Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education
In 2010, UCSF joined in collaboration with Utrecht University Medical Center (UMC Utrecht) to offer the Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education. This collaboration makes possible a rigorous program for scholarly advancement for medical education researchers. Successful candidates graduate with a PhD in Health Professions Education from UMC Utrecht. Well-regarded medical education researchers serve as mentors.
At this time, we can only consider applications from UCSF or UCSF-affiliated faculty.
Please note at this time our 2020 cohort is filled and we anticipate our next admissions will be 2023.
Individuals eligible for the doctoral program:
- Are a health professional with preparation in education OR
- Are a health professions educator with a master’s degree in social or biomedical sciences.
- UCSF or UCSF-affiliated faculty; or staff involved in health professions education; exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Are scholarly in health professions education, e.g., they have completed the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program or equivalent
- Are proposed for the program by a program faculty member agreeing to act as the primary supervisor (promoter), based on CV, interview and research plan.
- Publications in education research are highly desirable.
Steps in the application process are spaced over the first year:
- Request an informational meeting with a doctoral program faculty member. Send your CV to CFE and a brief description of your research interest that aligns with the program.
- Successfully meet the criteria for the doctoral program.
- Criteria include:
- demonstrated capacity for conceptual thinking,
- desire to conduct research,
- expertise in the field (e.g., publications).
- Criteria include:
- Receive an invitation for a formal interview and present your research interests describing alignment with the expertise of doctoral program faculty.
- Upon acceptance, register in the Utrecht University research documentation system MyPhD.
- Complete a Training and Supervision Agreement (TSA) with guidance from assigned faculty mentors from UCSF and Utrecht.
- Demonstrate sufficient skill development to advance in the program during the first year of enrollment.
Program Faculty and Areas of Research
Broadly speaking, CFE medical education research faculty focus on several key areas with attention to how this research aligns with improving education at UCSF and beyond. These key areas will evolve as we collaborate with other researchers at UCSF, regionally, nationally, and internationally. However, each faculty member has specific research interests and expertise.
|Amber Fitzsimmons, DPTSc, PT||Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, UCSF School of Medicine||2018|
|Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA||Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF School of Pharmacy||2015|
|Tracy Fulton, PhD||Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF School of Medicine||2020|
|Brian Gin, MD, PhD||Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine||2020|
|Carter Lebares, MD||Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine||2020|
|Lynnea Mills, MD||Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine||2018|
|Gustavo Valbuena, MD, PhD||Joint Medical Program, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and UCSF School of Medicine||2018|
|Name||Title and Department||Thesis|
|Judith Bowen, MD, PhD||Professor of Medicine, Washington State University, Associate Dean for Curriculum at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine||On Discontinuity and Learning: Investigations of Physicians’ Responses to Transitions of Patient Care Responsibility|
|Huiji Carrie Chen, MD, PhD||
Associate Dean for Assessment and Director of Educational Research, Georgetown University School of Medicine
|Early Learner Engagement in the Clinical Workplace|
|Karen Hauer, MD, PhD||
Associate Dean for Competency Assessment and Professional Standards, UCSF School of Medicine
|Evaluating Clinical Trainees in the Workplace. On Supervision, Trust and the Role of Competency Committees.|
|Lauren Maggio MS(LIS), PhD||
Associate Professor and Associate Director of Distributed Learning and Technology of the Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
|Educating Physicians in Evidence-Based Medicine: Current Practices and Curricular Strategies.|
|Justin Sewell, MD, MPH, PhD||Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine||A Critical Lens for Examining Procedural Skills Training in the Health Professions – The Case of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy|
|Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD||Professor and Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UCSF School of Medicine
Director, UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
|Learning to Care for “Difficult Patients”: Motivation, Identity, and Reflection in Medical Students and Residents|
|John Young, MD, MPP, PhD||
Professor and Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
|Using Cognitive Load Theory to Understand and Improve Patient Handoffs|
Doctoral Program Administrative Coordinator, Maria Pappas at firstname.lastname@example.org