Monday, May 18, 2015

The future is already here, it just not very evenly distributed.

By Courtney Lyles, PhD

The title of this blog post is a quote by science fiction author William Gibson (who coined the phrase many years ago, by the way).  And I think it is spot on in a number of ways.  It is clear that so many seemingly futuristic technologies have already been developed: from using your smartphone to passively track your activity and mood, to the development of a sensor to test blood glucose through the skin without drawing blood.  But the reality that is so clear to us working in the safety net is that most of these tools are not distributed to those who need it most, and sometimes even only make their way to our settings after they become somewhat obsolete in the tech space.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Primary Care residency alumnae in UCSF Frontiers of Medicine for work in Navajo Nation

Two of our recent graduates from the SFPC residency program, Drs. Mia Lozada and Jennie Wei, were featured in an article, "You Will Become Well", in the UCSF Frontiers of Medicine spring issue.  The article highlighted their dedicated work caring for patients in Navajo Nation in New Mexico at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

Click here to read more about their work improving health for underserved patients without running water or electricity, in rural and inaccessible communities, and with hugely different cultural expectations and references.

We are so proud of the work they are doing, including starting the first transgender clinic in Navajo Nation and diving into the quality improvement work at their health center!