The will to succeed

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo is bright, enthusiastic and driven. By the time she was 5 years old, she had already decided to become a doctor. Today, she is a medical student against all odds!

At 11, Ogbu-Nwobodo left her native Nigeria to live with a family in Oakland. But there, she was underfed, living in a garage and being forced to study in secret. Then her adoptive family allowed her green card to lapse.

Through sheer force of will, she graduated from college and took the MCATs. She had her pick of medical schools, yet the core value of family drew her to UC Davis.

Ogbu-Nwobodo’s desire to help others garnered recognition. Recently, she was honored with the university Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award for her work at the Imani Clinic, one of Sacramento’s free community health clinics run by medical students and UC Davis undergraduates.

“I grew up in a rural environment, where people didn’t have access to health care, and when I moved to Oakland, I saw the same kinds of desperation and poverty. I am really excited about medicine and getting to do something, to make a significant, palpable difference in poor people’s lives.”

MIND Institute Autism Summit

UC-wide autism summit

More than 50 researchers from across the University of California convened in August for a first-ever summit on autism. Epidemiologists and geneticists joined neuroscientists and psychiatrists to share autism research and discuss ways to increase coordination that improves the lives of children with autism and their families.

The summit is the first step in an ongoing collaboration that will include a coordinated approach to UC autism research.

The initiative will encompass multicampus investigations, a systemwide strategic plan, and a series of statewide autism forums that will bring together policy-makers, care providers, researchers and the advocacy community to discuss translating research into improved services for children and adults with autism.

Ngabo Nzigira
First-year medical student Ngabo Nzigira gets ready to see a patient at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Sacramento.

Accelerated medical program

Six new first-year students at the School of Medicine are the first participants in the Accelerated Competency- based Education Program, a rigorous three-year pathway for medical students who commit to primary care. The program was developed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

A medical home

NCQA logo

All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care
received recognition in July from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a designation that rewards providers for efficiency, quality and innovation in primary care. Care teams use technology and health-management tools to offer patient-specific options and to engage patients as active partners.

White House Panel

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, chaired a panel on Pediatric Exercise Physiology last month as part of a White House Workshop on Improved Health and Fitness of Americans with Disabilities. The summit was sponsored by the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development. McDonald
is the principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Neuromuscular Diseases.

Most wired, once more

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine’s “Most Wired” logo

For the fourth consecutive year,
UC Davis Health System has earned Hospitals & Health Networks magazine’s “Most Wired” status as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology. The annual assessment considers how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions. UC Davis is one of just 17 institutions in California to receive the Most Wired award this year.

Stamp of approval

LCME logo

The nation’s accrediting authority for M.D. educational programs has voted to continue accreditation of the UC Davis School of Medicine for eight years. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, better known as LCME, noted the medical school’s strengths – its student-run clinics, the Office of Medical Education’s support to instructors and faculty, and facilities such as the Education Building and the Center for Health and Technology.