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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

Kim Award 2017: Brian Schwartz, MD

Brian Schwartz, MD, the recipient of the 2016-17 Kim Award, found balance and well-being with a fun-filled and reflective family vacation.

Carole and Ed Kim (SOM '75) endowed the Kim award to promote well-being, rejuvenation, and work-life balance for an Academy member. It has two (lovely) conditions:  it must be spent within the year and cannot be used on anything work-related.


Brian, an Academy member since 2012, and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, used the funds to take his family, wife – Laura, daughter – Hannah (7), and son – Miles (5), on a road trip to Southern California. His family's first stop was Disneyland. They spent two days at Disneyland chasing characters, speeding on the fastest rides, and becoming Jedi masters! From there they headed north on the coast to Morro Bay, where they enjoyed hikes along the coast, visited elephant seal colonies, and ate the local seafood. Brian expressed, "having a week together as a family exploring California was an amazing experience for us all and one we will remember forever!"

Brian thanked the Kims personally, with heartfelt appreciation for their "tremendously generous gift to our educator community here at UCSF." As we see the increasing need to focus on faculty well-being and the effects of faculty burnout on patient care, the gift of well-being is not only generous, but needed. The Kim award continues to provide an invaluable incentive to take the time for self-care.

Academy member, Anda Kuo, MD, is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Kim Award. We look forward to telling her story.