HONORS AND AWARDS
EMR wins tech award
UC Davis Health System earned the University of California's Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for its computerized provider order entry project for physicians and pharmacists. The project, led by John Cook, is designed for use when ordering medications, diagnostic tests, medical procedures and hospital discharges to help reduce medication-related errors and improve the quality of patient care. UC established the award in 2000 to encourage and recognize innovative deployment of information technology.
AMA minority scholar
The American Medical Association Foundation has named second-year School of Medicine student Manuel Tapia a national 2009 Minority Scholars Award recipient. The San Jose native is participating in the school's Rural-PRIME program, which focuses on developing physician leaders who can improve health-care delivery throughout the state's smaller, more rural communities. Tapia will receive a $10,000 award.
On Board of Registered Nursing
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Kathrine Ware, a nurse practitioner at the UC Davis Vascular Center to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Ware has served as a nurse practitioner for vascular and endovascular treatment at the Vascular Center since 2006 and was a clinical nurse for the UC Davis School of Medicine from 1992 to 2004. The Board of Registered Nursing is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act, the laws related to nursing education, licensure, practice and discipline.
Ahead in national testing
In their first big test toward becoming physicians, second-year UC Davis medical students outpaced students from other schools in the U.S. and Canada in their initial medical licensing examination. The students scored above the national average in all sections of the Step 1 U.S. Medical Licensing Examination. Ninety-nine percent of the UC Davis students taking this initial exam received a passing score. Among all medical students taking the test, 93 percent passed.
Urology association member
Christopher P. Evans, chair of the Department of Urology, has been elected as a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. The group of 75 urologists selects its members through a competitive process.
Women's health award
Amparo Villablanca, director and founder of the UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program, has received the California Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award for Excellence in Community-Based Women's Health Leadership. Awarded by the California departments of Health Care Services and Public Health, the honor is presented to a woman who exemplifies excellence in the field of women's health. Villablanca served with Helen Rodriguez-Trias as a founding member of the State Advisory Council to the California Office of Women's Health for 12 years.
Study cited as 'most interesting'
A UC Davis study has been highlighted as one of "the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences" on the scientific research review Web site, "Faculty of 1000 Biology." The study, led by associate pharmacology professor Chao-Yin Chen, shows that, in hypertension, sensory information from muscles during exercise can lower blood pressure by transmitting signals to a brainstem region that regulates it. This finding may help to identify new drug targets.
Eye association award
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology has presented the 2009 Cogan Award to Marie Burns, associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and a member of the Center for Neuroscience. Burns received the award for her contributions to the understanding of the molecular steps that turn off light response in the cells that initiate vision in dim light. The award honors researchers 40 years and younger who have made important contributions related to disorders of the human eye or visual system.
Faculty books published
Thomas Jue, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, is the editor of a newly published book, "Fundamental Concepts in Biophysics." The book is the first volume in a series Jue will edit entitled "Handbook of Modern Biophysics." The series address fundamental concepts and applies new biophysics techniques to biomedical questions.
Peter Yellowlees, professor of psychiatry and director of the Health Informatics Program, is the author of a book designed to guide patients and doctors in using health information from the Internet. "Your Health in the Information Age: How You and Your Doctor Can Use the Internet to Work Together" teaches how to search more effectively and efficiently, and find high-quality material that is relevant.
Gold Award recipient
Keith Lau, assistant professor of pediatric nephrology, has received the 2009 Dr. Eli Gold Award, which honors a former chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Gold served as chair of the pediatrics department from 1974–80. Sacramento pediatrician Michael Sugawara, a volunteer clinical faculty member, established the endowment for the Gold Award. Lau was chosen for his innovation, impact on child health and impact on UC Davis Children's Hospital and its community.
Medical school one of the best
In its annual ranking of the nation's best graduate schools, U.S. News & World Report magazine has again ranked the UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools. The rankings place the school at 35th in primary care and 48th in research.
Humanitarian of the year
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento named Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor of human health sciences at UC Davis and dean of the School of Medicine, its 2009 Humanitarian of the Year.
"Dr. Pomeroy has a profound impact on improving the reach and quality of health care in the Sacramento area," said Doug Bergman, president and CEO of UCP, a leading provider of comprehensive services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. "This is a fantastic step in continuing our long tradition of honoring Sacramento's finest leaders."
Pomeroy is advancing a new vision for health care and health that focuses on broad social determinants of health, and that calls for new approaches to building a healthy world. She has championed new technologies such as telemedicine for improving access and quality of patient care, as well as new educational approaches such as interprofessional learning and community-based research. Pomeroy is also a member of the commission that governs the state's stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Top community honors
Sacramento's Community Services Planning Council has presented UC Davis Health System with its prestigious People Helping People Sustained Community Support award. The nonprofit organization honored the health system for a partnership with St. Hope Schools that encourages students to explore health sciences; its efforts to improve health access for diverse populations; and its comprehensive Staff Offering Service employee volunteer program.