Living Our UCSF Values: Cultivating the Ideal Learning and Health Care Ecosystem year in review: 2017-2018

Catherine Lucey, MD, Executive Vice Dean, Vice Dean for Education

Dear Friends of Medical Education,

We are pleased to share our 2017-2018 Annual Report of UCSF Medical Education initiatives and achievements. This year we illustrate how our staff, faculty, and community partners work and collaborate to cultivate the ideal learning and health care ecosystem in the School of Medicine.

Though we recognize the challenges in fully living these values in this evolving, dynamic environment and its rapid advances in technology, knowledge, and health care infrastructure, we are diligently working to address the complexities with innovative strategies that incorporate considerations of faculty, students, and staff.

In April we held a retreat for over 100 faculty, staff, learners, School of Medicine and UCSF-wide leadership that was specifically devoted to uncovering challenges in the learning environment and focused on building novel solutions. As demonstrated clearly at the retreat, our medical education community’s commitment to engage in creative problem solving and continuous quality improvement was inspiring.

Over the course of the day, we collectively:

• Shared insights into strategies to foster ideal ecosystems of learning that advance quality patient care

• Learned from colleagues about their team’s innovative solutions devoted to seeking active questioning from our learners (LEARN); implementing effective grading in clerkships (GROW); and building resilience to support learning and the work environment (THRIVE)

• Used a LEAN approach and A3-model to brainstorm creative solutions to support an ideal learning and health care ecosystem

Reviewing the stories in this report, I am tremendously proud to see our community of learners, faculty and staff united by our shared aspiration to transform medical education so that every patient receives high-quality, equitable care and by their desire to enhance the environment in which we teach, learn, discover, and care so that all within the environment may thrive.

Our critical partnerships with remarkable staff, faculty, students, and School of Medicine leaders will continue to advance our work—which ultimately results in high-quality educational programs that are shaping our medical students and residents into 21st Century physicians who deliver compassionate patient care, and continuously improve our health care delivery systems.

I encourage our faculty, staff, learners and our community to continue partnering with us in our efforts to Learn, Grow, and Thrive. The coming months will include more communications on how these strategies to cultivate the ideal learning and health care ecosystem will be implemented.


Catherine R. Lucey, MD


Letter from Leadership, by Kevin H. Souza, MS, Associate Dean for Medical Education

Helping Learners Thrive: Assessment for Learning

Kern Institute Initiatives: Developing Medical Educators of the 21st Century

Graduate Medical Education and the Clinical Learning Environment

Student Experience Team and Student Wellbeing

Equity Pedagogy: Fostering an Inclusive Learning Environment

Profile on the Center for Faculty Educators’ Annual Education Showcase


Profile of Edward W. Kim, MD ’75, MPH


Honors and Awards



Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

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