Andreea Seritan, an assistant clinical professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded a Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community for 2007-08 for her contributions to enhancing inclusiveness and diversity at UC Davis. Seritan founded the women's faculty development group in the psychiatry department and has served as chair of the Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry since its inception in 2005. She also created an elective clinical rotation for fourth-year residents in the UC Davis Women's Midlife Assessment Program, and she has developed a new gender and sexuality curriculum for fourth-year psychiatry residents that started this spring. In a study recently published in Academic Psychiatry, Seritan documented that the faculty development group was effective in developing a sense of community, as were new educational resources she helped developed, including the new clinical rotation.
Edward Panacek, an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis Medical Center, has been named a "Hero of Emergency Medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians, part of a campaign to recognize emergency physicians who have made significant contributions to emergency medicine, their communities and their patients. Panacek was the first director of UC Davis' emergency medicine residency program and has authored over 150 papers and chapters on emergency medicine. Panacek also initiated, developed and implemented the emergency physician college's highly respected and prescribed program, the Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills course.
Second-year medical student Miriam Abaunza and graduate student Monica Garcia who is earning a master's in public health at UC Davis both received scholarships from the National Hispanic Health Foundation for their commitment to improving the health of Hispanic communities. The winners were selected by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association, the Hispanic Dental Association and the National Hispanic Health Foundation. The Foundation is an arm of the National Hispanic Medical Association that represents Hispanic physicians across the U.S.
Marc Schenker, a professor of public health sciences at UC Davis, has been awarded the California Public Health Association-North's 2008 Public Health Leadership Award. The honor recognizes Schenker's efforts to raise public awareness of critical issues in public health, including his focus on environmental and occupational health in the agricultural sector. Schenker was one of the first public health professionals to focus on the occupational health of California's farmworkers. His leadership of the University of California's multicampus Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health was cited as well as his successful efforts to create a master's in public health at UC Davis, and, currently, his efforts to establish a UC Davis School of Public Health with a focus on rural and agricultural health.