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In Memoriam: Peter V. Lee, 93, inaugural Department of Family Medicine chair

Professor Emeritus Peter V. Lee, MD, former chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, died July 26. He was 93. Peter Van Arsdale Lee was born in San Francisco in 1923, and like his father, four brothers and one sister, pursued a career as a physician. He

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Peter Van Arsdale Lee, center, oversaw the creation of the new Department of Family Medicine in 1983, and became its inaugural chair after its separation from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

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Peter Van Arsdale Lee, center, oversaw the creation of the new Department of Family Medicine in 1983, and became its inaugural chair after its separation from the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

In Memoriam: Peter V. Lee, 93, inaugural Department of Family Medicine chair

Professor Emeritus Peter V. Lee, MD, former chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, died July 26. He was 93. Peter Van Arsdale Lee was born in San Francisco in 1923, and like his father, four brothers and one sister, pursued a career as a physician. He

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Laura Mosqueda, left, and Judith Tamkin are seen at the Judith Tamkin Stewardship Luncheon, held March 29 at the California Club.

Gift to establish international symposium on elder abuse, further education and create awareness

Protecting the elderly is an issue close to Judith Tamkin’s heart. The noted philanthropist has made it a top priority to tackle elder abuse, an increasingly important issue as America’s older adult population grows. “I want to make sure others have a chance,” Tamkin said. “When they feel helpless, I want them to know they

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High school student Jose Salazar, left, works with PA student Curtis Ciesinski to learn how to suture in a workshop at a recent USC PA Pipeline event. Outreach like the USC PA Pipeline Program helps recruit students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds

Primary Care Physician Assistant Program receives $2.5 million for scholarships

The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for disadvantaged students, one of only three PA programs nationally to receive this award. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

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Vanessa Blasic stands below the south summit of Mount Everest, May 21, 2016.

Student reaches highest goal in climbing Mt. Everest

After years of planning and two months of living on the mountain, physician assistant student Vanessa Blasic completed a feat that few people can boast: summiting Mount Everest. More impressively, the accomplishment meant that she and her father Greg Blasic had joined an even more elite group: climbing the Seven Summits, or the highest peaks

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Summer 2016 Department of Family Medicine Newsletter

This issue is filled with content that reflects our department’s dedication to research, teaching and innovation. We have several faculty members awarded for their efforts in education and research, as well as coverage about our annual Preceptor Appreciation Dinner for our Family Medicine Clerkship. Additionally, we are looking forward to the First Annual Judith D.

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Students throw cardinal and gold confetti in celebration at the end of the Primary Care Physician Assistant satellite commencement ceremony on May 13, 2016 at the University Park Campus.

Commencement 2016: Confetti rains down on physician assistant celebration

On May 13, the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC held a satellite commencement ceremony at the southwest lawn of the Allan Hancock Foundation Building on University Park Campus. There were 54 graduates from the program this year. Several leaders from the Keck School were present at the

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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter

The spring edition of the Department of Family Medicine newsletter is out. In this issue, we announce that we recently received a generous gift from Mrs. Judith D. Tamkin to fund a series of symposia on elder mistreatment. The first symposium, September 15 and 16, 2016, will address barriers to research. We are immensely grateful

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Students pose with Congresswoman Karen Bass, an alumni of the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, in front of her office on Capitol Hill.

PA Program travels to Washington DC on advocacy trip

This spring break, students from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC attended the fourth annual Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. The experience is intended to promote leadership and inspire students to advocate for their profession and patients. This year 18 students traveled to meet with their congressional

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Researchers find uninsured children most at risk for insufficient health care experiences

While medical home care may be improving primary care for children, these young patients may be disadvantaged by this team-based health care approach in other ways, according to a new study. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC examined medical home trends in children’s primary care from 2003 to 2012 and found that

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HIgh school students interact with volunteers from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program during one of the PA Program's monthly Pipeline Program events.

PA program recognized for community outreach

Once a month, up to 60 local high school students join volunteers from the Primary Care Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Keck School of Medicine of USC for the Pipeline Program, which teaches these students knowledge and skills that could transform their future careers. This program was one of the reasons cited by the Physician

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Maria Maldonado, instructor of clinical family medicine, holds the Excellence Through Diversity Award presented in November to the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at Keck Medicine of USC.

National Physician Assistant group honors USC’s PA Program

The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at Keck Medicine of USC has won a prestigious award from the national Physician Assistant Education Association. The Excellence Through Diversity Award was presented Nov. 13 during the organization’s Education Forum held in Washington, DC. In addition to the USC winners, the organization recognized nine individuals who were chosen

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Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF

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

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Laura Mosqueda works at the USC-based Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center. (Photo/Jonas-Boni)

A crusade against elder abuse

Laura Mosqueda fights for increased funding of federal research and maintains a focus on prevention and early detection of neglect and beatings Laura Mosqueda, a leader in the study and prevention of elder abuse, has seen things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to know about. On house calls with Adult Protective Services workers, she’s seen

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