogers and panel discussion, is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Raymond L. Orbach Science Library Rotunda. Admission is free and parking is complimentary.

Dr. Rogers, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Riverside and President of the J.W. Vines Medical Foundation, will discuss the history of African American surgeons. His keynote address will be followed by presenters who will share stories of their life experiences as African American surgeons, discuss how students can prepare for medical careers, and answer questions.

A reception will follow, and there will be opportunities to visit the UCR School of Medicine’s simulation center.

The program “Opening Doors” is held in connection with a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, which highlights outstanding African American surgeons practicing across the U.S. and which will be displayed in the Orbach Library.

The Nov. 1 event is sponsored by the UCR Library and presented in collaboration with the UCR School of Medicine and Black Voice Foundation. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Oct. 24 by writing

Next Grand Rounds Aug. 29 to Feature Street Medicine

Posted: Aug. 11, 2014

Dr. Jim Withers, medical director and founder of the Street Medicine Institute, will give a presentation titled “Street Medicine: Go to the People” at noon Friday, Aug. 29, in room G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building.

Street medicine refers to the provision of medical care to individuals living on the streets. It is often delivered by walking teams of healthcare providers, at mobile clinics and outdoor clinics. The Aug. 29 Grand Rounds presentation will cover the history of the street medicine movement in the U.S. and globally, street medicine in the scope of health care systems, and street medicine as an educational experience.

The Street Medicine Institute was founded in 2008 by Withers and colleagues. The institute assists communities in establishing street medicine programs, provides educational opportunities and hosts an annual international symposium.

Those attending the Aug. 29 Grand Rounds are asked to RSVP by visiting Grand Rounds is presented by the School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs.

Recruitment and Orientation Day for Standardized Patients Set for July 30

Posted: July 27, 2014

Members of the UCR campus and external community who are interested in becoming “standardized patients” are invited to a recruitment and orientation session scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the School of Medicine Education Building.

Standardized patients to help medical students develop their interview techniques, physical examination skills, diagnosis and treatment plans. They are commonly utilized in medical education to simulate patient cases that allow medical students to practice their skills and develop the humanism aspect of the doctor-patient relationship.

While standardized patients are often community actors, acting experience is not a requirement to be involved in the program, simply the ability to memorize a brief scenario of the patient case to be simulated and a short script. Standardized patients of all ages and demographic backgrounds are sought, especially those who are fluent in languages other than English.

There is a two-hour minimum time commitment for each session in which standardized patients are utilized. Compensation is $20 per hour.

For more information, contact Amanda Lockhart, director of the school’s Standardized Patient Program.

Medical School Official Receives Fellow Designation from American Academy of Family Physicians

Posted: May 25, 2014

Michael N. Nduati, M.D., MBA, MPH, associate dean for clinical affairs in the UCR School of Medicine, has been selected a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The Fellow designation recognizes AAFP members who have performed outstanding service to the specialty of family medicine and their communities, as well as distinguished themselves through ongoing professional development and advancement of healthcare. The American Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 115,000 family physicians, residents and medical students.

Dr. Nduati, in addition to helping develop the clinical arm of the UCR School of Medicine, is director of the school’s Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE), an innovative three-year component of the medical school curriculum that provides students a longitudinal “practice” embedded within the primary care clinics of the school’s affiliated health care partners.

LACE is designed to give medical students a “continuity-of-care” experience with a panel of patients while at the same time developing skills in research and evidence-based medical practice. UCR medical students are paired with physicians at several Riverside County family care centers, Riverside Medical Clinic, Kaiser Permanente sites in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Riverside Physicians Network.

Dr. Nduati joined the UCR School of Medicine in 2011. He was a student in the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, where he completed his bachelor’s degree and the first two years of medical school. He completed medical school and earned his M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His residency training was at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. He also holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Intersection of Humanities and Arts with Medicine to be Explore in May 14 Presentation

Posted: May 10, 2014

Johanna Shapiro of the UC Irvine School of Medicine Program in Medical Humanities & Arts will present the talk “Strangers in a Strange Land: What are the Humanities Doing in Medical Education?” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building.

The talk will consider different conceptual models framing the gifts of humanities and arts to medicine and its practitioners. These include: 1) doctoring as narrative – patient as text and doctor as close reader, 2) doctoring as art – patient as painting and doctor as close observer, and 3) doctoring as performance – patient and doctor as jazz musicians or improv actors. Shapiro will invite audience members to consider how each of these metaphors can complement a primarily biomedical understanding of doctoring and how an interdisciplinary approach to medical education can enrich their understanding of the profession.

The talk is presented by the Narratives in Tandem Project, supported by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LGBT Health and Wellness to be discussed at May 29 Grand Rounds

Posted: May 10, 2014

Aaron Gardner of the Riverside County Department of Public Health will give the grand rounds presentation “LGBT Health & Wellness Profile: A Review of the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Residents Living in Riverside” at noon, Thursday, May 29, in HUB 268 on the UCR campus.

Gardner, a research specialist in epidemiology and program evaluation for the Department of Public Health, will discuss LGBT health and wellness disparities, as well as local health data within the context of state and national data. The presentation is open any medical students, faculty, physicians and community members.

“Music as Medicine” Series Continues April 17

Posted: April 14, 2014

The Latin American Ensemble, Mayupatapi, directed by Jonathan Ritter, will perform at noon Thursday, April 17, on the patio of the School of Medicine Education Building. The free performances are open to the campus and greater Riverside community.

The April 17 performance is part of a series of five noontime performances in the “Music as Medicine” series presented jointly by the UCR Department of Music and School of Medicine.

The remaining performance, by the Chamber Singers and Collegium Musicum, is scheduled for Thursday, May 1, at noon. For more information, contact the Department of Music at (951) 827-3245 or

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 Future Physician Leaders Program

Posted: April 5, 2014

Recruitment for the 2014 Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program has begun and will continue through Sunday, April 13. Pre-med high school seniors, undergraduate students and medical students who are from the Inland Empire are invited to apply online.

FPL is a long-term mentorship program for students interested to fulfill a mission of service to the community. For seven weeks during the summer students participate in a leadership lecture series, develop and implement a community health project, and shadow physicians at different healthcare facilities.

There are three sites for the program: Coachella Valley based out of the UCR Palm Desert Center, the Riverside-San Bernardino region based out of the UCR School of Medicine, and Temecula based out of the City of Temecula offices. Ideal candidates are originally from the Inland Empire and are current high school seniors, pre-med undergraduates, and medical students who demonstrate a passion to serve their community.

Learn more about Future Physician Leaders

The program will begin on June 23, 2014 and end the week of Aug. 8, 2014.

“Music as Medicine” Series Continues April 10

Posted: April 5, 2014

The Jazz Sextet, directed by Chloe Keedy, will perform at noon Thursday, April 10, on the patio of the School of Medicine Education Building. The free performances are open to the campus and greater Riverside community.

The April 10 performance is part of a series of five noontime performances in the “Music as Medicine” series presented jointly by the UCR Department of Music and School of Medicine.

  • Thursday, April 17: Latin American Ensemble, Mayupatapi, directed by Jonathan Ritter.
  • Thursday, May 1: Chamber Singers, directed by Ruth Charloff, and Collegium Musicum, directed by Janet Beazley.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at (951) 827-3245 or

Population Health Seminar Series Concludes April 21

Posted: April 5, 2014

Chikako Takeshita, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, will present the seminar “Childbirth with Dignity and Love: Technological Assistance and Social Support in Maternal Care” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, in Room G650 of the School of Medicine Education Building. The seminar concludes the spring 2014 seminar series Population Health Research at UC Riverside.

The seminar is open to the entire campus community. The series is sponsored by the School of Medicine in coordination with faculty in the UCR School of Public Policy, the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education.

“We had a tremendous response from across campus to last fall’s seminars, so we decided to extend the series into 2014 so that we can highlight the work of more faculty doing research in population-based health outcomes,” said David Lo, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine. “A major part of the mission of the School of Medicine is to improve community health in Inland Southern California, and as part of that mission, we believe that it would be especially valuable to bring together a cohort of researchers on campus with interests in population health research.”

Organizers of the seminar series are Dr. Lo; Anil Deolalikar, Founding Dean of the UCR School of Public Policy; and Juliet McMullin, Associate Professor of Anthropology. For more information, e-mail Dr. Lo.

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