Dec 3, 2015


UCSF medical residencies based at San Francisco General Hospital have a long tradition of attracting and training physician-leaders with interests in care for vulnerable populations. The new STEP UP (SFGH Training and Education Programs for Underserved Populations) initiative brings residents from across SFGH together for shared learning on issues related to serving at-risk and marginalized patients. Since its inception in late 2014, STEP UP has helped sponsor several Grand Rounds focused on equity and inclusion and has coordinated shared learning sessions across residency programs. In October, Iman Nazeeri-Simmons, SFGH Chief Operating Officer and Curtis Chan, Medical Director of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health met with residents across departments to discuss leadership related to health care in safety net settings. In November, Berkeley Media Studies Group provided a training on media framing—what it is and why it matters—for Internal Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and Pediatric residents. Upcoming STEP UP shared curricular sessions are slated for February 19 and June 10, 2016.

For more information about STEP UP, contact Joanie Rothstein at [email protected].


Dec 3, 2015


On November 13th, three programs based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine - the Center for Excellence in Primary Care, the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program and STEP UP - came together to sponsor a Grand Rounds on the intersection of race and medical education. Speakers Renee Navarro, MD, UCSF's Vice Chancellor Diversity and Outreach, and Rene Salazar, MD, Director of Diversity for UCSF GME discussed how our biases, known and unknown, affect academics, medical practice and workplace culture. The discussion touched on how microaggressions lead to hostile work environments for both colleagues and patients, how we must improve curricula to empower students to speak up when they see racism in practice, and the need for better faculty training around these important discussions. UCSF is working to address these issues through a variety of initiatives led by the Office of Diversity and Outreach. A WebEx recording of the November 13th Grand Rounds is available at


Oct 14, 2015
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On behalf of Josh Adler, MD, Executive Vice President for Physician Services, UCSF Health and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, UCSF School of Medicine

I am very pleased to announce the establishment of the UCSF Office of Population Health and Accountable Care (OPHAC). As part of the 5 year strategic plan, “UCSF Vision 2020,” UCSF Health has committed to promoting a high-value system of care by engaging with health care partners to form an accountable care organization (ACO) model. The mission of our OPHAC team is to lead and facilitate implementation of population-based at-risk contracts, develop the internal infrastructure and the external relationships to successfully manage ACO and other risk-based contracts and to provide high value care to defined populations of patients.

The senior leadership team for OPHAC is comprised of Kevin Grumbach, MD, Chair of Family and Community Medicine and Vice President for Population Health, Gina Intinarelli, RN PhD, Executive Director and Ami Parekh, MD JD, Executive Medical Director for Population Health and Accountable Care. Read more.