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Winter 2011

UCSF Opens New Travel and Immunization Clinic

UCSF Medical Center has opened a Travel Medicine and Immunization Clinic for those who have compromised immune systems or other complex conditions, are going to developing countries or are concerned about travel-related illnesses. The clinic is staffed by an infectious disease specialist and a pharmacist. Clinic visits include a pre-travel medical evaluation, education about prevention of illness, and prescriptions for diarrhea and vector-borne disease. The clinic also administers immunizations.

Health insurance is accepted. Many insurance carriers require prior authorization and a referral. For self-paying patients, clinic fees are reduced by 30 percent. For more information, call Infectious Disease at (415) 353-2626 or visit www.ucsfhealth.org/clinics/travel.

Online Appointment Form for Rheumatology Clinics

Rheumatology now offers patients an online appointment request form at www/ucsfhealth.org/rheum_appts. After a patient obtains a referral, he or she can go online to request an appointment. (Rheumatology requires a referral for all patients.) To refer a patient, fax the following informatiion to (415) 353-2530:

  • Patient's name, phone number and address
  • Written referral explaining the diagnosis and reason for the apointment
  • Clinic notes confirming the diagnosis
  • Laboratory test and X-ray results
  • Copy of patient's insurance card (front and back)

Rheumatology accepts referrals for general rheumatology as well as for specific conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and vasculitis. For more information, call (415) 353-2497, send an email to rheumatology@ucsfmedctr.org or visit www.ucsfhealth.org/clinics/rheumatology.

Cardiovascular Clinics Move to Mission Bay

Almost a dozen UCSF cardiovascular clinics have moved from the Parnassus campus to the new UCSF Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay, which opened Nov. 1. The state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility in San Francisco houses cardiology clinics at 535 Mission Bay Blvd. South. Valet parking is available. Some cardiology services, such as Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Radiology, remain at the Parnassus campus. The Cardiology Clinic at Mount Zion also didn't move. Others — such as Advanced Heart Failure, Electrophysiology and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery — operate at the Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses.

When referring a patient, please confirm the clinic location. For more information, call (415) 353-2873 or visit www.ucsfhealth.org/heart.

Landmark Clinical Trial on Spine Surgery

The UCSF Spine Center was one of 13 U.S. medical centers participating in a landmark Spine Patient Outcome Research Trial (SPORT) study. The NIH-funded, five-year study compared surgery versus non-surgical treatments for common spine conditions. The study included 3,000 patients, 1,000 of whom were randomized for tretment. Patients with spinal stenosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis and intervertebral disc herniation showed substantially greater improvement in pain, function and disability when treated surgically (February 2008 New England Journal of Medicine, May 2007 New England Journal of Medicine, November 2006 Journal of the American Medical Association).

For more information about surgical procedures, including minimally invasive techniques, contact the UCSF Spine Center at (866) 817-7463 or visit www.ucsfhealth.org/spine.

New Geriatric Consultation Service to Improve Outpatient Senior Care

A new geriatrics program, called UCSF Geriatric Transitions, Consultation and Comprehensive Care, treats frail seniors 65 years and older through two core services — an outpatient consult service for patients experiencing problems related to aging and a heart failure transitions program for patients returning home from the hospital. The new service, abbreviated as GeriTraCCC, was founded by Dr. Helen Kao and Dr. Seth Landefeld, both geriatricians. with funding from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and UCSF Medical Center. The team includes doctors, a social worker and a clinical pharmacist, who work with the patient's primary care doctor, UCSF specialists and community agencies.

Consultations are available by referral. Download a referral form at www.ucsfhealth.org/healthprofessionals and fax the form to (415) 353-2568.

Continuing Medical Education

UCSF's Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program offers courses year-round, including these 2011 conferences:

  • Primary Care Medicine: Update 2011, April 3 – 8, Maui, Hawaii
  • Essentials of Women's Health: An Integrated Approach to Primary Care and Gynecology, July 3 – 8, Big Island, Hawaii
  • Essentials of Primary Care: A Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Practice, Aug. 7 – 12, Lake Tahoe, Calif.

For more information, call the CME office at (415) 476-4251 or visit www.cme.ucsf.edu.

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