Fatuma Barqadle, Senior Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
As a Virginia native, Dr. Fatuma Barqadle did all of her training in her home state, including medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University and a pediatric residency at INOVA Children’s Hospital. Moving to the other side of the country was a leap of faith, and the Keck School of Medicine has been a part of that journey since day one. She joined Keck in the summer of 2017 both as a clinical instructor- in conjunction with her pediatric hospital medicine fellowship- and as a student through the Masters of Academic Medicine program. As a hospital medicine fellow, she spends clinical time on different inpatient services at CHLA and frequently gets to work with and teach Keck third and fourth-year medical students. She is currently implementing and studying a pediatric complex care curriculum for fourth-year medical students and is also involved in the development of a fourth-year pediatric capstone curriculum with other Keck faculty. One of Dr. Barqadle’s other passions is improving diversity and inclusion initiatives and efforts throughout academic medicine. She was selected to be a member of the AAP Section of Hospital Medicine’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce and is the principal investigator in a national study assessing the state of diversity/inclusion and cultural competency training in pediatric hospital medicine fellowship programs. Additionally, she is a mentor in New Century Scholars, a national under-represented minority (URM) pediatric mentorship program and is involved in CHLA residency diversity efforts and the PHM fellowship program committee at CHLA. Dr. Barqadle has also recently joined the Society of Hospital Medicine LA Chapter’s advisory board.
Dr. Barqadle was and continues to be drawn to Keck because of the people and the sense of community. Her hope for the Keck School is that the school and its members will become leaders, not just in clinical and educational innovation but leaders in crafting an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture that is reflective of the rich community that surrounds the campus; that the trainees that come through the Keck school and programs are hailed not just for the clinical acumen but for their compassion and dedication to social justice and serving their communities at large.
Since the Masters of Academic Medicine program is primarily online and she works at CHLA, her favorite moment at Keck was when she came to campus for the first time in order to participate in the onsite portion of her program. Being able to see her classmates and professors and experience the community in person added depth and made her further realize what it means to be a part of the Keck School.
Christopher Foran, Resident
Christopher Foran attended Temple University as an undergraduate and earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. After graduating from medical school in 2013, he started work at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps, and a year later he was granted permission to seek a General Surgery residency. After being offered an interview by Dr. Kenji Inaba, Christopher matched at USC. Christopher notes that his experience as a General Surgery resident has been extraordinarily rewarding. He feels fortunate enough to have found mentors like Dr. Damon Clark, Dr. Kenji Inaba, and Dr. Demetrios Demetriades who have empowered him to become the surgeon he has always envisioned becoming.
Christopher came to USC knowing that he wanted to become a trauma surgeon and use that platform to work towards his version of social justice. LA County Hospital offers the opportunity to work with populations who are often marginalized, forgotten, or deemed expendable by society. Christopher hopes that the lasting legacy of USC will be a resolute commitment to moral leadership, which honors the shared humanity of each patient regardless of background. Christopher further hopes that this leadership will not waver in the face of political or financial challenge and holds itself accountable to the community it means to serve. Personally, Christopher hopes to share in this legacy by contributing to the academic discourse on youth violence, gun violence, and violence prevention. He would like to see LAC+USC become a local and national leader in the field of hospital-based violence intervention.
One of Christopher’s most memorable experience in his time as a resident occurred when he was on trauma call with Dr. Brian Love and Dr. Aaron Strumwasser on Christmas Eve. A young man came in with a very serious gunshot wound. After a challenging surgery, they were able to say with some confidence that he would make it. The next morning, Christmas Day, Christopher came by to check on the patient and found his mother in the room. After explaining to her that her son would live, she burst into tears and hugged him. Christopher doesn’t consider himself a spiritual person, but to him, there was something special about being able to give this woman her son back on Christmas. It reminded him that in addition to the patient, surgeons also carry with them the greatest hopes and fears of the people who love that patient.
Pamela Madu MD, Resident
Pamela Madu is a first-year dermatology resident at USC and has been with LAC+USC since July 2018. Dr. Madu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her interests include dermatological conditions in skin of color, dermatopathology and global health. Her interest in global health has taken her to Botswana, where she lived for 8 months during medical school. She helped to run a dermatology clinic and utilized teledermatology to provide care to patients there. Additionally, Dr. Madu has a passion for mentoring students, especially those who are underrepresented in medicine, and she is also a part of the department of Dermatology’s diversity committee, which has an aim of increasing diversity in the field of Dermatology.
Dr. Madu was drawn to USC for not only the county hospital experience but also USC’s collegiate environment. She finds it an absolute honor to provide care to this population daily. She works within a very collaborative, supportive and collegial department that is committed to providing top-notch care, and she is inspired by her colleagues and attendings every day. Dr. Madu’s overall goals include providing excellent care, serving as a mentor to students and making contributions the literature in skin of color dermatology and dermatopathology. Every day she steps into the clinic, she feels so privileged to work with such amazing patients and such a wonderful group of residents, faculty and staff. Her favorite moments include interacting with patients and discussing complex patient cases with her fellow residents and attendings. Dr. Madu finds it very meaningful to be able to provide care to an underserved population daily. Working at LAC+USC has been an inspiring, collegial, challenging and outstanding experience. Dr. Madu would not want to train anywhere else.
D’Juan Farmer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Crump lab at the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. In the Crump lab, his aim is to uncover the mechanisms that control the establishment and maintenance of the stem cells that reside in important structures called sutures – structures that separate neighboring skull bones in the skull of zebrafish, mice, and humans. His hypothesis is that premature depletion of these stem cells is a primary cause of a common congenital defect called craniosynostosis, a disorder that arises when neighboring skull bones prematurely fuse to impair proper skull growth. By integrating zebrafish and mouse models to study these stem cells, he hopes to learn how to best treat craniosynostosis in humans.
Since arriving at USC, D’Juan has received several competitive fellowships, including the HHMI Hanna H. Gray fellowship. He is now focusing on making major strides to understand the stem cell populations that build and grow the vertebrate skeleton.
D’Juan was drawn to the Keck School because it has some of the world’s premier researchers in craniofacial development and stem cell biology. The opportunity to train in such a rich, creative, and collaborative environment was the major drawing power for him. Since arriving, his experiences have exceeded his expectations. He believes the research being conducted in stem cell biology at the Keck School will provide pivotal insights that will improve how we treat human disease, and he is excited to see how he might be able to contribute to these advances.
D’Juan enjoys attending the Stem Cell Retreats, where he is not only exposed to the wide array of excellent science being conducted at USC but also have the opportunity to meet future leaders of the stem cell field. D’Juan knows that developing these networks will foster his career development and will help him make the great impacts on human health.