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Medical Education

Welcome New Staff

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 Medicine Department.

Brandon Mears joined the Kanbar Simulation Center as as the Center Assistant to provide operational support. Brandon has worked as a standardized patient with UCSF since 2006. He has previously worked in live theatre, social services, hospitality, tourism, and behavioral science research.

Dennis Chan joined the Student Experience Team as the Student Resources Coordinator.  Dennis will manage tasks for students and staff such as reimbursements, room reservations and catering, and distributing the Weekly Digest. He will also implement student programming in the Medical Student Center.

Amy Yun joined Foundations 2 as a Curriculum Coordinator. She will administer the curricular support infrastructure for Foundational Sciences in Foundations 2 (IDS 113), a longitudinal course for medical students. Amy previously worked at the School of Nursing, where she focused on student support and grant coordination for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. 

Susana Aranas joined the ACE Team in July as Inquiry Coordinator and in this position, will support the Health Professions Education program.  Born, raised and educated in San Francisco, Susana joins the OME with over 16 years of experience in office administration and 4 years of experience in education. The majority of her working career was on the corporate side and past employers include HBO.  The last few years, Susana has been at UCSF where she previously worked as a coordinator for the Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education as well as the School of Medicine.

Sarah Bingel-McKillips joined the Medical Education team as the Year 1 Course Coordinator in the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship in ACE.  Sarah Bingel-McKillips arrives to UCSF Medical Education after more than ten years in Performing Arts Management.  As a Stage Manager for numerous Bay Area organizations, including the San Francisco Opera and the American Conservatory Theater, Sarah brings extensive experience with high volume communications, multi-layered planning and scheduling, creative problem resolution, and logistics management.  Sarah is excited to join the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC) team as the Year 1 Course Coordinator and to dive into the details of running a complicated clinical skills element within the Bridges curriculum.  

Florencio Verano, Jr. ("Juhn") joined our team in June as a Foundations 2 Advisor. In this position, he’ll be a part of the Student Experience Team, supporting students and helping them navigate through in Foundations 2. Florencio was raised in Vallejo, CA and lives in Oakland, CA. The majority of his career experiences have been in higher education with stops at San Francisco State, Touro University California, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. He held a variety of student affairs and student services positions that encompass academic advising, pre-med/pre-health counseling, and admissions. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Applied Behavioral Sciences and a master’s degree in College Counseling from San Francisco State University.

Kristin Haynes joined the ACE team in May as Inquiry Coordinator. In this position, Kristin will support the Pathways to Discovery Program and the new Inquiry Curriculum. Raised in Georgia, Kristin attended college in Southern California and is now a happy resident of San Francisco.  Kristin joins the OME with over fifteen years of experience in education, healthcare, and business coordination; past employers include Ashford University, ICDC College, and Mission Bicycle, where she managed many aspects of the small, local SF business. 

Walter Polo Black Golde joined the Technology Enhanced Education team in May as Business Systems Analyst. In this capacity he will facilitate the design and specification of IT solutions for medical education. Polo joins UCSF with a diverse background in experience design, medical education, and academia. Before joining UCSF, he designed learning experiences on a product team at a small San Francisco-based startup. Previously, he spent several years at the NYU School of Medicine during a major curricular reform. Starting with the deployment of a secure, online exam system, Polo worked across teams to develop digital tools and data architecture for teaching, assessment, and outcomes initiatives. Polo began his professional career as a research assistant at The Hastings Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan medical ethics research institute in the Hudson Valley, New York. He is a Bay Area native with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and philosophy from Williams College.

Ken R. Coelho, MS, FRSPH is the Accreditation Manager in the Office of Graduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine Dean’s Office. He manages administrative operations related to the accreditation of the sponsoring institution, UCSF School of Medicine and approximately 90 ACGME and ABMS accredited residency and fellowship training programs. Ken has over 10 years’ experience in accreditation, quality improvement and patient safety. Ken’s interests include ACGME accreditation and leadership development; graduate medical education; public health and epidemiology; and quality and patient safety.

Ken has participated in the Bay Area Patient Safety Leadership Institute, and completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Certificate in Quality and Patient Safety. He is an accreditation surveyor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and a final year student in the online doctor of health sciences program specializing in leadership and organizational behavior at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. He has a Master’s of Science in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the U.K. Royal Society for Public Health.



Karin Fleming joined the Office of Medical Education in February as Communications Manager.  Karin joins the OME with over fifteen years of communication experience in the academic and non-profit health sciences sector. Most recently, she worked as the Communications and Media Specialist for the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute of Sutter Health. A native of Canada, Karin’s prior employers also include the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital and Ogilvy-Maher Advertising in Toronto. Karin will be your contact for all medical education-related stories.

Marine Mouget is an intern with the Year Up Program—a non-profit organization that provides urban young adults with skills, experience, and support to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Marine will provide office management and project coordination support to OME for the next six months. Marine grew up in Paris, France before moving to the Bay Area. Prior to joining Year Up, she gained experience as a barista and a waitress. She envisions her internship role as a communications coordinator as a jumpstart to her career goals.