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|Dr. Wilbert Jordan Created an Oasis for HIV/AIDS Patients|
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For the past 14 years, every week day except Friday, persons who attend the Oasis Clinic at CDU can have a lunch provided free by Black churches. They include Zion Hill, Second Baptist, St. Bridgid’s, First AME Church, Bryant Temple, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C., and Faithful Central.
Each church adopts a day a month. On this day, Sonia Hooper from Unity Fellowship was serving a heart-warming bean and sausage soup with hot corn bread and homemade cookies. It is a way to let HIV patients know that they care. “No one gives them a penny. No grants are given to any of the churches,” said Dr. Wilbert Jordan, director, who founded the clinic which is a collaboration between CDU and Los Angeles County.
He asked the churches for help when he noticed that more than half of his adolescent patients were contracting HIV after their parents kicked them out of the house when they learned they were gay. For some it is the only meal they get daily.
“Every church I have gone to, I never had anyone say no,” he said. “Over half of my patients--64%--have been molested. When it happens to you when you are 12 you are still dealing with it when you are 45,” he continued. Because of this and other social dilemmas, the youth are at the mercy of the cold streets, which force them into relationships with those who may have HIV just to have a warm place to sleep at night.
“Our motto is this is place where first class people are treated first class. We treat our patients just as well as anybody. Our providers are just as knowledgeable as anywhere. We stand head and shoulders with anybody and, yes, we are arrogant about that.”
The inimitable Dr. Jordan has been at CDU over 35 years, and showed his 35 year clock to prove it. He has seen the gamut of health care where the medicines were once worse than the disease but today assures us that there is no reason for anyone to die from AIDS.
There is so much more to the story. Watch the complete video interview with Dr. Jordan.
The Oasis Clinic provides lunches Monday through Thursdays most days. They also schedule patients for treatment and offer medicines and even find housing if needed.
The Oasis Clinic is located at 1807 E 120h Street, LA 90059. Call Monday through Friday (310) 668-4213 for an appointment or walk in, (but be prepared to wait.) Tuesday’s clinic is open til 8 p.m.
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|Graduating Medical Students at Charles R. Drew University Celebrate
A Highly Successful Match Day
2014 Percentage of CDU Residency Matches in Primary Care Continue to
Increase and Commit To Serving the Los Angeles Community
On March 21, 2014, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science celebrated a highly successful Match Day - the day on which medical students across the country find out where they will spend their residencies—the next three to seven years after graduation.
Thirty-one eager Charles R. Drew University students stood before a crowd of fellow students, family and faculty to open their official Match Day envelope that determines the next chapter of their careers. This represented an increase in matched students from last year.
CDU will see 77% of its medical graduates enter into primary care (Family medicine, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics). This marks a 33% increase from last year’s matches to primary care at the University. The remaining CDU medical graduates will serve in non-primary care specialties such as anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and surgery.
“I am incredibly proud of our graduating medical students. Their placements are not only impressive; they actually emphasize the uniqueness of our students and the University mission to serve those who are underserved. Being placed is the result of their hard work and dedication to practice medicine with excellence and compassion,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU.
Primary care serves of particular importance as we see an increased number of individuals who will be receiving coverage through the Affordable Care Act this year.
The majority of CDU medical graduates, 77%, will be staying on the West Coast, but some will be venturing to the East Coast.
Angela Orozco was matched with John Hopkins University: “My Grandfather came with his Baltimore hat today because he said ‘That's where we are going to go next.’ I said ‘We don't know, let’s just see what the envelope says." And then I read it and there was overwhelming joy all around.”
Lance Mixon was matched into Anesthesiology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. When asked how he was feeling beforehand: "I am feeling great today. Last week when we learned we were in the match pool was actually more stressful. I am not going to say where I am hoping for until I open my envelope. New York could be a possibility, but I'm hoping for something locally."
After he opened:"I'm going to Harbor UCLA! That's what I wanted!" His overcome mother could only wave a crumpled Kleenex and utter "Tissues!"
The National Residency Match Program (NRMP), which oversees the process, stated in a press release that 16,399 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors have matched to first-year residency positions. This year, the Match offered 29,671 first- and second-year positions, 500 more than in 2013 and an all-time high. More than half of the additional positions were in the primary care specialties of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.
Join us in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day at noon on April 1 by attending a presentation by healthcare management consultant and community activist Jose J. Gonzalez, M.P.A. Mr. Gonzales is a former Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Board Member. The event, which is hosted by the CDU Pre-Med Society and Office of the President, will take place in the Keck Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the COSH Lobby.
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Note: March 31 is the holiday CDU observes and the campus will be closed.
|COSH Elementary School Science Enrichment Program|
The Elementary Science Enrichment Program, funded in part by a grant from the CDU Mission Maker Mini-Grant Campaign, is taking place for the second time at George Washington Carver Elementary School, located two blocks west of CDU. Once again, fourteen Post-Bacc students are enriching fourth- and fifth-grade students’ science curriculum by providing hands-on lessons, games, and other fun and motivating activities. Since the program started in February, elementary school students have learned about ecosystems, the solar system, the water cycle, magnetism, electricity, and identifying and classifying rocks and minerals.
Started last year by Lucia Vides, a former Post-Bacc student, this program aims at making science more attainable and exciting to elementary school students residing near CDU. Once Carver students participate in eight weekly lessons, they are invited to CDU on a field trip where they are given a tour by their CDU teachers. They leave the University with a certificate, a science-related book, and most importantly, the knowledge that they can pursue a career in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field they desire. This program’s success is due to the meaningful collaboration between Carver Elementary School staff and the following dedicated CDU Post-Bacc students:
4th Grade Teachers:
Seda Isayan, Antonia Johnson, Kersti Bellardi, Linda WrighDarrin Ward, Lloyd Sealy, Maryam Khalil, Jilliane Nanadiego
5th Grade Teachers:
Revecca Millan, Benedict Garma, Sharon Torres, Raman Sidhu, Shanli Mohammad-Khani, Erika Boles
|COSH Students Establish New Scientific Journal Club: CEAL|
COSH Post-Baccalaurate students Erika Boles, Kersti Bellardi and Shanli Khani, working with advisor Dr. Tom Magee in the Department of Health and Life Sciences, have organized a new scientific journal club, “Critical Exploration of Academic Literature” (CEAL).
CEAL’s mission is to facilitate a safe and active environment for students who are interested in gaining exposure to scientific literature while promoting critical thought. The meetings provide an informal platform for students to discuss and critically analyze scientific articles. CEAL’s first two meetings included a discussion facilitated by Dr. Magee about the fundamentals of finding and interpreting academic journals, and a peer-lead discussion of water filtration by plant xylem. The next meeting will be Thursday, April 3rd, at noon in Keck 228.
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|Health and Life Sciences Student Clement Aroh Research Achievement|
Clement Aroh, a Bachelor of Science student in the Health and Life Sciences Department in the College of Science and Health (COSH), and President of the Charles Drew Student Government (CDSG), has recently added another ‘feather’ to his cap. Research with Drs. Jaydutt V. Vadgama and Seyung ‘Steve’ S. Chung, at the CDU Division of Cancer Research, has earned him recognition as the second author of a paper published in the online publication, “PLOS ONE”. According to its website (www.plosone.org), PLOS (Public Library of Science) ONE is an “international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.”
The article, “Constitutive Activation of STAT3 Signaling Regulates hTERT and Promotes Stem Cell-Like Traits in Human Breast Cancer Cells” can be found in the December 2013 issue of the publication.
Congratulations to Clement Aroh as well as Drs. Vadgama and Chung, for this noted achievement!
|The CDU COSH Honor Society|
COSH students worked diligently with COSH Dean Gail Orum and CDSG advisor, Ms. Darlene Parker-Kelly to establish an honor society on campus for CDU COSH students. Presenting the founding members of the new chapter of Delta Epsilon Iota Honors Society for COSH students (from left to right beginning with the back row) Jaime Contreras, Clement Aroh, Bakari Garvey, Benedict Garma, founding advisor Ms. Darlene Parker-Kelly, (front row) founding Dean Gail Orum, Euphemia Igboakaeze, Carla Simmonds, Ciarra Jones, Sharon Torres. Founding members not pictured: Naomi Choi, David Gordon, Geneva Boyce and Aunsha Williamson.
From Dean Shirley Evers Manley: Nine Students applied to the CDU/UCLA Bridges to the Doctorate Program for the 2014-15 Academic School year.
For the first time, the ELM students from MMDSON Cohort Eight Pharmacology Course, scored above the National benchmark for the ATI examination. Our students scored 65.4% compared to the National Average of 60.7%.
|Dr. Sondos Islam Co-Authors Book Chapter on Promoting Health in Arab-American Populations|
Sondos Islam, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor, Program Director, Director of the Urban Public Health program, is co-author (with Shayma Alzubi) of Chapter 14, “Promoting Health in Arab-American Populations,” in the recently-published third edition of Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations: A Handbook for Practitioners and Students. The latest edition of this book was published by Sage Publications in January this year, edited by Robert M. Huff, Michael V. Kline, and Darleen V. Peterson.
As described in the Sage Publications web site “The Third Edition of Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations offers both students and practitioners an indispensable resource on assessment and implementation guidelines for promoting health and enhancing behaviors that optimize health in any cultural community.” (ISBN #9781452276960)
Congratulations to Dr. Islam on this important contribution to the field of promoting health in multicultural populations.
|CDU's COSH Celebrates Pi Day|
COSH Dean with Department of Health and Life Sciences faculty and students celebrating "Pi day" with a slice of the real thing!
Left to right: Alan Khuu, Assistant Professor; Dr. Suzanne Porszasz-Reisz, Chair; Dr. Gail Orum, Dean; Erika Boles, Post-Bacc Student; Shanli Khami, Post-Bacc Student; Ciarra Jones, Post-Bacc Student