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Erick Hung, MD Named Associate Dean for Students

 |  By Cora Palmer
Dr. Erick Hung

Dr. Erick Hung

UCSF School of Medicine recently announced the appointment of Erick K. Hung, MD, as Associate Dean for Students, effective July 1, 2022.  

Dr. Hung, a professor of clinical psychiatry, brings both leadership experience in graduate medical education and undergraduate medical education initiatives to his new role as Associate Dean. He currently holds multiple leadership roles in medical education, as the Program Director for the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, as the Director of Curricular Affairs for Graduate Medical Education, and as the UCSF Academy of Medical Educator’s Endowed Chair in Psychiatry Education.  

Dr. Hung has focused his career on mentoring learners at critical points in their professional development. He has in-depth experience providing students guidance with residency, matching, and career advising, and has directly mentored hundreds of medical students and residents. Dr. Hung brings a first-hand understanding of GME career advising that will serve UME students as they prepare to enter the National Residency Matching Program and plan meaningful careers.

A commitment to social justice has been foundational to his career. An active leader in racial justice initiatives in Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Hung has made substantial contributions to diversity at UCSF. Since 2012, he has been the director of the LGBTQ psychiatry clinic, promoting the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and reducing mental health disparities in these populations. He is the primary psychiatrist for the UCSF 360 Positive Health Practice and the Men of Color Program, a program aimed at improving the health of people of color living with HIV and AIDS. He has led and developed workshops on diversity for both the UME curriculum and the GME curriculum, most notably in addressing stereotype threat in medical education. He is the principal investigator for a 2022 Academy Innovations Funding in Education grant focused on developing a consultation service for advancing equity and inclusion in the clinical learning environment and dismantling systems of oppression that perpetuate health and learner inequities. As the residency program director, Dr. Hung has led resident recruitment efforts to substantially diversify the psychiatric workforce. Under his leadership, the last two recruitment cycles resulted in classes composed of 62% and 56% of matriculating residents from an underrepresented in medicine background. 

Dr. Hung graduated from Amherst College in 1999. He completed his medical school, psychiatry residency, and forensic psychiatry fellowship training at UCSF. Since joining UCSF clinical faculty in 2009 he has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards from psychiatry residents, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, and the UCSF Academic Senate. In recognition of his contributions to UCSF’s medical education community, Dr. Hung was inducted into the Academy of Medical Educators in 2014. His diversity of experiences at UCSF as a student, resident, fellow, and faculty member make Dr. Hung a tremendous resource for supporting students in their academic journey. 

We extend our sincere appreciation to John A. Davis, PhD, MD, Associate Dean for Curriculum, for his service as Interim Associate Dean for Students while the school underwent a national search for our new Associate Dean for Students. Over the next few months, Dr. Hung will be working closely with Dr. Davis and the Student Experience Team to ensure a smooth transition.  

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hung to his new role!