Office of Advanced Practice Providers
APP Advisory Board Communications Committee
In Memory of Rebekah Kaplan

a midwife for more than
30 years
Rebekah Kaplan, CNM, died November 16, 2021 of injuries sustained in a cycling accident in the Oakland Hills. She hit a rock and suffered severe brain trauma and loss consciousness. She was in loving care from the moment of the accident. The "Angel Bike" is a memorial near the scene of the solo accident descending side of Claremont Avenue above Alvarado Road in Oakland.
Rebekah, a midwife for more than 30 years, held joint appointments at the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Family Health Care Nursing and School of Medicine. She was also a former APP Advisory board member who advocated for women, midwives and nursing students. Rebekah had a full scope clinical midwifery practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Mission Neighborhood Health Center. She was a clinical preceptor in the antepartum, CenteringPregnancy, intrapartum and postpartum settings. Rebekah assisted with administration of the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP education programs, including: curriculum development, coordination, evaluation, faculty and preceptor support, MEPN and MS student selection, test coordination and midwifery student clinical scheduling.
She worked at a birth center in North Central Bronx after graduating from Yale School of Nursing and at UCSF adressed how race, privilege and bias shows up in educational and clinical settings. "Rebekah's very specific work was to land people in a learning enviroment that is safe and respectful and where people's voices are heard" said her UCSF colleague Margy Hutchinson. Rebekah's family established the The Rebekah Kaplan Memorial Scholarship for Midwifery at UCSF which has raised over $30,000 to support her legacy.
Rebekah had a wish for all who would mourn her. In the Jewish tradition, one of the greatest favors you can do for another is to put a handful of dirt in their grave. "The echo of earth falling on the coffin is the terrible and haunting sound of finality. After you have emptied a shovel onto a loved one’s casket, there is no denying death–which makes it possible for healing to begin." (from Rebekah stated that she wanted the healing to begin; she was and remains a healer. The world has lost a beautiful person, she will be deeply missed.  
 2021 UCSF Health Exceptional Advanced Practice Provider Award Recipients

Christina Martindale, CRNA – Anesthesia

 Joshua Munday, NP–Office of Population Health

 Megan Schoettler, NP–Pediatric Nephrology

Trina Sheedy, PA – Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)

 They were nominated and selected based on their demonstration of UCSF’s core PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence) values. Their hard work, dedication and contribution is a testament to exemplary advanced practice and commitment to providing outstanding care for patients. Please join us in congratulating them on their exceptional service by attending the 2021 Exceptional Advanced Practice Provider Virtual Awards Ceremony Wednesday, December 15th at 6 pm.
Link to Awards. Register if you would like to receive an Outlook calendar reminder with the link and details.

Congratulations to the following APPs as they were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding PRIDE values

  • Amber Cravens, NP - Interventional Radiology
  • Anita Markoff, PPCNP-BC, CDCES - Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Daniel Langston, NP – Interventional Radiology
  • Emilie Menard, NP – PICU
  • Henrietta Tran, NP – Office of Population Health
  • Joan Marie O’Mahony, NP – Thoracic Surgery
  • Katrina Unpingo, NP – Hematology, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • Tara Valcarcel, NP – Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Tara Lacey, NP – Thoracic & Sarcoma Medical Oncology
  • Monifa Willis, PMHNP-BC – Psychiatry, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • Kristopher Jackson, NP – Orthopedic Surgical Oncology

Newest cohort of NP III

Since the start of the NPIII career ladder in 2015 at UCSF Health, there have been 80 promotions.

An NP III is a clinical expert who demonstrates excellence through advanced clinical practice, education, and leadership. The purpose of this role is to encourage nurse practitioners to become advanced practice nursing leaders by participation in clinical care, research, education, and service to the organization. 

The following APPs are the most recent NPIII to have achieved the highest level of Advanced Practice clinical care with adherence to both PRIDE values and the UCSF Health mission of caring, teaching, healing, and discovering.

Jane Pun, NP Prepare
Mary Kate Klarich, NP Pediatric Acute and Primary Care
Lisa McNey, NP Heme BMT
Legina Garrett, NP Colorectal & Surgical Oncology
Lucille Huang, NP Pediatric Urology
Roger Olson, NP Orthopedic Institute Trauma
Natasha Curry, NP In patient hospice

Are you curious about the eligibility criteria? Click here to find out more information. Applications due March 31, 2022
Professional Development
Professional development refers to the process of identifying goals and learning new skills to help you grow and succeed at work. Professional development may lead to a promotion or change in job, or simply to doing better in a current position. Wherever it leads you, professional development includes these elements: creating a vision of success, knowledge of the skills required to succeed, formal or informal assessments, and an individual development plan. This guide is designed to take you through each of these elements. Click here
Call for Poster Abstracts
2022 UCSF Clinical Inquiry Conference

Advancing Nursing Practice:
Leadership, Evidence, Innovation

Call for poster abstracts for Research, EBP, Quality Improvement, and Innovation projects open Dec 15, 2021, closes January 28, 2022.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum to connect clinical nurses, nurse scientists, and nurse leaders who create the climate of clinical inquiry and advance nursing practice through collaborative research, evidence-based practice implementation, and innovations in practice and healthcare delivery. Key note addresses will be presented by nationally recognized nurse experts in leadership, generation and utilization of evidence, and innovations that advance nursing science and practice. The conference also includes sessions on successful design, implementation, analysis, and scholarly dissemination of a research, EBP, or improvement projects. Presentations from UCSF Evidence-Based Practice Fellow Cohort 2021 and select poster presentations will also be featured

Conference Objectives:

·         Identify current trends from clinical inquiry that have contributed to advancing nursing practice and nursing science.
·         Interact with various speakers, develop new networks and obtain new knowledge of the latest research evidence that can be used to improve practice and care delivery.
·         List 2 strategies for successful design, implementation, analysis, and scholarly dissemination of a research, EBP, or improvement project

Deadline extended to December 17, 2021
Mobile device and access to UCSF email
UCSF has used Exchange ActiveSync for many years to enforce minimum security standards on mobile devices. If you are using the Mail, Calendar, and Contact apps on your phone then you are using ActiveSync. Microsoft is ending support for ActiveSync. Microsoft Intune replaces Exchange ActiveSync, and allows you to use either the Mail, Calendar, and Contact apps, or Outlook and other Microsoft mobile apps.

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Update Expiring Licenses
Did you recently renew your expiring CA license, DEA, BLS, ACLS, PALS, NPF or national certification?

APP Job Corner

Each month you find the most up to date list of all UCSF Health APP open positions. Refer a colleague and if that colleague is hired, then you may be eligible for a referral award. For more info:
The Coding Corner
Announcing new office hours
offered by the UCSF Office of Healthcare Compliance and Privacy.

Ask their Compliance Education Team any question about the Self-Coding Initiative. They want to support you.

Tuesdays 7-7:30am Meeting ID: 938 2781 7739 Password: 637983
Thursdays 12-12:30pm Meeting ID: 974 4789 6211 Password: 327355

Email them at [email protected]

'On Demand Video and Telephone Visits'

Starting December 8, 2021, NPs, PA, CNM, optometrists and physicians will have the option to create an “on demand” video visit or telephone visit that does not need to be scheduled. This will allow providers to bill and get credit for visits conducted between clinic sessions when there are urgent patient care needs that can’t wait.

'Medical Advice Messages'

A new option for virtual care will become available 11/14/21, which will allow APPs to respond to MyChart messages that require your medical expertise and take more than a five minutes to answer.

These Medical Advice Messages (formerly known as eVisits) are a form of virtual care over the patient portal that are reimbursed by insurance. Medical Advice Messages are independent visits and APPs can receive wRVU credit for these visits.

Thanks to our APeX team (including Ian Shaw and Bill Clancy), medical informaticists, Patient Experience Committee, and compliance team for these changes. Please email [email protected] with questions.

"Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.” – Junot Díaz
Mentor and Mentee
Stuck in a rut? It can be easy to feel this way once you’ve been in your career for a while. Mentoring can help you expand your perspective, become a better leader, build community, exercise emotional intelligence and challenge yourself. Whenever you teach or provide guidance to someone else, it can help reignite your own career motivation.

Do you feel as if you need a mentor? Enroll in the program to be matched up with an APP who can speak from experience or point you in the right direction.

APP Mentor Application
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Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NEA-BC, CPNP-PC, NP, RN
Chief of Advanced Practice Providers
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Department of Family Health Care Nursing
UCSF Health PRIDE Values Professionalism • Respect • Integrity • Diversity • Excellence