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Welcome New Staff March 01, 2017

Medical Education welcomed several new staff members over the past 8 months. Please join us in welcoming these new staff to our units! Zohra Saiyed joined PRIME-US at UCSF as the Program Administrator. Her personal mission is aligned with PRIME-US’s goal to train medical students to work with and advocate for under-resourced communities and promote health equity. She has a history of mission-driven advocacy, communications, and administrative work, most recently with the Family and Community... Read More

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to Deliver 2017 UCSF School of Medicine Commencement Address December 22, 2016

The UCSF School of Medicine has announced that Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, will deliver the commencement address on May 15, 2017. The Class of 2017 Keynote Speaker Selection Committee chose to invite Dr. Murthy because of his expertise and experience in HIV/AIDS education and community health, passion for health reform, and unique perspective on healthcare as Surgeon General. Read full story here Read More

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Welcome New Staff December 15, 2016

Medical Education welcomed six new staff members this fall. Please join us in welcoming these new staff to our units!   Mahdi Ardestani  Admissions Student Experience Team Mahdi Ardestani started as the Medical Student Education Operations and Special Projects Manager. Mahdi comes to us from Omada Health, a health-tech start up, where he was a key part of the people and operations team. Before that Mahdi worked at UC Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services and he’s excited to be... Read More

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Medical Student Reports on Summer with Care Connect Program December 06, 2016

Taking care of patients with complex needs through an interdisciplinary approach. Photo: Elisabeth Fall By Zoe Kornberg, MS2 *Note: Patient-identifying information has been changed to protect patient confidentiality. This summer as part of the UCSF Primary Care Leadership Academy, I spent six weeks precepting at a county-run primary care practice in Richmond called Care Connect. This practice is solely dedicated to patients who are characterized as super-utilizers—those who use a... Read More

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Medical Students Take On Wilderness In Yosemite December 06, 2016

  During the final scenario in the woods of Yosemite National Park, students gather around Nelson Diamond, MD, to assess, stabilize, and transport the patient with what limited supplies they have. Photo: Greg Richardson, MD By Jeffrey Chen, MS4 “I can’t breathe!” a man screams, struggling to keep his head above the running waters of the Merced River. “Somebody, I’m drowning!” “Please! Somebody help us!” shouts a woman, from the far bank of the river. Two bystander medical students dive into... Read More

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Welcome New Staff Plonsker (GME) and Reed (ACE) October 31, 2016

  Pearl Plonsker GME Analyst Office of Graduate Medical Education Pearl is a GME analyst focused mainly on finance and special projects. She is a native San Franciscan and recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she received her BS in sport administration. In her spare time, Pearl loves to hike, travel, and watch  her favorite sports teams, the Giants, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Cincinnati Bearcats. We are incredibly happy to have her join our team!            Avila... Read More

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Associate Dean of Curriculum, Susan Masters, PhD Retires October 10, 2016

Associate Dean for Curriculum, Susan Masters, PhD Retires   After 30 years as a faculty member at UCSF, Dr. Susan Masters will be retiring at the end of the academic year, June 2017. As one of the earliest UCSF full-time basic science educators, Dr. Masters has taught a generation of UCSF professional students basic pharmacology.  She was a lead architect of the 2001 MD Essential Core curriculum and led the Essential Core Life Cycle course for ten years. For the past five years, Dr. Masters... Read More

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Welcome to Meded: Dohse l Kapoor l Moreno August 31, 2016

Amanda Dohse Student Life & Development Specialist, Student Experience Team Amanda previously worked primarily in Residence Life with undergrads and is looking forward to using her advising, event planning, and communications skills to support medical students in her new role here at UCSF. She’ll be coordinating key medical school events such as commencement, white coat ceremony, and match day. Amanda will also be advising student groups and managing student communications like the... Read More

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Welcome to Meded: Boado l Pisharam l Yanez July 28, 2016

Alissa Boado Course Coordinator, Assessment, Curriculum, Evaluation Alissa supports the Airways, Breathing, Circulation (ABC), Renal, Endocrine, GI, and Nutrition (REGN) and The Brain, Movement, & Behavior Block (BMB) blocks in Foundational Sciences for the Bridges Curriculum. She grew up in San Francisco and loves books and burritos. In her spare time Alissa enjoys walks in Golden Gate Park, trying new restaurants and traveling. Please join us in welcoming Alissa to our team!... Read More

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Leon Jones, MD Appointed Associate Dean for Students July 14, 2016

Leon (Lee) Jones, MD has been appointed as associate dean for students, starting in September 2016. He will succeed Dr. Maxine Papadakis, who recently retired after serving our students and faculty for 17 years. A board certified psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert in enhancing the learning environment for medical students, Dr. Jones joins UCSF from UC Davis, where he is currently the associate dean for student affairs. During his more than 25-year history in medical education, Dr.... Read More

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