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News Links February 2016

A Monthly Digest for Faculty and Staff at UCSF School of Medicine

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How can we break out of silos and scale across UCSF? A report from the annual School of Medicine leadership retreat reveals partnership possibilities and insights from “boundary spanners.”


UC has launched the UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease initiative to support novel clinical studies and issued a UC-wide request for applications. Concept proposal deadline is 3/14.

Submit ideas for UCSF Center for Healthcare Value’s Caring Wisely Ideas Contest on how we can reduce waste to improve care (such as unnecessary processes, tests, procedures or inefficiencies). You do not have to describe how to implement the idea. Deadline is 2/12.

Researchers: Get funding and free expert industry advice to turn your discovery into a product - apply to the Catalyst Awards. Deadline is 2/22.

Department chairs: Submit applications for Dean's Diversity Fund grants to help recruit and retain faculty who are deeply committed to diversity and service to the underserved or vulnerable populations. Recipients will be named John A. Watson Scholars. Deadline is 3/21.

Staff: Applications are due 2/8 for the WINGS Employee Development Grant program, which offers financial assistance for professional and career development.

The Clinical Sciences Building demolition is set to begin on 2/8. Regular updates will be posted online and near the construction site and adjacent buildings.

New name, new website: The Center for Health Professions is now Healthforce Center at UCSF.



February 2CTSI Symposium on Comparative Effectiveness Research (Laurel Heights)

February 2UCSF Police on Active Shooter Response – Prepare to Survive (Parnassus)

February 5Open Plan Workspace Town Hall (Mission Bay; livestreaming); questions may be submitted in advance

February 5Staff Resource Day (Parnassus)

February 10Byers Award Lecture in Basic Science – Michael Fischbach, PhD: Drugs from Bugs: the Medicine Factory in Your Gut (Mission Bay)

February 11, 18, 25UC Oracles Toastmasters meetings (Parnassus)

February 12Global Health Economics (GHECon) Colloquium (Mission Bay)

February 17 – Integrative Grand Rounds – Brittany Blockman, MD: Communitas: Transforming the Experience of Pediatric Chronic Illness (Osher Center)

February 18Biobanking & Biospecimen Science Symposium (Mission Bay; livestreaming)

February 24 - "Injustice and Health” Teach-in with Soledad O'Brien (Parnassus; livestreaming)

The “Enhancing Relationship-Centered Communication Skills” course for physicians and advanced health providers has released dates through June.

Upcoming Educational Skills workshops with space available:

Mini Medical School for the Public (all at Mission Bay)


March 3-4 Developmental Disabilities: Update for Health Professionals (Laurel Heights)

March 17 – Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture – Basic Science - David O. Morgan, PhD: Chasing Ghosts in the Cell Cycle Machine (Mission Bay)

March 30Macy Regional Conference on Innovations in GME

April 3Accelerated Path to Teach for UCSF Certificates (Parnassus)

April 4-5Education Showcase with keynote speaker Karen Mann, PhD (Parnassus, Mission Bay)

April 9 Annual CUGH Global Health Conference (Hilton Union Square)


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