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Dr. Gausche-Hill's Research Finds Increase in Emergency Department Readiness for Children - 04/15/2015

Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, has authored a study making that rounds for it's findings which concluded that 90 percent of emergency departments are staffed and equipped to treat children, a stark improvement compared to previous findings.

"Our findings are very exciting," said Marianne Gausche-Hill, the study's author, who has been working to improve child emergency care since 1998. "The number of equipment available has improved significantly. The barriers we identified are the cost of training and the availability of certain resources."

Dr. Lynda Polgreen Receives $60,000 Grant from MPS I Research Foundation - 03/30/2015

On Tuesday, March 10th 2015, The MPS1 Research Foundation presented a check in the amount of $60,000 to Dr. Lynda E. Polgreen. The hefty donation was given to support an important new patient study that will evaluate the use of TNF-alpha inhibitors as a new treatment approach for the joint inflammation suffered by individuals with MPS 1 which is a rare genetic disease that progressively damages cells throughout the body.

Six Month Birthday Party for Cervantes Quadruplets - 03/27/2015

Maria and Rodrigo Cervantes gathered at the Child Life playground surrounded by family in a joyous celebration of the six month birthday of their quadruplets. Maria was not sure what the names would be until the quadruplets were born, but she insisted they would be biblical in nature which is consistent with their first born son Rodrigo Jr. who is middle named Mateo (Gift of God).

Theresa Carnes, RN and Nurse Educator, recalls many meetings of all of the different disciplines to coordinate the arrival of the quadruplets. "There were a few drills. We had a lot of coordination between OB and Peds," she reflected. "Since they were premies, there had to be a respiratory therapist, NICU nurse, and many others." There was a team from pediatrics for each quadruplet.

The Intern Brief: Tidbits on the Newest Class - 03/27/2015

Mad scientists, yoga, metalurgy & volunteerism. It's the Intern Brief.

Melodie Miranda, MD
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine
Melodie has a BS in Biology and Neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to medical school she was a Mad Science instructor in San Diego. During med school, Melodie did research studying the effect of screen time in young children. Her hobbies include sewing, drawing and painting.

Monika Foster, MD
University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine
Monkia obtained her BS in biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. While in medical school, she has done research examining factors that contribute to successful Lumbar puncture procedures, and in surveying provider attitudes related to home respiratory ventilation. She as a prior life as a nursing assistant and EMT. Her hobbies include traveling, horseback riding and reading.

Celebrating 6 Month Birthday of Quadruplets - 03/23/2015

Quadruplets Party

This Wednesday the Department of Pediatrics & Obstetrics will be celebrating the 6 month birthdays of the Cervantes quadruplets. Parents Maria and Rodrigo Cervantes came to Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics under dramatic circumstances after finding out about their quadruplets four months into Maria's pregnancy.

As a celebration of the joyous lives of the four quadruplets, there will be a birthday party in the Child Life Playroom from 12pm to 2pm.

Contact Dr. Soinya Dargan for more details: sdargan@labiomed.org

Meet The Interns - 03/21/2015

Welcome! New interns of Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics!

Melodie Miranda, MD
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine

Monika Foster, MD
University of Southern California
Keck School of Medicine

Samantha Snider, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
David Geffen School of Medicine

Tanesha Moss, MD
Medical Education Program

Melinda Palma, MD
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine

John Ethan Goodrich, MD
University of California, Davis
School of Medicine

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics "Faculty Spotlight" on Dr. Lynne Smith - 03/19/2015

Among her duties as Director of Level II Nursery, Perinatal Clinical Research Center and Co-Director of the Medical Student Education here at Harbor Pediatrics, Dr. Lynne Smith studies the effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure. We caught up with Dr. Smith to discuss her findings and more.

The primary focus of Dr. Lynne Smith’s research efforts is to determine the effects of prenatal drug exposure on the developing brain. In collaboration with colleagues, she has utilized non-invasive brain imaging techniques in children exposed to drugs in utero. Collectively, these efforts are intended to develop appropriate interventions for exposed children and their families.

Can you tell me about the published paper, Effects of Prenatal Methamphetamine Exposure on Behavioral and Cognitive Findings at 7.5 Years of Age

Mini Med School Drops by Simulation Center - 03/13/2015

Dr. Julie Noble's "Mini med school" students checked into the simulation center for brush-up on their blood-work fundamentals.

The program was designed to introduce children to medical science and hopefully peak their interest in future careers in medicine.

Tools of the Trade: Notability - 03/06/2015


Notability is my favorite note-taking app, hands down. I used it throughout residency and have recently used it at a couple conferences. I typically use it to either take notes on a blank page or, more commonly, take notes directly on the lecture slides (assuming they are provided beforehand). Both the note-taking and organizational interface are user-friendly.

If you sign up for a Google Drive account and sync it with the app, it’ll be able to convert Microsoft Office docs (e.g. PowerPoint presentations) into a format on which you can take notes. If you have a cloud storage service like Dropbox, it can automatically backup your notes there and sync them across drives. The app also allows you to record the speaker while you’re taking notes – just remember to ask the presenter for permission to record beforehand!

- Dr. Daniel Lamb, Hospitalist

Notability is available for $2.99 in the App Store.

Be Forever Fit, A Year Later - 03/04/2015

Operating now in its second year, the Be Forever Fit (BFF) Program (supported by *UniHealth Foundation) has made substantial progress towards achieving its goals of; 1) launching a pediatric multidisciplinary weight management clinic at Harbor-UCLA; 2) establishing a network of subspecialty care providers skilled in the management of pediatric obesity; and 3) empowering community physicians to confidently and effectively treat and prevent obesity and weight-related problems.

Built on a foundation of collaboration, the BFF Program strives to integrate ideas and perspectives from subspecialists, primary care providers, ancillary providers, and similar programs at outside institutions. As a result, patients benefit from coordinated multidisciplinary care at the point of service, added depth and breadth of provider knowledge and expertise, and continuity of care.