Jonathan Rodnick Family & Community Medicine Colloquium

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2020 FCM Rodnick Colloquium

This Year marks the  40th anniversary of the founding of the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, and we will be celebrating on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco to commemorate this milesone. While the SFGH residency program was established in 1972, the actual UCSF medical school department was not launched until 1980. We will be holding a dinner gala on May 28, 2020 at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio, following the annual Department of FCM Rodnick Colloquium that afternoon. Formal invitations will be sent in a few weeks asking for RSVPs.

The department has come a long way since its inception, to become one of the most highly accomplished and influential departments of family medicine in the nation.

Seeds planted many years ago—many even before the department was founded—have sprouted into a bountiful garden of remarkable programs across our mission areas of patient care, education, research, and community engagement.

What began as two small medical student teaching clinical practices established in the 1960s—one at SFGH and a small home care program administered from Parnassus—transformed into the SFGH Family Health Center (the SF Health Network’s largest primary care clinic), the SFGH Family Medicine Inpatient Service, the Lakeshore Family Medicine Practice, and UCSF Health Primary Care Services, with home care programs still active in both systems. 

In residency education, an affiliation in 1968 with one of the nation’s oldest community-based family medicine residencies at Santa Rosa Community Hospital was followed by establishment of the residency program at SFGH in 1972 and a steady growth in affiliated community residencies, now numbering 10 and graduating nearly 100 family physicians annually.

For a new specialty having to invent its own academic identify, the department built outstanding research programs and now counts four of its faculty as members of the National Academy of Medicine.

Community was in the department’s name from the very beginning, and became the roots for a diverse ecosystem of community partnerships ranging from the development of Federally Qualified Health Centers in San Francisco to the UCSF campus-wide Center for Community Engagement.

The 40th Anniversary provides an occasion to reflect on the journey traveled, take stock of where we are, and consider our aspirations for the future. I hope many of you will be able to join us to celebrate!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

UCSF FCM Rodnick Colloquium 11-4:00pm                  

40th Anniversary Gala Dinner 5:30-8:30pm     

Presidio Golden Gate Club

135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129


A sample of past oral presentations:

1. The Photovoice Project: Black mothers in California share their stories

2. Does an anti-oppression curriculum increase the level of confidence in healthcare professionals to recognize unconscious bias and address it through allyship?

3. Summer Urban Health & Leadership Academy: Promoting youth leadership, wellness, and educational attainment through a community-academic health center partnership

4. Synergy Curriculum: Practice transformation, reducing health inequity one resident at a time

5. CEDAWG: Community Engagement and Diversity Action Workgroup

6. Increasingly poor hospital data quality adversely affects the ability to identify race/ethnic disparities

A sample of past poster presentations:

1. Success of a minority aids initiative in training minority and/or minority-serving providers

2.Creating a Health Professions Exposure Curriculum for High School Pipeline Program

3. Mentoring Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders: The Summer Urban Health Leadership Academy Mentoring Program

4. Mentoring diverse students through the Future Faces of Family Medicine program

5. From learners to leaders: The Advocacy, Community Engagement, Quality Improvement and Leadership Academy (ACQILA) at the University of California, San Francisco


The annual Family & Community Medicine Colloquium on Innovations in Family Medicine – dedicated in 2008 to Jonathan Rodnick, MD – celebrates the best of the work being done in family medicine at UCSF. Each year, the colloquium:

  • Provides a forum to showcase the most innovative work of department members and medical students in many areas, some of which include clinical care, community engagement, education, and research;
  • Enhances collaboration within the department; and
  • Fosters mentorship opportunities for medical students interested in family medicine and residents in our family medicine residency training programs.

Past Programs


Former FCM Chair Jack Rodnick dedicated his life to improving medical education and serving UCSF faculty members and students and the greater San Francisco Bay Area community. We can think of no better way to honor his memory and years of dedicated service than to have his name and life’s work memorialized by the colloquium and by creating a grants program to assist individuals to take their initial steps as scholars in family medicine. Please consider helping us to honor Jack’s legacy by contributing to this important educational event.

For online donations, please click here. Under “Choose a designation,” please choose “Jonathan Rodnick Memorial Fund.”

You may also donate by mail; please click here to access the printable donor form.