Amin Azzam, MD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 18th Street, #4250
San Francisco CA 94107
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidencySchool of Medicine - Psychiatry
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Amin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, and psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. He then enrolled in a two-year research fellowship in psychiatric genetics, before discovering that his true passion was in medical education. Deciding that 27 years of formal education just wasn’t enough, he went back to school for a masters’ degree in education, at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on quantitative methods and evaluation.

    Amin Azzam is a professor at 3 San Francisco bay area universities: 1) University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, 2) University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and 3) Samuel Merritt University. He has dedicated his career to innovations in health professional schools, including Problem Based Learning (PBL), Simulation Based Learning (SBL), and Open Educational Pedagogy (OEP). He remains clinically active—running long-term psychotherapy groups for patients with chronic illnesses. He lives in Oakland with his wife (June) and children (Remy and Margo). They enjoy camping, board games, and international travel.

    Clinically he specializes in group psychotherapy for patients with chronic medical conditions.

    His research interests include exploring the efficacy of various instructional approaches in stimulating health-professional students’ acquisition, retention, and application of content knowledge in their evolving roles as clinicians.
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    1. Learning through Osmosis: A global Wikipedia editing course for medical students. MedEdPublish. 2020 Jan 1; 9(1). Guven GT, Geraci GC, Green GJ, Neist NJ, Gopalakrishnan GM, Bhatt BP, Cupino CT, Azzam AA. .
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    2. Developing faculty leadership from 'within': a 12-year reflection from an internal faculty leadership development program of an academic health sciences center. Med Educ Online. 2019 Dec; 24(1):1567239. Tsoh JY, Kuo AK, Barr JW, Whitcanack L, Merry I, Alldredge BK, Azzam AN. PMID: 30716011; PMCID: PMC6366438.
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    3. Wikipedia Editing Courses at Three US Medical Schools in the 2017-2018 Academic Year. MedEdPublish. 2019 Jan 1; 8(2). Joshi JM, Verduzco VR, Yogi YS, Garcia GM, Saxena SS, Tackett TS, Dexter DN, Dempsey DA, Whitaker WE, Azzam AA. .
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    4. Pharmacy students can improve access to quality medicines information by editing Wikipedia articles. BMC Med Educ. 2018 Nov 20; 18(1):265. Apollonio DE, Broyde K, Azzam A, De Guia M, Heilman J, Brock T. PMID: 30454046; PMCID: PMC6245851.
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    5. The reCAPTCHA of medical education. Med Teach. 2019 05; 41(5):598-600. Tackett S, Gaglani S, Heilman J, Azzam A. PMID: 29683009.
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    6. Academics anonymous: A medical student's 12-step guide to scholarly productivity. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2017 Sep-Dec; 30(3):244-247. Wei N, Bourgeois JA, Hategan A, Azzam A. PMID: 29786029.
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    7. Embracing Wikipedia as a teaching and learning tool benefits health professional schools and the populations they serve. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. 2017. View Publication.
    8. Embracing Wikipedia as a teaching and learning tool benefits health professional schools and the populations they serve. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. 2017 Jun 22. Azzam AA. .
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    9. Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia: Final-Year Medical Student Contributions to Wikipedia Articles for Academic Credit at One School. Acad Med. 2017 02; 92(2):194-200. Azzam A, Bresler D, Leon A, Maggio L, Whitaker E, Heilman J, Orlowitz J, Swisher V, Rasberry L, Otoide K, Trotter F, Ross W, McCue JD. PMID: 27627633; PMCID: PMC5265689.
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    10. The Health Professions Education Pathway: Preparing Students, Residents, and Fellows to Become Future Educators. Teach Learn Med. 2017 Apr-Jun; 29(2):216-227. Chen HC, Wamsley MA, Azzam A, Julian K, Irby DM, O'Sullivan PS. PMID: 27813688; PMCID: PMC5546872.
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    11. From Industry to Generativity: The First 12 Years of the Association for Academic Psychiatry Master Educator Program. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Aug; 40(4):576-83. Blitzstein SM, Seritan AL, Sockalingam S, Randall M, Kablinger A, Lieff S, Azzam A. PMID: 27137766.
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    12. Competency-based medical education and scholarship: Creating an active academic culture during residency. Perspect Med Educ. 2015 Oct; 4(5):254-258. Bourgeois JA, Hategan A, Azzam A. PMID: 26449362; PMCID: PMC4602015.
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    13. Evaluation of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP): The First 4 Years. Teach Learn Med. 2015; 27(2):189-96. Sokal-Gutierrez K, Ivey SL, Garcia RM, Azzam A. PMID: 25893941.
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    14. As technology and generations in medical education change, what remains is the intersection between educator, learners, assessment and context. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2013 Jun; 25(3):347-56. Azzam A. PMID: 23859098.
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    15. From primary care to public health: using Problem-based Learning and the ecological model to teach public health to first year medical students. J Community Health. 2012 Jun; 37(3):647-52. Hoover CR, Wong CC, Azzam A. PMID: 22012409.
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    16. Genome-wide linkage analysis of obsessive-compulsive disorder implicates chromosome 1p36. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Oct 15; 72(8):629-36. Mathews CA, Badner JA, Andresen JM, Sheppard B, Himle JA, Grant JE, Williams KA, Chavira DA, Azzam A, Schwartz M, Reus VI, Kim SW, Cook EH, Hanna GL. PMID: 22633946; PMCID: PMC3437244.
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    17. Understanding the educational value of first-year medical students' patient encounter data. Med Teach. 2011; 33(4):e218-26. O'Brien BC, Cai VL, Azzam A. PMID: 21456981.
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    18. ADHD prevalence and association with hoarding behaviors in childhood-onset OCD. Depress Anxiety. 2010 Jul; 27(7):667-74. Sheppard B, Chavira D, Azzam A, Grados MA, Umaña P, Garrido H, Mathews CA. PMID: 20583294; PMCID: PMC2925836.
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    19. Student near-peer co-tutors in PBL groups. Med Educ. 2009 May; 43(5):475-6. Martinez W, Azzam A, Mack K. PMID: 19422498.
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    20. Evidence for a heritable unidimensional symptom factor underlying obsessionality. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2008 Sep 05; 147B(6):676-85. Mathews CA, Greenwood T, Wessel J, Azzam A, Garrido H, Chavira DA, Chandavarkar U, Bagnarello M, Stein M, Schork NJ. PMID: 18163383.
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    21. A comparative study of obsessive-compulsive disorder in Costa Rica and the United States. Depress Anxiety. 2008; 25(7):609-19. Chavira DA, Garrido H, Bagnarello M, Azzam A, Reus VI, Mathews CA. PMID: 17823962.
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    22. Heritability and clinical features of multigenerational families with obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2007 Mar 05; 144B(2):174-82. Mathews CA, Nievergelt CM, Azzam A, Garrido H, Chavira DA, Wessel J, Bagnarello M, Reus VI, Schork NJ. PMID: 17290446.
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    23. Anxiety symptoms and perceived performance in medical students. Depress Anxiety. 2007; 24(2):103-11. Chandavarkar U, Azzam A, Mathews CA. PMID: 16845642.
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    24. Meta-analysis of the association between the catecholamine-O-methyl-transferase gene and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2003 Nov 15; 123B(1):64-9. Azzam A, Mathews CA. PMID: 14582147.
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