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Chiefs' Blog




Check out the CCABGS Journal Corner in the Medicine Library!  Feel free to grab a NEJM to read during your downtime, bring on rounds, or take home for a bedtime story.  Please return journals when you're done with them.  Happy Evidence-Based Medicine!


Congrats to our Regional SGIM winners!  Look how spiffy they look in San Francisco!



The Wellness Committee is in full swing! We are working on updating the 7E rounding room. Thanks to Firm E for a great wellness event in December!  Remember, all firms have funds to plan events, so let the chiefs know your ideas so that we can approve them.



Spotted: Dr. Hernandez teaching medical students on his team how to place an IV in the medicine library … above and beyond the call of duty!




Remember to enter the CCABGS February Selfie Contest! Take a fun, creative selfie with your co-residents during a night shift (7pm-6 am). All pictures are due March 4th. A special prize will be awarded to everyone in the winning picture, and the selfies will also be displayed at retreat.  How will this be judged? The chiefs and APDs will be choosing the winning selfie based on the following criteria: creativity and # of people in the picture (extra points for attendings and ancillary staff).  Please make sure there is no patient information in the picture, and no pictures on the helipad. Now, let the selfies begin!

Thanks for all your hard work during the busy winter season!

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.

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.


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