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    Denise Connor, MD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentMedicine
    Address4150 Clement St
    San Francisco CA 94121
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      University of PennsylvaniaMDSchool of Medicine2007
      University of California, San FranciscoInternal Medicine Residency2010
      University of California, San FranciscoHealth Equities: Academics & Advocacy Training Program2010
      University of California, San Francisco Inpatient Chief ResidentSan Francisco VA Medical Center2011
      University of California, San FranciscoTeaching Scholars ProgramAcademy of Medical Educators2016
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      UCSF, Academy of Medical Educators2012Excellence in Teaching Award
      UCSF, PRIME Program2014Calvin Chou Award for Education
      UCSF, Academy of Medical Educators2016Accepted into Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
      Society of General Internal Medicine2016David E. Rogers Junior Faculty Education Award for workshop “Teaching Clinical Reasoning"

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      CLINICAL ACTIVITIES:
      As a member of the San Francisco VA Medical Center’s Faculty Hospital Medicine Group, I attend on a range of inpatient services including the medicine ward service, a traditional teaching service, the Faculty Hospitalist Service, an attending-only service, the Co-Management Service, a consultative service for peri-operative patients, and our Swing Service, where I serve as Transfer Attending, Medicine Consult attending, Procedure attending (teaching bedside procedures), while admitting new patients and supporting the on-call team. As a safety net hospital, much of our clinical care at the SFVA is focused on underserved patients.

      My clinical work is paired with a leadership role within our section. As Director of our Faculty Hospitalist and Swing Services, I work to develop our clinical services by fostering communication with the residency program, developing our group’s clinical identity within the medical center, and forwarding our section’s educational mission.

      EDUCATIONAL PURSUITS:
      Medical education is at the heart of my career. In 2013, I joined the faculty of PRIME, a VA-based Area of Distinction for second and third year internal medicine residents interested in a robust training in understanding the medical literature, designing clinical research, and expanding clinical skills. As Associate Director of the clinical curriculum, my focus is on developing PRIME’s weekly didactic sessions. I have expanded this curriculum by developing a longitudinal clinical reasoning series, a case-based series focused on reinforcing and developing medical knowledge, and a career series dedicated to building tools for successful academic careers and learning about the many paths available to academic physicians.

      My interest in formal undergraduate medical education began in my year as a chief resident, and was reinforced through my experiences as a small group facilitator for the Foundations in Patient Care course and through facilitation of clinical skills sessions at the Kanbar Simulation Center. Inspired by these experiences, I joined the Clinical Guidance Program, coaching students as they work to improve patient care skills. And, by designing and launching an elective titled “Hospital-Based Medicine: A Clinical Skills Tutorial” for pre-clerkship medical students, I have had the opportunity to plan a hands-on clinical curriculum for early clinical learners.

      I have recently taken on new roles within the School of Medicine as the theme leader for Clinical Reasoning within the Clinical Microsystem Clerkship (CMC), and co-director for a capstone course in the Bridges Curriculum, titled the “Dr. Block: Data & Reasoning,” to be launched for second year medical students in 2017. This work has given me the opportunity to develop a novel curriculum focused on building skills in clinical reasoning.

      RESEARCH INTERESTS:
      My research interests are intertwined with my focus on medical education, specifically with curricular development and clinical reasoning. I am particularly interested in the intersection between communication and clinical reasoning. Highlights of my current projects are described below:

      • I am in the midst of a multi-year project aimed at learning how our elective, “Hospital-Based Medicine: A Clinical Skills Tutorial,” influences students’ clerkship preparedness, and whether the competencies stressed by our clinical faculty mirror the milestones expected of second-year students.

      • As I expand PRIME’s clinical reasoning curriculum, my goal is harness residents’ own, authentic cases to hone skill in metacognition. I am in the midst of analyzing a series of focus groups with graduating Internal Medicine residents to understand how they approach concepts related to diagnostic reasoning. My goal is to use the results of this thematic analysis to shape our future curriculum.

      • As co-director for the “Dr. Block: Data & Reasoning” in the Bridges Curriculum, I hope to enhance our understanding of successful strategies for teaching and assessing clinical reasoning in early learners.

      • I am working with a team of colleagues to develop a web-based platform aimed at helping faculty teach concepts in clinical reasoning to their learners, as an extension of the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s Exercises in Clinical Reasoning series. Ultimately, we hope to study the site’s impact on disseminating clinical reasoning concepts.

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      Clinical Reasoning, Cognitive Error, Bias in Clinical Decision Making, Medical Education, Disparities in Healthcare, Diversity and Inclusion

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      1. Kohlwes J, O'Brien B, Grant R, Shunk R, Connor DM, Cornett P, Hollander H . . Does Research Training During Residency Promote Scholarship And Influence Career Choice: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Ten Year Cohort of the UCSF-PRIME Internal Medicine Residency Program. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. Accepted, publication pending. 2016.
      2. Connor DM, Elkin GD, Lee K, Thompson V, Whelan H. The Unbefriended Patient: An Exercise in Ethical Clinical Reasoning. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jan; 31(1):128-32. PMID: 26438516.
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      3. Connor, D.M. & Dhaliwal, G. . When less is more for the struggling clinical reasoner. Diagnosis. 2015; 2(3):159-162.
      4. Contributing Author (Chapter), Connor, D.M., Chou, C.L., Davis, D.L. (2014). Feedback and Remediation: Reinforcing Strengths and Improving Weaknesses. In A. Kalet & C. L. Chou (Eds.), Remediation in Medical Education A Mid-Course Correction (pp. 249-263). Media, New York: Springer. . 2014; 249-263.
      5. Connor DM, Binkley S, Fishman NO, Gasink LB, Linkin D, Lautenbach E. Impact of automatic orders to discontinue vancomycin therapy on vancomycin use in an antimicrobial stewardship program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Dec; 28(12):1408-10. PMID: 17994524.
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      6. Drake CT, De Oliveira AX, Harris JA, Connor DM, Winkler CW, Aicher SA. Kappa opioid receptors in the rostral ventromedial medulla of male and female rats. J Comp Neurol. 2007 Jan 20; 500(3):465-76. PMID: 17120286.
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      7. Williams H, Connor DM, Hill JW. Testosterone decreases the potential for song plasticity in adult male zebra finches. Horm Behav. 2003 Dec; 44(5):402-12. PMID: 14644634.
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