IPE Community

Below is a small selection of UCSF colleagues who support IPE and the work of the Center. Their dedication and passion for IPE at UCSF is part of what makes our work so successful. More profiles will be added periodically so please check back.

School of Medicine

Dr. Adler is Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Director of Education for the UCSF Osher Center
for Integrative Medicine, and Director of Education for the Zen Hospice Project. She has been a member of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators since 2005, and served as chair of its Innovations Funding Committee (2007-11). Dr. Adler trained in medical anthropology, sociocultural gerontology, and medical education research.

Dr. Adler currently directs a study to develop an interprofessional curriculum in integrative medicine (NIH), a study to develop an interprofessional end-of-life care training program for direct-care workers (e.g., home health aides), and co-directs (with Sandrijn van Schaik) a study to assess individual teamwork skills in members of interprofessional clinical teams (National Board of Medical Examiners/Stemmler). Dr. Adler’s other research includes interprofessional approaches to integrative medicine and ethnomedicine, patient-practitioner communication, and quality of life at the end of life. She is currently directing a study of health-care relationships among patients, biomedical practitioners, and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners (NIH) and three community-based participatory research studies of end-of-life experiences among underserved women with advanced cancer (NIH, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, California Breast Cancer Research Program).

In November 2012, Dr. Adler was Program Chair for the first International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Adler’s teaching includes interprofessional courses in health and social justice, end-of-life care, and integrative medicine.

Sandrijn van Schaik, MD PhD
School of Medicine

Sandrijn van Schaik is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UCSF with a clinical appointment in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, where she directs the fellowship program. She is the Education Director for the Kanbar Center for Simulation, Clinical Skills and Telemedicine Education at UCSF, which serves all schools on campus. She founded the Kanbar Simulation and Scholarship group, an interprofessional group of faculty that holds informal monthly meetings to discuss ideas for innovative educational programs and research around simulation. Her major research focus is on interprofessional teamwork and communication.

She currently has a Faculty Scholarship from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to study interprofessional feedback with as goal to develop guidelines aimed to improve interprofessional practice. In collaboration with Shelley Adler from the Osher Institute at UCSF, she is developing an assessment tool for interprofessional teamwork skills, a project funded by the national board of medical examiners.

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Janice Humphreys, PhD, RN, NP, FAAN

School of Nursing

Janice Humphreys is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Academic Personnel at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Family Health Care Nursing. The nexus of her research is the interrelationship between battered women and their children, their human responses and strengths. Her most recent studies address chronic pain, depression, and PTSD in abused women as well as the relationship between intimate partner violence and telomere length, a measure of cell aging. This program of research is an outgrowth of Dr. Humphreys’ clinical practice and attempts to answer questions of significance. Dr. Humphreys is also a longstanding member of the Center for Symptom Management at UCSF and first author on the latest edition of the Theory of Symptom Management. Dr. Humphreys also has taught courses on symptom management and family violence, served as a clinical preceptor in battered women’s shelters, and given frequent lectures on intimate partner violence and symptom management both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Her numerous publications include peer-reviewed research, book chapters, and three books. For many years she served on the board of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International and is a founding member of the Enfermeras del Anillo del Pacifico en Investigación sobre Violencia de Pareja [Nursing Research on Pacific Rim Intimate Partner Violence]. She is currently a Board Member for the Academy on Violence and Abuse and in 2006 was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

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Lisa Kroon, PHarmD, CDE

School of Pharmacy

Dr. Lisa Kroon is a Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Kroon received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and then completed two years of residency at UCSF in pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy administration. She has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1996. She practices in the UCSF Medical Center’s Adult Diabetes Clinic, Diabetes Teaching Center, and Adult Primary Care Clinic, where she cares for people with diabetes and chronic illnesses. She is Medical Director for Smoking Cessation at the UCSF Medical Center and co-directs the Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center (www.ucsfhealth.org/tobaccotreatment). Her current research interests include interprofessional health education, tobacco cessation, and innovative practice models in the community pharmacy setting.

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Susan Hyde, DDS, MPH, PhD
School of Dentistry

Susan first participated in interprofessional education as a graduate student in public health, epidemiology, and geriatrics programs. Learning and training alongside nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, physicians, social workers, and veterinarians provided her with a unique perspective of the challenges and rewards of interprofessional learning. Since joining UCSF in 2005, Susan has served as the School of Dentistry’s faculty representative for interprofessional education, disseminating the importance of oral health. This role has allowed her to develop, deliver, and evaluate curricula on global health, public health, geriatrics, oral health, patient evaluation, and research methods and design. The curricular format has included case-based, small groups, interactive videos, and standardized patient encounters. These curricula have been delivered to students from all UCSF health professions Schools, faculty scholars from diverse institutions in Northern California, and some are available world-wide through web-based learning modules. As the Fellowship Director for Dentistry of a HRSA Multidisciplinary Fellowship in Geriatrics, she is responsible for the clinical training of dental fellows and oral health training of the other disciplines. Susan has contributed to interprofessional research in the area of health disparities and anticipate much successful future collaboration with UCSF’s new Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education.

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Maria Wamsley, PhD 
School of Medicine

Dr. Wamsley is a general internist in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Haile T. Debas UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of standardized patient exercises both for formative and evaluative purposes and has worked with others to develop standardized patient cases in the following areas: Interprofessional education, chronic illness care, and substance abuse. In addition, she has an interest in faculty development and has worked through the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators to create a community of educators who provide peer observation and feedback to faculty at UCSF.

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Gail Persily
UCSF Library

Gail Persily is Director of Learning Technologies and Education Services of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management where she has worked since 1990. In her current position, she and her staff oversee the campus online learning environment, assist staff and faculty in the development of online learning content, and provide instruction and consultation in effective use of information resources for evidence based practice and research. She engages with all of the schools to ensure they are leveraging the resources and expertise of the Library for their academic programs. Gail manages the Library’s Instructional Grants Program which has been awarding grants for IPE projects since 2009. She received her Masters in Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco where she can be spotted supporting her neighborhood farmers market, visiting art museums, and frequenting her local bookstores..

Josette Rivera, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor

Josette Rivera is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a clinician educator in the Division of Geriatrics. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester and residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She then completed a three year clinical and research fellowship in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins. At the conclusion of fellowship, Dr. Rivera became a staff physician at On Lok Lifeways, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which serves nursing home eligible seniors in the San Francisco area. She joined the Geriatrics faculty at UCSF in 2008.
Dr. Rivera’s educational focus is on interprofessional education in the context of caring for older adults. As a recipient of a five year Geriatric Academic Career Award, she aims to create interprofessional geriatrics curricula for students and practitioners. Dr. Rivera is the course director and faculty mentor for the Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care elective and student interest group. She also established the American Geriatrics Society Special Interest Group in Interprofessional Education and Practice in Geriatrics.

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School of Nursing

Dr. Kathleen Dracup is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, where she served as Dean from 2000 to 2010. Dr. Dracup is well-known for her leadership in cardiovascular nursing, heart disease research, and the education of health professionals. Her research has had a strong collaborative focus with the disciplines of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy. She served as editor of Heart & Lung and the American Journal of Critical Care for almost 30 years. She is a a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Australia and has been awarded extramural funding for her research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute for Nursing Research, the American Heart Association, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Dr. Dracup has received numerous awards, including two from the American Heart Association: the Katherine Lembright Award for excellence in cardiovascular research and the Eugene Braunwald Award for academic mentorship. She has also received a Distinguished Career Award from both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Heart Failure Society of America.

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Assistant Dean, UCSF School of Nursing

Jeff Kilmer is Assistant Dean in the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs in the School of Nursing where he has worked since 1991. He and his staff oversee admissions, progression, and services to matriculated students, student funding and financial aid counseling, course approvals, curriculum evaluation, classroom scheduling, new student orientation, commencement, international students and scholars, special studies, certification and credentialing, program evaluation, website maintenance, and recruitment and retention. In addition, he has been involved in UCSF interprofessional initiatives from their earliest days and worked closely with several other key staff on the original proposal that resulted in the creation of the Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Health Education.  Jeff loves all things connected to water (oceans, rivers, swimming pools) and can often be found sitting beside a glacial lake in the High Sierras. He enjoys travelling and has spent time in about 40 countries (and counting). He is an avid chef (although you won’t find him on “Chopped”) and most Saturday mornings you will find him at the Farmer’s Market drooling over summer peaches, tomatoes, asparagus, or kohlrabi.

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Helen Loeser, MD, MSc
Director, Academy of Medical Educators (AME), School of Medicine

Helen Loeser is a Professor of Pediatrics, prior director of medical student education in Pediatrics (1990-98), and most recently the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs (1998-2011) at the UCSF School of Medicine. A lifelong change-agent, she has overseen a major undergraduate medical education curriculum restructuring and re-design process at UCSF, and continues to facilitate institutional change and transformative innovations in core clinical learning, global health and interprofessional education. Also a member of UCSF's Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, she has experience in mentoring rising young educators, promoting curricular innovation, and engaging in the national dialogue on educational leadership, scholarship and institutional change. In active support of student “formation” in curriculum design and medical education research, she started a summer “Curriculum Ambassador” program for students after their first year, and helped to launch the Area of Concentration in medical education. In the global health arena, she has been working with Muhimbili University in Tanzania to build capacity through curricular innovation and faculty development. Along with her counterparts in Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy, she has been a co-leader of UCSF’s Interprofessional Education Task Force, working to advance curriculum and learning experiences across UCSF’s professional schools and programs.


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