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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. 

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

Wellness: April 2015

 
GET EXCITED FOR SPRING RETREAT!
 
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. 
 
BEJAMN
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. 
 
BEJAMN
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. 
 
BEJAMN
Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.

Regional SGIM

 
 
THANK YOU to all SGIM attendees/presenters and CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners from this weekend’s Regional SGIM Meeting!
(of note, not all attendees or winners present in photo)
 
Clinical Vignettes

1st Olawale Amubieya University of California, Los Angeles "Heart failure presenting as abdominal pain"

2nd Angelica Zen, University of California, Los Angeles /Cedars-Sinai “Surfer’s myelopathy: a rare nontraumatic spinal cord injury associated with novice surfers"

 

Student Clinical Vignettes

3rd Natasha Cuk University of California, Los Angeles "Management of treatment refractory gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma"

 

We are so proud.

BEJAMN

Wellness: January 2015

 
 
Laughter is an instant vacation – Milton Berle
Louie CK at The Forum 1/11/2015 - https://www.louisck.net/tour-dates 
Riot LA in Downtown 1/16-2/2015 - 1/18/2015 - http://www.riotla.com 
 
Body Exercise
Will Rogers State Historic Park – hike, visit the horses, and tour the amazing retreat of the 1930s icon, Will Rogers - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=626 
Ice skating in LA (open until 1/19/2015)
— The Rink in Downtown Burbank (Burbank) - http://dtnbur.com/event/the-rink-in-dtn-bur-2
— Woodland Hills Ice (Woodland Hills) - http://woodlandhillsice.com/ice
— Downtown on Ice (Pershing Square) - http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com 
— ICE at Santa Monica (Santa Monica) - http://www.downtownsm.com/ice 
 
Right Brain Exercise
Sink or Swim: Designing a Sea for Change – Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City) - http://annenbergphotospace.org
Target Free Monday at the LACMA (Downtown) 1/19/2015 - free day at the museum and live music by Minyo Station at 12:30 and 2:45 pm - http://www.lacma.org/event/target-free-holiday-monday-0 
 
Eat this
Cheeseburger Week (Pasadena) 1/11/2015-1/16/2015 - http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com 
LA Cookie Con (Pasadena) 1/25/2015 10am-5pm – Pasadena Convention Center - http://www.lacookiecon.com 
 
We love you. Take care of yourselves. 
 
BEJAMN
Work hard. Play hard.
Feed your minds. Feed yourselves.
Explore and be happy.

Wellness: December 2014

Thanks for all of your outstanding work and dedication this year and this holiday season.  Take some time to enjoy your friends, family, and various festive activities around LA in your time off this year.

 

ICE at Santa Monica

Think the only skating to be done in LA this holiday season is on four wheels? Think again! Head to downtown Santa Monica for some good old fashioned ice skating. 

www.downtownsm.com/ice

ICE at Santa Monica

 

 

LA Zoo Lights

Holiday lights return to Griffith Park-- now at the LA Zoo!

www.lazoolights.org

 

Old Pasadena Artisanal Holiday Market

Enjoy the quaint streets of Old Pasadena at this festive day of crafts, eats, and holiday cheer.

http://artisanalla.com/events/

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Teresa was kind enough to get Thanksgiving delivered to the residents on call this Thursday! The chiefs could not be more thankful for all our outstanding residents who worked so hard this holiday weekend to care for all our sick patients. 

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