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Teaching Awards Honor and Celebrate Extraordinary Faculty for Advancing Medical Education at UCSF

 |  By Karen Brent
Left to Right: Brian Lin, MD, Chair of VCP Advisory Board; Laurence Yee, MD, recipient of Charlotte Baer Memorial Award 2019; and Catherine Lucey, MD, Executive Vice Dean for Education. Photo by Elisabeth Fall

Left to Right: Brian Lin, MD, Chair of VCP Advisory Board; Laurence Yee, MD, recipient of Charlotte Baer Memorial Award 2019; and Catherine Lucey, MD, Executive Vice Dean for Education. Photo by Elisabeth Fall

Our faculty shape and teach the next generation of compassionate physicians at UCSF.

Catherine Lucey, MD

 Executive Vice Dean, Vice Dean for Education, and Professor of Medicine

UCSF teaching faculty who exemplify these values in teaching and patient care were honored at the School of Medicine’s Teaching Awards Ceremony October 16. Over 100 medical students, faculty, residents, and staff gathered at the Parnassus Campus to recognize the visionary work and leadership of talented faculty educators.

The awards ceremony gave recognition and gratitude to the tremendous range of expert faculty who provide quality teaching, leadership, mentorship, and professionalism everyday for UCSF learners, in a variety of teaching settings across the Bay Area: 

  • The Maxine Papadakis Awards for Faculty Professionalism and Respect, was presented to faculty who advance UCSF's values around professionalism in medical education. These faculty members exemplify the treatment of students and all others in the clinical environment with professionalism, courtesy, and respect. The Maxine Papadakis Awards were presented to faculty in departments that participate in a core third-year or major fourth-year clerkship. The selection committee comprises faculty, residents, and, medical students.
  • The Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards highlighted the impact of faculty and learners in delivering excellence in small-group instruction, coaching interactions, and lectures. These awards are based on nominations from first- and second-year medical students recognizing outstanding instructors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching during the F1 and F2 phases of the Bridges Curriculum.
  • Other faculty were honored at the Teaching Awards Ceremony for excellence in teaching, and received Henry J. Kaiser Awards in recognition for outstanding work teaching in classrooms, inpatient care settings, and ambulatory care clinics; Special Recognition Teaching Awards and the Charlotte Baer Memorial Award recognized Volunteer Clinical Professors (VCP) who have made contributions through excellence in teaching and who enrich the ability of our students to learn. Laurence F. Yee, MD, this year's Charlotte Baer Memorial Award recipient, spoke to the humanistic behavior, culture of learning, and strong mentorship that helped shape him throughout his medical career and continues to inspire his work with students.
  • Continuous learning was celebrated with the recognition of faculty graduates of UCSF's Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education, an international collaboration between UCSF and the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). Well regarded medical education researchers from both institutions serve as mentors. To date the program has seven PhD graduates with almost 50 research products, either published or submitted, created in less than a decade. Other recognition for faculty included the the Pathways Mentor of the Year and Teach for UCSF Certificate Program.

The evening concluded with a special recognition for Michelle L. Li, MD, outgoing Chair of the Volunteer Clinical Professors (VCP) Advisory Board. Dr. Li was Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2019 and is a volunteer assistant clinical professor in Surgery, teaching residents. Dr. Li was a trailblazer in her role as Chair of the Board, and brought forward initiatives that benefit our VCP. Dr. Li will continue to serve as a member of the Board and was thanked for her extraordinary dedication to our learners, and continued contributions to the School of Medicine at UCSF.

Collectively, the Teaching Awards celebrate these talented medical educators at UCSF who are transforming medical education to reflect real-world patient needs, and advancing science to support improved patient care.

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Congratulations to the 2019 Recipients:

Charlotte Baer Memorial Award

The Charlotte Baer Memorial Award is presented annually to a volunteer clinical professor of the School of Medicine in recognition of distinguished service. This award is named in honor of Dr. Charlotte Baer, who was a practicing internist in San Francisco and a volunteer clinical professor for almost 30 years. Dr. Baer was an outstanding clinician with exceptional humanistic qualities who served as a role model and teacher to hundreds of our students and residents.

Laurence F. Yee, Department of Surgery

Learn more about the Charlotte Baer Memorial Award

Special Recognition Awards

Volunteer Clinical Professors (VCP) play a significant role in advancing UCSF’s mission to transform health care. The Special Recognition Teaching Awards are presented to volunteer clinical professors that have made significant contributions through excellence in teaching and in the field of medicine. 

  • Donald German, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Robert A. Hardy, MD, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Margaret McCusker, MD, MS, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Tali A. Ziv, MD, Department of Medicine

Learn more about the Special Recognition Awards

Bridges Curriculum - Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards

The Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards highlight the impact of faculty and learners in delivering excellence in settings such as small-group instruction, coaching interactions, and lectures. These awards are based on nominations from first- and second-year medical students recognizing outstanding instructors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching during the F1 and F2 phases of the Bridges Curriculum.

  • Excellence in Small Group Instruction by Student Instructor: Justin Bullock, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine
  • Outstanding Coach: Sarah GaleWyrick, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Nilika Singhal, MD, Department of Neurology
  • Excellence in Innovative Teaching Modalities: Rabih Geha, MD, Department of Medicine
  • Inspirational Teaching:, Lisa A. Goodman, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Commitment to Teaching: Thomas Goslinga, MD, Department of Medicine
  • Excellence in Small Group Instruction: Lisa Stern, RN, MSN, MA
  • Outstanding Lecture: Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MAEd, Department of Medicine
  • Outstanding Lecture Series: Leslie Zimmerman, MD, Department of Medicine

Learn more about the Bridges Curriculum - Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Awards

Henry J. Kaiser Awards for Excellence in Teaching

The Henry J. Kaiser Awards for Excellence in Teaching were established in 1969 with funds provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. They bestow significant academic distinction, as well as a small monetary award for the recipients. Faculty members who teach medical students or residents are eligible for nomination, and only medical students and residents can make nominations. This year we celebrate the recipients of the Kaiser awards in 4 categories, including the award recipient from Fresno Medical Education Program. 

  • Excellence in Teaching in the Fresno Medical Education Program: Haifaa Abdulhaq, MD, Department of Medicine (Fresno)
  • Excellence in Teaching in Inpatient Care Setting: Lowell Lo, MD, Department of Medicine
  • Excellence in Teaching in Ambulatory Care Setting: Nanah Suk Park , MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Excellence in Teaching in a Classroom Setting: Brian Schwartz, MD, Department of Medicine

Learn more about the Henry J. Kaiser Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Maxine Papadakis Awards for Faculty Professionalism and Respect

An award that advances UCSF values of professionalism in medical education. The awards highlight faculty who are exemplars in treating students and all others in the clinical environment with professionalism, courtesy, and respect. The Maxine Papadakis Awards were presented to faculty in departments that participate in a core third-year or major fourth-year clerkship. The selection committee comprises faculty, residents, and medical students.

  • Era Kryzhanovskaya, MD, Department of Medicine
  • Lynn Ramirez, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics
  • Megan Richie, MD, Department of Neurology

Learn more about the Maxine Papadakis Awards for Faculty Professionalism and Respect

Pathways Mentor of the Year Award – Acknowledgement

The Pathways Mentor of the Year Award was presented to the winner earlier this year, during the 2019 Spring Inquiry Symposium. This award honors the mentor’s commitment and dedication to nurture leaders, innovators, advocates, and researchers at UCSF. A strong mentor is the key to a successful and satisfying legacy experience. The Candidate for the Pathways Mentor of the Year Award was nominated by their mentees, and the winner is selected by the Pathways to Inquiry Board of Directors.

Sunita Ho, MS, PhD, School of Dentistry

Teach for UCSF Certificate Program – Acknowledgement

Teach for UCSF is a program of the Center for Faculty Educators that creates defined educational paths based on specific sets of free workshops, ranging from 16 to 39 hours of instruction per certificate, plus individual assessments during each workshop. Individuals develop focused teaching skills in any of seven tracks. The program is popular with faculty, residents, fellows, and volunteer professors at UCSF and at affiliated institutions. We have over 850 enrollees.

Teach for UCSF Program Graduates

Special Recognition for 2019 Doctoral Graduates

In 2010, UCSF joined in collaboration with University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) to offer the Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education. This international collaboration made 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 from both institutions serve as mentors. To date the program has seven PhD graduates with almost 50 research products, either published or submitted, created in less than a decade.

  • Judith Bowen, MD, PhD, FACP, Washington State University
  • Justin Sewell, MD, MPH, PhD, Department of Medicine
  • Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Special Recognition for Michelle L. Li, MD

This is a special recognition for Dr. Michelle Li, outgoing Chair of the Volunteer Clinical Professors (VCP) Advisory Board for her extraordinary dedication to UCSF learners, and continued contributions to the School of Medicine at UCSF. She was Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2019. Dr. Michelle Li is a volunteer assistant clinical professor in Surgery, teaching our residents. Dr. Li was a trailblazer in her role as Chair of the Board, and brought forward initiatives that benefit the VCP. She will continue to serve as a member of the Board.

More information about the School of Medicine Teaching Awards