IMPACT newsletter January 2020
Resident research improves patient care
Over recent years, patient care at Kaiser Permanente Southern California has improved in many ways due to what might be considered an unlikely source: our residents’ research. Physician and scientist research is continually improving the quality of care to patients and the community. Medical residents add to this learning cycle by using their fresh eyes to spot potential improvements, conducting research, and often presenting that work to physicians and even the wider medical world at conferences and through publications.
R&E News and Features
New research sheds light on shingles
If you have a normal immune system, your chance of being hospitalized for complications of herpes zoster — also known as shingles — or dying from it, is small, according to new Kaiser Permanente research. The research provides an expanded understanding of shingles and its outcomes.
Meet our new clinician investigators
Three physicians recently joined Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Clinician Investigator Program: urogynecologist Kimberly Ferrante, MD, MAS; pulmonologist Dennis Hwang, MD; and cardiologist Mingsum Lee, MD, PhD. The program allows physicians to integrate research into their clinical careers.
Dr. Brian Lim named Physician Researcher of the Year
Brian Lim, MD, MS, MAS (Clinical Research), a gastroenterologist from the Riverside Medical Center, was presented with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year award last month at a dinner recognizing physician researchers.
New Cancer Clinical Trials office opens
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Cancer Clinical Trials Access Program opened a new office last month at the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center, giving cancer patients in the area easier access to cutting-edge clinical trials.
In the News
Helping others at the heart of quality care: Nancy Gin, MDThe Permanente FederationDecember 4, 2019
Patients with diabetes seldom need treatment 2 years after uneventful retinal screeningHealioNovember 25, 2019
Anticoagulant benefits for atrial fibrillation decrease with ageUniversity of California San FranciscoNovember 11, 2019
Researchers flesh out deeper understanding of how violence shapes healthCenter for Health JournalismOctober 31, 2019
Midurethral slings have low reoperation rates for stress urinary incontinenceMD EdgeOctober 11, 2019
for Dr. Steven Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen, MD, PhD, is an expert in men’s health research who leads Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Research & Evaluation in Southern California.