Clinician Educator Fellowship

The vision of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) Clinician Educator Fellowship is to train future leaders in academic general internal medicine.

We are pleased to offer Clinician Educator Fellowship positions in general internal medicine for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.  Fellowship positions are structured as a one-year program but may be extended to two years with fellowship director approval. These positions are designed to prepare fellows for faculty careers as clinician-educators in academic general internal medicine by expanding skills in clinical medicine, clinical teaching, scholarship and medical education. Each fellow will spend approximately 50% time in direct clinical care at the DGIM ambulatory site at UCSF/Mount Zion (including opportunities in urgent care) and teaching and supervising residents and students in ambulatory care. Mentoring of clinical work and feedback in ambulatory teaching will be provided by the Fellowship Director and other experienced DGIM faculty.  Fellows will have the opportunity to teach in resident conferences and attend resident retreats.  

Approximately 50% of the fellows' effort will be directed to scholarship and development of an area of expertise in academic general internal medicine and primary care. Fellows can take advantage of our Health Professions Education Pathways Program. All fellows are expected to complete a scholarly project (research, curriculum development, health systems improvement project, etc.) and disseminate this work at local and/or national meetings.  Fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue projects that address health disparities and promote equity. Here is a sample fellow’s schedule.

Fellows will also have the opportunity to develop additional clinical expertise in a specific area of clinical medicine, if desired. Recent prior fellows have developed areas of expertise and scholarship in clinical geriatrics, hepatology, addiction medicine, behavioral medicine and quality improvement. Other potential areas of expertise and scholarship might include systems change, women's health, office orthopedics, preventive medicine, clinical nutrition, weight management, medical informatics, etc. Working with DGIM faculty with similar interests, each fellow will be able to design an individualized curriculum to meet these goals. 

New this year, fellows have the option to participate in an Area of Concentration (AOC):

  1. Medical Education: In this AOC, fellows will work under close mentorship of education leaders within DGIM on curricular development, assessment, evaluation, and scholarship. Specific content areas will be mutually determined by incoming fellows and education leaders based on fellows’ areas of interest and the needs of educational programs within the internal medicine residency and School of Medicine.
  2. Health Systems Science/Clinical Innovation: Primary care practices are undergoing clinical transformation to meet the needs of patients and providers alike. In this AOC, fellows will work closely with DGIM’s Director of Quality and Clinical Innovation (Dr. Jonathan Lee) as well as key educators who teach QI to our trainees on QI initiatives within the division. In addition to leading QI project(s) under close mentorship, they will participate in our division’s QI meetings and have opportunities to teach QI and mentor trainees in QI projects.  
  3. Mental/Behavioral Health: There is a growing need to integrate medical and behavioral health care into primary care practices. In this AOC, fellows will work closely with our Practice-Embedded Psychiatrist (Dr. Samelson-Jones), the Behavioral Health Navigation Team, and a faculty mentor on projects related to mental/behavioral health gaps in our patients’ care and resident curriculum. They will spend a portion of their clinical time seeing patients with mental/behavioral health problems on a consultative basis with Dr. Samelson-Jones.  
  4. Obesity Medicine: While obesity rates continue to rise, most primary care providers do not feel they have adequate training in nutrition and obesity medicine. In this AOC, fellows will receive formal training in obesity medicine by spending a portion of their clinical time in the weight management clinic and receiving didactic lessons. They can also focus their scholarly work on projects related to undergraduate or graduate medical education in obesity medicine, community based interventions, and/or quality improvement projects. Fellows will work closely with our Weight Management Clinic Director (Dr. Diana Thiara) and other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Applicants must have completed an approved residency in Internal Medicine. Fellows will be selected based on demonstrated excellence in clinical care and teaching and academic promise. Individuals who are underrepresented in medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary with benefits will be provided at the appropriate UCSF post-graduate level. Fellows will receive a housing stipend, as well as a meal card. 

To apply, send a curriculum vitae, the names and phone numbers of three faculty references (one of these references must be the internal medicine program director) and a letter describing your interests and potential plans for the fellowship year to:

Leslie Sheu, MD
[email protected] 
DGIM Clinical Educator Fellowship 
University of California, San Francisco 
1545 Divisadero, Suite 322 
San Francisco, CA 94143 
Box 0320

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2021. 
We will notify all fellows about decisions by January 15, 2022. Fellows begin July 1, 2022.