March 2022
Highlighting an APP
Melody Belay, FNP
Announcing 2022 co-chair of APP Standards and Compliance Committee--Melody Belay. Melody is an FNP and nurse manager in the San Mateo Primary and Specialty Care Clinic. As a new leader, she is interested in learning more about the review and revision process of the standards of care. Moreover, she believes that consistent review and adaptation are essential in providing clear practice guidelines for the delivery of safe and high quality care to our patients. 

If you are interested in joining Melody and other APP colleagues by serving on the APP Standards and Compliance Committee, please email committee chair, Stacie Rohovit, [email protected].
Be Prepared
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission survey will take place before the end of March 2022.

This regulatory survey is unannounced and consists of a team of up to 12 surveyors that come on site (Parnassus, Mission Bay, Mt Zion) for a week. All inpatient, ambulatory and procedural areas will be surveyed to assure we are compliant with regulations related to patient safety, infection control and environment of care. This is an opportunity to showcase our best practices, as well as to seek out recommendations from the survey team in areas where opportunity is identified. The surveyors employ a tracer methodology when they interview staff and providers, perform medical record review and carefully observe the space in which we provide care. The survey provides a good opportunity to remind ourselves about best practices and policies intended to assure patient safety. Please review these general survey tips. Thank you in advance for your active engagement with the survey team when they arrive in March.
Survey tips on Pain Management

Survey tips on Perioperative Services

Other general tips
  • Sign all notes in a timely fashion
  • Avoid verbal orders except for in an emergency
  • Reconcile a patient’s home medication list during each patient encounter in the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Wear your name badge above the waist
  • Try to answer any surveyor question in a succinct fashion and allow the surveyors to ask for additional details
APeX Experience Project Survey complete by March 30th for chance to win a Starbucks gift card

Why? Research indicates that the electronic health record (EHR) is one factor contributing to clinician & care provider burnout. Supporting UCSF Health’s vision and commitment to be the best place to work and provide care, the newly formed APeX Experience Project Team is focusing on EHR satisfaction and opportunities for improvement.

What? UCSF has partnered with KLAS Research in an effort to improve your experience with APeX. By partnering with KLAS, UCSF is able to survey, evaluate and compare the results to other organizations across the country. The quantitative and qualitative data will inform stakeholders and provide information on EHR (APeX) satisfaction, as well as identify opportunities for improvement that will guide change in the future. Consider completing this survey to make your APEX experience and feedback count. You may use your mobile device and scan the above QR code to complete the survey as well.
APP Education Committee News
The APP Education Committee has worked hard to increase the frequency of APP Grand Rounds to monthly (previously twice a year). You can find the 2022 full lineup of topics, speakers and dates as well as prior recordings on the UCSF APP website or by simply clicking here. The next Grand Rounds will be on Tuesday April 12, 12-1pm featuring Tracy S. Estes, PhD, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, "Using Best Practices to Manage Asthma".
  • Earn 1 hour CEU for UCSF RN/NP/CRNA/CNM
  • Search by title: UCSF APP Grand Rounds: Current Treatment Options for Manage Asthma
  • Category 2 CME for PA, no additional registration required. 

Interested in joining the APP Education Committee? Email the Committee Chair, Meg Schoettler, at [email protected]
Pediatric Grand Rounds

Q: When are Pediatric Grand Rounds?
A: Every Thursday from 12-1 PM, currently as webinar only. 
Q: What are the upcoming Grand Round topics?
A: March 17, 2022 speaker Sorrel King, "Josie’s Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety". March 24, 2022 speaker Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH "Oligomenorrhea in Young Athletes: Consequences and Management Dilemmas"
Q: How do I watch the Grand Rounds Webinar Live?
Q: How do I watch prior Grand Rounds?
Q: How do i claim CME credits?
A: To earn CME credits, you must:
  1. Sign in at Grand Rounds by scanning your badge at the door
  2. If viewing online, session must be livestreamed (watched in real time) in it's entirety
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Claim your CME credits by logging in here: 
  5. Having trouble? Email  Che[email protected]
Academic Stipends
Want financial support for a conference or poster presentation? Academic stipends are available!

Stipend includes reimbursement for the following*:
  • Virtual and in-person conferences
  • Presenters (includes poster) or panelist within specialty or field of practice.
  • Costs related to publishing articles
  • Editing costs in relation to manuscripts being submitted for publication
  • Registration fees
  • Travel, lodging and food

*There are is currently no deadline for submission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
*Notification of decision within 7-10 days of application submission

EBP Stipends
Email Meg Schoettler, [email protected] if you have any questions about the workshop
Want to pursue EBP in your clinical setting but are in need of more formal education? There are funds available to support your virtual attendance at the 5-day workshop led by FULD Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.

Workshop dates:
April 24-25, 2022
July 25-29, 2022
September 19-23, 2022
December 5-9, 2022

APP Standards & Compliance Committee News
This months Coding Tip: For Ambulatory APPs

Encounters are billed based on time or medical decision making. Use the approach which will result in a higher code to ensure the scope of your work if fully captured.

If you are billing based on time, then time spent reviewing patient records on the same day as the visit is billable and should be included in your total visit time. You must use the smartphrase .timespent in your note and the wand in the level of service calculator. Both functions are required. See images to the right.

The Coding Corner
Justice, Equity and Inclusion Committee News
JEI would like to recognize the awesome committee members who work tirelessly to support the UCSF employees who are going to school to become an APP.
Tara Valcarcel * Jane Pun * Regina Gould
Stephanie Collier * Sonia Lai * Tracy Sirota
Sara Miller Erna *Josiah-Davis * Krisztina Emodi * Marina Ortega

There are many UCSF employees quietly going to school to join the our profession and many of them are first generation in their families to attend college. C-CAN is creating a platform to connect them with UCSF practicing APPs to help them during each phase of their journey.
Interested in helping C-CAN, even if only for a few months?
Please reach out at: [email protected]

Please consider volunteering for one hour each quarter to conduct mock interviews or offer shadowing experiences.
Professional Development News
Are you interested in joining the UCSF School of Nursing Volunteer Faculty Network? Please reach out to the Office of Clinical Affairs at SONofficeofclinicalaffairs@
Are you an APP who is currently appointed as a volunteer Faculty at UCSF School of Nursing? If yes, above is a list of opportunities you can participate in. If you are interested please contact: [email protected]
Email photos or PDFs of your certifications to: [email protected].
Tip: Updating your records via HR umbrella is not the same, nor does it sync with Medical Staff Office. So you must notify the Medical Staff Office separately when you upload via [email protected]

Click here to view a copy of a detailed email that is also in your Inbox.
Expiring Certifications

The Medical Staff Office is responsible for verifying and maintaining records on a required licenses and certifications. Please notify them every time you update a required license or certificate.

Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education (PIPE)

The IPE program ensures that students and trainees in health professions build a skill set that will ultimately increase patient safety, reduce errors, maximize efficiencies, and improve quality of care. 
What are the Goals of IPE?
  1. Develop innovative interprofessional health education curricula, programs, and collaborative clinical practice sites.
  2. Establish interprofessional research, scholarship, and training agenda, responsive to specific community needs.
Accepting applications until March 25, 2022. There are eighteen spaces to be awarded from UCSF Campus and UCSF Health.

Apply to participate in their 4 virtual sessions. Participants will
  • Build strategic relationships
  • Actively communicate their value to the organization
  • Advocate for their own needs in the workplace
  • Coach others to demonstrate their value to the organization
  • Increase awareness of diverse UC career paths
UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

Application deadline March 25, 2022
The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide professional development program to support the success and advancement of mid-career, woman-identified professionals and is open to all employees who support and are committed to this mission. The program brings together participants from every UC location. Participants represent faculty, academic personnel and staff, people managers and non-people managers

Contact Monica Shirley at [email protected] with any questions.
New APPs Who Joined the UCSF workforce

Mei Ou, NP Division of General Medicine
Liliana Teves Sierra, NP Division of General Medicine
Brittany Dingler, PA Head and Neck Medical Oncology
Carla Medina, NP Pediatric/Neonatal Department
Shane Morong, PA Cardiothoracic Surgery
Elizabeth Durfee, NP Pediatric Neonatal
Magdelena Ford, NP Kidney/Pancreas
Emily Hylton, CRNA School of Medicine Anesthesia
Lorena Boyle, NP Infectious Diseases

Mentor and Mentee
Are you interested in having a mentor or being a mentor but missed the launch party? It is not too late. We are still accepting applications through April 15, 2022. Click to apply. View this YouTube for more information.

If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected]

APP Job Corner
Each month you will 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: referral program
There are over 125 available positions and many with $10K sign on bonus for external applicants.
Spread the word and save the date/time
April 7, 2022 4-6pm
Inaugural UCSF APP virtual open house
Wellness News

The 7 Pillars of Wellness

Emotional * Physical * Social * Financial * Environmental * Career * Spiritual

This month features resources for Emotional Wellness--that is, how to manage stress, be resilient, and understand and regulate emotion. We are living during challenging times and we must all step up our strategies to maintain our well-being and help one another. Check in with your colleagues.

Mid-Day Mindfulness Weekdays, Monday through Friday 12:00PM - 12:15PM.
A moment to breathe, reflect, and ground ourselves. No meditation experience necessary. Click here for zoom information. Password 081257. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
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Email the Office of Advance Practice Providers: [email protected]

Ivette Becerra-Ortiz DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, C-PNP
Chief of Advanced Practice Providers
Alisa Yee, MSN, ACNP-BC
Director of Operations
Roseanne "Rosie" Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN Director of Advanced Practice Clinical Systems
Brandon Sessler, MMS, PA-C
Director of APP Professional Practice
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