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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

About the Academy

Dr. Dan Lowenstein and the "Blue Skies" curriculum task force conceived of the academy idea in 1998, as a means to revitalize the teaching mission of the UCSF School of Medicine.

Within two years, then-Dean Haile T. Debas secured the endorsement of department chairs and committed funding for operations and the matched endowed chair program. The Academy was among the first cross-departmental programs in the country designated to broadly support and advance the teaching mission. Founding director Molly Cooke, MD was appointed in 2000, and the first class of 24 members was inducted in 2001. Helen Loeser, MD, MSc, succeeded Dr. Cooke in 2012, with an Academy of 127 members, serving until June 2016. In 2016, Ann Poncelet, MD (pictured), was named the new director and also holds the Academy's William G. Irwin Endowed Chair.

Working closely with the Office of Medical Education, the AME delivers ambitious programs to teachers across the medical education continuum at UCSF. AME members play a leading role in medical education locally and nationally.





Photo credit: Ann Poncelet, MD, Director, by Elisabeth Fall/