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Bridget O'Brien, PhD

TitleAssociate Adjunct Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address1855 Folsom Street, MCB
San Francisco CA 94103
Phone415-519-7935
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    Cornell UniversityBS2000School of Industrial and Labor Relations
    UC BerkeleyMS2002Haas School of Business
    UC BerkeleyPhD2006Graduate School of Education

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    Bridget O’Brien, PhD has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, since 2008. As an Associate Professor affiliated with the Office of Medical Education, Research and Development in Medical Education unit (RaDME), she teaches and mentors faculty and learners in several programs, including the UCSF-University of Utrecht doctoral program in Health Professions Education, the Health Professions Education Pathway and the Teaching Scholars Program. At the San Francisco VA, she directs scholarship and evaluation for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education and a Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research. In 2015 she was selected as one of five national Macy Faculty Scholar, supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

    As a co-author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, she brought workplace learning to the forefront of educational innovation and reform. Her current research focuses on workplace learning in the context of longitudinal relationships, interprofessional team-based care, and systems improvement. Dr. O’Brien received her Master's in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and her PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.


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    1. Byerly LK, O'Sullivan PS, O'Brien B. Three Lenses on Learning: Frames for Residency Education. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Oct; 9(5):655-656. PMID: 29075390.
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    2. Dulay M, Laponis R, O'Brien BC, Gupta R, Ramanan RA, Julian K. An Intensive Continuity Clinic Immersion Experience for Interns: A Springboard to Confidence and Satisfaction With Continuity Clinic. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Oct; 9(5):622-626. PMID: 29075384.
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    3. Varpio L, O'Brien B, J Durning S, van der Vleuten C, Gruppen L, Ten Cate O, Humphrey-Murto S, Irby DM, Hamstra SJ, Hu W. Health Professions Education Scholarship Unit Leaders as Institutional Entrepreneurs. Acad Med. 2017 Aug; 92(8):1189-1195. PMID: 28121653.
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    4. O'Brien B, Patel SR, Pearson M, Eastburn AP, Earnest GE, Strewler A, Gager K, Manuel JK, Dulay M, Bachhuber MR, Shunk R. Twelve tips for delivering successful interprofessional case conferences. Med Teach. 2017 Jul 07; 1-7. PMID: 28685632.
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    5. Lo D, Zhang N, Eubank K, Harper GM, Yukawa M, O'Brien B. Changing Spaces and Learning Environments to Improve Inpatient Interprofessional Education for Internal Medicine Residents. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Jun; 9(3):374-375. PMID: 28638524.
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    6. Varpio L, O'Brien B, Hu W, Ten Cate O, Durning SJ, van der Vleuten C, Gruppen L, Irby D, Humphrey-Murto S, Hamstra SJ. Exploring the institutional logics of health professions education scholarship units. Med Educ. 2017 Jul; 51(7):755-767. PMID: 28418162.
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    7. Varpio L, Gruppen L, Hu W, O'Brien B, Ten Cate O, Humphrey-Murto S, Irby DM, van der Vleuten C, Hamstra SJ, Durning SJ. Working Definitions of the Roles and an Organizational Structure in Health Professions Education Scholarship: Initiating an International Conversation. Acad Med. 2017 02; 92(2):205-208. PMID: 27580432.
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    8. Artemeva N, Rachul C, O'Brien B, Varpio L. Situated Learning in Medical Education. Acad Med. 2017 01; 92(1):134. PMID: 28030424.
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    9. Varpio L, Ajjawi R, Monrouxe LV, O'Brien BC, Rees CE. Shedding the cobra effect: problematising thematic emergence, triangulation, saturation and member checking. Med Educ. 2017 Jan; 51(1):40-50. PMID: 27981658.
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    10. Kinahan KE, Kircher S, Altman J, Rademaker A, Salsman JM, Didwania A, O'Brien B, Patel AC, Sanford SD. Promoting the Shared-Care Model for Adolescent and Young Adults With Cancer: Optimizing Referrals and Care Coordination With Primary Care Providers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 Jan; 15(1):38-44. PMID: 28040718.
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    11. O'Brien BC, May W, Horsley T. Scholarly Conversations in Medical Education. Acad Med. 2016 Nov; 91(11 Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions):S1-S9. PMID: 27779504.
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    12. O'Brien BC, Ruddick VJ, Young JQ. Generating Research Questions Appropriate for Qualitative Studies in Health Professions Education. Acad Med. 2016 Oct 04. PMID: 27749306.
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    13. Kohlwes J, O'Brien B, Stanley M, Grant R, Shunk R, Connor D, Cornett P, Hollander H. Does Research Training During Residency Promote Scholarship and Influence Career Choice? A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a 10-Year Cohort of the UCSF-PRIME Internal Medicine Residency Program. Teach Learn Med. 2016 Jul-Sep; 28(3):314-9. PMID: 27143394.
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    14. Paradis E, O'Brien B, Nimmon L, Bandiera G, Martimianakis MA. Design: Selection of Data Collection Methods. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 May; 8(2):263-4. PMID: 27168901; PMCID: PMC4857496 [Available on 05/01/17].
    15. Wright S, O'Brien BC, Nimmon L, Law M, Mylopoulos M. Research Design Considerations. J Grad Med Educ. 2016 Feb; 8(1):97-8. PMID: 26913111; PMCID: PMC4763399 [Available on 02/01/17].
    16. Vesel TP, O'Brien BC, Henry DM, van Schaik SM. Useful but Different: Resident Physician Perceptions of Interprofessional Feedback. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):125-34. PMID: 27064716.
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    17. Maggio LA, Ten Cate O, Chen HC, Irby DM, O'Brien B. Challenges to Learning Evidence-Based Medicine and Educational Approaches to Meet These Challenges: A Qualitative Study of Selected EBM Curricula in U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):101-6. PMID: 26200580.
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    18. Maggio LA, Cate OT, Irby DM, O'Brien BC. Designing evidence-based medicine training to optimize the transfer of skills from the classroom to clinical practice: applying the four component instructional design model. Acad Med. 2015 Nov; 90(11):1457-61. PMID: 25993279.
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    19. Soones TN, O'Brien BC, Julian KA. Internal Medicine Residents' Perceptions of Team-Based Care and its Educational Value in the Continuity Clinic: A Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1279-85. PMID: 26173512; PMCID: PMC4539326.
    20. Stanley M, O'Brien B, Julian K, Jain S, Cornett P, Hollander H, Baron RB, Kohlwes RJ. Is Training in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Associated with a Career in Primary Care Medicine? J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1333-8. PMID: 26173526; PMCID: PMC4539335.
    21. O'Brien BC, Hirsh D, Krupat E, Batt J, Hansen LA, Poncelet AN, Ogur B, Hauer KE. Learners, performers, caregivers, and team players: Descriptions of the ideal medical student in longitudinal integrated and block clerkships. Med Teach. 2016; 38(3):297-305. PMID: 25894329.
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    22. van Schaik S, O'Brien B. More chickens, fewer eggs? On team-based learning, team performance and teamwork skills. Med Educ. 2015 Apr; 49(4):348-50. PMID: 25800291.
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    23. Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, O'Brien B, Earnest G, Gupta R, Shunk R, Grumbach K. Panel management, team culture, and worklife experience. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):231-41. PMID: 25730504.
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    24. van Schaik S, Plant J, O'Brien B. Challenges of interprofessional team training: a qualitative analysis of residents' perceptions. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2015 Jan-Apr; 28(1):52-7. PMID: 26261115.
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    25. Maggio LA, Cate OT, Moorhead LL, van Stiphout F, Kramer BM, Ter Braak E, Posley K, Irby D, O'Brien BC. Characterizing physicians' information needs at the point of care. Perspect Med Educ. 2014 Nov; 3(5):332-42. PMID: 24865885; PMCID: PMC4235804.
    26. O'Brien BC, Harris IB, Beckman TJ, Reed DA, Cook DA. Standards for reporting qualitative research: a synthesis of recommendations. Acad Med. 2014 Sep; 89(9):1245-51. PMID: 24979285.
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    27. van Schaik SM, O'Brien BC, Almeida SA, Adler SR. Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork in low-acuity settings: a qualitative analysis. Med Educ. 2014 Jun; 48(6):583-92. PMID: 24807434.
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    28. Shunk R, Dulay M, Chou CL, Janson S, O'Brien BC. Huddle-coaching: a dynamic intervention for trainees and staff to support team-based care. Acad Med. 2014 Feb; 89(2):244-50. PMID: 24362383.
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    29. O'Brien BC. Validating workplace-based assessments: continuity, synthesis and a qualitative heart. Med Educ. 2013 Dec; 47(12):1154-7. PMID: 24206146.
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    30. Patel S, Bachhuber M, O'Brien B. An interprofessional home visit curriculum for high-risk patients. Med Educ. 2013 Nov; 47(11):1138-9. PMID: 24117584.
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    31. Masters DE, O'Brien BC, Chou CL. The third-year medical student "grapevine": managing transitions between third-year clerkships using peer-to-peer handoffs. Acad Med. 2013 Oct; 88(10):1534-8. PMID: 23969370.
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    32. Maggio LA, Tannery NH, Chen HC, ten Cate O, O'Brien B. Evidence-based medicine training in undergraduate medical education: a review and critique of the literature published 2006-2011. Acad Med. 2013 Jul; 88(7):1022-8. PMID: 23702528.
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    33. Maggio LA, Steinberg RM, Moorhead L, O'Brien B, Willinsky J. Access of primary and secondary literature by health personnel in an academic health center: implications for open access. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jul; 101(3):205-12. PMID: 23930091; PMCID: PMC3738081.
    34. Sheu L, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan PS, Kwong A, Lai CJ. Systems-based practice learning opportunities in student-run clinics: a qualitative analysis of student experiences. Acad Med. 2013 Jun; 88(6):831-6. PMID: 23619068.
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    35. Poncelet AN, Wamsley M, Hauer KE, Lai C, Becker T, O'Brien B. Patient views of continuity relationships with medical students. Med Teach. 2013 Jun; 35(6):465-71. PMID: 23477473.
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    36. O'Brien BC, Irby DM. Enacting the Carnegie Foundation call for reform of medical school and residency. Teach Learn Med. 2013; 25 Suppl 1:S1-8. PMID: 24246101.
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    37. Hauer KE, O'Brien BC, Hansen LA, Hirsh D, Ma IH, Ogur B, Poncelet AN, Alexander EK, Teherani A. More is better: students describe successful and unsuccessful experiences with teachers differently in brief and longitudinal relationships. Acad Med. 2012 Oct; 87(10):1389-96. PMID: 22914512.
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    38. O'Brien BC, Niehaus B, Teherani A, Young JQ. Residents' perspectives on the final year of medical school. Int J Med Educ. 2012 Aug 07; 3:151-158. PMID: 28029642.
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    39. Hauer KE, Hirsh D, Ma I, Hansen L, Ogur B, Poncelet AN, Alexander EK, O'Brien BC. The role of role: learning in longitudinal integrated and traditional block clerkships. Med Educ. 2012 Jul; 46(7):698-710. PMID: 22691149.
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    40. O'Brien BC, Poncelet AN, Hansen L, Hirsh DA, Ogur B, Alexander EK, Krupat E, Hauer KE. Students' workplace learning in two clerkship models: a multi-site observational study. Med Educ. 2012 Jun; 46(6):613-24. PMID: 22626053.
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    41. Plant JL, Corden M, Mourad M, O'Brien BC, van Schaik SM. Understanding self-assessment as an informed process: residents' use of external information for self-assessment of performance in simulated resuscitations. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013 May; 18(2):181-92. PMID: 22419435.
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    42. Wamsley M, Staves J, Kroon L, Topp K, Hossaini M, Newlin B, Lindsay C, O'Brien B. The impact of an interprofessional standardized patient exercise on attitudes toward working in interprofessional teams. J Interprof Care. 2012 Jan; 26(1):28-35. PMID: 22233365.
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    43. O'Brien B, Teherani A. Using workplace learning to improve patient care. Acad Med. 2011 Nov; 86(11):e12. PMID: 22030660.
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    44. Sheu LC, Zheng P, Coelho AD, Lin LD, O'Sullivan PS, O'Brien BC, Yu AY, Lai CJ. Learning through service: student perceptions on volunteering at interprofessional hepatitis B student-run clinics. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Jun; 26(2):228-33. PMID: 20652476; PMCID: PMC3098345.
    45. Krupat E, Sprague JM, Wolpaw D, Haidet P, Hatem D, O'Brien B. Thinking critically about critical thinking: ability, disposition or both? Med Educ. 2011 Jun; 45(6):625-35. PMID: 21564200.
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    46. Hauer KE, Mazotti L, O'Brien B, Hemmer PA, Tong L. Faculty verbal evaluations reveal strategies used to promote medical student performance. Med Educ Online. 2011; 16. PMID: 21629669; PMCID: PMC3102538.
    47. Mazotti L, O'Brien B, Tong L, Hauer KE. Perceptions of evaluation in longitudinal versus traditional clerkships. Med Educ. 2011 May; 45(5):464-70. PMID: 21486322.
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    48. O'Brien BC, Cai VL, Azzam A. Understanding the educational value of first-year medical students' patient encounter data. Med Teach. 2011; 33(4):e218-26. PMID: 21456981.
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    49. O'Brien BC, Poncelet AN. Transition to clerkship courses: preparing students to enter the workplace. Acad Med. 2010 Dec; 85(12):1862-9. PMID: 20978432.
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    50. Shunk R, Dulay M, Julian K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Tarter L, Hollander H, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P. Using the american board of internal medicine practice improvement modules to teach internal medicine residents practice improvement. J Grad Med Educ. 2010 Mar; 2(1):90-5. PMID: 21975892; PMCID: PMC2931217.
    51. 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. Acad Med. 2010 Feb; 85(2):220-7. PMID: 20107346.
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    52. Poncelet AN, Hauer KE, O'Brien B. The longitudinal integrated clerkship. Virtual Mentor. 2009 Nov 01; 11(11):864-9. PMID: 23206999.
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    53. Teherani A, O'Brien BC, Masters DE, Poncelet AN, Robertson PA, Hauer KE. Burden, responsibility, and reward: preceptor experiences with the continuity of teaching in a longitudinal integrated clerkship. Acad Med. 2009 Oct; 84(10 Suppl):S50-3. PMID: 19907386.
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    54. Wamsley MA, Dubowitz N, Kohli P, Cooke M, O'Brien BC. Continuity in a longitudinal out-patient attachment for Year 3 medical students. Med Educ. 2009 Sep; 43(9):895-906. PMID: 19674297.
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    55. Hauer KE, O'Brien B, Poncelet AN. Longitudinal, integrated clerkship education: better for learners and patients. Point. Acad Med. 2009 Jul; 84(7):821. PMID: 19550168.
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    56. Poncelet A, O'Brien B. Preparing medical students for clerkships: a descriptive analysis of transition courses. Acad Med. 2008 May; 83(5):444-51. PMID: 18448897.
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    57. O'Brien B, Cooke M, Irby DM. Perceptions and attributions of third-year student struggles in clerkships: do students and clerkship directors agree? Acad Med. 2007 Oct; 82(10):970-8. PMID: 17895662.
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