Inaugural Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Research Set for Oct. 22

UC Riverside medical students from the Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 will present research from their practice improvement projects

Projects presented at the inaugural “Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research” will show how current UCR School of Medicine students are working to improve the health care of residents in the Inland Empire. Medical students work on developing projects during each of their four years, culminating in a project aimed at improving the practice of medicine and healthcare. Seen in this photo is Alexander Arena (left), Class of 2018, explaining his research to a member of the public.Photo credit: UCR School of Medicine.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside will hold its inaugural “Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research” on Saturday, Oct. 22, at UCR Palm Desert Center, located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, Calif.

At the conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., medical students will present their research done in the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) course, an innovative curricular feature that pairs students with a primary care physician mentor for a three-year experience in an outpatient clinical setting, giving them an opportunity to see first-hand the impact of primary care on health outcomes.

The conference is free and open to the public. The agenda for the conference can be found here.  RSVPs are requested by registering online. Conference attendees can see the work developed over four years presented by the inaugural class of medical students as well as works in progress from second- and third-year students. The conference gives attendees outside of the medical school a chance to see how UC Riverside medical students work to address community health and healthcare issues even before becoming physicians.

“We are excited to share the outstanding practice improvement projects our medical students have been working on as part of LACE,” said Deborah Deas, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Office for Clinical Affairs at the School of Medicine.  “The students have done a tremendous job in identifying and researching potential practice enhancements that may improve patient outcomes, and I am thrilled to see their projects come to fruition.”

Medical students complete practice improvement projects (PIPs) that apply population health concepts and research to identify potential practice enhancements that can improve patient outcomes. The research component is designed to equip students with life-long skills to address systemic issues in their practice sites, including better management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension..

“Through their PIPs, our medical students work passionately to have a meaningful impact on the quality of people’s lives in inland Southern California,” said Kendrick Davis, co-director of LACE and the associate dean of assessment and evaluation in the School of Medicine. “PIPs are an integral piece of the LACE experience. They help students learn how to collaborate at their LACE facility as members of an inter-professional team by contributing to the culture of patient safety and quality improvement.”

At the conference, the majority of the medical students will give 15-minute presentations on their completed PIPs or works in progress. Others will participate in poster sessions.  Projects being presented at the inaugural conference focus on current health issues in the local community.

Sample topics being presented include: How to increase flu vaccine rates in ethnic and minority communities; using personal technology to promote physical activity; quitting smoking and the impact on a community; culturally appropriate interventions for pre-diabetic and diabetic patients; perceptions of the HPV vaccine and effects on rates of vaccination; evaluation of a physician-managed weight-loss program; health coaching as a tool for the management of diabetic patients in Riverside County; and implementation of a system to improve diabetic foot exams at the Riverside Medical Clinic.

“LACE, which is receiving much-deserved national visibility in medical education, is a defining aspect of the School of Medicine, allowing students to gain valuable clinical experience years ahead of the timeline medical education has traditionally followed,” said Maegen Dupper, LACE co-director and an assistant professor of family medicine in the School of Medicine.  “PIPs by our inaugural class of 2017 are three-year labors which directly fulfill the mission of the School of Medicine.”

The mission of the School of Medicine is to improve the health of the people of California, and, especially, to serve inland Southern California by training a diverse workforce of physicians and by developing innovative research and healthcare delivery programs that will improve the health of the medically underserved in the region and become models to be emulated in the country.

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