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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 Sonia Carlson

Project Title: The Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Status on Asthma Control Status in Disadvantaged African American Youth

Mentor(s): Neeta Thakur, MD

Pathway: Clinical & Translational Research

Project Description: The chronic pediatric disease of asthma, which has increased in recent years, disproportionately affects disadvantaged minority youth in both prevalence of disease and in asthma morbidity. The variations among asthma prevalence and morbidity suggest a heterogeneous disease with risk factors influenced by socioeconomic status (SES). The purpose of my research is to determine what proportion of SES effects on asthma control is mediated through stress-related biomarkers. This research will use samples from the SAGE II study, one of the largest minority pediatric asthma case-control studies in the U.S., to measure biomarkers associated with the stress pathways and determine what proportion of the effect exerted by SES on asthma-related outcomes is mediated through aberrations in the inflammatory pathway. Identifying a potential biological mechanism between SES and asthma control will allow us to identify the individuals that are most susceptible to psychosocial stress and provides a new venue to develop targeted asthma medications for those who are less likely to respond to traditional medications due to underlying pathology.

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Featuring PROF-PATH Summer Fellow Ilana Garcia-Grossman

Project Title: Assessment of Health Care Needs for Undocumented Immigrants in California with Chronic Health Conditions

Mentor: Alicia Fernandez, MD

Project Description: The undocumented immigrant population is the largest group excluded from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance expansions. Many states, including California, will continue to have large numbers of uninsured, undocumented immigrants with chronic health conditions who require ongoing care. This summer I will analyze data from the California Health Interview Survey to evaluate the number of uninsured, undocumented patients in California living with asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease and perform a geographic needs assessment. These data will assist policy makers, health system administrators, and clinical providers plan for the ongoing health needs of this patient population.

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