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​Scholarly Activities Newsletter

Spring 2021

Publications, Projects, and Updates 

  • Please join us for our regular brown bag research and scholarly activities interest group meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Grab your lunch, and join members of the Research Committee on Zoom for an informal chat about ideas for projects and collaborations. Whether you are passionate about research or just getting your feet wet, all are welcome to join. Zoom meeting information to follow. 
  • Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence Ma and Dr. Helen Wang for being the first UCSD faculty to complete the Stanford Faculty Development course for clinical educators. If you are interested in participating in future course offerings, please contact Dr. Rechell Rodriguez ( for more information.
  • Congratulations to the 2021 GIM Mini Grant recipients: Dr. Jessica Chen, Dr. Joe Diaz, Dr. Arthi Balu, Dr. Heather Hofflich, and Dr. Ryan Moran. 
  • Congratulations to Dr. Deanna Hill, Dr. Bernice Ruo, Dr. Tony Lopez, and Dr. Lawrence Ma for being selected as Department of Medicine Master Educators. 
  • Dr. Stacey Charat, Dr. Deanna Hill, Dr. Nivedita Restaino, Dr. Larry Friedman, and colleagues published a paper, “The Experience of One Academic Medical Center Rapidly Transitioning Medical Student Clinical Teaching Using Video Telemedicine: Lessons Learned and Recommendations” in MedEdPublish in January 2021. 
  • Dr. Eduardo Grunvald is the principal investigator on a new study, “A Phase 2 Open Label Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of ARD-101 in Subjects with Relevant Weight Regain At Least One Year After Bariatric Surgery.” He is also co-investigator on the study, “A Phase 2, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Blinded Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Preliminary Efficacy of ARD-101 in Adults with Obesity. Along with colleagues from the UCSD Division of Pulmonary Medicine, he also recently started as co-investigator on the study, “Underlying mechanisms of obesityinduced obstructive sleep apnea.” 
  • Dr. Melinda Chen and colleagues from UCSD, Rady Children’s Hospital, and San Diego State University received a grant from the UCSD Academic Senate to develop a therapeutic writing intervention in adolescents and young adults with cancer, with the goal of improving the cancer experience and promoting personal and social growth. 
  • Dr. Jeffrey Jenks received a grant from Astellas Pharma Inc. for the following study, "Isavuconazole for the Prevention of SARS-CoV-2-associated Invasive Aspergillosis in Critically-Ill Patients.” He is principal investigator on this multi-site, actively enrolling clinical trial at UCSD, UC Irvine, and UC Davis. He also received a grant from Astellas Pharma Inc. as a co-investigator on the study, “High Resolution Melt for Rapid Diagnosis of Invasive Mold Infection.” Dr. Jenks and colleagues have also published the following papers: -“Global Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Rare Mould Infections: An Initiative of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology in Cooperation with the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology and the American Society for Microbiology" in Lancet Infectious Diseases in February 2021. -“Invasive Aspergillosis in Critically Ill Patients: Review of Definitions and Diagnostic Approaches” In Mycoses in March 2021. 
  • Dr. Kalli Hose and colleagues published a paper, “The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic: Change and Duration of Psychological Outcomes” in the July 2021 volume of Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
  • Dr. Lynette Cederquist, Dr. Larry Friedman, and colleagues had a paper, “Identifying Disincentives to Ethics Consultation Requests Among Physicians, Advance Practice Providers, and Nurses,” accepted to BMC Medical Ethics. 
  • Dr. Jennifer DeConde, Dr. Bernice Ruo, and Dr. Lawrence Ma had a poster accepted to the 2021 National SGIM meeting, “Trigeminal Trophic Syndrome: an Uncommon Cause of Painful Facial Ulcerations.”

Making Connections 

  • Dr. David Bittleman has developed a collection of best practice approaches to forms and letters that veterans commonly ask physicians to complete. Please contact him at if you would like to review his collection and offer insights. 

New Updates on Resources for Scholarly Activity at UCSD

Highlights from the UCSD Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology 

  • The Division of General Internal Medicine is excited to partner with the UCSD Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology to share news about scholarly activities. Check out the Geriatrics Research Collaborative website if you are interested in learning more and making connections! 

UCSD Division of General Internal Medicine Research Committee: 

  • Edward Chao, DO (chair): 
  • Melinda Chen, MD: 
  • Eduardo Grunvald, MD: 
  • Kelley Hagerich, MD: 
  • Carl Stepnowsky, PhD:
Please contact Dr. Melinda Chen of the UCSD Division of General Internal Medicine Research Subcommittee with updates you would like to share in future newsletters. Also, if you are interested in forging connections for scholarly projects, please let us know! 

Past Newsletters

Fall Newsletter 2021.pdf
Spring Newsletter 2021.pdf