2021 recipients

Montage Health Foundation has named another group of Physician Scholars and Clinical Volunteers, recognizing outstanding Monterey County doctors and providing grants in support of their pursuit of professional excellence and volunteer work.

Physician Scholars and Clinical Volunteers

Selected as physician scholars were: Dr. Reb Close, Dr. Kenneth Gjeltema, and Dr. Casey Grover. Dr. Juan Magaña was selected as a physician scholar and also received a clinical volunteer grant.

Dr. Casey Grover and Dr. Reb Close are Emergency department physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and the leaders of Prescribe Safe, a nationally recognized effort to reduce opioid abuse and misuse. They were each awarded grants to become board-certified in addiction medicine, enhancing their education, training, and experience to support their work to reduce overdoses, improve access to addiction treatment, and increase drug abuse prevention.

Dr. Kenneth Gjeltema, a family practice doctor with Montage Medical Group, was awarded a grant to support training in the use of the Butterfly IQ, a handheld ultrasound device usable on the whole body. It’s about the size of an electric razor and can plug into a smartphone. Gjeltema says it could be used for in-office imaging for issues such as cysts and gall stones.

Juan Magana

Dr. Juan Magaña

Dr. Juan Magaña, a hospitalist at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, was awarded a grant to develop a strategic plan for a year-long shadowing program at the hospital for 12 first-generation, low-income college students from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in medicine. Magaña and his colleagues have been mentoring students, but many face significant barriers to regular participation, including lack of transportation or demands from jobs. The strategic plan will detail what additional funding and support would be needed to enable students to participate. Magaña also received a volunteer grant from the foundation to continue mentoring students while he develops the formal plan.

Other education grants

Montage Health Foundation also funds:

Contact us

Questions about the Physician Scholars Program? Send an email to grants@montagehealth.org.