Amber Fitzsimmons, PT

Title(s)Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of California, San FranciscoDPTSc2013 Graduate Division
    Pacific University, Forest Grove, ORMS1996Physical Therapy
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CABS1993Biochemistry
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF2014 2014 UCSF School of Medicine, Essential Core Teaching Award: Commitment to Teaching
    UCSF2014UCSF School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award
    UCSF2018Fellow of the National Academies of Practice

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    Dr. Fitzsimmons is an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the School of Medicine’s Anatomy Department. Prior to her return to academia for her doctorate research, she worked for over a decade in clinical practice with an emphasis on acute care and acute rehabilitation. She is the course director for PT 201: Physical Therapy Assessment, for first-year physical therapy students; PT 735: Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation Sciences, for second-year students; and PT 215: C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Accountability, Responsibility, and Excellence), a longitudinal course for first-year and second-year students focusing on professionalism and social responsibility in healthcare. Her anatomy appointments include teaching duties in PT 200: Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy and as a gross anatomy laboratory instructor in the School of Medicine's essential core curriculum. In addition, she serves as the physical therapy faculty lead in the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program. She also serves on the committee of educational technology, and is the faculty liaison for UCSF diversity initiatives.

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    1. Rivera J, de Lisser R, Dhruva A, Fitzsimmons A, Hyde S, Reddy S, Tsourounis C, Adler SR. Integrative Health: An Interprofessional Standardized Patient Case for Prelicensure Learners. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 May 04; 14:10715. PMID: 30800915.
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    2. Boet S, Pigford AA, Fitzsimmons A, Reeves S, Triby E, Bould MD. Interprofessional team debriefings with or without an instructor after a simulated crisis scenario: An exploratory case study. J Interprof Care. 2016 Nov; 30(6):717-725. PMID: 27309589.
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    3. Copti N, Shahiri R, Wanek L, and Fitzsimmons A. J Phys Ther Educ.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion in Physical Therapy: Advocating for Cultural Competency in Physical Therapy Education across the United States. J Phys Ther Educ. 2016; 4(30):11-16.
    4. Fitzsimmons A, Cisneros B, Samore J. A learner developed longitudinal interprofessional education curriculum. J Interprof Care. 2014 Jan; 28(1):66-7. PMID: 23905603.
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    5. Fitzsimmons A, Topp K, O'Brien B.Investigation into physical therapy students? interprofessional experiences during an eight-week clinical clerkship: Qualitative Study (in press). J of Phys Ther Educ.
    6. Rivera J, Yukawa M, Hyde S, Fitzsimmons A, Christman J, Gahbauer A, Scheid A, Wamsley M. .Interprofessional Standardized Patient Exercise (ISPE): The Case of “Elsie Smith”. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.