Rebecca Shunk, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 3379
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    Dr. Shunk, board certified in internal medicine, is the physician Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) as well as Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She and her team develop strategies to improve interprofessional, team-based health professions education in patient-centered primary care. Dr. Shunk has been a primary care provider and clinician educator at the SFVAMC and UCSF for the past 13 years.

    Dr. Shunk previously served as Associate Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program. During her tenure, she participated in and facilitated the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Course.

    She has served on numerous committees focusing on trainee education at UCSF, SFVAMC and the VA nationally. Most recently she worked on the national VA Academic Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) committee. The committee produced “Academic PACT: A blueprint for primary care redesign in academic practice settings.” She has received several teaching awards, including the Calvin L. Chou PRIME Teaching Award. In 2014, she was awarded the California Society of General Internal Medicine Leader in GIM Award at the California regional meeting.

    Dr. Shunk received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She attended University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency and transferred to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to complete her residency and her Chief Resident year. She is currently a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF.

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    1. Patel S, O'Brien BC, Dulay M, Earnest G, Shunk RL. Team Retreats for Interprofessional Trainees and Clinic Staff: Accelerating the Development of High-Functioning Teams. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Dec 21; 14:10786. PMID: 30800986.
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    2. Gardner AL, Shunk R, Dulay M, Strewler A, O'Brien B. Huddling for High-Performing Teams. Fed Pract. 2018 Sep; 35(9):16-22. PMID: 30766382.
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    3. Olayiwola JN, Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, Shunk R, Grumbach K, Gottlieb L. Higher Perceived Clinic Capacity to Address Patients' Social Needs Associated with Lower Burnout in Primary Care Providers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018; 29(1):415-429. PMID: 29503309.
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    4. O'Brien BC, Patel SR, Pearson M, Eastburn AP, Earnest GE, Strewler A, Gager K, Manuel JK, Dulay M, Bachhuber MR, Shunk R. Twelve tips for delivering successful interprofessional case conferences. Med Teach. 2017 Dec; 39(12):1214-1220. PMID: 28685632.
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    5. I.C. King, A. Strewler, J.E. Wipf, M. Singh, E. Painter, R. Shunk, R. Brienza, R. Tivis, W.G. Weppner, M. Davidson, J. Willis, T. Gordon, C. S. Smith.Translating innovation: Exploring dissemination of a unique case conference. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2017; 6:55-60.
    6. Kohlwes J, O'Brien B, Stanley M, Grant R, Shunk R, Connor D, Cornett P, Hollander H. Does Research Training During Residency Promote Scholarship and Influence Career Choice? A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a 10-Year Cohort of the UCSF-PRIME Internal Medicine Residency Program. Teach Learn Med. 2016 Jul-Sep; 28(3):314-9. PMID: 27143394.
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    7. Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, O'Brien B, Earnest G, Gupta R, Shunk R, Grumbach K. Panel management, team culture, and worklife experience. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):231-41. PMID: 25730504.
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    8. Shunk R, Dulay M, Chou CL, Janson S, O'Brien BC. Huddle-coaching: a dynamic intervention for trainees and staff to support team-based care. Acad Med. 2014 Feb; 89(2):244-50. PMID: 24362383.
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    9. Shunk RL. Professionalism: a piercing dilemma. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 25; 173(6):406. PMID: 23420355.
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    10. Kohlwes RJ, Cornett P, Dandu M, Julian K, Vidyarthi A, Minichiello T, Shunk R, Jain S, Harleman E, Ranji S, Sharpe B, O'Sullivan P, Hollander H. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program. J Grad Med Educ. 2011 Dec; 3(4):535-40. PMID: 23205204; PMCID: PMC3244321.
    11. Shunk R, Dulay M, Julian K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Tarter L, Hollander H, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P. Using the american board of internal medicine practice improvement modules to teach internal medicine residents practice improvement. J Grad Med Educ. 2010 Mar; 2(1):90-5. PMID: 21975892; PMCID: PMC2931217.
    12. Kohlwes RJ, Shunk RL, Avins A, Garber J, Bent S, Shlipak MG. The PRIME curriculum. Clinical research training during residency. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 May; 21(5):506-9. PMID: 16704399; PMCID: PMC1484802.
    13. Kohlwes RJ, Shunk R. An electrocardiogram curriculum for resident doctors. Med Educ. 2005 Nov; 39(11):1163-4. PMID: 16262838.
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    14. Shunk R. A cardiac physical examination curriculum. Acad Med. 2000 May; 75(5):552-3. PMID: 10824836.
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