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Message from the President

I encourage all of us, as clinical faculty members, to become more involved in this association that serves us. Get to know the ACF representatives in your department. Consider taking on a leadership role by joining the administrative council. With your participation, the ACF can be worthy of the passion you bring to your work.


ACF News

  • “I try to teach my students compassionate, comprehensive evidence-based medicine,” says Rapp, who has been Clinical Professor since 2004.
  • Yee enjoys opening the eyes of medical students to what it means to be a surgeon. Most medical students have never had the experience of being in a room with someone undergoing surgery, and he enjoys being part of that pivotal transformation.
  • Gordon L. Fung, MD, PhD Director of Clinical Faculty Affairs Department of Medicine, who nominated Follansbee for the ACF award notes that “comments from Dr. Follansbee’s students indicate that he is a highly effective instructor, balancing a passionate interest in the student’s learning, with sincerest regards for patient wellbeing.”
  • Birnbaum shows students what primary care does and specifically what family medicine can be, the “real-life importance” of the specialty.
  • “Dr. Gradinger has been a source of inspiration and advice for me personally and certainly for all of the residents as they come through the training program, says Hoffman, Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF.
  • “Dr. Schwartz is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher,” says Dr. Talmadge King, the Chair of the UCSF Department of Medicine, in a nomination letter. “Most importantly, she provides the absolute ideal model of physicianship to our trainees.”
  • Currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Mitchell also continues to teach physical exam skills and doctor-patient relationships in the Foundations of Patient Care course.(3) “Dr. Mitchell’s dedication to teaching medical students is legendary,” says Talmadge King, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, in his nomination letter for Mitchell. “She influenced many stellar UCSF medical students to stay and complete their medicine residency.”
  • Turner then made his way west, landing at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, where he is chief of the Department of Psychiatry. He is also the assistant director for mental health services in the Northern California region, which includes 200 psychiatrists and 1,500 therapists.
  • At the age of 17, he entered the six-year medical program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating in 1987. He wanted to join his family in the San Francisco Bay Area—his parents and two sisters had immigrated here already—after he graduated, so he lined up a research position at the San Francisco VA Hospital and subsequent fellowship at UCSF in the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
  • An active member of the UCSF clinical faculty for 31 years, Nachtigall has consistently brought a humanistic approach to his practice, his research and his teaching. His clinical expertise has been recognized at the highest professional levels. Just as important, it has been passed on to an entire generation of UCSF medical students and house staff who can make his good practices their own.