Amin Azzam, MD

InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidencySchool of Medicine - Psychiatry

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    Amin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, before starting medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. During medical school, he participated in the inaugural year of the National Institutes of Health’s “Clinical Research Training Program.” After completing medical school, he participated in the research track of the general adult psychiatry residency program at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. He then completed a two-year research fellowship in psychiatric genetics at the San Francisco Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, 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 two-year masters’ degree in education, at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on quantitative methods and evaluation. He is now a Clinical Professor at both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California, as well as a Simulation Educator at Samuel Merritt University's Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC).

    Currently, he wears three hats:
    1. Director of the “Problem-Based Learning” curriculum at the UC Berkeley—UCSF Joint Medical Program,
    2. Associate Director of the UC Berkeley—UCSF Joint Medical Program, and
    3. Simulation Educator at Samuel Merritt University

    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. 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. 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. PMID: 27627633.
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    2. Chen HC, Wamsley MA, Azzam A, Julian K, Irby DM, O'Sullivan PS. The Health Professions Education Pathway: Preparing Students, Residents, and Fellows to Become Future Educators. Teach Learn Med. 2017 Apr-Jun; 29(2):216-227. PMID: 27813688.
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    3. Bourgeois JA, Hategan A, Azzam A. Competency-based medical education and scholarship: Creating an active academic culture during residency. Perspect Med Educ. 2015 Oct; 4(5):254-8. PMID: 26449362; PMCID: PMC4602015.
    4. Sokal-Gutierrez K, Ivey SL, Garcia RM, Azzam A. 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. PMID: 25893941.
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    5. Azzam A. 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. PMID: 23859098.
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    6. Hoover CR, Wong CC, Azzam A. 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. PMID: 22012409.
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    7. 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. Genome-wide linkage analysis of obsessive-compulsive disorder implicates chromosome 1p36. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Oct 15; 72(8):629-36. PMID: 22633946; PMCID: PMC3437244.
    8. 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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    9. Martinez W, Azzam A, Mack K. Student near-peer co-tutors in PBL groups. Med Educ. 2009 May; 43(5):475-6. PMID: 19422498.
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    10. Chandavarkar U, Azzam A, Mathews CA. Anxiety symptoms and perceived performance in medical students. Depress Anxiety. 2007; 24(2):103-11. PMID: 16845642.
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