Real World Impacts - Learner Achievement 2013

The Pathways program takes UCSF students, residents, and fellows beyond their outstanding education in the care of individual patients and trains them for careers in discovery, advocacy, innovation, and leadership.  All Pathways trainees make meaningful contributions to science, health, or health care while learning how to be the scientists, advocates, and leaders of the future.

Join us in celebrating the following achievements and impacts of Pathways learners and their mentors!

Awards for Outstanding Learner Research and Innovation, 2013

PathwayAwardeeProject TitleMentor
Molecular MedicineSam Brondfield,
Health Professional Student
Direct and Indirect Targeting of MYC to Treat Acute Myeloid LeukemiaScott Kogan, MD
Department: Pathology and Labatory Medicine
Health Professions EducationRebecca Miller,
Health Professional Student
How Do We Evaluate Our Learners’ Reflective Ability? A Comparison of Two Reflection RubricsLouise Aronson, MD Department: Medicine/Geriatrics
Global HealthJason Nagata,
Health Professional Student
Descriptive characteristics and health outcomes of the Food by Prescription nutrition supplementation program for adults living with HIV in Nyanza Province, KenyaSheri Weiser, MD Department: Medicine
Clinical and
Mala Mandyam,
Health Professional Student
Long-Term Outcomes of Left Anterior Fascicular Block in the Absence of Overt Cardiovascular DiseaseGregory Marcus, MD
Department: Emergency Medicine
Health & SocietyJennifer Rosenbaum,
The Pocket Health Protector: An app to improve access to community resourcesBeth Wilson, MD
Department: Family Medicine

Pathways to Discovery Innovation Leaders, 2012


  • Jenny Chen, Comparison of Autophotomontage Software Programs in Eyes with CMV Retinitisk
  • Jessica Deleon, Dissection of Critical Brain Regions for Picture Naming: A New Model using Neurosurgical Patients
  • Rachel Goldstein, With Pills, Patches, Rings, and Shots: Who Still Uses Condoms? A Longitudinal Cohort Study
  • Amelia Hausauer, Increases in Melanoma Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in California: Trends by Socioeconomic Status and UV Radiation Exposure
  • Christine Hessler, Validation of a Delirium Prediction Rule
  • Jenny Jin, Peripheral nerve repair with aligned-nanofiber tubular conduits in a rat model
  • Tess Lang, Cerebral Palsy Among Asian Ethnic Subgroups
  • Dominique Laron, A Novel Murine Model of Muscle Atrophy and Fat Infiltration after Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tiffany Lu, Examining an integrated HIV prevention and property and inheritance rights program: a qualitative study assessing the barriers and facilitators of implementing a community-led intervention in Western Kenya
  • Justin Miyamoto, Human papillomavirus and In-situ v. Invasive Cervical Cancer (ICC): a US Registry-based investigation
  • Erin Niemasik, Patient Perceptions of Reproductive Health Counseling at the Time of Cancer Diagnosis: A Qualitative Study of California Cancer Survivors
  • Andrea Olmos, Targeted Quality Improvement Project to Preserve Terminal Renal Function in Deceased Kidney Donors
  • Aileen Sy, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Keratitis: Outcomes and Response to Corticosteroid Treatment
  • Francisco Valles, Combined diffusion and perfusion MRI as biomarkers of prognosis in immunocompetent patients with primary CNS lymphoma
  • Lindsey Wolf, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy in a Public Referral Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi: Spectrum of Disease and Associated Risk Factors



  • Christine Acuna, Delivering Diabetes Education to Community Health Workers in Rural Nicaragua
  • Sanjiv Baxi, Effect of Indoor Residual Spraying of Insecticides on Malaria Morbidity in an Area of High Transmission Intensity in Uganda
  • Alexandra Channing, Pulse Oximetry Screening Increases Timely Detection Rates for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Three Newborn Nurseries in Guatemala
  • Yltze Cubas-Moody, The Association of Immigration and Acculturation on Access to Dental Care for Children in California
  • Robin Horak, Evaluation of neonatal resuscitation skills and skill retention by community health promoters in the Dominican Republic using the Helping Babies Breathe Curriculum
  • Catherine Koss, Clinical Predictor Score for 30 Day Mortality in HIV-­‐infected Adults Hospitalized with Pneumonia in Kampala, Uganda
  • Michael Lin, Prevalence of Critical Illness and Barriers to Intensive Care at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda
  • Mitchell Luu, Postpartum Education, Telephone Follow-Up and Home-Use Icterometry on Newborn Jaundice in Rural Northern Vietnam: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
  • Jacob Miss, Bedside Ultrasound Training and Barriers to Utilization in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Risha Moskalewicz, The Introduction of a Neonatal Resuscitation Training Program at a Teaching Hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia.
  • Nizar Mukhtar, Insulin Sensitivity and Variability in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Using Direct Measurement
  • Eloy Romero Knowledge, Attitudes, Perceptions, and Practices about Type 2 Diabetes and Pulmonary Tuberculosis: A Survey of Patients with Both Diseases in the Sanitary Jurisdiction VII in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jennifer Ross, Using Geographic Analysis to Investigate Barriers to TB Evaluation in Uganda
  • Margaret Salmon, Feasibility of ultrasound guided regional nerve blocks for pain management in lowresource settings
  • Aimee Sato, Impact of Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, Radiation Disaster, and Relocation on School-Aged Children and Their Families
  • Randy Smith, Establishing Partnership in Resident Education: Results of An Assets-­‐Based Assessment in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Elizabeth Uy-Smith and Sarah Matathia, Newcomer Refugee Mental Health: A Multipronged Approach
  • Jacqueline, Weiss, Infections in hospitalized patients with acute leukemia in Morocco



  • Palav Babaria, Partnership for Integrated Care of Survivors (PICS): A joint program between La Casa de las Madres and the SFPC Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Chelsea, Bowman, Assessing Student Perceptions of Safety Culture during Internal Medicine and Surgery Clerkships
  • Raphael Buencamino, Creation of a Clinic For Youth Living with HIV: Lessons in the development of a partnership and in building support for a community health project
  • Connie Chen, Opportunities and Barriers to Using Mobile Health Technology for Community Health: A Focus Group Analysis
  • Joanna Mimi Choi, Innovations, Systems Improvement, Advocacy, or Community- Based Projects
  • Luningning Haluck, Barriers to childhood nutrition and physical activity: a local assessment
  • Dennis Hsieh, Translating Research into Policy and Law: Bridging the Gap to Improve Health and Health Outcomes
  • Claire Lande, Barriers to Neonatal Follow Up at a High Risk Infant Follow Up Clinic
  • Samali Lubega, The Impact of Formal Hepatitis C Education on HCV Management in the Primary Care and Specialty Setting: A Study of a Safety-net Healthcare System
  • Holly Martin, Peru Child Health: Efforts to Improve Child Health through Medical Service, Education and Research in Arequipa, Peru
  • Julia Newman, Food Insecurity Among Inpatients at a Safety Net Hospital
  • Lance Retherford, Improving a Resident and Fellow Housestaff Incentive Program: Implementing a Quality Improvement Curriculum at UCSF
  • Heidi Schmidt, Developing Curriculum on HIV Post-exposure Prophylaxis for Incarcerated Women
  • Jessica Schumer and Anda Kuo, Pediatrics Resident Wiki: A living library of pediatric resident projects
  • Sohil Sud, Are We Trading Away Health? The Case of Global Tobacco Control
  • Arlene Vazquez, Breastfeeding Among Latina Mothers at the Family Health Center(FHC): Determining Barriers and Supports for the First Six Months
  • Gisela Villagomez, Patient Interviews Investigating Factors Affecting Weight Gain Management in Latinas with Gestational Diabetes



  • Lindsay Borg, A Vertically Integrated Anesthesia Curriculum for Medical Students: A Pilot Study
  • Natalie Burman, Pediatric Residency Quality Improvement Curriculum: a formative assessment of a longitudinally integrated curriculum
  • Jason Cheng, Changing Trends in Cultural Psychiatry Education: A Novel Curriculum for Psychiatry Residency Training Programs
  • Dominic Di Tomasso, Using Multiple Passive Patient Simulators to Teach Shock Physiology and Diagnostics
  • Edward Durant, The Electronic Tablet: A Novel Method for Assessing Competencies
  • Robin Ivester, Clerkship Orientations in the Third Year: What Do Students Need?
  • Alexis Jannicelli, Preliminary Evidence Supporting the Validity of a Novel Pediatric-Specific Structured Clinical Observation Tool for Assessment Across the Continuum of Medical Education
  • Tom Joseph, Preparation of anesthesia residents prior to clinical anesthesia work in foreign, resource-­‐ poor settings
  • Lien Le, Using a Problem-Based Learning Case with Standardized Patient Caregivers to Teach First- Year Medical Students About Patients with Developmental Disabilities: The Case of Jason Moore
  • Heather Logghe, Reflections in Medicine: Preventing Unconscious Bias in Patient Care
  • Claudia Mooney and Lydia Leung, Needs Assessment for the Development of a Learner-Centered Curriculum Focused on the Role of Senior Resident on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service
  • Christopher Moriates, Show Me The Money: Implementation Of A Unique Cost Awareness Curriculum For Medical Residents
  • Sandra Oza, Workshop on Curriculum Development for Pediatrics Fellows
  • Veronica Rivera, Teaching Geriatric Fellows How to Teach: A Needs Assessment Targeting Geriatrics Fellowship Program Directors
  • Leslie Sheu, Student-run clinics: Early engagement in systems-based practice through workplace learning
  • Aimee Sznewajs, A pediatric case to enhance preclinical medical students’ basic science knowledge and studying for USMLE Step 1



  • Sam Brondfield, Targeting MYC to treat acute myeloid leukemia
  • Annie Fang, Effects of combination therapy using hypothermia and erythropoietin in a rat model of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia
  • Christopher Gouveia, HSP90 inhibition targets the dysregulated signal and transcription factor network and malignant phenotype of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
  • Fan Liu, HGF transactivates keratinocyte EGFR signaling, emulating an oncogenic Ras-keratinocyte phenotype in vitro, and in concert with increased sensitivity to epidermal inflammation enhances skin carcinogenesis in vivo
  • Kris Prado, Cancer-associated mutations in IRE1a promote cancer through impairment in endoribonuclease activity