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Dr. Alina S. Popa

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor - Internal Medicine

Dr. Alina S. Popa

Medical Office

Riverside Community Hospital
4445 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, Calif. 92501
(951) 788-3000

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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
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Education and Training

  • Stanford Faculty Development, Clinical Teaching Program, Stanford, California
  • Fellowship, Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Certificate, Clinical Research, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Residence, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
  • Internship, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
  • Residency, Neurology, County Hospital, Timisoara, Romania
  • M.D., University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania

Biography

Dr. Alina Popa, M.D., is an associate clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and the associate program director of the Riverside Community Hospital/UCR School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program.

She received her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara in Romania and followed that with her residency in neurology at the County Hospital Timisoara. Upon coming to the United States, she completed an internship and residency at St. John's Episcopal Hospital/SUNY Brooklyn in New York. She later earned a certificate in clinical research and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Prior to coming to UC Riverside, Popa was director for medical education at the University of California, San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine and a core faculty member of the internal medicine residency program. She was responsible for developing the curriculum for the UCSD Graduate Medical Education Committee's patient safety and quality improvement programs as well as the neurology curriculum for the UCSD internal medicine residency program.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow in hospital medicine if the Society of Hospital Medicine, and a member of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. She has served as a journal reviewer for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Research Interests

Popa's interests include medical education, faculty development, leadership in medicine, evidence-based medicine, quality improvement and patient-centered rounding. She served as the site leader for the UCSD Institutional Handoff Improvement Project (I-PASS), a national multicenter study on the implementation of a handoff curriculum for internal medicine residents and is a site mentor of the CRICO-IPASS implementation project in Boston.

Awards

  • UCSD  Department of Medicine Graduating House Staff Teaching Award Class, 2016.
  • UCSD Department of Medicine Graduating House Staff Teaching Award Class, 2014.
  • Excellence in teaching award for the Medicine Clerkship, UCSD School of Medicine San Diego. 2013.
  • UCSD Internal Medicine Chief resident teaching award, 2010-2011.
  • Excellence in teaching award for the Medicine Clerkship (course 401) UCSD School of Medicine San Diego, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Popa AS, Rabinstein A, Larson D, Gullerud R, Huddleston JM. Predictors of stroke after hip surgery-a population based study JHM 2009;4:298–303
  • Binnicker MJ, Popa A, Catania J, Alexov M, Tsaras G,Lloyd F, Wegenack NL, Enzler M. Meningeal Coccidioidomycosis Diagnosed by Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid .Mycopathologia (2011) 171:285–289
  • Zolog A,Bednar M, Georgescu C, Popa A. Complete sub angular alexia with spontaneous resolution. Romanian Neurology Journal.1999; 4:304.

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