About CDU

March 2013

Message from the President

Moncler OutletDear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:
As the month of March comes to a close, I am filled with pride as I reflect on the achievements and strides we continue to make together. Match Day for our College of Medicine graduates was an emotionally charged event and the enthusiasm that the students displayed when opening their envelopes and discovering what would become their new home after leaving Drew, reaffirmed me with why our mission here is so important. Our students are our legacy and remain my highest priority. Moncler OutletThe Charles Drew Student Government Blood Drive exceeded its goal in blood donations, and many participants were first time donors. The Bone Marrow Drive for Physician Assistant Program alumnus Carol Martin-Hicks was also very successful in exceeding its goals. Our Spring Gala was fully paid for with sponsorship money before the first invitation for the event was even mailed out! This achievement is a first for CDU, and all proceeds that we have received in excess, will enhance our student support services and Saturday Science Academy II program.

Throughout all the positive changes that have occurred this month, there have also been some difficult times. I want to reiterate the fact that my focus remains on maintaining a positive, stable environment for our students, faculty, and staff, and your faith and support in my leadership is much appreciated. I encourage attendance at our University forums so that we keep the lines of communication open.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Professor Cynthia Davis on being selected for the Legacy Leaders award at our upcoming Spring Gala. When we use words like legacy and leaders, one cannot help but have Cynthia in mind. Her tireless work combating HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles has changed and continues to change lives for the better and she exemplifies the Drew mission.

 I wish you all a wonderful Holiday weekend!





Dr. David M. Carlisle



Upcoming Dates

4/2/2013 : Writing A Personal Statement Workshop
4/3/2013 : UCLA Grant Writing Workshop Series
4/4/2013 : Dr. Vincent Anthony-Lecturer
4/8/2013 : Applying To Medical School As A Disadvantaged Student
4/10/2013 : UCLA Grant Writing Workshop Series
4/11/2013 : The CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala
4/12/2013 : HIV Continuing Education Series for Nurses
4/13/2013 : Spring Colloquia
4/17/2013 : UCLA Grant Writing Workshop Series
4/17/2013 : Dr. Michael Jimenez Lecturer
4/24/2013 : UCLA Grant Writing Workshop Series
4/25/2013 : University Open Forum
4/27/2013 : 13th Annual KJLH Women's Health Forum

Extended Library Hours

 The CDU Health Sciences Library will have extended hours of operation beginning April 2, 2013 to May 9, 2013. The extended hours are:
 Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CDU Joins "Team Carol " and Be The Match@ to Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Moncler OutletOn Wednesday, March 20, 2013, the CDU Alumni Association, “Team Carol”- a group of CDU alumni – and Be The Match®, a registry for potential bone marrow donors joined together for a bone marrow registry drive.  The event was held at CDU to increase awareness of the need for more African American bone marrow donors and to help identify a match for Carol Martin-Hicks.  Carol is suffering from leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.  Carol is also a married mother of two, a former CDU instructor (Physician Assistant Program) and CDU alumnus (’95).   At the event, fifty-eight people signed up to joi n the Registry and to make a monetary donation to the Be the Match® foundation.   “Carol is one of my former instructors, a colleague and friend,” said Lisa Bradley, CDU alumnus (‘95) and organizer of Team Carol.  “Her cancer is no longer in remission; she’s fighting for her life.  I knew I had to do something to help, so three other classmates and I formed Team Carol not only to raise awareness for bone marrow donations, but to hopefully find a match for Carol and save her life."  

The Registry Drive may have ended, but the need continues. Carol’s match has not yet been found and she needs us. Please continue to share with others and join online to help save Carol at www.bethematchfoundation.org/CarolMartinHicks.  “The CDU Alumni Association is standing behind this effort because it affects a member of the CDU family,” states Jackie Brown, CDU Director of Communications and Alumni Relations.  “We know that by helping Carol, we also help millions of others who potentially need this lifesaving procedure.  Thank you to everyone for your support.” For additional information on bone marrow donation, visit bethematchfoundation.org.  

“The registration process is quick, easy and you could be the cure for Carol and the many others who so desperately need a match.”- Lisa Bradley

National Public -Health Week

The College of Science and Health COSH Master of Public Health Student Association will host events throughout National Public Health Week.

The COSH Master of Public Health Student Association (MPHSA) is continuing its work to promote the tenets of public health by hosting activities in honor of National Public Health Week, the first week in April.  This year’s national theme, “Public Health Is Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money” pays tribute to promoting investing in an individual’s health, and highlights the importance of a well-developed health care system and influencing health to prevent disease and save lives.  MPHSA National Public Health Week events will be Tuesday through Friday, April 2-5, 2013, from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 pm in the CDU Keck Lecture Hall. This year’s events feature a Healthy Food Cook-Off on Tuesday, a movie screening and discussion on Wednesday, and a lecture on Thursday.

In addition to plans for National Public Health Week, the MPHSA has been active with other events as well.  On March 2nd, the MPHSA hosted a First Aid Certification Workshop, the second workshop in the MPHSA workshop series.  This series of allied health skills workshops aims at increasing the level of preparedness of laypersons when responding to emergency situations. During last November’s workshop, students were offered the opportunity to gain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).


Mission Maker Campaign Update

The Mission Maker Campaign has raised $30,978 or 41% of the $75,000 goal. With your help, we can reach our goal of 100% participation! Click http://alumni.cdrewu.edu/AnnualCampaign/index.asp  to donate today! Every donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference and helps us to meet our mission.

Mission Makers are friends and supporters of Charles R. Drew University who believe in our mission and have made a contribution to ensure our success.

Donations from the annual campaign support the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program which provide project support for programs like:

    The Public Health Skills Workshop Series
    The Ready for CDU program
    The Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Programs
    HIV/AIDS Is Not Over Community Mobilization Testing Campaign
Give today and become a Mission Maker: http://alumni.cdrewu.edu/AnnualCampaign

CDU Celebrates a Highly Successful Match Day!

On  Friday, March 15,  CDU 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.  

Sixteen eager 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.

CDU will see 44% of its medical graduates enter into primary care (Family medicine, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics).  While lower than average for CDU graduates, this still remains above the national average of one-quarter entering into the front   lines of preventative care. The remaining CDU medical graduates will serve in non-primary care specialties such as anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, surgery. This year’s dermatology program was particularly competitive with 85.6% of positions filled.

“It is more and more challenging to get into residency programs today, especially competitive programs such as those that our students matched in, so our Match Day is quite a tribute to our program,” said Joseph Corrao, Director of Student Affairs.

Of the sixteen graduates, thirteen will remain in California, with ten staying in Los Angeles.

Congraulations to all of our medical school graduates!

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2013 Medical Student Research Colloquium: Current Research in Health Disparities

2013 Medical Student Research Colloquium: Current Research in Health Disparities

Keisha King

“1.25 (OH) Vitamin D3 Stimulates Myogenic Differentiation by Inhibiting Cell Proliferation and Modulating the Express of Pro-myogenic Growth Factors and Myostatin in C2C12 Skeletal Muscle Cell.”

 Onyeka Bowers-Obioha

“Skin Cancer awareness and sun protection behaviors in minority patients.”

Alexander Firempong

“Incidence and mortality from septic shock and respiratory failure by race/ethnicity among elective neurosurgery patients in California 2001- 2009”

Kenechukwu Ojukwu

“A Necessary Community Collaboration: Anatomy Academy”
Miguel Garcia

“Hispanic ethnicity as a risk factor for Escheridia coli resistance to Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole in urinary tract infections.”

Calyani Ganesan

“Factors that affect poor survivorship in African American males with prostate cancer.”

Christopher Snell

“Health Information Sought and Clinical Services Utilized by Low-Income Latino Patients in Tijuana Mexico, Free Clinic”

Frank Aliganga

“Examining Unmet Adolescent Mental Health Needs and Perceptions of Mental Health Among Filipino Americans”

Maita Kuvhenguhwa

“The Association of Patient and Provider Engagement with Adherence to HAART and Health Related Quality of life”

Lourdes Alanis

“Factors Contributing to Depression Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Latinos Residing in South Los Angeles”
Yamanda Mack

“Knowledge and Screening Practice of Cancer Disease of HIV-Positive women”

Joy Ekwueme

“What Factors in a ZIP Code Predict Low Birth Weight?”

Kathleen Perez

“Association between Milk Consumption and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Children (NHANES) 2001- 2004”

Tasha Fernando

“Risk Factors Associated with Apnea for Children Transported to the Emergency Department for Seizure”

Marisa Hernandez-Morgan

“Knowledge of long-term risks of childhood obesity among Latino parents of elementary school children”

Vanessa Isiaka
“Vitamin D status and disorders of the Female Pelvic Floor”

Amy Sudhinaraset

“Are There Inequalities in Assisted Reproductive Technology Utilization?: A Comparison of Impaired Fecundity Latino Women Who Seek Care and those Who Do Not Seek Care from the National Survey of Family Growth”

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Hai Hoang - MPH, Class of 2013

Hai Hoang was born in Vietnam and has spent half of his life in Vietnam and the other half in Van Nuys and Garden Grove, CA. In 1992, with sponsorships from the American Red Cross and UCLA, he immigrated to the United States, under the unique criteria that he would be treated for Osteosarcoma--a type of cancer that starts in the bones.  Hai started his academic career at Orange Coast Community College, and then graduated from Cal State University at Long Beach, with a B.S. in Biology, before being accepted in to the MPH program here at CDU.
In January of this year, Hai was accepted into the Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  This honor is awarded to highly-qualified students with a strong academic record, demonstrated research experience, and a commitment to a career in biomedical, behavioral, or population science research.  From February 2nd – 5th of this year, with sponsorship from the NCI, Hai was able to travel to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. While there, he toured the 110-acre facility and spent two days interviewing with six branches of the NCI for possible summer or post-bac intern positions. Hai was subsequently offered three post-bac and two summer internship positions with the NIH.  Additionally, Hai’s abstract “The Need to Disaggregate the Asian Population: A Look at California’s Vietnamese Population,” was accepted for presentation at the 3rd Cross-Cultural Health Care Conference, in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 8-9, 2013. 
Hai wishes to work as an intern with Dr. Paige Green McDonald, Chief of the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch in the Behavioral Research program at NIH before attending medical school (where he plans to pursue his dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist just like the doctor who saved his life).  When he finds spare time, Hai teaches Bible classes at his local parish and writes public health columns for the local Vietnamese newspaper. His hobbies include: billiards, swimming, and videogames. 

Apply for the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program

The Office of Strategic Advancement is now accepting applications for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Annual Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program. Supported by the annual Mission Maker Campaign, the Mini-Grant Program will make awards twice annually, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The Mini-Grant Program supports projects not funded through the normal budget cycle.  Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate direct support for students and/or the ability to support & enhance student success. Attached please find the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Application form. Applications are due at 5:00p.m., Friday April 5, 2013; email completed application to Blanch Ross in the Office of Strategic Advancement at blanchross@cdrewu.edu


Editor's Note

Japanese American Remembrance Day article in February's newsletter: Dr. Yoshikowa was not born in an internment camp. The certificates presented that were accepted by Rob Yasui and Dean Aihara were to the University.


South LA med students offered residencies on Match Day/KPCC/Jose Martinez

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