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DISCLAIMER: Our preceptors do not take students every rotation; some only precept one or two students per year and some only rarely precept. IF YOU CLICK ON A PRECEPTOR'S NAME AND NO INFORMATION COMES UP, THAT PRECEPTOR IS NOT CURRENTLY TAKING USC STUDENTS; PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST ORCONTACT THEM. The information contained in the preceptor profile section is updated on an annual basis and based on the most recent student rotating at each site, therefore, you may find inaccuracies if any changes have been made since the last student was there (office hours, address, etc). If you have questions or find inaccuracies, please contact the clerkship office right away: 323 442-1325. Thank you!

Per wikipedia, " A wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone with access to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. "

Basically, our family med wiki is a searchable, ever expanding database of almost anything you would want to know about family medicine, including preceptor sites for third year, fourth year electives, and residency programs in the west coast. And the best part about it is that you contribute to it! Users can make new pages and add comments to existing pages, so our database is always growing. For some easy tips on using a wiki, read this article.

To access the wiki, you must first contact Lucy Hernandez at to get a login and password.

The wiki is password-protected to ensure that only KSOM medical students and clerkship staff/faculty have access and the ability to add information about specific preceptors, which is then visible only to fellow KSOM students. If you have any questions regarding the content of the wiki or are having technical issues please contact Lucy at 323-442-1325.

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Congratulations to our FMIG 3rd year students!
We are pleased to inform you that University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine has earned a 2017 Program of Excellence Award! Our group is one of only 10 recipients of the overall award. Please extend our congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff who contributed to this achievement. We applaud your efforts to promote the values and philosophy of family medicine.

Co-Presidents: Serena Liu and Sarah Soliman
Cuddle Club Chair: Taisha Husbands
Community Outreach Chair: Julia Wang
Ready Set Fit Chair: Phillip Grisdela
Mentorship Chair: Melanie Wathugala
Lunch Talk Chair: Brian Choi
Geriatrics Co-chairs: Chethana Eswarappa and Molly Wilkerson


Melissa Brizuela - UCLA Medical Center
Stephanie Castillo - Kaiser Permanente-San Diego
Danielle Glaeser - John Muir Health
Anna Goebel - Valley Medical Center, WA
Erin Higginbotham - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Joanna Ingebritsen - Kaiser Permanente-Napa-Solano
Monica Jain - Kaiser Permanente-Woodland Hills
Daniel Kelley - Valley Medical Center, WA
Wendy Lau - Providence St. Peter Hospital, WA
Marie Lee - UCLA Medical Center
Melissa Luttio - Kaiser Permanente-Woodland Hills
Susana Sandoval - Long Beach Memorial Medical Ctr
George Sayre - University of Arizona COM at South
Kevin Wang - Family Health Centers of San Diego
Warren Yamashita - Hilo Medical Center



On July 29, 2016, at the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City, the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC received a Program of Excellence Award based on their commitment to engaging students interested in pursuing family medicine. One of only 10 schools to be awarded for overall excellence, the Keck school FMIG was the only one from California. Students who participate in the FMIG at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are involved in numerous activities that allow them to participate in diverse health care experiences with patients of all ages. The FMIG includes activities such as the Cuddle Club, community health fairs, a geriatrics program, and Ready, Set, Fit, a fitness initiative. Co-President of the Family Medicine Interest Group, Ruth Barber Goodson was able to attend the conference and accept the award in person. This is the 5th year since 2004 that the KSOM FMIG has received this honor.


Humberto Avila – Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles
Priscilla Campos – Family Health Ctrs. of San Diego
Nicole Coppage – University of Washington
Joseph De Sena – Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles
Joseph Dixon – Kaiser Permanente-Woodland Hills
Christopher Gomez – Northridge Hospital Medical Ctr.
Katherine Halstead – Glendale Adventist Medical Ctr.
Kelsey Krigstein – Kaiser Permanente-Napa/Solano
David Lau – Kaiser Permanente-Orange
Mauricio Martinez – White Memorial Medical Ctr.
Catherine McDonald – UCLA Medical Ctr.
Monica Melgar – Scripps Mercy Hospital-Chula Vista
Emma Montelongo – Contra Costa Regional Medical Ctr.
Ruth Montes – California Hospital Medical Ctr.
Kristen Roehl – Oregon Health & Science University
Elizabeth Schamber – Sutter Health-Sacramento
Meghan YDeen – Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles

August 2015
Family Medicine receives federal grant to bolster elder patient care

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Family Medicine has been awarded a $2.5 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to create a primary care workforce with interdisciplinary competency in treating health issues faced by elderly patients, helping solve a longtime challenge faced by primary care doctors. Principal investigator Laura Mosqueda, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is an expert in geriatric medicine and has been charged with developing and implementing the groundbreaking program, called the USC-Los Angeles County Training a Workforce in Interprofessional Geriatrics (USC-LAC TWIG). The three-year grant will fund the team’s effort to develop comprehensive primary care-based assessment for the elderly, as well as training programs that emphasize interprofessional and team-based medical care. Along with the development of a new geriatric primary care assessment clinic at the USC Health Sciences Campus, the program looks to the future by training and educating the next generation of medical students so they are better equipped to care for the elderly. “People over the age of 85 comprise the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and the problem is that they experience issues that interfere with their quality of life,” said Mosqueda, who also serves as associate dean of primary care at the Keck School of Medicine and is a professor of family medicine and geriatrics. “In order to address this problem, we need more than well-trained primary care physicians; we need teams of people from many disciplines working together to focus on patients’ health care needs as a whole.” The program will go beyond the school of medicine, extending across disciplines by working in partnership with specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy and more. “We’re looking forward to working with others within Keck and USC, as well as with our community partners, in establishing successful educational and clinical systems,” said Mosqueda. Mosqueda’s goal with this program is to focus on person-centered care, giving more attention and consideration to patients and their families. Additionally, there will be greater emphasis on improving diagnosis and care for patients with cognitive impairment or dementia, who also have other medical problems. “USC-LAC TWIG has the potential make an important difference in medical care for the elderly,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “With our rapidly aging population, USC-LAC TWIG is an idea whose time has come,” Puliafito said. “Dr. Mosqueda and her team are poised to create a compassionate, competent health care ‘safety net’ to meet the substantial needs of our elderly patients.” Leading the USC-LAC TWIG team is Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D., clinical professor of family medicine and vice chair of academic affairs, Department of Family Medicine. Other team members include, Diana Homeier, M.D., director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program and associate professor of clinical family medicine; Brad Williams, Pharm.D., professor of clinical pharmacy and clinical gerontology; Freddi Segal-Gidan, P.A., Ph.D., director of the USC-Rancho California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC) and assistant clinical professor of neurology and family medicine; Christopher Forest, M.S.H.S., D.F.A.A.P.A., P.A.-C., director of research in the physician assistant program and assistant professor of clinical family medicine; Anne Katz, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., clinical professor of social work; Jo Marie Reilly, M.D., associate clinical professor of family medicine and Michael Cousineau, Dr.P.H., professor in the departments of family medicine and preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Price School of Public Policy. by Margaret Trtyan


Joshua Busse - Harbor-UCLA
Jayanti Dasgupta - Kaiser LA
Ulysses Gomez - Wite Memorial Medical Ctr
Brittany Kunza - Kaiser LA
Miriam Lassiter - Christiana Care-Emergency Med/Family Med
Emily Levy - JPSH - Texas
Patty Martinez - Swedish Medical Ctr
Gerardo Olivarez - UCSF
Pauline Poysophon - Univ Washington
Jose Ramos - CHMC
Vanessa Reyes - Kaiser-Napa/Solano
Susana Torres - UC Davis Medical Ctr
Branden Turner - Kaiser LA
Laura Vega - Sutter Medical Ctr-Santa Rosa
Anthony Wang - O'Connor Hospital
Rachel Woodside - UC Davis Medical Ctr

Below is a link to describing a little bit about one of the opportunities students can get through the PCLP program.

JORDAN RIVERA Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California PCLP Site: JWCH Institute, Inc. – Center for Community Health

Mobile Phone and Internet Access among Low Income and Homeless Populations

This project aims to assess the underserved population that frequents the Center for Community Health (JWCH Institute), determine what types of information technology are accessible to the population, and what social and financial barriers may need to be further addressed before the implementation of a patient portal. Using a bilingual questionnaire to collect information on demographics, housing, and technological accessibility and preferences when communicating with medical providers, the study found that I.T. accessibility was higher than expected. However, barriers to I.T. use included patients’ primary languages (other than English) and lack of computer and hands-on technology skills.

Jordan Rivera, a second year medical student, pledged himself to community service during his undergraduate years. He worked for the referrals committee for Mobile Clinic, an organization that brings medical and social resources to homeless populations, and served for three years as a board member for a group that teaches microbiology to low-income students. Currently Jordan works at a community clinic in downtown Los Angeles, is an active board member of the Student National Medical Association, and is a participant in a two-year longitudinal primary care focus group.

September 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians honors Keck School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group
The American Academy of Family Physicians has named the Keck School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group among the winners of its 2013 Program of Excellence Awards. The Keck School group was among 10 recipients nationally that were honored for outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine. Jo Marie Reilly, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and faculty advisor to the group, noted it was the only ‘overall’ program in the state to be recognized nationally — and was specifically noted for its community service.

Third-year student Connor Corcoran received a national American Academy of Family Physician’s research award in August at the National Medical Student and Residents Conference in Kansas, MO, for his family medicine poster “Health Literacy is Associated with Patients' Adherence-Related Knowledge and Motivation, but not Adherence or Glycemic Control.”” Second-year student Pooja Jaeel received a research award from the California Academy of Family Physicians for her family medicine research on “Diabetic Group Visits to Improve Exercise and Diet Adherence and Increase Glycemic Control.

March 28, 2014


Bernie Brass - White Memorial Medical Ctr.
Diana Callari - University of Kansas SOM - Wichita
Jennifer Carlton-Nathan - Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
Tim Condie - Oklahoma Program
Alexandra De La Fuente - JPMH-Texas the same program Lauren Brown is at
Leilani Diamond - Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton military program in San Diego
Rachel Kishton - Univ Of Cincinnati Psy/Family Med
Stacey Ludwig - Kaiser LA
Ariel Rosa - Mercy Medical Ctr
PaSoua Xiong - Glendale Adventist

We also had 3 KSOM alums match

Anna Rogers- Ventura County Med Ctr
Lon Manson - UCSD
Ronen Kalay - San Joaquin Gen Hospital

February 27, 2014

That time is coming - Match Day 2014! Read what one resident has to say about Primary Care IM vs. FM....

Family Medicine Or Internal Medicine: How One Student Chose

By Anoop Raman, M.D.

When I came to medical school, I was certain I wanted to do primary care. Despite the forces that steer many of us off the path – how many times have we heard, “but you’re too smart to do primary care!”? – after three years of medical school, I was still committed to primary care.

But I struggled with which type of program would be best for me. I applied to both family medicine and internal medicine programs in primary care. After my third year, I loved the patient-centered approach to family medicine—the now clichéd mantra within primary care circles of seeing the patient as “a whole.” But I also loved the rigor of internal medicine, the process of forming deep differentials, and the robust understanding of pathophysiology that often made itself evident during morning rounds and afternoon conferences.

It was only after sub-internships in both specialties that it became abundantly evident that family medicine was the best choice for me. My tilt towards family medicine happened on three levels: philosophical, practical and personal.

Philosophically, I believe that family medicine is the best platform for delivering primary care. People live in families and communities, and rarely do illnesses affect only one person. Patients often come to the doctor with family members, and thus building trust by treating the entire family, offering anticipatory guidance to family members when they come as patients as well as caregivers, and better understanding the dynamics at home through multiple visits are powerful assets when delivering primary care as a family physician. When that primary care for the family is fragmented through multiple physician practices, the benefits of high-touch primary care can be lost.

Practically, I found that most family medicine residents spend nearly 50 percent of patient-care time in the outpatient setting. Meanwhile, most internal medicine primary care residents typically spend 20 to 25 percent of their time in outpatient care. It’s more important for me to become well-versed in the bread and butter outpatient procedures I hope to perform as a physician—incision and drainage procedures, freezing warts, osteopathic manipulations for back pain, mole biopsies—than in thoracenteses or floating swan catheters, procedures that I think are incredibly cool but that I would likely never perform post-residency.

Moreover, if I am honest with myself, as much as I love primary care, it can get boring and tedious at times like any other field of medicine. Treating diabetes, correcting hypertension, recommending lifestyle changes, and screening for depression are undoubtedly some of the most important things a primary care physician can do. Yet my role models in primary care have fought the tedium that can set in by maintaining their breadth of practice—treating adults with chronic conditions of course, but also performing prenatal care and sprinkling their day with the joys of well-baby check ups. As a primary care doctor, it seems as though the vitality of one’s practice is often proportional to the breadth of one’s practice.

Personally, I will likely not be a full-time primary care physician practicing medicine in the U.S. all my life. I foresee my career taking me abroad again one day. In settings of poverty, the broad tool set that family medicine provides – the ability to take care of children, pregnant women and sick adults confidently – is invaluable. Working with family physicians in rural India, it was exhilarating (and exhausting) to see them move seamlessly from the pediatric ward, OB ward, and adult medicine wards with ease each morning, and then see patients of all ages in clinic in the afternoon.

Finally, as we all know, the health care system in this country is broken, especially, when it comes to the coordination of care. Personally, I believe the broad clinical training one receives in family medicine, as well as the strong new emphasis many family medicine residencies are placing on team-based care, uniquely positions family doctors to help lead the revolution that is stealthily underway in primary care.

Anoop Raman, M.D., wrote this piece as a 4th-year MD/MBA student at Tufts University School of Medicine. He chose to apply in family medicine after spending nearly two years working as a finance and management advisor with Partners In Health in hospitals and health centers in rural Rwanda. He is now a resident in the NYPH-Columbia Family Medicine Residency Program.

Posted by Sonya Collins on Feb 20, 2014 11:13 AM US/Eastern

Sept. 4, 2013

Family medicine the most recruited specialty
By: RICHARD FRANKI, Family Practice News Digital Network
Health care employers recruited more family physicians in 2012-2013 than any other specialists, according to a report from physician job placement firm Merritt Hawkins. From April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, the company conducted 624 search assignments for family physicians (including FP/OB), more than three times as many as the specialty in second place, internal medicine (194 searches). The two primary care specialties topped the list for the seventh consecutive year, the report said. Hospitalists were the third most recruited specialists (178 searches), followed by psychiatrists (168) and emergency physicians (111). The report acknowledged a "silent shortage" of psychiatrists as they age out of the workforce, with 70% of the specialty aged 50 years or over, compared with 55% for all physicians. Demand also has increased for nonphysician caregivers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, each of which finished in the top 20 most requested searches for the first time in the 20 years Merritt Hawkins has issued the recruiting report. Nurse practitioners were 10th overall and physician assistants were 12th.

July 9, 2013

Virtual Happy Hours Planned For Minority Medical Students
The STFM Group on Minority and Multicultural Health invites minority medical students to participate in a series of online monthly meetings or virtual “happy hours” to discuss relevant topics, have questions answered, seek support in navigating tough situations, and to provide and receive rich peer and facilitator support. We began this project to provide support, encouragement, mentorship, and tangible success skills for minority medical students who often go unsupported in the face of the many challenges of medical school,” said Jeffrey Ring, PhD, project coordinator. The monthly meetings take place in the virtual world of Second Life, in a beautiful seaside amphitheater developed by Boston University Medical School. Each monthly 90-minute session will open with a mini presentation by family medicine faculty from the STFM Group on Minority Health and Multicultural Education on the theme of the evening, followed by discussion and sharing of support and resources. Medical school can be a stressful and trying time for most students and even more so for minority students who may feel isolated, undersupported, and at times the focus of unintentional or intentional individual and institutional unfairness. At the same time, the United States is looking to increase the number of physicians, particularly in family medicine and primary care, from a full array of diverse backgrounds to serve the many underserved patients and communities across the land. This is an important component of meeting the challenge to reduce health inequities, which is a key objective of the STFM Group on Minority Health and Multicultural Education. Participants have expressed delight at the interactive environment and great appreciation for the session content. “After one of our residents spoke about her own trajectory and ultimate success, one of the participants responded by saying, “Your story is my story,” said Dr. Ring. There is no cost for participation. Second Life is free. Participants must have computer access, a highspeed Internet connection, and be able to download applications to their computer. The remaining sessions and topics are highlighted below:
August 15, 2013: Preparing for Standardized Exams September 19, 2013: Writing a Personal Statement October 17, 2013: Preparing for the Residency Interview November 14, 2013: Navigating Racism and Fairness Issues December 12, 2013: Giving and Receiving Feedback January 16, 2014: Tools for Successful Clinical Yearsn
“The first few sessions have gone very well. We are looking for help in spreading the word and ask everyone to refer at least one minority medical student who might benefit from these virtual happy hours,” said Dr. Ring. To register for upcoming sessions or to listen to audio from the past 2 sessions, “Navigating Racism and Fairness Issues in Medical School” and “Exploring Well-Being and Life Balance,” visit The Virtual Happy Hours are sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Minority Health and Multicultural Education and funded through the STFM Foundation Group Project Fund.

July 3, 2013

The American Academy of Family Physicians honors Keck School Family Medicine Interest Group
The American Academy of Family Physicians has named the Keck School Family Medicine Interest Group as one of 17 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups nationally to receive the 2013 Program of Excellence Award for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine. Award winners will be honored during an Aug. 1 ceremony at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.

May 28, 2013


Lauren Brown - John Peter Smith Hospital, Texas

Henning Gertz - UC San Diego Medical Center, CA

Jaime Gonzalez - Natividad Medical Center, CA

Kelsey Lewis - Banner Good Samaritan Medical Ctr., AZ

Richard "Willie" Novotny - Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, NY

Aisha Scherr-Williams - UC San Francisco, CA

Diana Wu - UC San Francisco, CA

Yohualli Balderas-Medina - Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center-CA

Adina Cappell - Glendale Adventist Medical Ctr., CA

October 1, 2012


Sarah Casper - O'Connor Hospital, San Jose, CA
Nina Chan - Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles, Pasadena, CA
Anita Damodaran - Kaiser Permanente-Woodland Hils, Woodland Hills, CA
Jose Flores - White Memorial Medical Ctr, Los Angeles, CA
Oscar Gantes - Natividad Medical Ctr, Salinas, CA
Timothy Hsia - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Erik Mendoza - Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista, CA
Michelle Munoz - Ventura County Medical Ctr, Ventura, CA
Janessa Nyvall - University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta, Canada
Samuel Phang - Ventura County Medical Ctr, Ventura, CA
Cathia Vazquez - UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica, Los Angeles

May 5, 2011
May 26: Deadline for NHSC Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers financial support to primary care providers via scholarship and loan repayment programs designed to connect those providers with urban and rural Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in order to meet the health care needs in those communities. At present, the NHSC providers deliver care at over 10,000 sites for more than 7 million patients.

The NHSC Loan Repayment Program offers physicians, physician assistants, and other health care providers $60,000 to repay their student loans in exchange for 2-year full-time commitment to serve at a community-based site in a health professional shortage area. Clinicians can receive up to $170,000 for loan repayment by completing a 5-year service commitment. The loan repayment program is available for new graduates as well as practicing clinicians.

Scott Stimson, PA-C, graduate from the OHSU PA Program, is entering his third year with the NHSC loan repayment program. The clinic where Scott has worked since graduation serves an underserved population that either has Medicaid insurance or no insurance coverage. Scott describes his patients as having complex medical needs that have previously resulted in seeking care from emergency rooms.The clinic has improved access to care for these patients and allowed Scott and his supervising physician to provide better continuity of care as well as preventative medicine. Scott says that the biggest advantage to the NHSC program is that it has allowed him to serve an underserved patient population while also having the financial security to manage his student loan debt. Scott also attributes his commitment to the underserved, primary care, and knowledge about the NHSC to his education at the OHSU PA Program.

For more information on the loan repayment program, including eligibility criteria and the online application, please see the NHSC website: Click here for more information on the National Health Service Corps.

The current application cycle for loan repayment closes on May 26th.

May 1, 2011


Angela Basso - Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA

Neil Chawla - Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA

Po-Yin (Samuel) Huang - Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Ortega - USC California Hospital Medical Center

Joanne Suh - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

James Walls - Contra Costa Regional Medical Center

for a complete list of previous news entries, go to the News page

September 20, 2010

Regional Center/Family Resource Centers and Linkage Discussion Session:
Monday, September 20, 2010, 10-12:30 pm
The location of the meeting would be at FDLRC- 3303 Wilshire Blvd. 90010 in the Family Resource Center Conference Room, 1st floor. (FDLRC 213-383-1300 or FDLRC FRC 800-546-3676) The parking structure entrance is off Berendo and attendees should plan to bring cash b/c they do not validate. Another option is metered parking on the street but it’s only for 2 hours so parking in the structure probably makes the most sense. In addition, they should allow 10-15 mins to get into building as they have to park on the 5th floor of the structure.
Learning Session Descriptions:

Linkage Learners will meet with staff from the UCLA Center for Healthy Children, Families, and Communities to discuss linkage to services needed to address developmental and psychosocial issues in the lives of children ages 0-5 years and their families, which if not identified and addressed effectively, will impair the child’s ability to be successful in Elementary School.

In their Selective Course Journal the learners will describe the criteria for referral of children to Regional Center’s “Early Start Program”, and the special needs addressed in WIC, Early Start, Early Head Start, Head Start, Early Education Centers, Pathways, LAUSD, and the IEP. They will discuss at least one case of a child seen at TSFC who was referred to one of these community services, including an analysis of how effective the “linkage” process was for that child and family.

Regional Centers

Learners will visit the Lanterman Regional Center and meet with Dr. Leslie Richard, Medical Consultant to the Frank D. Laanterman Regional Center. She will orient them to the history and scope of services of Regional Centers in California, as well as a general discussion of how to identify appropriate referrals and establish linkage to these services. Learners will summarize their experience in the Portfolio Journal, discuss a TSFC Regional Center referral, and reflect on the linkage strategies used at TSFC, their effectiveness, and opportunities to improve the referral process for our patients and their families.

September 11, 2010

The RCRMC Family Medicine Residency Program will be hosting its 2nd Annual Open House on September 11, 2010 (Saturday). This event will give you a chance to get to know our program better, meet our awesome attendings and equally awesome residents.
This one day special event is for medical students interested in learning more about Family Medicine and the Family Medicine Residency Program at Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
Topics will include:
• Providing a Patient Centered Medical Home for the Underserved
• The Future of Family Medicine
• Do you have what it takes to apply for Family Medicine? A session on the
“How To’s” for a successful application

26520 Cactus Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Conference Room D
Lunch will be provided
To Register:
For more information, please contact us at:
Or call us at: 951-486-4494

The Open House will run from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm (see below for the agenda) and lunch will be provided. If you are interested, feel free to register ......but hurry because we can only accommodate a limited number of participants!
9am Welcome 9:15am A Medical Home for the Underserved ~ Dr. Michelle Bholat 10am Break 10:15am The Future of Family Medicine ~ Dr. Geoffrey Leung 11:00am Break 11:15am Do you have what it takes to do Family Medicine – the “How To’s for a successful application ~ Dr. Asma Jafri 12:00pm Lunch 12:15pm Panel of Residents, Faculty and Alumni 1:00pm Closing Remarks

October 16, 2010

Everything you need to know about CAFP's 2010 Student Conference Family Medicine: Practice Your Passion

May 5, 2010

THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS 2010 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Applications are due by 5:00 PM ET June 1, 2010. The attached flyer highlights key information about the program. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the NHSC website for more information and to apply!

April 13, 2010

2010 Represents the Highest Percentage of Family Medicine Positions Ever Filled in the NRMP Match
The American Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that preliminary information is available from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
After 6 consecutive years of increases (1991–1997), and 4 consecutive years (1994–1997) of all-time records set in positions filled in family medicine residency programs, 2010 represents the highest percentage of family medicine positions ever filled in the NRMP Match. The 2010 national fill rate for family medicine residency positions is 2,404 positions filled out of 2,630 positions offered (91.4%).
Visit the AAFP Web site,, for extensive information, including tables and analysis, on the NRMP results. Watch for the September Family Medicine for a special article on the Match results.
April 2010


Note: The following offers a broad overview of the National Conference. For more detailed information, visit
Why attend the 2010 NC?
• Expand your medical knowledge and skills.
• Explore family medicine.
• Get a head start on career planning.
• Be exposed to information and resources you won’t find elsewhere.
• Choose education sessions from among six focus areas: career planning, clinical skills, health policy and advocacy, leadership development, practice management, and research.
• Choose from lectures, workshops, procedural skills courses, clinics, and poster presentations covering over 50 topics.
• Learn more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
• Visit the many exhibitors in the Exposition Hall – with over 400 exhibitors, you don’t want to overlook a valuable contact.
• Interact with hundreds of your peers from across the country.
• Spend time with people passionate about family medicine.
• Network with family medicine leaders.
• Take advantage of this national forum to discuss issues and share ideas for a better health care system.
• Enjoy two big parties – the Opening Social in the NC Exposition Hall and the Conference Celebration at the College Basketball Experience.
• Take advantage of the surroundings – within walking distance of the convention center and conference hotels is the nine-block Power & Light District – a mix of unique restaurants, clubs, live music venues, cafes, and one-of-a-kind entertainment attractions.
• Come for all three days or come for one day – each day’s schedule offers a full range of education sessions and special activities.

If you are a student: • Visit representatives from over 300 family medicine residency programs (largest residency fair in the country). • Take advantage of workshops uniquely tailored to meet your needs, such as Applying to Residency: From Application to Interview, How to Survive and Thrive as a New Intern, and How to Get Better Feedback From Your Clinical Clerkships. • Broaden your knowledge of family medicine by attending sessions such as Chest X-ray Interpretation, Procedural Training in Family Medicine, and Maternal Care and Childbirth in Family Medicine. • Attend workshops to help you strengthen your campus Family Medicine Interest Group. • Expand your leadership skills by participating in the student congress – join a discussion group, write resolutions, speak at a reference committee hearing, run for office – the opportunities are unlimited. • Interact with national leaders that you might not otherwise meet, including the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

If you are a resident:• Take advantage of the range of education sessions and networking opportunities to strengthen your core competencies, especially in patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism. • Participate in workshops designed to help you transition into practice – choose from topics ranging from contract negotiations to keeping up with medical literature. • Interact with national leaders that you might not otherwise meet, including the executive vice president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. • Connect with hundreds of family medicine residents from across the country – share stories about training experiences and career plans. • Talk with experienced family physicians about career options, leadership opportunities, advocacy efforts, and more. • Explore fellowship programs. • Gather information in the Exposition Hall from recruiters/placement services, health care systems, government agencies, medical equipment services, and special interest organizations. • Expand your leadership skills by participating in the resident congress – join a discussion group, write resolutions, speak at a reference committee hearing, run for office – the opportunities are unlimited. • Check out AAFP’s lifelong learning resources.

What is this year’s conference theme? The 2010 main stage lectures and special sessions will focus on Innovations in Education: Training Tomorrow’s Family Physicians.
• One hundred years after Abraham Flexner’s groundbreaking study of American medical education, attention is again focused on how physicians are trained. Reforming medical education is recognized as a key component in transforming the nation’s health care system. This year’s National Conference brings together national leaders and prominent educators to talk about training tomorrow’s physicians and what it will take to improve the health care system.
• Featured speakers include: the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the executive vice president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, and a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

What is the registration fee?
The NC registration fee is a real bargain when compared with registration fees for comparable national events. Residents and students will save $50 by registering on or before June 30. The fee schedule does include a one-day rate for those individuals unable to attend the full conference. The Board Exam Prep Course and procedural skills courses are extra-fee sessions and require pre-registration.

March 30, 2010

FIRST offers a full range of Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools to help medical school borrowers expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student loans, and manage their student debt wisely.
Applicants and Students Site:

Deadline: March 31, 2010

USC Neighborhood Outreach is a non-profit grant making organization funded by USC faculty and staff contributions to the Good Neighbors Campaign.We welcome applications for grants from USC employees, academic units and outreach programs. Proposals are reviewed by a committee representative of staff and faculty from the Health Sciences and the University Park Campuses.Proposals are selected based on community impact, cost-effectiveness, volunteer involvement and measurable progress toward achieving one or more of the university's community objectives. Applicants to USC Neighborhood Outreach grants should realize that this is a competitive process and that not all requests will be satisfied. The demand is such that past-funded projects cannot assume that they will continue to be funded.

The number of applications for grants and the total amount of money requested by proposed projects and programs is substantially greater than our capacity. In 2009, we received 56 proposals totaling $1.6 million and we were able to fund 37 projects for a total of $850,000. Grants ranged from $3,550 to $52,925.
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March 24, 2010


The Cal –SEARCH project team has not yet begun the match and placement of students/residents and is still actively recruiting. Students/residents will be placed sometime between now and August at sites. If you are interested in the Student/Resident Experience and Rotations in Community Health Program, please go to for the online application. Please list your preference when applying.
The list of sites selected for the Cal-SEARCH project was just released. Please go to the website for all the CA sites. Locally, the following clinics were selected as sites:
• AltaMed (8 sites: 7 LA, 1 OC) • Community Health Alliance of Pasadena • Family Health Care Centers of Greater LA • Northeast Valley Health Corporation- Homeless Health Care Clinic • St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers • Valley Community Clinic

March 15, 2010

First year med students have an oportunity to do a rural preceptor rotation in the summer between first and second year. For more information, go to website under RURAL preceptorship sites. Students can apply for a $1200 scholarship through the California Academy Of Family Physicians.

March 10, 2010

Free event and dinner

Keynote Speaker:Hector Flores, MD
Dr. Flores is chairman of the Family Practice Department at White Memorial Medical Center , and co-director of the hospital's Family Practice Residency Program. He received his medical degree from the University of California-Davis and completed his internship and residency at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Breakout Sessions:
1. Homeless Health
2. Immigrant/Minority Health
3. LGBT Health
4. Mental Health

Sunday, March 28, 2010, 3:30-7:00pm< br> USC Keck School of Medicine, McKibben Hall 1333 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles CA 90033
Poster presentation, art reflection, submission information, and RSVP by Monday, March 22:


Are you interested in attending the World Wonca Conference in Cancun, Mexico in May 2010? Would you like to learn more about global family medicine while working with other national colleges and Wonca regions? (

Leaders of the AAFP and the AAFP Foundation have made available travel grants of $1,000 for family medicine residents, new physicians (7 years or less since residency graduation) and medical students to attend this conference. The World Conference will be held from 19-23 May 2010. There will be at least 5 travel grants available; more grants may be available based on funding.

To apply:
Please submit by 1 April 2010
(1) a letter of interest, no longer than 1 page, that indicates why you want to attend. (2) a resume or abbreviated CV of no longer than 1 page. (3) a letter of recommendation from your residency program director, department chair, or other knowledgeable faculty/colleague.

Submit your information to AAFP Foundation Attn: Phyllis Naragon 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway Leawood, KS 66211

FAX: 913.906.6095


Brian Indrelunas • The Desert Sun • March 7, 2010

Medical school students could start training at Eisenhower Medical Center later this year as the Rancho Mirage hospital prepares to launch a residency program for newly graduated doctors in 2012, officials said this week. The hospital announced Friday that it had created an Office of Medical Education to develop its educational programs and named doctors to lead the office and hospital's first two residency programs.

“We have now put together our core group,” said Dr. Joseph Scherger, the hospital's vice president for primary care and head of the new education office. “They bring a wealth of experience.” Scherger, a former medical school dean, spoke by phone from Nashville, Tenn., where the doctors tapped to lead Eisenhower's programs are attending the annual meeting of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The conference wraps up today.

“We have our whole team here, really learning the basics on developing residency programs,” he said.

Scherger said hospital officials are now planning the curriculum for residency programs in internal medicine, which is the treatment of adults, and family medicine, the treatment of all age groups. In May, the hospital hopes to apply for the necessary accreditation, he added. Once accredited, the hospital could begin recruiting students who would apply as residents in July 2012 after they graduate from medical school.

But well before those new doctors arrive, a partnership with the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine that was made official earlier this year will send medical school students to the hospital for four-week clerkships starting this July. “Medical students will be with us in the clinic as we see patients,” Scherger said of the third- and fourth-year students who would participate in the clerkship program. “They will work as sort of an extender of the doctor.” He said students from Keck and other schools would work alongside physicians to gather medical histories and examine patients and would also develop their clinical judgment by participating in doctors' conversations about diagnoses.

“It gives us some early experience in teaching,” Scherger said. “But the biggest reason is for Eisenhower to become better known among medical students as a place to learn.”

Students who visit for a clerkship in their fourth and final year of medical school will be applying to residency programs and can assess Eisenhower's potential as a teaching hospital firsthand, he said. Eisenhower Medical Center announced the directors of those residency programs for newly graduated doctors Friday. Dr. Roy Young will serve as program director for Eisenhower's internal medicine residency program, the hospital said.

Scherger said Young had a 40-year career in practicing and teaching internal medicine. “He actually was one of my professors when I was a medical student (at UCLA) in the early '70s,” Scherger said. “We're thrilled he's here.”

Dr. Maureen Strohm, who will direct the family medicine residency, also has decades of experience at USC and spent 15 years directing a residency program at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, Scherger said. “She brings her tremendous experience too,” he said. “We're able to launch the two residencies with very veteran program directors.”

The hospital hopes to admit eight residents to each program each year, growing to a total of 48 residents by 2015, Scherger said. By the time the first residents finish the three-year programs, he said the hospital plans to have a yearlong or two-year fellowship program in geriatrics in place. “The valley is a natural place for that, given our extensive population of seniors,” he said.

The Health Careers Training Program is now accepting applications to HCTP Mini-Grants RFA 09-9557 for funding of health career conferences/workshops and health career exploration efforts. A total of $138,000 is available. A technical assistance call is scheduled for March 25th.
The application deadline is April 15, 2010.
For more information, please visit:

Cal-SEARCH is accepting applications for students/residents interested in 4-to-6 week rotations in clinics and community health centers. This effort provides funded clinical training for 75 primary care students/residents statewide. Student/resident rotations are underway and will continue over the summer. Submit your application today!
Student/residents in the program will:
• Gain hands-on clinical experience working with a health team
• Develop community projects linked to preceptors and mentors
• Receive $665 stipend upon completion

Final application deadline is June 18, 2010.
For more information, please visit:
“This program is funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration”

OSHPD's 17th annual Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Medically Underserved Area (MUA), and Medically Underserved Population (MUP) designation training will be held on March 25-26, 2010 at the Red Lion Hotel in Redding, California. Staff will answer questions and provide guidance through the application process. Please mark your calendars!
For more information, please visit:

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) / State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) has recently received a grant for $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to repay outstanding government and commercial loans for expenses incurred during undergraduate or graduate education.

Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for qualified primary healthcare providers who commit to a service obligation at a public or private non-profit facility that is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Each facility is required to pay a matching grant, meaning that half of the award is paid by the State, and the other half is paid by the facility. This special NHSC/SLRP cycle begins December 14, 2009 and ends on September 29, 2010 or when funds are expended, whichever comes first.

For more information, please visit: or contact us at or (916) 326-3745.

Visit the updated Health Careers Training Program online resource page for information on student pipeline programs, internships, colleges, preparing for a career in healthcare, and more!
Please visit:

Febuary 24, 2010

Speaker Event:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Noon-1:00 p.m.
KAM Building, Room B-21/23
Please RSVP by clicking on the link below:
Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by the Center for Community Health Studies (CCHS) & The Primary Care Community Medicine Project (PCCMP)


FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER PRECEPTORSHIP Over the past 15 years, more than 550 first-year medical students participated in CAFP Foundation’s Summer Preceptorship Program and had an opportunity to discover the family medicine specialty. Regardless of the path the students chose after completing medical school, many attest that this experience offered them a chance to explore one of the most important specialties in a real clinical setting. As a first-year medical student, you too have an opportunity to spend four weeks with a California family physician and observe patient interviewing and history taking, as well as physical exams, procedures, and much more. Unique and exciting opportunities are also available in rural areas like Fresno, Selma, Ukiah, King City, and much more. Learn about the program or apply here by March 19. Forty $1,200 scholarships will be awarded to students on a competitive basis. If you aren’t yet an AAFP/CAFP member, your membership is only $15 for the duration of your medical school.

Several of you have asked me about the Externship Program, and I’m happy to announce that the AAFP Foundation granted us one matching grant. In several weeks, we will make the information on applying to the program available on our Web site, and I will email you the details. The opportunity will be available to second- and third-year medical students to do research with a family physician mentor over the summer (for 4-6 months) for a $2,000 stipend.

2010 FMIG PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE AWARD Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) can be a valuable resource for medical students; FMIGs encourage active learning and promotion of family medicine, and serve as a place to network and build lasting relationships with fellow medical students in your school. Every year, the AAFP’s FMIG Network recognizes FMIGs for their efforts to stimulate interest in family medicine by presenting the school with the Program of Excellence (PoE) Award. Visit the Virtual FMIG Network to learn more about how your school can receive this year’s PoE Award. The deadline to apply is April 1.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2010 AAFP NATIONAL CONFERENCE And lastly, we will be offering eight $750 scholarships to medical students to attend the 2010 AAFP National Conference. The information on applying for the scholarship will be available in April.

February 11, 2010

Cal-SEARCH Education Partners Technical Assistance Webinar
February 25, 2010 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Due to popular demand, we are offering a second opportunity to learn more about Cal-SEARCH and how it may be of benefit to your students. Please visit for more information.

February 1, 2010

Speaker Event:
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
Time: Noon-1:00 p.m.
Location: Hoffman Building, Hastings Auditorium
Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP to Yvonne Banzali at

Speaker: Antronette K. Yancey, MD, MPH is currently a professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, and is Co-Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Yancey’s primary research interests are in chronic disease prevention and adolescent health promotion.

January 27, 2010


If you are interested in a summer opportunity in Tanzania, please visit or visit the Keck School of Medicine website—Global Health Scholars Program—People & Programs.

There is an interview process, and the application is due by March 15.
Please contact Dr. Mull at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
J. Dennis Mull, M.D., M.P.H., Director –
Hazel Martinez, Assistant – or 323-442-2410

Planning for July 201PLAN FOR JULY 2010 STUDENT PROGRAM
July 4th – Airport pick up 25 people at NBO and take people and bags to Mennonite Guest House 71 Church Road.
Ruth holding reservation – genders needed.

July 5th – 6:00 A.M. Leave with Just Connections:
A. One group of 10 people to go to Kisumu – (address to be provided in Kisumu)
B. One group of 15 to go to Serani/Isebania to get visa for Tanzania and proceed to Shirati

July 20th – pick up students at Shirati take across border to Maasai Mara.
Kisumu group will meet us at Maasai Mara
Spend 3 days on Safari – 2 nights July 20, 21, 22

July 22rd – return to Mennonite Guest House, Nairobi –Mennonite Guest House for July 22nd and 23rd.

All leave for NBO airport on July 24th to return home to U.S.A.

January 14, 2010:

We would like to inform you that the AAFP International Activities office is starting a new online information service: Ask the Expert. If you have questions about global health in general and/or some specific questions about international medicine involvement and experience, please send them to Alex Ivanov, AAFP International Activities Manager -

Your questions will be responded as they come by the panel of the Center for International Health Initiatives experts and advisors. The responses will be posted on the AAFP International Activities website. With your help and support, this initiative can result into a valuable resource for many students and residents who are looking for information and opportunities to get involved internationally.

Some of the questions and answers will be also published in the International Update Newsletter. For an example, see p. 3 in the 2009-10 Winter issue -

January 12, 2010:


Please place close attention to application deadline dates and materials required.

ELGIBLITY: Open to students interested in conducting a community health and cultural competency-focused research.


Description:The Summer Institute for Medical Students is a unique learning experience for students to gain understanding and insight in addictive disease and the recovery process. Students have the opportunity to spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center. Placements are available through the Inpatient treatment, in Residential Day Treatment and in Family Treatment. Lectures and Treatment Planning sessions are also provided during this program.
Eligibility: All medical students
Award Amount: tuition, travel (limited), lodging, materials and on-campus meals for scholarship awarded students only
Duration/Location of Program: summer/Rancho Mirage, CA

Contact Information: Betty Ford Center, Attention:Training Department., 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Phone: (800)854-9211 Ext. 4108 Fax: (760)773-1508 E-Mail:


Since 1993, the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) has been funding first-year medical students to explore careers in family medicine through CAFP's summer Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. Participating students spend four weeks precepting full-time with a family medicine physician. Forty $1,200 scholarships are awarded to students on a competitive basis.

Rural and Urban Sites Students are placed in a wide range of California locations and practices - from inner city to rural locations, from HMOs to small group or private practices. Because many rural and inner-city communities continue to experience physician shortages and a lack of diversity, the CAFP-F strives to build student interest in serving these communities through this program.

Preceptors at rural sites are matched by staff. All other participants are matched with an urban or suburban family medicine physician by the Predoctoral Coordinator in their school's family medicine department, in consultation with CAFP.

For students who are not accepted to the rural track, assistance in finding preceptors outside of their school's local area is not available.

Rural Community Preceptorship The community preceptorship allows students to rotate between multiple sites within the same rural community. This increases their exposure to the community as a whole, and gives them the opportunity to learn from physicians with different backgrounds and interests. Students selected to precept at rural sites will live in the communities they serve. CAFP will work with students to obtain housing in rural sites, but students will share the responsibility of securing their housing. Additional scholarship money may be available to fund travel and housing for rural preceptorships.

The Experience Students generally have an observation-only preceptorship and are given the opportunity to see patient interviewing/history taking, physical exams, and procedures; however, practice experiences vary. In addition, students learn about patient-physician interactions and gain a basic knowledge of the scope and nature of family medicine.

For more information, please visit:

The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs® provide community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related professional fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas.
Since its launch in 1991, the Schweitzer Fellows Programs have grown to include programs in Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Greater Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Hampshire/Vermont, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.

The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program has four overall goals: Provide direct services that address health-related needs of underserved communities
Influence the professional development of students in health-related fields in ways that strengthen their commitment to, and skills in, public service
Alter the culture of professional schools so they more effectively address needs of surrounding disadvantaged communities
Support program alumni who continue in lifelong community service and who, as Schweitzer Fellows for Life, are influential role models for other professionals


Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA offers a unique summer opportunity for USC medical students entering their second year of medical school. The program gives students who previously have only experienced a large, urban teaching facility like USC, a comprehensice intorduction to a smaller community hospital setting. Almost 80% of our nation's healthcare is provided at community hospitals, so this experience is an incredible opportunity for students who will most likely practice in such a facility later on in thier careers. The preceptorship focuses on introducing students to a wide array of disciplines and specialties while providing hands-on experience through one-on-one mentorship with an attending physician. Students rotate through many disciplines, including family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, OB-GYN, NICU nursery, and radiology. In addition to rotations, students participate in daily, one-hour lectures, covering topics such as professionalism, team building, community relationships, economics, and medical ethics.

Housing is provided by the Ventura Beach Marriott, and meals are subsidized by Community Memorial Hospital. In 2008, thanks to a grant from the CAFP, the students received a $1000 stiped for thier participation in the program.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Quinn at 323-442-2552.

January 11, 2010:


Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students scholarship program. The conference is scheduled for July 29 - July 31 at the Kansas City Convention.

Each year, over 100 residents and students benefit from the National Conference Scholarship Program. The deadline for submitting an application for a $600 scholarship is May 1. More information about this opportunity is attached.

Please visit
National Conference has much to offer. As one resident wrote, “As a second year resident in family medicine, I had a wonderful opportunity to network with residents from other programs, make contacts with recruiters, learn more about issues pertinent to family medicine and its future, and get inspired by current physicians.” And as a student observed, “I found the National Conference to be extremely rewarding. I was eager to share my experiences with others when I returned to my school. I believe that the greatest strength of the conference, from a student’s perspective, was that there were plenty of lectures and activities prepared specifically for students (regardless of the year in school).”
If you have specific questions about the 2010 conference or the scholarship program, contact Lyndia Flanagan at or Ashley Jungles at

June 23, 2009:

Dr. Lynn Paul Carmichael | Pioneered family medicine at UM
Dr. Lynn Paul Carmichael, who established the country's first family-medicine residency program at the University of Miami's medical school in the 1960s and was widely considered the father of family medicine, died Friday in Arizona.

He was 80 and had been afflicted with profound dementia for five years, said his daughter, Dr. Cynthia Carmichael.


An advocate for social justice in healthcare delivery, Carmichael established community clinics in some of Miami-Dade County's neediest neighborhoods, serving migrant workers in Homestead and the urban poor and homeless in Liberty City and Coconut Grove.

He also founded the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Three years after a 1963 fellowship at the Family Health Program at Harvard, Carmichael organized the precursor to UM's family practice residency, with six interns.

It was a time of both seismic social change and increasing medical specialization. But Carmichael believed in a holistic style of medicine that embraced alternative treatments and involved a patient's family.

In a professional journal, he cited ``an affinity between the family physician and the patient, an emphasis on continuity, reciprocity, and intimacy.

'I tell my students, `If you hold your patients' hands for 30 seconds while you take their pulse, you'll never get sued.'

Dr. Arthur Fournier, a UM family and internal-medicine professor and Carmichael protégé, recalls how Carmichael would say that ``the specialist gets to a point where there's nothing more he can do. As a generalist, there's always something else you can do, even if it's just cutting the patient's toenails. He carried toenail clippers, and the old people would leave happy. He was very focused on service.

Colleagues say Carmichael was decades ahead of his time in predicting both the acceptance of his philosophy and the course of American medicine.

I have often wondered why it costs so much to give poor care to the poor, he once wrote. ``The answer, I believe, is that healthcare service is no longer a special calling but increasingly a for-profit business. We work for the medical-industrial complex.

In his private practice, Carmichael worked only for his patients.


For years, he charged $3 per office visit.

He always had roll of $1 bills in his pocket, his daughter said. ``Patients would hand him a five and he'd give them change. At the end of the day, whatever he had in his pocket was what he made.

Lynn Carmichael was born in Louisville, Ky. He grew up in Mooresville, Ind., where, his daughter said, he idolized a family doctor and set about becoming one himself.

After graduating from Indiana University, he attended the University of Louisville's medical school then served in Korea as a U.S. Army regimental surgeon.

He married Joan Steinlicht in 1954 and moved to Miami. He took over a practice in Coconut Grove and worked at a tiny hospital in Kendall, and she earned a doctorate. Joan Carmichael later taught at the medical school and collaborated with her husband.

In 1968, Carmichael was named director of UM's Division of Family Medicine. In 1973, he became chief of family practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Fournier called him a giant . . . He conceived of a three-year program that emphasized the bio-psychosocial [treatment] model and provided the ability to follow people over time. He trained the first generation of [today's] leaders in his field.

Dr. Robert Schwartz now heads the department that Carmichael started.

He really was a visionary, said Schwartz. ``He was talking about, at the start of the '60s, what people are talking about now as the way we should be doing things. He shaped family practice nationally and internationally.

But Carmichael's philosophy wasn't an easy sell, said Dr. Bernard Fogel, dean emeritus of the medical school.

His colleagues at the medical school did things in a more traditional way, and some felt he needed to prove [his ideas] to them. There were skeptics and a certain amount of jealousy, he said.

Carmichael retired in 1998. He and his wife moved first to Colorado to be close to son Chris, a professional bicycle racer who coaches Lance Armstrong, then to Tucson, where son Kevin practices family medicine.

The family is planning a memorial service in Tucson.

June 19, 2009:

This year’s stimulus package, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, provided an additional $300 million to support the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Approximately $200 million will enable the NHSC Loan Repayment Program to assist more than 3,300 dentists and primary care providers to seek opportunities to serve in our nation's neediest communities. The NHSC stimulus funding, which HHS recently made available, is intended to help build the primary care infrastructure for health care reform. The additional funding allows greater flexibility in the sites where clinicians may serve, as well as part-time loan repayment opportunities.