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Current CA-1 class at the annual welcome barbecue.
University of California, San Diego
Benjamin Beal, MD
The past year has been a breath of fresh air as we
slowly and carefully accepted a bit more normalcy
in our lives. With that return of normalcy, we have
seen continued growth in the clinical mission and
educational mission of our residency program. With
that growth, we have welcomed nine new faculty
members to our department with fellowship training in
Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesiology,
Critical Care Medicine, Regional Anesthesiology,
and Medical Informatics. In addition, the residency
leadership continued to refine the education day
curriculum to fit the needs and wishes of our residents
and expand our simulation experience. This was
spearheaded by our Assistant Program Director and
Director of Simulation Education, Claire Soria, MD. One
major change was the implementation of six halfeducation
days throughout the year, giving each class
the opportunity to spend the remainder of the day
practicing wellness as it pertains to them.
As we have returned to in-person education sessions,
we have also initiated two additional lecture series in
addition to the pre-existing clinical educational series.
Rekha Chandrabose, MD, Division Chair of Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), developed the resident
DEI curriculum, which takes a hands-on, granular
approach at the individual level to increase knowledge
regarding the medico-legal and socio-economic basis
for persistent underrepresentation and gives residents
the tools to promote anti-racism in healthcare.
Megan Meyer, MD, leads a professional development
curriculum that explores topics such as personal
wellness, current changes in healthcare economics,
and physician leadership in healthcare. These lectures
highlight the societal and economic forces that we
need to understand and appreciate in order to best
develop and train the physician leaders of tomorrow.
One of our Chief Residents, Seth Fischer, CA-3, was
instrumental in leading the UCSD Resident Union
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