Tracy Fulton, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address513 Parnassus Avenue, MSB, #1210A
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-502-4434
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    University of California, San Francisco, CAMS1998 Graduate Division (Biochemistry)
    University of California, San Francisco, CAPhD2000 Graduate Division (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, NetherlandsPhDin progHealth Professions Education
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    American Educational Research Association2023Division I Established Investigator Award
    UCSF School of Medicine2022Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in Classroom Setting
    American Association of Medical Colleges2021AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award
    International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)2017Master Teacher Award
    UCSF School of Pharmacy2016Dean's Innovation in Education Award
    UCSF School of Medicine, Classes of 2017 and 20182015Essential Core Teaching Award for "Innovative Teaching"
    UCSF School of Pharmacy2014  - 2017Long Award for Excellence in Teaching
    UCSF Academy of Medical Educators2013  - 2023Endowed Chair for Excellence in Foundational Teaching
    UCSF School of Pharmacy2005  - presDean's Apple Award for Teaching

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    Tracy Fulton has spent more than 20 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she earned a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and is now a 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. Tracy is now a learner in the UCSF-University Medical Center Utrecht doctoral program in Health Professions Education, exploring how students and faculty integrate and use their knowledge in the clinical workplace, with the goal of better informing preclerkship curriculum design.

    In the Bridges School of Medicine curriculum, Tracy co-directs the REGulatioN (Renal, Endocrine, GI, Nutrition) block. One of Tracy's main goals has been to transform medical biochemistry from a siloed collection of enzymes and pathways to an applied discipline focused on understanding. She worked with a team to nationally implement and study the Pathways of Human Metabolism Map, a visual tool for health professions students demonstrated to promote deep learning and application of classroom concepts to clinical problems. In her role as a course director she is passionate about helping students see connections between biochemistry and other disciplines and collaborates with faculty locally and nationally in this effort.

    Tracy is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and held the Academy Chair for Excellence in Foundational Teaching for 2 terms from 2013-2023. 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 and current member of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) committee for the Association of Biochemistry Educators (ABE), and has served on two US Medical Licensing Exam committees. For ~10 years Tracy was a leader in the Aquifer Sciences initiative, a partnership between Aquifer and the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) to design instructional tools that facilitate integration of basic sciences with clinical reasoning. Finally, Tracy was a member of the group that produced the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency in 2014.

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    1. Using a boundary crossing lens to understand basic science educator and clinical educator collaboration in instructional design. Med Teach. 2024 07; 46(7):956-962. Fulton TB, Nixon LJ, Wilson-Delfosse AL, Harris DM, Ngo KD, Fall LH, O'Brien BC. PMID: 38100767.
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    2. When students' words hurt: 12 tips for helping faculty receive and respond constructively to student evaluations of teaching. Med Educ Online. 2023 Dec; 28(1):2154768. Cornes S, Torre D, Fulton TB, Oza S, Teherani A, Chen HC. PMID: 36474429.
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    3. What have we learned about constructed response short-answer questions from students and faculty? A multi-institutional study. Med Teach. 2024 03; 46(3):349-358. Brenner JM, Fulton TB, Kruidering M, Bird JB, Willey J, Qua K, Olvet DM. PMID: 37688773.
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    4. Professional Identity Formation of Basic Science Medical Educators: A Qualitative Study of Identity Supports and Threats. Acad Med. 2023 11 01; 98(11S):S14-S23. Brooks JV, Dickinson BL, Quesnelle KM, Bonaminio GA, Chalk-Wilayto J, Dahlman KB, Fulton TB, Hyland KM, Kruidering M, Osheroff N, Tuan RL, Ho MJ. PMID: 37556802; PMCID: PMC10657385.
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    5. A Multi-institutional Study of the Feasibility and Reliability of the Implementation of Constructed Response Exam Questions. Teach Learn Med. 2023 Oct-Dec; 35(5):609-622. Olvet DM, Bird JB, Fulton TB, Kruidering M, Papp KK, Qua K, Willey JM, Brenner JM. PMID: 35989668.
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    6. Connecting Biochemistry Knowledge to Patient Care in the Clinical Workplace: Senior Medical Students' Perceptions about Facilitators and Barriers. Teach Learn Med. 2023 Aug-Sep; 35(4):398-410. Fulton TB, Collins S, van der Schaaf M, O'Brien BC. PMID: 35796605.
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    7. Supporting anti-oppressive education using Zoom chat during lecture: One tool in the toolbox. Med Educ. 2022 03; 56(3):350. Fulton TB, Rolón L, Bindman J, Sewell JL. PMID: 34761417.
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    8. Can Content Experts Rely on Others to Reliably Score Open-Ended Questions on Summative Exams? Acad Med. 2021 11 01; 96(11S):S210. Olvet DM, Bird JB, Fulton TB, Kruidering M, Papp KK, Qua K, Willey JM, Brenner JM. PMID: 34705711.
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    9. Supporting anti-oppressive education using Zoom chat during lecture. Med Educ. 2021 Nov; 55(11):1310-1311. Fulton TB, Rolón L, Bindman J, Sewell JL. PMID: 34455617.
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    10. Thinking Slow More Quickly: Development of Integrated Illness Scripts to Support Cognitively Integrated Learning and Improve Clinical Decision-Making. Med Sci Educ. 2021 Jun; 31(3):1005-1007. Fall LH, English R, Fulton TB, Harris DM, Ngo K, Nixon J, Hembrook-Short J, Wilson-Delfosse A. PMID: 34457943; PMCID: PMC8368410.
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    11. Medical Biochemistry Without Rote Memorization: Multi-Institution Implementation and Student Perceptions of a Nationally Standardized Metabolic Map for Learning and Assessment. Med Sci Educ. 2019 Mar; 29(1):87-92. Spicer DB, Thompson KH, Tong MS, Cowan TM, Fulton TB, Lindsley JE. PMID: 34457455; PMCID: PMC8360249.
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    12. What Nutrition-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Should Medical Students Develop?. Medical Science Educator. 2017; 27: 579–583. Lindsley JE, Abali EE, Bikman BT, Cline SD, Fulton T, Lopez B, Rosenthal OB, Uhley VE, Weintraut RJ, Williams DP, Wisco JJ, Kathryn Thompson K.
    13. Toward Defining the Foundation of the MD Degree: Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. Acad Med. 2016 Oct; 91(10):1352-1358. 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. PMID: 27097053.
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    14. Using a Curricular Vision to Define Entrustable Professional Activities for Medical Student Assessment. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1344-8. Hauer KE, Boscardin C, Fulton TB, Lucey C, Oza S, Teherani A. PMID: 26173516; PMCID: PMC4539334.
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    15. 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. Sabina RL, McKee EE, Osheroff N, Fulton TB, Franklin DS, Hogg T, Kearney KR, King SC, Niederhoffer EC, Noramly S, Thompson K, Wimmer MJ.
    16. Learning objectives in radiology education: why you need them and how to write them. Acad Radiol. 2013 Mar; 20(3):358-63. Webb EM, Naeger DM, Fulton TB, Straus CM. PMID: 23452482.
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    17. The design and utility of institutional teaching awards: a literature review. Med Teach. 2012; 34(11):907-19. Huggett KN, Greenberg RB, Rao D, Richards B, Chauvin SW, Fulton TB, Kalishman S, Littlefield J, Perkowski L, Robins L, Simpson D. PMID: 23110357.
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    18. 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. Ronner P, Sabina R, McKee E, Fulton TB, Ferrier D, Noramly S.
    19. Workshop in a Box: Project Management for Faculty and Learner Development; MedEdPORTAL Publication. 2011. Burke C, Fulton T, Chen H. View Publication.
    20. Medical Biochemistry in the Era of Competencies: Is it Time for the Krebs Cycle to go?. Medical Science Educator. 2011; 29(1):29-32. Fulton TB, Ronner P, Lindsley JE.
    21. Workshop in a Box: Visual Demonstration of Small Group Facilitation Techniques for Faculty Development; MedEdPORTAL Publication. 2010. Fulton T, Burke C, Hyland K, Kruidering-Hall M, Masters S. View Publication.
    22. 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. McEachern MJ, Iyer S, Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. PMID: 11016977; PMCID: PMC17213.
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    23. Template boundary in a yeast telomerase specified by RNA structure. Science. 2000 May 05; 288(5467):863-7. Tzfati Y, Fulton TB, Roy J, Blackburn EH. PMID: 10797010.
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    24. Molecular manifestations and molecular determinants of telomere capping. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2000; 65:253-63. Blackburn EH, Chan S, Chang J, Fulton TB, Krauskopf A, McEachern M, Prescott J, Roy J, Smith C, Wang H. PMID: 12760039.
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    25. Specific telomerase RNA residues distant from the template are essential for telomerase function. Genes Dev. 1998 Oct 15; 12(20):3286-300. Roy J, Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. PMID: 9784502; PMCID: PMC317211.
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    26. Identification of Kluyveromyces lactis telomerase: discontinuous synthesis along the 30-nucleotide-long templating domain. Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Sep; 18(9):4961-70. Fulton TB, Blackburn EH. PMID: 9710579; PMCID: PMC109080.
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