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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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The 2014-2015 PROF-PATH Fellows

Featuring PROF-PATH Yearlong Fellow Nicolas Barcelo

Project Title: The Effects of Area-Level Deprivation and Community Violence on Asthma Susceptibility and Asthma Morbidity Amongst Latino and African-American Urban Youth

Mentor(s): Dr. Esteban Burchard

Pathway: Health & Society

Project Description: Asthma, the most common chronic disease among children in the U.S., is the result of multiple etiologies including a complex interplay between genetic, social, and environmental factors. Whereas social stress has been associated with an increased propensity for adverse health outcomes, its relation to asthma in pediatric populations is not clearly understood, particularly among minority children. The purpose of my research is to examine the association between geographic-level measures of social stress (neighborhood deprivation index and community violence) and asthma susceptibility and asthma morbidity in Latino and African-American urban youth. This research will utilize the GALA II and SAGE II studies, which, when combined, are the largest on-going minority pediatric asthma case-control studies in the U.S. Primary objectives are to  examine the association between social stress and asthma susceptibility and asthma morbidity, to determine if race/ethnicity modifies the relationship between social stress and asthma outcomes, and to determine if the effect of social stress is different among participants with atopic versus non-atopic asthma.

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Featuring PROF-PATH Summer Fellow Sandeepa Sriram

Project Title: Assessing the Prevalence and Degree of Social Support (Friend/Familial, Community and Institutional) in an Older Homeless Population

Mentor: Dr. Margot Kushel

Project Description: Lack of social support has been linked to poor health and housing outcomes. Literature on homelessness and social support, however, has not focused on individuals who are 50 years and older. The proposed study will focus on the baseline interview of the Aging Homeless study, which is a NIA funded, longitudinal cohort study of 350 homeless, English-speaking adults, age 50 and over, who reside in Oakland, California (PI: Margot Kushel, MD). The Aging Homeless study sampled participants from subsidized food programs, shelters, and encampments using population-based recruitment methods. Trained interviewers conducted structured interviews with clinical assessments at baseline (and every six months). We will analyze how key current and lifetime characteristics are associated with the prevalence and degree of social support. The findings of this study will create a better understanding of how to best optimize social support among an older population of homeless adults. 

Sandeepa first became interested in working with homeless health since her work with the homeless population in a Berkeley organization called The Suitcase Clinic. Ever since, she has been passionate about homeless health advocacy and hopes to utilize such research to create better societal platforms for homeless individuals.

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