Molly Cooke, MD

Professor

Molly Cooke, M.D. FACP, Professor of Medicine, is the inaugural Director of Education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools at UCSF (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and the Graduate Division). Appointed in July 2012, her charge is to develop a portfolio of high impact educational programs for UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and faculty members and to devise innovative and high-value ways to share UCSF’s expertise in discovery science, health care delivery, professional education, and basic science with international partners.

Dr. Cooke has been active in medical education program development and educational research throughout her career. A distinguished teacher, Dr. Cooke has twice received the Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award as well as a UCSF Academic Senate Award for Distinction in Teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the AOA/Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); in 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award in Education from the Society for General Internal Medicine. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical education. This work culminated in the text, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, by Molly Cooke, David M. Irby and Bridget C. O’Brien, published in June 2010 by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Dr. Cooke has worked on using education and faculty development to address the health problems of under-served populations. A founding faculty member of the internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital–UCSF, she developed GME curricula focused on the care of the urban under-served, including community health and advocacy. She was the School of Medicine’s liaison to UCSF’s regional campus in Fresno from 2008 to 2013 and, in that capacity and as a member of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME advisory board, addressed health inequities in California’s Central Valley. She provided the educational expertise for IDCAP, Infectious Disease Capacity Building Evaluation, a three-year project exploring cost-effective ways to build capacity among mid-level providers in sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She serves on the Training Advisory Committee of he University of Zimbabwe Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI); the US partner institutions are the University of Colorado and Stanford University.

Dr. Cooke is a practicing internist with a special interest in HIV and other complex chronic illnesses. She has advised the AMA, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the AAMC on clinical care and ethical and policy issues in the HIV epidemic, and was a founding co-director of the AIDS Task Force of the Society for General Internal Medicine. She testified before both National Commissions on AIDS (1988 and 1990). She was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2004 and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as one of “America’s Best Doctors.” She is Past President (2013-14) of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. She also served as Governor of the Northern California chapter of the ACP from 2004 to 2009.

Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Stanford University. She received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She did her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as chief resident in medicine and did a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship focusing on ethics. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013.
Education
2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Residency, - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Websites
Publications
  1. Cooke M. Cost consciousness in patient care--what is medical education's responsibility? The New England journal of medicine 2010. PMID: 20357275


  2. Irby DM, Cooke M, O'Brien BC. Calls for reform of medical education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: 1910 and 2010. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2010. PMID: 20107346


  3. Janson SL, Cooke M, McGrath KW, Kroon LA, Robinson S, Baron RB. Improving chronic care of type 2 diabetes using teams of interprofessional learners. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2009. PMID: 19858812


  4. Wamsley MA, Dubowitz N, Kohli P, Cooke M, O'Brien BC. Continuity in a longitudinal out-patient attachment for Year 3 medical students. Medical education 2009. PMID: 19674297


  5. Lyss-Lerman P, Teherani A, Aagaard E, Loeser H, Cooke M, Harper GM. What training is needed in the fourth year of medical school? Views of residency program directors. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2009. PMID: 19550170


  6. Lubinski C, Aberg J, Bardeguez AD, Elion R, Emmanuel P, Kuritzkes D, Saag M, Squires KE, Weddle A, Rainey J, Zerehi MR, Ralston JF, Fleming DA, Bronson D, Cooke M, Cutler C, Ejnes Y, Gluckman R, Liebow M, Musana K, Mayer ME, Purtle MW, Reynolds PP, Viswanathan L, Weiss KB, Yehia B. HIV policy: the path forward--a joint position paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2009. PMID: 19385087


  7. Ginsburg JA, Doherty RB, Ralston JF, Senkeeto N, Cooke M, Cutler C, Fleming DA, Freeman BP, Gluckman RA, Liebow M, McLean RM, Musana KA, Nichols PM, Purtle MW, Reynolds PP, Weaver KM, Dale DC, Levine JS, Stubbs JW. Achieving a high-performance health care system with universal access: what the United States can learn from other countries. Annals of internal medicine 2007. PMID: 18056654


  8. O'Brien B, Cooke M, Irby DM. Perceptions and attributions of third-year student struggles in clerkships: do students and clerkship directors agree? Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2007. PMID: 17895662


  9. Rabow M, Gargani J, Cooke M. Do as I say: curricular discordance in medical school end-of-life care education. Journal of palliative medicine 2007. PMID: 17592988


  10. Cooke M, Irby DM, Sullivan W, Ludmerer KM. American medical education 100 years after the Flexner report. The New England journal of medicine 2006. PMID: 17005951


  11. Greene J, Yedidia MJ. Provider behaviors contributing to patient self-management of chronic illness among underserved populations. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2005. PMID: 16311500


  12. Irby DM, Cooke M, Lowenstein D, Richards B. The academy movement: a structural approach to reinvigorating the educational mission. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2004. PMID: 15277127


  13. Khademi S, Cooke MS. Comparing the attitudes of urban and rural Iranian women toward menopause. Maturitas 2003. PMID: 14559382


  14. Cooke M, Irby DM, Debas HT. The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2003. PMID: 12857682


  15. Fenton C, Loeser H, Cooke M. Intersessions: covering the bases in the clinical year. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2002. PMID: 12431936


  16. Lester P, Chesney M, Cooke M, Weiss R, Whalley P, Perez B, Glidden D, Petru A, Dorenbaum A, Wara D. When the time comes to talk about HIV: factors associated with diagnostic disclosure and emotional distress in HIV-infected children. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2002. PMID: 12439206


  17. Rider EA, Cooke M, Lowenstein D. The Academies Collaborative: sharing a new model for medical education. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2002. PMID: 12010711


  18. Cooke M, Irby DM. The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2002. PMID: 12010710


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  20. Lesky L, Davis A, Cooke M. How did we make the Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project work? National efforts to facilitate success. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2001. PMID: 11299167


  21. Nelson W, Angoff N, Binder E, Cooke M, Fleetwood J, Goodlin S, Goodman K, Kaplan KO, McCormick T, Meyer ML, Sheehan M, Townsend T, Williams P, Winslade W. Goals and strategies for teaching death and dying in medical schools. Journal of palliative medicine 2000. PMID: 15859716


  22. Papadakis MA, Osborn EH, Cooke M, Healy K. A strategy for the detection and evaluation of unprofessional behavior in medical students. University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Clinical Clerkships Operation Committee. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 1999. PMID: 10498089


  23. Gerbert B, Brown B, Volberding P, Cooke M, Caspers N, Love C, Bronstone A. Physicians' transmission prevention assessment and counseling practices with their HIV positive patients. AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education 1999. PMID: 10494355


  24. Thompson BL, Lawson D, Croughan-Minihane M, Cooke M. Do patients' ethnic and social factors influence the use of do-not-resuscitate orders? Ethnicity & disease 1999. PMID: 10355482


  25. Cooke M, Gourlay L, Collette L, Boccellari A, Chesney MA, Folkman S. Informal caregivers and the intention to hasten AIDS-related death. Archives of internal medicine 1998. PMID: 9437381


  26. Swig L, Cooke M, Osmond D, Luce JA, Brody RV, Bird C, Luce JM. Physician responses to a hospital policy allowing them to not offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1996. PMID: 8856001


  27. Folkman S, Chesney M, Collette L, Boccellari A, Cooke M. Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men. Journal of personality and social psychology 1996. PMID: 8636886


  28. Lester P, Partridge JC, Chesney MA, Cooke M. The consequences of a positive prenatal HIV antibody test for women. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes and human retrovirology : official publication of the International Retrovirology Association 1995. PMID: 7552496


  29. Folkman S, Chesney MA, Cooke M, Boccellari A, Collette L. Caregiver burden in HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners of men with AIDS. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology 1994. PMID: 7962878


  30. Schultz P, Bindman AB, Cooke M. Proficiency of internal medicine residents in outpatient care of patients with HIV infection. Journal of general internal medicine 1994. PMID: 7965242


  31. Lurie P, Bishaw M, Chesney MA, Cooke M, Fernandes ME, Hearst N, Katongole-Mbidde E, Koetsawang S, Lindan CP, Mandel J. Ethical, behavioral, and social aspects of HIV vaccine trials in developing countries. JAMA 1994. PMID: 8295289


  32. Smedira NG, Evans BH, Grais LS, Cohen NH, Lo B, Cooke M, Schecter WP, Fink C, Epstein-Jaffe E, May C. Withholding and withdrawal of life support from the critically ill. The New England journal of medicine 1990. PMID: 2296273


  33. Cooke M. Physician risk and responsibility in the HIV epidemic. The Western journal of medicine 1990. PMID: 2309474


  34. Cooke M, Sande MA. The HIV epidemic and training in internal medicine. Challenges and recommendations. The New England journal of medicine 1989. PMID: 2797106


  35. Lo B, Steinbrook RL, Cooke M, Coates TJ, Walters EJ, Hulley SB. Voluntary screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Weighing the benefits and harms. Annals of internal medicine 1989. PMID: 2648929


  36. Cooke M. Ethics of the HIV epidemic, physician risk and responsibility. Current opinion in infectious diseases 1989. PMID: 11654758


  37. Cooke M. AIDS and Public Policy Journal Housestaff attitudes toward the Acquird Immunodeficiency Syndrom 1989. PMID:


  38. Wachter RM, Cooke M, Hopewell PC, Luce JM. Attitudes of medical residents regarding intensive care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Archives of internal medicine 1988. PMID: 3257378


  39. Cooke M. Ethical issues in the care of patients with AIDS. QRB. Quality review bulletin 1986. PMID: 3099240


  40. Skeff KM, Stratos G, Campbell M, Cooke M, Jones HW. Evaluation of the seminar method to improve clinical teaching. Journal of general internal medicine 1986. PMID: 3772621


  41. Cooke M. Evaluation of impotence. The Western journal of medicine 1986. PMID: 3751023


  42. Jonsen AR, Cooke M, Koenig BA. AIDS and ethics. Issues in science and technology 1986. PMID: 11649684


  43. Skeff KM, Campbell M, Stratos G, Jones HW, Cooke M. Assessment by attending physicians of a seminar method to improve clinical teaching. Journal of medical education 1984. PMID: 6502663


  44. Cooke M, Wolk PJ, Cheitlin MD. Mediastinal tumor causing continuous murmur. American heart journal 1984. PMID: 6720562


  45. Cooke M, Sande MA. Diagnosis and outcome of bowel infarction on an acute medical service. The American journal of medicine 1983. PMID: 6650553