Residency Education: Commitment to Serving Vulnerable Populations

All UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residents participate in the longitudinal Advocacy, Community Engagement, Quality Improvement and Leadership Academy (ACQILA). The aim of the ACQILA curriculum is to increase Family Medicine residents’ knowledge, skills and overall interests in working with vulnerable populations. A critical aspect of our program is the chance to meet with many inspiring individuals from both SFGH and the broader community. This year’s R2s joined with School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner students in their second year ACQILA block. As part of the block’s activities, digital media expert Nneji Akunne from Los Angeles led an interactive, inter-disciplinary seminar focused on ways to use social media for health advocacy. (See picture.) Watch out world.

Overall, activities of our trainees and graduates help illustrate their astounding commitment to underserved populations and the valuable role ACQILA plays in their development. Some of the projects that residents have been involved this past year through their R3 ACQILA curriculum include:

  • Manual Tapia, Briana Stein, Sami Lubega, Angela Echiverri and Erica Brode (’15) created a new pipeline summer leadership academy for Mission neighborhood youth to begin July 2015.
  • In collaboration with Mission Boys and Girls Club Youth Leaders, Marianna Kong, Rosaldia Tamayo, Kenneth Marriner and Alexa Lindley ('15) developed health workshops for over 50 Mission Girls and Mission Boys and Girls Club youth.
  • Kathryn McClellan, David English, and Angeline Ti (’15) worked with the Dublin Prison and Mothers and Infants Together Program (MINT) to improve advocacy, outreach and obstetrical care for incarcerated pregnant women in Northern California.