California’s Psychiatry Workforce Challenges

March 23, 2020
Author(s): Janet Coffman Date: Mar. 02, 2020 In his 2020 State of the State address, California Governor Gavin Newsome called for the state’s counties to spend Mental Health Services Act funds more quickly to assist the 1 in 6 California adults who suffer from mental illness and the 1 in 13...

Nursing Students Call for Emergency Licenses

March 23, 2020
"Hospitals have essentially just kicked out all nursing students," she said. "They don’t want to risk exposing us. It makes sense. But at the same time, I need to finish those hours so I can graduate on time." Some educators say nursing students near the end of their programs should be offered...

Joanne Spetz awarded OptumLab access to data

March 18, 2020
 Congratulations to Joanne Spetz on her OptumLabs award! Joanne will receive OptumLabs-funded access to its database of de-identified, linked clinical and administrative claims information (the OptumLabs Data Warehouse) to look at state regulation of advanced practice clinicians and utilization of...

Naomi Bardach appointed Vice Chair for Health Services Research in Pediatrics

March 18, 2020
Congratulations to Naomi Bardach on her appointment to the role of Vice Chair for Health Services Research in Pediatrics! In this role, she will lead the pediatrics efforts to develop a world-class program in child health services research, create more visibility and structure around current...

Single-Payer Systems Likely to Save Money in US, Analysis Finds

March 05, 2020
A single-payer healthcare system would save money over time, likely even during the first year of operation, according to nearly two dozen analyses of national and statewide single payer proposals made over the past 30 years. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, comes as California Gov.

Gabby Schmajuk, MD, New Chief of Rheumatology at San Francisco VA

March 05, 2020
We are delighted to announce that Gabby Schmajuk, MD, MS has accepted the position of Chief of Rheumatology at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Dr. Schmajuk is Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a member of the SFVAHCS Rheumatology section, and a core faculty member of the Philip R.

Plan to cut PE test in California sparks debate

March 03, 2020
California’s physical fitness test, a fixture in schools for 25 years, is set to be eliminated because it measures students’ body fat, too often inciting shame and anxiety among students, under a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Women in top U.S. medical school positions earn less than men

March 03, 2020
Women who chaired departments at state medical schools were paid less than men with the same job, even after accounting for factors such as length of time in the field, number of papers published and number of government grants obtained, according to the analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hearts in SF 2020 Leaders with Heart Award

March 02, 2020
(l-r; Jack Chase, Jenna Bilinski, Hemal Kanzaria) Congratulations to Hemal Kanzaria, along with the ZSFG Social Medicine team, won the Hearts in SF 2020 Leaders with Heart Award for their groundbreaking work tackling the medical, social and psychological stresses of their patients. View Video:

Smoking Cessation Conference Webinar

February 28, 2020
Smoking Cessation Conference Webinar - February 21, 2020 Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Department of Health Services Endocrinology Work Group Elisa Tong, MD, MA UC-Davis Joseph R. Guydish, PhD UCSF