Rose Diaz, MD, Fellow, Emergency Medicine
UCLA Medical Center
Karina Chavez, MD, Primary Care Physician
Kaiser Northern California
Rebecca Berger, MD, FAPP, Family Medicine
Maricela Tonie Beltran, MD
Nancy Anaya, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Saturday November 20, 2021
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Come and hear from five inspiring women who have been single mothers during their premedical years, medical school and residency, and as currently practicing physicians. Learn how they were able to overcome great odds and succeed on their journey to medicine.
About the Speakers:
Rose Diaz attended medical school at UC Davis and completed her residency training at University of Michigan. She started her professional life as a kindergarten teacher where she taught young children for over 10 years.
Driven by a desire to help underserved communities, Rose eventually transitioned to medicine to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a physician with a goal of serving as a community health advocate for vulnerable populations. Her research interests include reducing health disparities in the Emergency Department, improving the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine, and strengthening ties between providers and their surrounding communities. Rose is a mother of three adult children with a passion for cooking and distance running. She is thrilled to be returning to her native Los Angeles in July 2021 as the IDHEAL Fellow at UCLA, where she will earn her MPH at the Fielding School of Public Health and work as an attending physician at UCLA Olive View and Harbor Hospitals.
As a NorCal native, Karina Chavez was born and raised in Modesto in a large agricultural farm-working family. Both parents immigrated from Mexico which is why Spanish was her primary language growing up. After completing a B.A in psychology at UC Berkeley, she completed medical school at UC Davis School of Medicine with an emphasis in working with urban underserved and undocumented patients. As someone who grew up understanding the challenges of healthcare access and language barriers first-hand, it has always been a priority for her to gravitate towards efforts in working to bridge the gap for these communities. For this reason, she completed her Internal Medicine residency at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center through its first ever Health Equity and Disparities track. She is now a primary care physician working for Kaiser in the Northern California region. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her son, cooking new recipes from New York Times Cooking, trying out the culinary scene in the Bay Area, attending local concerts, practicing hot vinyasa yoga, or enjoying an outdoor run/hike to get a good dose of Vitamin D!
Rebecca Berger started her undergraduate education at East LA College then finished her degree at UCLA. She went on to attend Charles Drew University at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Rebecca completed her Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana and is now a practicing Family Medicine physician. She became a mother at age 15 and is now mother to 3 adult children. Taking from her own experiences as a teen parent and domestic abuse survivor, she participated in the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program while attending medical school and designed a program working with young parents in East LA. She plans to continue to work with the community in meaningful ways and inspire other “non-traditional” students to achieve their life goals. Outside of work, she enjoys crafting, hiking, attending live musicals and trying new recipes.
Dr. Maricela Tonie Beltran is a recent graduate of the Loma Linda University Psychiatry Residency Program located in Southern California. Born in Long Beach, California to immigrant parents from Mexico, Dr. Beltran brings invaluable life experiences and unique perspectives to the field of psychiatry. Dr. Beltran graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish-Bilingualism Issues. She started medical school at the age of 30 at the University of California, Irvine where she participated in the joint MD/MPH Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) which focused on developing physician leaders ready to address health disparities and advocate for Latinx communities and beyond. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Beltran has worked passionately to advocate for Latino communities through research and community outreach.
Dr. Nancy Anaya completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Community Health and Disparities. She subsequently completed her medical degree at UC Irvine, Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) and Master in Global Health Science at UCSF. She continued her training in Emergency Medicine at Detroit Medical Center/Sinai Grace and followed with a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound at UCSF.
Her interests are in ultrasound medical education with a specific focus on combining ultrasound as a tool for outreach and recruitment of URM students into medicine.
When: Nov 20, 2021 at 11 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Single Motherhood, Community College, and the Journey to Medicine