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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

The Boyden Award

The Jaclyne Witte Boyden Award honors and recognizes exemplary service by School of Medicine staff in support of medical education.

Named for former vice dean Jackie Boyden, a strong advocate for the Academy’s establishment, recipients are recognized annually at the Academy’s Celebration of New Members.

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Recipients:

Bertha Dominguez, MS
Associate Director
UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research
UCSF Fresno

Bertha Dominguez’ dedicated work as the Associate Director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER) consistently demonstrates her commitment to excellence. As the staff lead for LaCMER’s health education, she oversees all facets of the education and mentorship programs. She is critical in the development and implementation of curricula that involves collaboration with all UCSF schools, faculty, residents, medical students, and countless other individuals and groups in the greater Fresno community. Bertha Dominguez has developed a cultural competency curriculum that allows pre-college students to learn about health disparities and the social determinants of health, and how they can influence those disparities as health professionals. She has created annual summer programs that allow health professions faculty and residents to serve as mentors for middle school, high school, and college students at clinical sites; and works closely with site mentors to make sure everyone remains satisfied with the program. Her nominators praise her “collaborative approach with an exceedingly wide range of individuals and groups, in order to advocate for cultural competency in medical education curricula,” and her work to address disparities in the health professions for our next generation. They also note her “inclusive and deeply motivated leadership style,” which has created a “positive, inspiring, and engaged workplace.” Bertha Dominguez always “models a strong work ethic, constantly reminding the team that our work is for the betterment of our communities.” 


Michelle Libberton
Medical Student Analyst
Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine

As the Medical Student Coordinator for the Department of Ophthalmology, Michelle Libberton is crucial to the success of the medical student education programs, playing a vital role in advancing its education mission. She is the point person for the education experience of medical students entering Ophthalmology electives, clerkships, student led courses, and preceptorships. She works closely with faculty and faculty preceptors to ensure that medical students are engaged, supported, and experiencing the best possible version of their education experience, which is due in part to her effective communication and flexibility in working cooperatively with students, residents, faculty, and colleagues. Faculty, staff, and students respect her approachability and professional demeanor in any task she undertakes. She is not afraid to step in when projects need to be completed; co-workers need assistance; faculty need administrative support, and when students have programmatic requests. Michelle Libberton has been instrumental in coordinating programmatic changes to enhance the student learning experience in Ophthalmology, such as increasing the exposure to surgical subspecialties earlier in the clerkship and creating new course electives to meet the needs of the Bridges Curriculum. Faculty admire her constant drive to find new opportunities to enhance the medical education experience and creatively find solutions to ongoing challenges. Her performance consistently exceeds expectations and is invaluable to the success of her program and team.

Recipients of this award receive the following appreciation gifts:

  • One Bear Hugs gift certificate ($75 value)
  • Supported expenses for one medical education-related professional development activity ($2000 max).
    • This may cover registration fees, coach air, ground transportation, subsistence, and lodging, per UCSF policy, with the following requirements:
    • The home department is expected to provide paid release time (not vacation leave).

Awardee submits funding request in advance to Karen Brent, for review by Boyden committee chair and AME director. Funds must be used by June 30 annually, following award announcement. Reimbursement request must be filed within three weeks following the activity/travel.