News and Events
The Former Chief Residents Salute Dr. Jonas As He Steps Down As The Chair of Pediatrics.
Thank You For Your Service The Last 17 Years!
by ChrisAnna Mink M.D.
Harbor-UCLA Department of Pediatrics residents have joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) FACE Poverty campaign with collecting personal care items for low-income children. They have partnered with Community’s Child, a non-profit organization located in Lomita that provides safe living environments, training and education for homeless women and their children.
Nearly 20% of children live in poverty in U.S., and that rate is even higher in some communities surrounding Harbor. Childhood poverty has negative consequences for health, academic achievement and overall well-being for those afflicted. Recognizing the profound effects of poverty, the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) chose to focus on the issue with its annual advocacy campaign, called FACE Poverty.
The four components of the campaign include:
by Melissa Jimenez M.D. and Lauren Maltby, Ph. D.
Deonte Jameson* was 11 years old when he first came to the Kids In the Dependency System (K.I.D.S.) Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center last fall. His teacher had noticed belt marks on his arms and alerted Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the county’s child protective agency. In 2015, Deonte was one of 28,000 children under DCFS’ supervision, one of the largest child welfare systems in the country.
by ChrisAnna Mink MD
Few things in medicine have been as deified or as demonized as vaccines. It is mind-boggling how products that have literally saved millions of lives could be regarded with such contempt – but they are.
This week, however, it’s time to revere vaccines – it’s National Infant Immunization Week. Harbor-UCLA Department of Pediatrics has a long history of vaccine research, starting with Hemophilus vaccines in the 1980’s to more recent vaccine safety data trials, all making major contributions to public health. I am delighted to celebrate the researchers, physicians, regulators and study volunteers who have made vaccines possible, giving us the #powertoprotect.
By ChrisAnna Mink M.D.
Dr. Daniel Yu (far left) at Carson High School Health Fair
“That was a really fun experience,” said Dr. Samantha Snider, about teaching how the urinary tract system works to Meyler Elementary School students, during her advocacy rotation. Dr. Julie Noble, director of the advocacy rotation in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, couldn’t be happier about Snider’s reaction. Noble began leading the rotation because of her commitment to the community’s kids and a desire to foster that passion in her trainees.
As pediatricians, our mission is to promote child health and wellbeing. Keeping kids healthy includes assuring that they are in safe environments, with enough to eat, good education and access to quality health care. But, those aren’t the circumstances for many children, and pediatricians feel compelled to help – some times by finding tangible items, and at other times, by campaigning for child-friendly legislation. Simply put, being a child advocate is just part of the job!
Our Child Life professionals are not “play ladies” – they are essential members of our pediatric health care team. Child life specialists focus on the psychosocial and developmental needs of children, including helping them (and their families) cope with the stress of illness and medical procedures. We are so proud, and so grateful, to have these child and family advocates on our team!
Happy Child Life Month!
Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics 100% Matched this year.
And here are our new interns:
Tiffany Chow – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Christopher Ferber – David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Shaheen Harandi – Tufts University School of Medicine
Francesca Hernandez – David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Hanalise Huff – Tulane University School of Medicine
Candice Moreno – University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Michael Nguyen – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Katherine Nielsen – University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson
Nisha Wadhwa – University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Michelle Zhou – University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Congratulations, see you soon!
Following the success of the joint fellowship career retreat of Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics and CHOC, Dr. Soina Dargan will be moderating a Neonatology Fellows' Workshop 2016. Titled Life After Fellowship: Exploring Career Opportunities and Practical Considerations for New Neonatologists, the workshop will likewise have Dr. Rehan as a speaker at the career retreat.
The workshop is designed to provide neonatology fellows and new neonatologists with the information that they will need to make career choices for practicing neonatology as well as exploring the non-clinical elements of practice, including exploring different practice models, the business of neonatology, finding a job, work/life balance and personal wellness, women in neonatology, practical financial planning, professionalism and conflict resolution in the workplace. The workshop will emphasize small group participation and discussion. An expert faculty will conduct this workshop. Enrollment is open to all neonatology fellows in California, but will be limited to approximately 30 participants. New neonatologists within two years of completing their fellowship will also be welcome to attend if space is available.
by ChrisAnna M. Mink, M.D.
No school today, so no lunch. Nine-year-old Marilyn and her mom, Maria Villa, are cleaning their porch and discussing what to cook for their only meal today. Perhaps, soup with rice and beans. No meat, no veggies.
Marilyn is petite with expressive chestnut eyes, long brown hair that’s barely combed and the slightest of smiles. If she could eat anything, it would be fruit, especially apples and bananas, but these are treats – they’re too expensive to have everyday.
The Villa Family live in Wilmington in an apartment in a strip of six single-units that looks like an emaciated 1960’s roadside motel; all of the correct structures are present, just shrunken. The tiny patio is cluttered with broken toys, baseball bats, recyclable bottles and a wire bookcase covered with leafy green foliage. The plants are Maria’s pride - she insists flowers and children make a home.
BioAxone BioSciences Inc has received a grant to fund a group of researchers that includes Dr. Rebecca Stockton who aim to develop treatment for cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM). For her part, Dr. Stockton will represent Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LA BioMed, with other CCM experts coming from University of Chicago and Duke University.
The grant totals $3.2 million and covers phases I and II for treatment development.
Dr. Stockton’s laboratory studies the pathophysiology and therapy of cerebral cavernous malformation syndrome and other genetic vascular disorders.
Read the full press release here.