Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Interview Series
Guillermo Diaz, M.D., is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended medical school at the UCLA School of Medicine. After completing his pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Diaz joined the faculty at QueensCare Family Clinics as a general pediatrician and has recently become their Chief Medical Officer.
QueensCare Family Clinics (QFC) provide quality primary healthcare to any patient in need, regardless of their ability to pay. QFC is one of the largest clinic providers in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Community Partners Program. QFC’s six neighborhood locations are located in the most densely populated areas of Los Angeles, which report more low-income residents, higher rates of chronic disease, and greater exposure to unhealthy environmental factors.
Dr. Elizabeth Edgerton is an alumna of the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Residency Program and an accomplished academician and program administrator. Dr. Edgerton has worked in the fields of Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and injury prevention throughout her career.
In February of 2011, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) named Dr. Edgerton Branch Chief for EMSC and Injury Prevention within the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). EMSC is a Federal program designed to make sure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive proper care in a health emergency. HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.
In a long forgotten space of the Harbor-UCLA campus, a corridor where discarded equipment used to collect dust, Tom Kallay, M.D., found a home for his passion: The Simulation and Skills Center at Harbor-UCLA. The Simulation and Skills Center at Harbor-UCLA is a place where health care practitioners from any field can participate in educational sessions utilizing a technique called simulation.
Simulation in medical education is a cutting-edge field where medicine, science, bioengineering, technology, and even theatre converge to create a training ground not unlike a Hollywood science fiction movie. Simply put, it involves training physicians with simulated human patients (computerized manikins) or body parts (task trainers), virtual reality, and standardized patient encounters performed by actors. Medical scenarios can be delivered which mimic reality in the hospital, and trainees have the opportunity to manage clinical problems in a safe environment. They can order tests, make management decisions, perform procedures, and practice their communication skills with real people portraying hospital staff or family members. It provides a safe arena to practice critical decision making and psychomotor skills, and even train on new systems implemented in the hospital. These attributes have led some medical resident education programs to include simulation as a required resource for education. Simulation has now been incorporated into the board certification process for Anesthesiology. For many years simulation has been embraced by the military, aviation, and the space travel industry, and today it is gaining momentum in the field of medicine.