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Tracy Fulton, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of California, San Francisco, CAM.S.1998 Graduate Division (Biochemistry)
    University of California, San Francisco, CAPh.D.2000 Graduate Division (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF School of Pharmacy2005  - presDean's Apple Award for Teaching
    UCSF Academy of Medical Educators2013  - presEndowed Chair for Excellence in Foundational Teaching
    UCSF School of Pharmacy2014  - 2017Long Award for Excellence in Teaching
    UCSF School of Medicine, Classes of 2017 and 20182015Essential Core Teaching Award for "Innovative Teaching"
    UCSF School of Pharmacy2016Dean's Innovation in Education Award
    International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)2017Master Teacher Award

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    Tracy Fulton has spent more than 20 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she earned her PhD and is professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. As a grad student, while studying telomerase in yeast, she explored her love for teaching as an adult literacy tutor, an animal museum docent, a K-5 classroom helper, and a TA for dental school biochemistry. She settled on professional school education as her target path and since joining the faculty in 2000 has directed and taught in courses in the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. In the Bridges School of Medicine curriculum, Tracy co-directs the REGulatioN (Renal, Endocrine, GI, Nutrition) block. She is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and is the holder of the Academy Chair for Excellence in Foundational Teaching. Tracy mentors UCSF students in the PILLAR program, and students in UCSF School of Medicine’s postbaccalaureate program. Tracy is active in the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), past secretary for the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE), and serves on two National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) committees (Test Material Development Committee for pharmacology and biochemistry and an Item Review Committee). Tracy is on the leadership team for the Aquifer Sciences initiative, a project involving many IAMSE members focused on use of basic science concepts in clerkship clinical decision-making.

    Tracy’s research interests are in how to best use open-ended question-based assessment in the professional school setting, in how to educate students and faculty to leverage basic science in making clinical decisions, in using metabolic maps and other visual representations in biochemistry as learning and teaching tools, in resource-enhanced assessment, and in the role of memorization in learning.

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    1. Spicer DB, Thompson KH, Tong M, Cowan TM, Fulton TB, Lindsley JE.Medical Biochemistry without rote memorization: multi-institution implementation and student perceptions of a nationally standardized metabolic map for learning and assessment. Medical Science Educator. 2019; 29(1):87-92.
    2. Englander R, Flynn T, Call S, Carraccio C, Cleary L, Fulton TB, Garrity MJ, Lieberman SA, Lindeman B, Lypson ML, Minter RM, Rosenfield J, Thomas J, Wilson MC, Aschenbrener CA. Toward Defining the Foundation of the MD Degree: Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. Acad Med. 2016 Oct; 91(10):1352-1358. PMID: 27097053.
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    3. Hauer KE, Boscardin C, Fulton TB, Lucey C, Oza S, Teherani A. Using a Curricular Vision to Define Entrustable Professional Activities for Medical Student Assessment. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1344-8. PMID: 26173516.
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    4. Sabina RL, McKee EE, Osheroff N, Fulton TB, Franklin DS, Hogg T, Kearney KR, King SC, Niederhoffer EC, Noramly S, Thompson K, Wimmer MJ.Med Sci Educ. Meeting report: Teaching biochemistry to students of medicine, dentistry & pharmacy; 4th International Conference of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors (ABCD). 2013; 3(23):394-399.
    5. Webb EM, Naeger DM, Fulton TB, Straus CM. Learning objectives in radiology education: why you need them and how to write them. Acad Radiol. 2013 Mar; 20(3):358-63. PMID: 23452482.
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    6. Huggett KN, Greenberg RB, Rao D, Richards B, Chauvin SW, Fulton TB, Kalishman S, Littlefield J, Perkowski L, Robins L, Simpson D. The design and utility of institutional teaching awards: a literature review. Med Teach. 2012; 34(11):907-19. PMID: 23110357.
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    7. Fulton TB, Ronner P, Lindsley JE.Medical Biochemistry in the Era of Competencies: Is it Time for the Krebs Cycle to go?. Medical Science Educator. 2011; 29(1):29-32.
    8. Ronner P, Sabina R, McKee E, Fulton TB, Ferrier D, Noramly S.Med Sci Educ. Meeting report: Teaching biochemistry to students of medicine, dentistry & pharmacy; 3rd conference of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors (ABCD). 2011; 21(3):245-249.
    9. Burke C, Fulton T, Chen H.Workshop in a Box: Project Management for Faculty and Learner Development; MedEdPORTAL Publication. 2011.
    10. Fulton T, Burke C, Hyland K, Kruidering-Hall M, Masters S.Workshop in a Box: Visual Demonstration of Small Group Facilitation Techniques for Faculty Development; MedEdPORTAL Publication. 2010.
    11. McEachern MJ, Iyer S, Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. Telomere fusions caused by mutating the terminal region of telomeric DNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000 Oct 10; 97(21):11409-14. PMID: 11016977.
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    12. Tzfati Y, Fulton TB, Roy J, Blackburn EH. Template boundary in a yeast telomerase specified by RNA structure. Science. 2000 May 05; 288(5467):863-7. PMID: 10797010.
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    13. Blackburn EH, Chan S, Chang J, Fulton TB, Krauskopf A, McEachern M, Prescott J, Roy J, Smith C, Wang H. Molecular manifestations and molecular determinants of telomere capping. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2000; 65:253-63. PMID: 12760039.
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    14. Roy J, Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. Specific telomerase RNA residues distant from the template are essential for telomerase function. Genes Dev. 1998 Oct 15; 12(20):3286-300. PMID: 9784502.
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    15. Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. Identification of Kluyveromyces lactis telomerase: discontinuous synthesis along the 30-nucleotide-long templating domain. Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Sep; 18(9):4961-70. PMID: 9710579.
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