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Heather Whelan, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 5282
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    UC DavisMD1999School of Medicine
    NYUMSc2008School of Education
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    UC Davis1997AOA
    UCSF2013UCSF Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award

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    Heather Whelan is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Associate Section Chief in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center/UCSF. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Russian Language at UC Berkeley, and her medical degree from UC Davis. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA-Olive View. She then completed a 2 year program in medical education at New York University, receiving a Masters of Science in Education. She currently maintains clinical, administrative, and educational roles. She is a Co-Director for Foundations of Patient Care, the introductory clinical skills course for medical students at UCSF. She directs the mini-OSCE and OSCE, formative and summative standardized patient exams for medical students in their first 2 years. In addition, she has been an active participant in building the new Bridges medical school curriculum. She directs the Faculty Development program for the San Francisco VA Hospital Medicine group. Clinically, she provides direct care of medical and surgical patients and supervises housestaff on the medicine ward teams at the San Francisco VA. Her interests include assessment and evaluation, clinical reasoning and communication.


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    1. 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; PMCID: PMC4699999 [Available on 01/01/17].
    2. Connor DM, Whelan H, Elkin DE, et al. . The Unbefriended Patient: An Exercise in Ethical Clinical Reasoning. JGIM.
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