|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.
|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).
|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.
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