Bridges Bulletin
Diverse Class of 2021 Poised to Address Health Disparities
Graduating during a year rocked by a pandemic and social inequity, UCSF School of Medicine’s class of 2021 is ready to make a difference in their communities and advocate for equality and justice in the health care system. More than one-third of the class of 2021 are from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, 27 percent are the first in their families to earn a college diploma, and they speak more than a dozen languages.

Kelechi Nwachuku, MD, was selected by his fellow graduates to speak at the commencement ceremony. Dr. Nwachuku appreciates UCSF’s mindset around progress toward a more equitable environment. He encouraged graduates to use their platforms to give voice to the voiceless, bring hope to the hopeless and shed light on those in dark places.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
UCSF’s Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative Highlighted in AAMC News

A growing number of medical school leaders say that social drivers need to be woven into the very fiber of medical education, according to an article featured on AAMC. “If we say, ‘This is your month to think about disparities, but we’re not going to talk about them at other times,’ that’s not very effective,” says UCSF Associate Clinical Professor Denise M. Connor, MD. “It also has unintended consequences. It ‘others’ these topics and marginalizes them.” At UCSF, Connor is now directing a three-year effort to expand existing content into the school’s new longitudinal anti-oppression curriculum.
Alicia Fernández, MD Named Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity

Effective July 1, 2021, Alicia Fernández, MD will be Associate Dean for Population Health and Health Equity. Dr. Fernández is widely recognized for her extensive contributions and research on health care equity in chronic disease and racism in medicine. She is the founding Director of the Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE) and Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Program in Latinx and Immigrant Health. She is Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a general internist at ZSFG, where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical wards.
Featured Educators
We are pleased to announce that the following six faculty members have joined the curriculum team for the 2021-22 academic year.
Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC) Co-Directors, Health Systems Improvement
CMC Co-Director, Health Systems Improvement
Associate Professor of Medicine
CMC Co-Director, Health Systems Improvement
Professor of Medicine
Director, LEAN Promotion Office
New Foundational Science Block Assistant Directors
Assistant Director
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Director
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Director
Associate Professor of Medicine
New Topic Curator
Topic Curator
Assistant Professor of Medicine

A Topic Curator facilitates the review of topics taught in the Bridges Curriculum working with faculty Topic Champions and curricular leaders.

Awards and Honors
2021-2023 UCSF Baum Family Faculty Scholars Selected

The UCSF Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholars Program, offered in collaboration with the UCSF Center for Faculty Educators, has selected two faculty members to develop expertise in simulation as an educational strategy: David Bayne, MD, MPH and Maytinee Lilaonitkul, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA.
Assistant Professor

Goals: Develop a formal ultrasound-guided kidney stone surgery simulation curriculum for residents and fellows at UCSF. He hopes that in the long term this curriculum will serve as a model to teach the required skill set on an international scale in low-resource hospitals. This project can also inform development of curriculum for teaching of other minimally-invasive surgical approaches.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Goals: Integrate simulation as an education strategy for effective patient communication and anesthetic management of obstetric emergencies such as major hemorrhage, eclampsia, cardiac arrest in pregnancy and neonatal resuscitation. She also aims to further enhance the UCSF-WFSA Anesthesia Simulation fellowship curriculum through provision of virtual simulation education courses, workshops, and remote mentorship.
UCSF-UC Berkeley Director of the Joint Medical Program Jyothi Marbin, MD, Wins Holly Smith Award

Jyothi Marbin, MD, has made tremendous impact in diversifying residencies, developing and implementing curriculum, promoting community partnerships, and applying an “equity lens” to all she does. Her track record of opening the pathway for young UIM physicians and scientists will have a long-lasting impact, not only through the patients they serve, but as a model for other departments, schools, and universities. Jyothi's work has resulted in changing the tide for those who have historically been denied access to the medical academy.
Medical Student Raj Fadadu Wins 2021 Emerging Physician Leader Award

The Emerging Physician Leader Award, established by the Health Care Without Harm Physician Network, recognizes medical students, residents, and fellows who have demonstrated a passion for sustainable health care or a commitment to climate and health leadership.

Raj Fadadu, MS, was chosen for his commitment to climate justice and the many ways he has demonstrated climate leadership as a student through education, research, and advocacy. For his project, he will create a variety of evidence-based patient educational materials about the health impacts of wildfires for use online and in clinical settings throughout the country.
Education CQI Highlight
UCSF Surgery Clerkship Among Highest Rated in the United States

In response to evaluation data and student feedback about the clerkship experience, the Surgery 110 Clerkship has worked tirelessly to improve the clerkship learning experience for Foundations 2 and all students interested in learning about surgery. The clerkship launched a Bi-Weekly Surgery Clerkship Task Force, which includes faculty as well as student representatives who actively review and revise the curriculum and experience. The clerkship has expanded learning opportunities throughout the School of Medicine through increased skill labs, mentorship and preceptorship opportunities, implementation of learning modules, and provision of research experiences.

Thank you to Matthew Lin, MD, Director, Surgery Clerkship Program, and Jessica Gosnell, MD, Associate Director, Surgery Clerkship Program, for their ongoing commitment to quality improvement.

Recent evaluation outcomes reflect the impact of this commitment and success of the changes: Surgery is a highly rated clerkship locally and is one of the highest rated Surgery clerkships in the country.
MedEd Grand Rounds: Behind the Scenes

Event Date: Thursday, June 3, 9-10 a.m.
Event Details: Get tips from experienced educational researchers about translating good ideas into something fit for dissemination. This includes understanding each part of a manuscript, how to work with your team and how to set realistic expectations.

Participants will:

  • Observe interviews between education research scholars about the "tricks of the trade."
  • Participate in a facilitated chat to address questions

AME Summer Meeting: 20th Anniversary Kick-off Event

Event Date: Thursday, June 24, 3-5 p.m.
Event Details: The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (Academy), in the Center for Faculty Educators (CFE), kicks off its 20th Anniversary at its annual Summer Member Meeting.

Join the Academy in celebrating 20 years and member connections over the past years. The celebration will include a panel discussion featuring key leaders, including
Haile T. Debas, MD; Molly Cooke, MD; Helen Loeser, MD, MSc; Daniel Lowenstein, MD. The event will also look toward the future with a presentation from the 2025 Task Force by Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD and Kanade Shinkai, MD, PhD