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Los Angeles County Supervisors honor elder abuse watchdog group

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently honored a group of USC faculty members who work to protect vulnerable seniors from elder abuse. Diana Homeier, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and director of the geriatric medicine fellowship training program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the Los Angeles County


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Kate Wilber, PhD, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Allison Young, Bella Chan and Richard Franco stand with the scroll presented to the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Dec. 6, 2016.

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Kate Wilber, PhD, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Allison Young, Bella Chan and Richard Franco stand with the scroll presented to the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Dec. 6, 2016.

Los Angeles County Supervisors honor elder abuse watchdog group

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently honored a group of USC faculty members who work to protect vulnerable seniors from elder abuse. Diana Homeier, MD, associate professor of clinical family medicine and director of the geriatric medicine fellowship training program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the Los Angeles County


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Family Medicine associate professor helps Los Angeles County children grow

Gregory Stevens, PhD, associate professor of clinical family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has joined the newly formed LA “Help Me Grow” Leadership Council. This new county-wide program has been created in partnership with First 5 and L.A. Care to address gaps in childhood development screenings. The group will meet quarterly


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From left, Jennifer Ramos, Jie Zhuang, Matthew Tan, Sarah Nargiso, Nicole Galle, Andrew Luna, Dane Arispe and Christopher P. Forest pose with the California Academy of Physician Assistant Challenge Bowl trophy.

PA students take trophy at Challenge Bowl

A team of students from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC made a major comeback to defeat four other California physician assistant student teams at the annual California Academy of Physician Assistant (CAPA) Challenge Bowl. Physician assistant (PA) program students Andrew Luna, ’18, Nicole Galle, ’18, and


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Department of Family Medicine Chair Laura Mosqueda speaks at a memorial service for Peter V. Lee, held Oct. 3 at Aresty Auditorium.

Family, friends gather to honor former family medicine department chair

The Keck School of Medicine of USC recently honored the life and accomplishments of Peter V. Lee, MD, who died July 26 at the age of 93. The memorial service was held Oct. 3 at Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus, where family, friends, students and community members gathered to pay their respects to


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Alexis M. Coulourides Kogan (Photo/Claire Norman)

Researcher earns NIH Pathway to Independence Award

Alexis M. Coulourides Kogan, PhD, has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) as an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to help her complete the needed mentoring and training to transition to an independent, tenure-track faculty position. This is a highly prestigious award offered to promising individuals at early stages in their


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Laura Mosqueda, the chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, welcomes participants to the first annual USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse. (Photo/Claire Norman)

USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse holds first annual event

Guests were welcomed from across the globe to gather in Los Angeles recently for the first annual USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse. In bringing together stakeholders interested in creating a safe and healthy environment for all older adults, this symposium focused on solving dilemmas in research methods in order to move


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Medical students Ruth Barber Goodson, Erin Higginbotham and Dani Glaeser from the Family Medicine Interest Group at the Keck School of Medicine of USC attended the conference in Kansas City to receive the award and share their experience in participating in the group.

Family Medicine group awarded for excellence

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC recently 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 nationally, the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s FMIG was also


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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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