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Ann Poncelet, MD, Appointed Director of UCSF Academy of Medical Educators

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Ann Poncelet, MD has been appointed as the director of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators (AME), which is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academies in medical education. Dr. Poncelet succeeds Helen Loeser, MD, who is retiring. Dr. Loeser’s leadership over the past four years has advanced the impact of the AME as a community of educators committed to catalyzing excellence in education and recognizing our distinguished educators in the health professions. Dr. Poncelet will transition into the leadership role beginning in July 2016.

Dr. Poncelet is a professor of clinical neurology, and is an active clinician with expertise in neuromuscular disease. In the Department of Neurology, Dr. Poncelet has chaired an important committee on sustainable funding for teaching and has participated in a committee focused on the status of women in Neurology. As a classroom and clinical teacher in Neurology, Dr. Poncelet has won a number of teaching awards. She is a neurology preceptor for Parnassus Integrated Clerkship (PISCES), leads reflection sessions on patient management and professional development for medical students, and teaches neuromuscular clinical skills for residents and fellows.

Dedicated to Educational Leadership

Dr. Poncelet is a long-standing member of the AME and currently holds the Mr. & Mrs. David George Rowe & Stephen W. Rowe Endowed Chair for Teaching in Neurology. She has held many critical roles for the AME, including chair of the Scholarship Committee and member of the Leadership Council and the Teacher Support Committee. She is a trained observer for the AME TOP (teaching observation program) faculty development program. She is sought after as an institutional educational leader and has led the Integrated Curriculum Steering Committee as well as numerous key committees for the Bridges Curriculum.

Since joining the faculty of UCSF in 1995, Dr. Poncelet has had a steady stream of increasingly impactful leadership roles in education. Initially the director of the Neurology Block Clerkship, Dr. Poncelet is best known for her groundbreaking work as the founding leader of PISCES. The design, implementation and evaluation of this program resulted in multiple publications. Indeed, Dr. Poncelet is internationally known as an expert in longitudinal clinical experiences and has served as a consultant for the development of longitudinal clerkships for dozens of medical schools across the country and around the world. She is the lead editor on the first book on longitudinal integrated clerkships which is coming out this summer. Dr. Poncelet has also been involved in creating superb programs in faculty development and communities of educators in multiple different organizations. A graduate of the competitive Harvard Macy Program for Leaders in Health Care Education, Dr. Poncelet is a frequent guest faculty lecturer for this longstanding faculty development program. In the American Academy of Neurology, she has served as the vice chair and chair of the AB Baker Section on Neurology Education and has directed national courses on professionalism and interprofessional education.