|CME Accredited Cancer Journal Club|
A significant milestone was met at CDU when the 1st Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accredited Cancer Journal Club took place on January 7th, 2013. This was the first CME activity for the University in a significant amount of time and resulted due to the amazing effort of COM Dean Dr. Daphne Calmes as well as Dr. Ron Edelstein, Jeonathan Rodriguez, and the CME Committee, particularly Dr. James Smith and Dr. Yanyuan Wu. There were more than twenty-five attendees at the Journal Club, which included clinicians/internists, basic science and community outreach faculty, staff, and students from CDU and other universities.
The Journal Club topic explored drug-resistance in multiple cancers and provided important insights into clinical arms which c
an be utilized in combination to combat resistance. The response of the audience to the Journal Club was outstanding. Many participants indicated the Journal Club improved their clinical understanding of cancer and drug resistance.Â ;Most notably, many students present- particularly from CDUâ€™s Post-Baccalaureate Program- expressed their excitement and â€œinspirationâ€ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ at seeing real-life application of the scientific information they learned in their biochemistry and molecular biology classes. The Cancer Journal Club hopes to include more participants and encourages the entire campus community and colleagues to all attend.Â
The Journal Club is a weekly meeting that takes place every Monday, from 12-2pm, in the Augustus F. Hawkins Building, Room 3071 at CDU. For more information, weekly announcements, and speakers please go to the Divisional website:
|New Chairman of the Board of Trustees|
Dignity Health Senior Executive Vice President and COO Marvin O’Quinn has been elected as the newest Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).
O’Quinn is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dignity Health. He is responsible for all operations in all of Dignity Health’s markets and for integrated process management and ambulatory operations. Since he joined Dignity Health in 2009, his responsibilities have grown substantially, including an organizational restructuring of operations leadership. Overall, O’Quinn has improved accountability and oversight of the organization’s operations.“Mr. O’Quinn is a true leader in the healthcare industry focused on compassion and excellence,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of CDU. “I look forward to collaborating with him to strategically foster educational initiatives and programs to best serve CDU students, staff and faculty.
|Dr. Mylene Rucker, 76 (CoSH), 86 (CoM Medical Education)|
Dr. Mylene Rucker has a generous spirit. When the daughter of an employee was diagnosed with leukemia, Rucker offered to host a yard sale in the parking lot of her wellness center in Visalia. This fundraiser on Nov. 15 also included a bounce house, and pizza and tacos were sold. They raised $1,500. “It was almost like a little fair,” Rucker said. “A lot of my patients are very giving.”
Four times a year, Rucker, a family practice physician, sets up a free health care screening clinic in Allensworth where she treats mostly farmworkers. She takes a staff of two to three medical assistants, and her son, Kweku Middleton, helps move equipment.They see about 15 patients each visit.
“I see myself as a community physician,” she said. “You go out and reach the community and make the world a better place to live.” Each time she visits Allensworth, it costs her $1,000. “Nobody pays me,” she said. “Not even a penny.” In Allensworth, she has diagnosed some cancers and a lot of diabetes. “Many didn’t know they had it,” she said.
“I’m a very community-oriented person,” she said. “I had a hard time myself.” She raised her son and daughter as a single mother. She left her alcoholic husband in Chicago and moved back to Los Angeles with two children and two 6-foot lockers. During an economic recession in the late 1970s, she couldn’t find work. So she took advantage of a government program that paid for her child care and purchased her uniforms while she studied to become a physician assistant at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
As a physician assistant, she worked with child-abuse victims at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Watts. She said she remembers her young patients crying, and she cried with them. At 32, she began medical school at Drew and became a family practice doctor. Later, she earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She moved to Visalia in 1998 as a visiting doctor to be near her nephew, Jeremiah, who now lives in Fresno. Four years ago, she built the wellness center at 2305 Midvalley Ave. She cares for 2,000 patients and serves as the di-rector of community medicine at Kaweah Delta Medical Center under Dr. Robert Allen.
Next door to her office is a community garden that she started with Sister Friends, a nonprofit organization of six women. Rucker said she works in the garden because it’s therapeutic. “It calms my nerves,” she said.
Article reprinted with permission, Visalia Times-Delta. Copyright ? 2013 www.visaliatimes.delta.com
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