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CCABGS disPATCH: May 2016

CCABGS disPATCH: May 2016


Thank you to all for a fun, memorable, and productive retreat in Oxnard.  It was great to see the classes in red (R3), white (R2), blue (R1), and green (R4) come together and show their pride!







Special thanks to the Medicine Band, Ultrasound, with special guest Dr. Friedman who kept us entertained with some concert-quality jams!


Secret is out! The fantastic future chiefs were announced.  Congrats to Daniel Kozman, Delani Gunawardena, Yihan Chen, Michael Ayoub, David Dai, Mark Duncan, and Kelley Chuang!!!


We just got word that Erin Noren won for her clinical vignette oral presentation at ACP nationals out of thousands of submitted abstracts!  Make sure to congratulate her!


Mark your calendars...Graduation is June 3rd.  Come ready to say goodbye to our talented PGY-3 & 4 classes who will be sorely missed!  Everyone, please send us your accomplishments. Seniors, please also send us a baby and adult photo.  Submission details can be found in Sara’s 5/5 email.


Solomon Scholars is June 14th and a great opportunity to show off your scholarly work.  We are working on maximizing the availability of residents to present and support their fellow co-workers. More details to follow.


Thank you all for such an amazing year! We are so grateful to have had this unique and rewarding experience thanks to you. We are sad to go but know that we are leaving you in great hands with Kristin, Sun, Faysal, Christine, Wale, Angelica, and Jess!



Be Well,

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CCABGS disPATCH - April 2016

In March, we had our very first Clinical Pathologic Correlations Conference featuring R2 Catherine Matthys, 3 medical students, 1 chief, 1 radiologist, 1 pathologist, 1 master clinician, and hematologist Dr. Rosove...whew!  Our master clinician (Dr Friedman herself) included the correct diagnosis, HLH, on her differential below.




Chief’s Favorite FREE phone apps:

  • Evernote: staple for writing organized notes and snapping pictures of lecture slides to include. All notes including photos are completely searchable!

  • NSQUIP: surgical risk calculator estimating cardiovascular risk of surgery given multiple patient risk factors.  Part of the 2014 ACC/AHA Perioperative Guidelines for non-cardiac surgery.

  • UpToDate: You all know this website well...but did you know that you can get it on your phone and access it from a non-UCLA network as long as you connect with UCLA wifi once per month?

  • GoodRx: Both an app and a website that you can use to find the cheapest pharmacy and meds for your patients! Can be a lifesaver and is great to get a sense of differences in costs amongst different medicines. #HVC

  • ASCVD Risk Calculator: Use to calculate the risk of cardiovascular disease with statin recommendations.  Also can use .ascvd on Care Connect.

  • MKSAP 17: Great for doing boards questions on the fly! #R3problems

  • QxCalc: Has almost all of the most commonly used equations so you don’t have to remember them.  You can even create a list of favorites for your most commonly used equations.


Zotero  https://www.zotero.org/

  • Free downloadable program that organizes and automatically updates in-text references.  

  • You may want to download extra plug-ins to fit your exact citation style (such as American Heart Association).

  • Add references using PubMed IDs


Brenton gave a great talk about applying to fellowship. Click  here for a link to the slides.


Things to do in LA...


Get excited….Spring Retreat is coming up 4/27-4/29!!!!  We have a productive and fun agenda in the works and are looking forward to seeing you all!  Make sure to thank the residents, fellows, and hospitalists who will be covering for you!

Be Well,

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CCABGS disPATCH - March 2016

Thanks to Firm A for hosting an incredibly fun and successful bowling night through the Wellness Committee! Strikes all around!  Also thanks to everyone who came out to Mom’s Bar for Chiefs’ Night Out on 2/27...it’s been a pretty social couple of weeks for us!




The first ultrasound elective led by Jason Williams, Pete Paull, and Danny Kahn allowed residents to learn diagnostic ultrasound through a variety of lectures, simulations, and ultrasounding real patients. They were even lent their own personal V-scans to use throughout the hospital and at home on unsuspecting friends and family!





As a part of the CCABGS Quality Contest, residents participated in a prioritization exercise to help select a QI project for each of the five firms. The winners are eligible for additional educational funds and will be announced at Spring Retreat.


Speaking of spring retreat, get ready for some fun in the sun in Oxnard, California. Us CCABGS may or may not be preparing a very serious multimedia presentation already!




Be Well,


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Happy 2016!



The holidays are over, but we are still having a blast at Reagan, Santa Monica, the VA, Olive View and Harbor! A huge shout out to all of our residents who cared for patients over the holiday season. All of us in the chief's office appreciate your time and dedication.



CCABGS (Colin, Cody, Alex, Brenton, Gurveen and Sara)



Wellness: May 2015

After a fantastic discussion on Wellness at retreat, we wanted to follow up with a consolidated list of resources for Wellness and Mental Health right here on campus. We will also be creating a Wellness tab under the Housestaff Tab on MedRes which will include these resources, as well as, any others that we collect. 

UCLA Mental Health Services for Physicians in Training (MHSPT) http://gme.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=110

Through UCLA Graduate Medical Education, you have access to confidential, responsive (including 24-hour emergency), cost-effective options for mental health resources.   Mental health providers are off campus, yet easily accessible, and aware of residents’ busy schedules. Whether you just want to see what services are available, want to talk once or on an ongoing basis, or are in crisis, the person to contact is Paula Stoessel, Ph.D. (Phone: 310.206.8976, Pager 17200, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  You may contact her using any of the above modalities depending on the urgency and your preference.  She will act as the gatekeeper to a variety of services. 

Ombuds Office http://gme.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=109 

A confidential person to whom you may raise a variety of concerns: Workplace conflicts, harassment and discrimination, policies and procedures, insensitivity to matters of race, gender, or sexual orientation, abuse of power, and ethical problems. The primary contact is Tom Kosakowski  (Phone: 310.825.7627, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Help Lines http://gme.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=57 

The UCLA GME website includes additional information on Mental Health Services, the Ombuds office, Compliance Hotline, Abuse-Free Community leaders, and the GME director.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center http://marc.ucla.edu/ 

Through UCLA, also check out the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.  Among myriad opportunities, information about research, and programs, the website includes:

-       Free guided meditations ranging from 3 to 19 minutes in length which can be played online or through iTunes: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 

-       Weekly Guided Meditation Sessions from the Hammer on various themes (e.g. Letting Go, Working With Different Emotions), and available on podcast: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=107 

Healthy UCLA http://healthy.ucla.edu/ 

A campus-wide campaign to promote health and wellbeing among students, faculty, staff, communities, and the environment.  See links for “Eat Well”, “Move Well”, “Mind Well”, and “Be Well” for calendars of weekly events, online resources and blogs, and courses.







We love you. Take care of yourselves. 

Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.

Wellness: April 2015

Moments of Zen
Run + Yoga + Beer – Angel City Brewery: Every Sunday starting at 10am for a quick 2-mile run around downtown, then a Vinyasa flow class at 10:30. $10 buys you a beer + the exercise.
Core Yoga: One week FREE!! Tested by our very own Bryan Garber who reports the experience as “f-ing hard”. 
Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains: Recommended - Mesa Overlook – 5.7 to 7.8 mile hike takes in Pacific Ocean views on the way to an overlook perched above the Santa Monica Bay
Levitated Mass (LACMA): Composed of a 456-foot-long slot constructed over which is placed a 340-ton granite megalith by artist Michael Heizer on LACMA's campus 
Malibu Family Wines —> Even a Wine Safari for those up for more adventure!
We love you. Take care of yourselves. 
Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.

Wellness: March 2015


Where the Wild Things Are.
LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Griffith Park) - http://www.lazoo.org 
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach) - http://www.aquariumofpacific.org
Horseback Riding in Sunset Canyon (Hollywood) - http://www.sunsetranchhollywood.com 
Where you can Taste (once) Wild Things. 
Belcampo Meat Co. (Downtown and coming soon to Santa Monica) - http://www.belcampomeatco.com/restaurant/los-angeles
Animal Restaurant (Beverly Grove) - http://animalrestaurant.com 
Jiraff Restaurant (Santa Monica) - http://www.jirafferestaurant.com 
Langer’s Deli (Westlake) - http://www.langersdeli.com 
Or Not…Eating Not-Meat can be Good Too. 
Crossroads (Mediterranean-themed vegan restaurant with Oprah’s former chef, Tal Ronnen - Beverly Grove) – http://www.crossroadskitchen.com 
Gracias Madre (Mexican vegan - West Hollywood) - http://graciasmadreweho.com
Shojin (Japanese vegan and macrobiotic cuisine - Downtown and Culver City) - http://www.theshojin.com/index.htm 
Hatfield’s (Contemporary American with four-course, vegetarian prix-fixe option – Hollywood) - http://www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com
We love you. Take care of yourselves. 
Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.

Wellness: February 2015

Things to do that will tickle “other” parts of your brain piece
Museum of Jurassic Technology (Century City) - http://www.mjt.org 
Metropolis II at LACMA (Downtown) - http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/metropolis-ii  
Downtown LA from Observation Deck at City Hall (Downtown) - http://www.365-la.com/2013/03/256-la-city-hall-observation-deck.html 
The real Lebowski House (Beverly Hills) - http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/greystoneparkmansion/?NFR=1
Star Party at Griffith Observatory (Los Feliz) - http://www.griffithobs.org/programs/publictelescopes.html 
Eat this - Sawtelle ("Little Osaka") Edition
Morinoya (Japanese tapas) - http://www.restaurant-morinoya.com 
Seoul Sausage (Korean-infused street food) - http://www.seoulsausage.com 
Tsujita (Japanese noodles) - http://www.tsujita-la.com 
We love you. Take care of yourselves. 
Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.
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