The AOC Initiative Team is actively working to build a coalition with curricular leaders, faculty, staff, students, expert consultants, and community members to enhance curricular content, pedagogy, and para-curricular activities and support to shift all elements of the Bridges Curriculum towards an anti-racism, anti-oppressive approach.
Denise Connor, MD
Denise Davis, MD, FACH
Michelle Guy, MD
Aimee Medeiros, PhD
Catherine Chadwick, MPH
Denise Connor, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative. Dr. Connor leads the efforts of the AOC initiative team to apply an anti-oppressive lens to the entire four-year Bridges Curriculum and to synergize this curricular work across other key domains of medical education.
Denise Davis, MD, FACH, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director, Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative, Student Support. Dr. Davis will collaborate with the Associate Dean for Students and other members of the Student Experience Team to align student support with the efforts of the AOC initiative.
Michelle Guy, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education, Associate Director, Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative, Faculty Development. Dr. Guy will collaborate with the School of Medicine Associate Dean for Curriculum and the Center for Faculty Educators team to implement enhancements to faculty development as part of the AOC initiative.
Aimee Medeiros, PhD, Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Science, Associate Director, Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative, Integration. Dr. Medeiros will partner with the Mapping and Integration Curriculum Governance Committee as part of the AOC initiative.
Tamara Lawson, Project Manager, Anti-Oppression Initiatives, is the project manager for the AOC Initiative and collaborates with teams of faculty, students, staff, and workstream leaders to manage the progress of the AOC Initiative. For general questions about the AOC Initiative, please contact Tamara Lawson.
Catherine Chadwick, MPH, Curriculum Coordinator, Assessment, Curriculum, Evaluations (ACE), is the staff coordinator for the AOC Initiative and collaborates with the faculty team to implement anti-oppressive changes to the curriculum. For any questions about the AOC curriculum review and revision process, please contact Catherine Chadwick.
In the summer of 2021, eight anti-oppression Curricular Component Liaisons (CCLs) were selected to serve as Curriculum Component Liaisons (CCL). Each CCL collaborates with current curricular leaders to adjust and enhance the curriculum using an anti-oppressive lens. The eight liaisons spent their first year learning about the existing Bridges Curriculum and developing best practices in partnership with curricular leaders across the four-year curriculum.
Rosny Daniel, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and OBGYN Associate Director of Inquiry and Evaluation for PRIME-US
Corina Iacopetti, MD, MA, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Kelly Knight, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences
Katherine Lupton, MD, Professor of Medicine, Specialty Director of Practice Ambulatory Sub-Internship (SPAN)
Willieford (Willie) Moses, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery
Peter Ureste, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Student Coach
Mia Williams, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
In her role as 2021-2022 UCSF Presidential Chair Award Recipient, Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, provided consultation to the AOC Initiative team and helped to set the vision and objectives for the Initiative. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation and the world.
In the 2023-2024 academic year, the Student Collaborative is co-facilitated by Alli Gomez, Class of ‘25 and Jessica Ma, Class of '25, in their roles as year-long AOCI fellows, with faculty support from Denise Connor, MD and Denise Davis, MD.
In December 2021, an AOCI-Student Collaborative was launched with 19 students recruited from across all current medical students. Members of the Student Collaborative provide feedback on both high-level strategy and detailed aspects of the workstreams. A Student Collaborative representative also joins the Student Supergroup as a standing member to share updates and gather feedback from leaders of medical student groups on campus.
Elle Clelland – 2024
Benjamin Jones – 2024
Richard Kim – 2024
Sabrina Mendez-Contreras – 2024
Rachel Mernoff – 2024
Hamedullah Noorulhuda – 2024
Kelsey Ogomori – 2024
Elizabeth Picazo – 2024
Huber Rodriguez-Tejada – 2024
Stephanie Vera – 2024
Anna Claire Fernandez – 2025
Kira Downey – 2025
Cindy Folefack – 2025
Haley Gamboa – 2025
Leo Garcia – 2025
Alli Gomez – 2025
Taylor Hall – 2025
Hee Joo Ko – 2025
Jessica Ma – 2025
Helene Miles – 2025
Catherine Nicholas – 2025
Kevin Reyes – 2025
Katarina Watson – 2025
Neha Zahid – 2025
Nikki Apana – 2026
Anuoluwa Ayeni – 2026
Michael Chichioco – 2026
Anthony Diep Rosas – 2026
Catherine Gao – 2026
Kai Huang – 2026
Katherine Miclau – 2026
Uwaila Omokaro – 2026
Jay Zussman – 2028
Workstreams for Integration
In addition to the AOC Initiative Core Team, existing faculty and staff members lead other key workstreams within the AOC Initiative, including Assessment, Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement, Technology, and Communication to ensure the work of the AOC Initiative is fully integrated across the institution:
Karen Hauer, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Competency Assessment and Professional Standards and Professor of Medicine. Dr. Hauer will collaborate with the assessment staff and faculty directors to continue to implement UCSF’s forward-thinking approach to assessment with the goal of minimizing the impact of bias in assessment as well as considering novel approaches to assessment for curricular content focused on anti-oppression.
Arianne Teherani, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director for Program Evaluation and Education Continuous Quality Improvement for the School of Medicine, collaborates with Kelly Kao, Office of Medical Education, Chief of Staff, to implement a continuous quality improvement program for evaluation and assessment that is integrated into the school’s existing Curriculum Governance structure as part of the AOC Initiative.
Chandler Mayfield, Executive Director, Technology Enhanced Education (TEE), will guide technology to improve accessibility, promote equity, and minimize the impact of bias as part of the AOC Initiative.
Sara Clemons, Interim Executive Director (ACE), will collaborate with Kelly Kao, Office of Medical Education, Chief of Staff, and the School of Medicine Communications team to provide change management and communications support throughout the three-year initiative to ensure that all stakeholders are informed and have opportunities to participate in, contribute to, and provide feedback to the AOC Initiative.