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"Achieving health & wellness curriculum--becoming a youth health promoter" curriculum development

(2018)

The "Achieving Health & Wellness--Becoming a Youth Health Promoter" aka "Health and Health Professions: Becoming a youth health promoter" class is a 7th and 8th grade course developed at Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities, that covers a wide range of topics related to personal and community health and wellness. The focus of the elective is for the young person to become a Youth Health Promoter--at the level of self, school, family, community and society. Students are empowered with tools and knowledge to help maintain their own wellness, and become leaders in promoting the wellness of those around them. The course has been well received by students at the school, and the course developers desired to have all the materials and teaching methods put into a form that would allow dissemination and implementation at other schools for the benefit of more students and educators. The purpose of this Independent Study Project was to synthesize all the materials associated with the class into an organized, written curriculum with individual lesson plans.

Cover page of Improving community mental health access through implementation of a universal depression screening in a Student-Run Free Clinic

Improving community mental health access through implementation of a universal depression screening in a Student-Run Free Clinic

(2018)

Major depression is one of the most common, debilitating, and treatable psychiatric disorders in America, yet depression is significantly under-identified among low-income and uninsured populations. The USPSTF recommends routine depression screening in the setting of primary care when mental health support resources are available. The purpose of this project was to implement a universal depression screening in Student-Run Free Clinics (SRFCs) to improve identification and treatment of depression in patients receiving primary care

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The biopsychosocial evaluation of female sexual dysfunction

(2018)

It is reported that more than 10-20% of women in the United States have sexual health problems involving desire, arousal, orgasm, and/or pain associated with personal distress or bother. Historically, these issues were managed primarily by mental health professionals and were largely ignored by the medical community. Male sexual dysfunction, on the other hand, found its place within the field of urology. With the advent of the FDA approved sildenafil as a safe and effective treatment for men with erectile dysfunction in 1998, women began seeking medical attention and demanding equal therapies for their own unaddressed sexual health concerns.

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Spanish language proficiency in bilingual providers

(2018)

The United States has steadily become more language diverse. This effect is highly visible in San Diego, where approximately 25% of the population prefers to speak Spanish. Language proficiency in bilingual providers has been identified as a concern amongst patients who speak languages other than English. Providers who are not fully bilingual, but do not use the interpreter services provided by the hospitals are putting their patients at risk for poorer outcomes. Interpreters are being underused in interactions with patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). Therefore, identifying providers who are either bilingual or motivated to become bilingual would improve the care of LEP patients greatly.

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Patient-specific 3D models aid planning for triplane proximal femoral osteotomy in slipped capital femoral epiphysis

(2018)

Purpose slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) can result in a complex three-dimensional (3D) deformity of the proximal femur. A three-plane proximal femoral osteotomy (TPFO) has been described to improve hip mechanics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the benefits of using 3D print technology to aid in surgical planning.

Cover page of Set's vs online evaluations for medical school pre-clinical courses

Set's vs online evaluations for medical school pre-clinical courses

(2018)

Starting in 2010, UCSD School of Medicine switched over to an organ systems‐based curriculum, and with this switch also came a new way of collecting student feedback on courses called the SET (Student Evaluation Team). Traditionally, feedback was collecting mainly through online course and instructor evaluations. However, this method of collecting feedback does not allow for conversation and/or problem solving with the course directors. Additional qualitative data gathered from SET meetings helps validate, explain, and reinterpret the quantitative data gathered in the online evaluations. In addition, qualitative responses to open‐ended questions and the ensuing discussions can result in serendipitous findings, leading to new avenues to approach that the researcher may not have originally thought of (Hsieh et al., 2014).

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The multidisciplinary treatment of eating disorders focused clinical multidisciplinary independent study project (FCM-ISP)

(2018)

Eating disorders are a diverse group of psychiatric diseases affecting millions of youth in the United States. Because these disorders can often be chronic illnesses with significant physical, psychological, and social consequences, early intervention is critical for a good prognosis. This requires skilled primary care physicians to recognize signs of eating disorders and refer patients to the appropriate level of care. The purpose of this project was to gain clinical exposure to eating disorders and their treatment to become a better-informed future general pediatrician who can identify and initiate management of these disorders.

Cover page of Designing exercise and muscle strengthening videos to increase physical therapy compliance and effectiveness in non-operative pediatric orthopedic patients

Designing exercise and muscle strengthening videos to increase physical therapy compliance and effectiveness in non-operative pediatric orthopedic patients

(2018)

This project set out to create a series of short narrated videos displaying proper stretching and strengthening techniques for the treatment of non-operative muscular complaints in pediatric patients. Three headings of disorder were addressed: core strengthening, patellofemoral pain, and shoulder injury. Within each of these categories, a number of short videos were produced using several actors demonstrating correct technique. Narration was then added to describe what was occurring onscreen and prevent incorrect form. A total of 32 videos were produced and made available for free on the Rady Children's Hospital 360 Sports Medicine website (http://www.rchsd.org/programsservices/sports-medicine/) for easy access by physicians, physical therapists, patients and their parents.

Cover page of Retrospective review of MRI data to characterize shoulder pathoanatomy in patients with spinal cord injury

Retrospective review of MRI data to characterize shoulder pathoanatomy in patients with spinal cord injury

(2018)

Wheelchair-bound paraplegic patients are especially prone to rotator cuff lesions as they excessively load their shoulder joint and muscles. To properly manage their care and to ensure that they do not suffer loss of shoulder functionality, it is essential to understand the physiological and anatomical changes to the rotator cuff muscle and underlying shoulder joint structure in this particular groups of patients. We retrospectively reviewed MRI data obtained on paraplegic and able-bodied patients and did not find any significant changes in shoulder pathoanatomy. The study did have several limitations which could be further investigated to elucidate a few conflicting findings.