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March 24, 2022

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Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

See more at HSCNews.usc.edu

Students holding certificates jump in celebration

Medical students meet their match

On March 18, medical students about to graduate from the Keck School of Medicine of USC participated in an annual, national event known as Match Day. They ripped open envelopes at exactly 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time — in sync with students across the country — to discover where they will head for the next stage of their educational journey.

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Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Management Center helps young woman end chronic pain

Last year, Brianna Villanueva went to one of Keck Medicine of USC's patient seminars to see if she could get help managing her weight. It had been a long-term problem that was now causing her chronic pain. When she decided to come in for a consultation, Kamran Samakar, MD, director of Keck Medicine's bariatric surgery program, knew she was an excellent candidate.

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Lela Llorens to speak at USC Chan Division commencement and to receive special honor

Former USC adjunct faculty member Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR, will be honored by the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at two upcoming events: an induction into the division's Hall of Fame and an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming commencement.

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Researchers identify gene mutations linked to severe pregnancy sickness

Hyperemesis gravidarum causes nausea and vomiting so severe that it can lead to starvation and problems with fetal development. It has long been poorly understood and often treated inadequately, but a new study from the Keck School has shown results that may help predicting, preventing and diagnosing the condition.

Featured Event

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Keck School and the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 30

Topic: From Maleficence to Beneficence: What the American Medical Community Owes Communities of Color

Speaker: Marya Shegog, PhD, MPH, CHES, health equity and diversity director for Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Location: Webinar

Registration: To register for this event, click here.

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