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Medical Education

Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning Awarded to Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

February 8, 2018

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD, has received the Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning. The appointment will be presented today in recognition of her transformative contributions in interprofessional experiential learning and exemplary leadership in supporting UCSF’s commitment to educating 21st century physicians.

“This is an enormous honor and an important recognition for the work we have done at UCSF to advance simulation and other educational strategies for experiential learning,” said Dr. van Schaik. “This work has been a team effort and as recipient of the Chair I am excited to build this effort further and empower others to become champions for experiential learning.”

The Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning was created through the generosity of John and Melinda Baum with the vision for advancing education of health professionals worldwide and supporting a leading educator and clinician who will carry this vision forward. 

Dr. van Schaik has a clinical appointment in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, and she is the Education Director for UCSF’s Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills

Her leadership has been instrumental to the success of the Kanbar Center, which supports learners across all schools on campus. In addition to the use of leading-edge facilities and equipment, Dr. van Schaik’s team offers support for program development, standardized patient recruitment and training, scenario design, learner assessment, program evaluation and research planning.  

To support learners during the launch of the School of Medicine’s Bridges Curriculum, Dr. van Schaik and the Kanbar team significantly expanded activities in the Center as part of the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship, during which first-year students learn clinical skills such as history taking, physical exam and clinical reasoning. This work was instrumental in developing new scenarios and training standardized patients for a variety of patient cases.

Dr. van Schaik earned her medical degree at the University of Amsterdam and her PhD in infectious diseases from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She completed pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, followed by a pediatric critical care fellowship at UCSF. Her academic career focus is on medical education and she is responsible for the development of various simulation and web-based curricula. Her current research focuses on the role of interprofessional teamwork and communication, and the potential use of simulation to teach the necessary skills.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her excellent teaching, is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF and is an alumni of the Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholars Program.

There are 356 endowed chairs and distinguished professorships at UCSF, which collectively demonstrate the leadership and excellence of UCSF faculty and the esteem they have earned in the philanthropic community. The Baum Family Presidential Chair in Experiential Learning is unique in its focus on ‘experiential learning’—meaning the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of experience-based learning activities in the health professions, using contemporary strategies that allow learners to develop expertise in the skills needed to provide outstanding patient care.

“By establishing this Presidential Chair, which will provide support for faculty in experiential learning, we can reinforce leveraging innovations in fields such as simulation, coaching, and technology,” said Catherine Lucey, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education, presenting the Chair to Dr. van Schaik. “With enhancements in experiential learning on our world class education we are constantly pushing boundaries and earning global recognition. We are delighted for the pivotal role John and Mindy Baum are playing in order to influence these efforts.”

The Baums have established a strong interest in supporting education. Their recent donations include The Thatcher School in Ojai, a college preparatory boarding school that John and his brother attended. The Baums were also recent donors to the City of Hope in Pasadena. John and Mindy recently joined Jim in establishing a professorship in the Women’s Cancer Program.