Bridget O’Brien, PhD has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, since 2008. She is a professor of medicine and an education scientist in the Office of Medical Education's Center for Faculty Educators. As co-director of the Teaching Scholars Program and the UCSF-University of Utrecht Health Professions Education doctoral program she teaches and mentors faculty and learners interested in education research and scholarship. At the San Francisco VA, she directs the Advanced Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research. In 2015 she was selected as one of five national Macy Faculty Scholars supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and in 2021 she was selected as a KIPRIME Fellow at the Karolinska Instituet. She is a deputy editor for the journal Academic Medicine
Dr. O'Brien's research focuses primarily on understanding and improving workplace learning among health professionals. Her work has explored learning processes in interprofessional, team, and longitudinal clinical experiences. Her current work studies opportunities and barriers to lifelong learning in clinical practice. Dr. O'Brien has expertise in qualitative research and has authored and co-authored several articles on qualitative methods, including guidelines for reporting on qualitative research.