Rebecca Shunk, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1701 Divisadero
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 3379
Emailrebecca.shunk@va.gov
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    Rebecca Shunk, MD is the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the SFVAHCS/ Designated Educational Officer ( DEO) and the physician Co-Director of an interprofessional team-based training program called EdPACT at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS). Rebecca is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a primary care provider and clinician educator at the SFVAHCS and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for the past 22 years.

    She began her career as an Associate Program Director at Johns Hopkins Bayview then as the Associate Director of the UCSF/San Francisco VA (SFVA) PRIME program for UCSF internal Medicine Residents. Her primary educational focus is EdPACT, now over 10 years old, where she teaches interprofessional learners to deliver team-based patient centered care. The key principle of this curriculum is workplace learning. Her trainees include UCSF internal medicine residents, UCSF nurse practitioner (NP) students, NP Residents and other interprofessional trainees. With a team of interprofessional faculty she has developed, published and won awards for their interprofessional curricula for GME learners on topics such as interprofessional huddling, quality improvement, population health and team-based care. Her curricular focus now is on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, She and her team have created an evolving curriculum to promote gender and racial equity for trainees, staff and veterans.

    Her current primary leadership position is the DEO or the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the SFVA. In this role she leads a team managing VA’s 4th largest educational portfolio including 207 FTE for ACGME learners and 280 UCSF medical students rotating yearly. As the ACOS-Education, she participates in and leads strategic committees at both UCSF and VA locally and nationally. As a member of the national VA Strategic Academic Affiliation committee and the national EARs working group, she advocates for the needs of educational mission at VA. At UCSF she is a member of the Office of GME Leadership Committee, the GME Curriculum Committee, the UCSF GME Executive Oversight Committee and the Curriculum and the Education Policy.

    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. She is also a member of the Academy of Medical Educators. As the Educational Leader at VA she strives to improve trainee education through creating a diverse, equitable and collaborative learning environment. She does this as a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, promotion of DEI initiatives and support of numerous programs such as Gender Equity training workshops for faculty, staff and learners alike.

    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 Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF.

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    1. Promoting Quality Improvement in Primary Care Through a Longitudinal, Project-Based, Interprofessional Curriculum. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 09 10; 16:10932. Dulay M, Saxe JM, Odden K, Strewler A, Lau A, O'Brien B, Shunk R. PMID: 32934977; PMCID: PMC7485912.
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    2. Creating change, challenging structure: graduate and faculty perspectives on the implementation of an interprofessional education program in veterans affairs primary care. J Interprof Care. 2020 Nov-Dec; 34(6):756-762. Hulen E, Edwards ST, Poppe AP, Singh MK, Shunk R, Tuepker A. PMID: 31696759.
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    3. Team Retreats for Interprofessional Trainees and Clinic Staff: Accelerating the Development of High-Functioning Teams. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 12 21; 14:10786. Patel S, O'Brien BC, Dulay M, Earnest G, Shunk RL. PMID: 30800986; PMCID: PMC6354790.
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    4. Huddling for High-Performing Teams. Fed Pract. 2018 Sep; 35(9):16-22. Gardner AL, Shunk R, Dulay M, Strewler A, O'Brien B. PMID: 30766382; PMCID: PMC6366795.
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    5. 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. Olayiwola JN, Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, Shunk R, Grumbach K, Gottlieb L. PMID: 29503309.
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    6. Teaching interprofessional collaborative care skills using a blended learning approach. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2017 Sep 1; 8:86-90. Chen CA, Dennehy DC, Fitzsimmons FA, Hyde HS, Lee LK, Rivera RJ, Shunk SR, Wamsley WM. .
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    7. Twelve tips for delivering successful interprofessional case conferences. Med Teach. 2017 Dec; 39(12):1214-1220. O'Brien BC, Patel SR, Pearson M, Eastburn AP, Earnest GE, Strewler A, Gager K, Manuel JK, Dulay M, Bachhuber MR, Shunk R. PMID: 28685632.
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    8. Translating innovation: Exploring dissemination of a unique case conference. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2017; 6:55-60. 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. View Publication.
    9. Translating innovation: Exploring dissemination of a unique case conference. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2017 Mar 1; 6:55-60. King KI, Strewler SA, Wipf WJ, Singh SM, Painter PE, Shunk SR, Brienza BR, Tivis TR, Weppner WW, Davidson DM, Willis WJ, Gordon GT, Smith SC. .
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    10. 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. Kohlwes J, O'Brien B, Stanley M, Grant R, Shunk R, Connor D, Cornett P, Hollander H. PMID: 27143394.
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    11. Panel management, team culture, and worklife experience. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Sep; 33(3):231-41. Willard-Grace R, Dubé K, Hessler D, O'Brien B, Earnest G, Gupta R, Shunk R, Grumbach K. PMID: 25730504.
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    12. Huddle-coaching: a dynamic intervention for trainees and staff to support team-based care. Acad Med. 2014 Feb; 89(2):244-50. Shunk R, Dulay M, Chou CL, Janson S, O'Brien BC. PMID: 24362383.
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    13. Development and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Collaborative Case Conference Series in Primary Care. MedEdPORTAL. 2014 Jan 1. Pearson PM, O’Brien OB, Shunk SR. .
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    14. Professionalism: a piercing dilemma. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 25; 173(6):406. Shunk RL. PMID: 23420355.
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    15. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program. J Grad Med Educ. 2011 Dec; 3(4):535-40. 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. PMID: 23205204; PMCID: PMC3244321.
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    16. 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. Shunk R, Dulay M, Julian K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Tarter L, Hollander H, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P. PMID: 21975892; PMCID: PMC2931217.
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    17. The PRIME curriculum. Clinical research training during residency. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 May; 21(5):506-9. Kohlwes RJ, Shunk RL, Avins A, Garber J, Bent S, Shlipak MG. PMID: 16704399; PMCID: PMC1484802.
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    18. An electrocardiogram curriculum for resident doctors. Med Educ. 2005 Nov; 39(11):1163-4. Kohlwes RJ, Shunk R. PMID: 16262838.
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    19. A cardiac physical examination curriculum. Acad Med. 2000 May; 75(5):552-3. Shunk R. PMID: 10824836.
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