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Welcome to PROF-PATH

PROF-PATH is a research and academic career development program for health professions students funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. We train UCSF students from health disparities populations regardless of research area focus, and students interested in health disparities research regardless of background.

PROF-PATH provides funding, classes, mentorship, community and opportunities for training for students from all four UCSF professional schools. Our goal is to help you make the most of the rich research and academic career development opportunities available at UCSF!

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Feature Article

The Missing Curriculum: Experience with Emotional Competence Education and Training for Premedical and Medical Students

By Loma Flowers, MD

Proficiency in psychonormality skills (i.e., emotional competence) includes skilled management of internal emotions, external situations and relationships, and promotes patient satisfaction and healthcare outcomes as well as better mental health for practitioners.

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PROF-PATH summer fellow Sandy Sallam with PROF-PATH faculty member Dr. Loma Flowers at the 2014 Pathways Explore Symposium
(photo courtesy of Elisabeth Fall)


22 April 4:00 PM

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01 May 12:00 PM

2014 Pathways to Discovery Symposium
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13 May 4:00 PM

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Featuring PROF-PATH Yearlong Fellow Stephen Villa

Project Title: How much information do we need to obtain at triage?  A retrospective analysis of a novel approach to improve Emergency Department Quality of Care and Patient Satisfaction

Mentor(s): Ellen Weber, MD

School: Medicine

Pathway: Clinical and Translational Research

Project Description: Emergency Department (ED) “crowding” is a complex issue today in the United States.  Crowding is expected to worsen with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and in response, EDs all over the country are looking for ways to improve patient flow.  One process affecting throughput is triage. Recent data has demonstrated that the traditional triage method delays recognition of acutely ill patients well beyond the recommended time frame in which they should be seen.  We intend to study the impact of a streamlined triage method incorporated into a new electronic medical record system from both patient flow and safety perspectives. If we determine that the algorithm improves flow and is safe, it can be shared with many EDs as a means of expediting flow of patients, reducing crowding and improving patient safety and quality of care.

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Featuring PROF-PATH Quarterly Fellow Amanda Momenzadeh

Project Title: HIV treatment among diverse populations with co-morbid HIV and severe mental illness

Mentor(s): Christina Mangurian, MD; Martha Shumway, PhD; James Dilley, MD

School: Pharmacy

Pathway: Clinical and Translational Research

Project Description: The high prevalence of HIV in people with severe mental illness (SMI, e.g.,schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) in combination with their low HIV testing rates indicates a great need for HIV testing programs that are linked to HIV specialty care referral.   I am conducting a retrospective chart review of data collected from HIV+ inpatients with SMI admitted to SFGH Inpatient Psychiatry between 2006 and 2011. We plan to determine the proportion of this population who received HIV treatment and referral to HIV follow-up care.  I also plan to examine secondary outcomes indicating quality of care, including appropriateness of anti-retroviral treatment, interactions of anti-retroviral medications with psychotropic medications, and any disparities in treatment dependent on demographic indicators (e.g., race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, IVDU and alcohol use, housing status or psychiatric diagnosis). Our data will identify quality of HIV care gaps which we will use to develop programs to improve routine HIV testing and linkage to HIV Specialty care for this highly vulnerable population.

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