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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 underrepresented in medicine (UIM) backgrounds 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 Myrna Mungal

Project Title: The Human Cost of Gun Violence: A qualitative study examining the social consequences of gun violence seven years post injury

Mentor(s): Irene Yen, PhD, MPH, and Jahan Fahimi MD, MPH

Pathway: Health & Society

Project Description: Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, one that is disproportionately affecting young urban minorities. Studies have been carried out looking at the consequences of gun violence, with discussions mainly focusing on the physical and monetary aftermath. This is a qualitative study that aims to broaden the discussion of gun violence effects by examining the ramifications of gun violence on the lives of urban individuals treated at Highland Hospital in Oakland California seven years after the initial date of injury. This study provides first hand perspective from survivors themselves on the ways in which their injuries affected various social determinants of health including housing, education, employment, and social networks. Importantly, this project will focus on how social services were viewed and utilized by survivors. The results generated from this research will paint a broader picture of the long-term consequences of gun violence with the ultimate goal of using these themes to generate sustainable interventions that will aid in recovery post injury.

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Featuring PROF-PATH Summer Fellow Daniel Herrador

Project Title: Understanding the Factors that Influence Body Image during Adolescence and Early Adulthood in Gay and Bisexual Men

Mentor: Dr. Emily Arnold

Project Description: Being a Joint Medical Program-PRIME student at UCB-UCSF and having such wonderful public health faculty and researchers in the same building as me, one message I seemed to receive was that health can be most impacted earlier in life. That quickly sparked an interest in health disparities in children and adolescents, especially those in urban underserved areas. At the same time, I’ve reflected on my own experiences of being gay and noticed that the topic of body image comes up a fair amount. Therefore, it made sense to combine these two strong academic and personal interests into a research topic. My end goal is to synthesize the stories of struggles and victories with body image concerns into work that benefits the LGBT community academically and personally. Knowing that my research will benefit the community I both belong to and hold very dear to my heart inspires me to do the work that I am doing.

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