The Doc Is IN
We’ve been working with high school students on the “Doc is In” program since 1996. Located in North Long Beach, Jordan High School has a magnet school for students interested in science and health care careers.
Residents in all three years have the opportunity to participate as groups of residents adopt a class for the school year. Regular monthly sessions cover information and activities which relate to health issues most pertinent to teens. In addition, the residents serve as role models and sources of information on careers in health care. This activity won an award as the subject of the residents’ display at the 1997 Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Cabrillo Jaguars Football
We have served as the team physician for the Cabrillo High School varsity football team since its first game in 1999. At least one faculty member and one or more residents attend each game as the on-the-field docs, adding to our hands-on sports medicine experience while providing some needed community support. It has also become one core element of our Sports Medicine Fellowhip. Though our sports coverage activities have grown to include other local high schools and colleges Cabrillo will always be our first. Go Jaguars!
Neighborhood M.E.D. (Medical Enrichment through Diversity)
Since 2014 our residents have run a mentoring program for Long Beach State students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health care careers. Over the course of the school year, and after a competitive application process, 15 students are each assigned a resident mentor and go through group and individual activities, both to expose them to clinical medicine (simulation lab; procedures; in-office shadowing) and to help them prepare for the application process for their next level of education. The program is now expanding to provide mentorship for local high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are planning to attend a four year college.
Reach Out and Read
Supported by grants from the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Target, our office participates in this literacy advocacy program that integrates children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits for pre-school aged children. The goal is to equip parents with tools and knowledge to ensure that their chilsren are preparted to learn when they start school.
As a part of the community medicine curriculum, residents are given the opportunity to go to fifth grade classrooms in local schools as part of the Tar Wars program. Tar Wars is a pro-health, tobacco education program and poster contest the ultimate goal of which is to discourage tobacco use among our nation’s youth. Residents become teachers for one hour as they present this fun, image-based lesson, which focuses on the short-term effects of tobacco use, the reasons people use tobacco, and the images that tobacco companies use to market their products.
The Tar Wars program offers an opportunity for school personnel, health care providers, educators and community members to join together and address the issue of youth-targeted marketing and youth access to tobacco. It also gives each resident valuable experience working with and educating children while experiencing firsthand the excitement and enthusiastic participation of the fifth graders.
The first Saturday of each month, our faculty and residents have the opportunity to join the UCI School of Medicine’s Flying Samaritans to Valle Redondo, Mexico (about 30 minutes past the border) to care for the local community’s underserved population. Additionally we have now begun working with the Flying Samaritans group at Cal State Long Beach. These clinics have become a central element of our Global Health area of concentration.
As a part of our work with the Westside Neighborhood Clinic our residents spend two half-days per week working with the City of Long Beach’s homeless clinic. Half of this time is spent in the LB Public Health Department and, since 2016, the other half is spent going out to provide care in the community.
Since 2016 our program has been collaborating with The Center, an organization that has been providing a variety of health, social, advocacy, legal, and service programs to the LGBTQ community in the Greater Long Beach area for over three decades. Our collaboration serves both our program and The Center’s needs. We receive state-of-the-art training to provide high quality and culturally humble care to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In turn, we are able to serve as providers of care for this substantially underserved population, addressing everything from appropriate preventive care to transgender care across the spectrum. We will be starting a biweekly evening clinic at The Center in the 2018-2019 academic year in order to provide onsite care to this patient population and decrease barriers for access to quality primary care.