Motherhood and Medicine
With the current class of 2014 at 47% female, the question arises how do those who decide to juggle motherhood and medicine find success in both areas?

“I chose to practice part-time in my father’s medical office, plus occasionally filling in for my brother in his. I was close to home at these offices and enjoyed motherhood…”
- Lucia Carpenter-Dean M.D. ’62

“It always amazes me that we spend four years as undergraduates, four years as medical students, and four years as residents before we are trusted to see a patient alone. And yet we are given babies to take home with precisely no training!”
-Eva Ritvo ’83, M.D. ’87

“I love being a mom, and spending time with my daughter is of the utmost importance to me. I love medicine as well and am in the process of finding the right balance.”
-Ash Davison M.D. ’07

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From MMA Board President Wade Aubry
With 44% of the MAA members residing outside of Los Angeles, it is critical that the organization actively reach out to alumni that are scattered throughout the United States. The outreach committee, with representatives from 12 different cities, is charged with developing opportunities for these members. The focus is to increase alumni attendance at regional functions, such as the “Alumni and Friends” reception hosted by Dean Washington at the AAMC annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this past November.
To get involved contact Valerie Walker.

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Like Father, Like Son
With his fourth-year rotations underway, Vatche Tchekmedyian, president of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA student council, follows the family tradition of medicine. Of the 10 family members who have contributed to Tchekmedyian’s desire to be a doctor, his father, Dr. Simon Tchekmedyian, clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, has been most influential.
Olympic Games – Medical School Style
Students from medical schools throughout southern California gathered this past fall for the first annual Medical School Olympics. UCLA’s team was the overall weekend champion and brought home the Golden Stethoscope trophy.

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LinkedIn Links Alumni
Donald H. Marks, Ph.D. ’77, M.D. ’80, director at the hepatitis clinic at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, created the LinkedIn group for the David Geffen School of Medicine alumni at UCLA in 2008 which now serves as the official UCLA Medical Alumni Association group. Dr. Marks, who trained in internal medicine and earned a Ph.D. in microbiology, believes that “LinkedIn is a great way to use social networking within a professional environment to maintain ties with professional contacts. I have used LinkedIn to reach out to other UCLA med grads, and hope that many more from my 1980 class and grads from other years will join to share news and information.” Join today!
UMMA Community Clinic Celebrates 15 Years
University Muslim Medical Association Community Clinic (UMMA Clinic), formerly known as UMMA Free Clinic, was the brainchild of Dr. Rushdi Abdul-Cader ’91, M.D.D. ’95 and has served the needs of the uninsured and underserved in south Los Angeles since 1996. If you volunteered at the UMMA clinic and/or would like to know more about the 15th anniversary celebration, please e-mail or
AAMC Reception
"It was such an honor to meet Dr. Washington [At the Alumni and Friends reception during the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting this past Nov. 7.] Within a few moments of being in his presence, I knew that UCLA Health Sciences has an excellent leader, and his impact will be felt globally. I am truly excited for the direction we are headed,” said Karl Finley, M.D. ’98, whose specialties are endocrinology and internal medicine. Dr. Finley is executive medical director, Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate at Doctors Community Hospital and assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.

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Match Day
Covel Commons
Friday, March 18
MAA Board Meeting and Elections
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Monday, April 11
35th Reunion - Class of 1976
Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles
Saturday, May 21
MAA Reunion Weekend 2011
Classes of 1955-1960, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 2001
May 21-22
Senior Sendoff and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony - Class of 2011
Friday, June 3

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Medical Alumni Association Quarterly, Winter 2010, Vol. 1, No. 2.
UCLA Alumni Association, James West Alumni Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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