PCPH Education News and Events


We are delighted that Dr. Tracy Rydel, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, has been appointed as the School of Medicine’s Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education.

Dr. Rydel brings to the Assistant Dean of Clerkship Education position her extensive experience throughout the continuum of our medical student curriculum, dedicated mentorship of both students and faculty, and a commitment to educational innovation.

Congratulations, Dr. Rydel!

4th Annual Medical and Bioscience Education Day / SIMEC V

Lydia and Jonathan presented on FAMMED280: Student Community Outreach and Physician Support (S-CORPS) at this year's SIMEC conference. The course started at the beginning of the pandemic, with goals of leveraging the talents of preclinical medical students to provide emotional support for vulnerable patients via telehealth. The course is still ongoing, and we are continually trying to improve, please send us any and all feedback!" For more details please email me at lydiatam@stanford.edu.

You can watch the video of our presentation at the SIMEC V conference  here.

Vinita Shivakumar, Medical Student presented her work done with Tracy Rydel, MD,  Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, PCPH, on how last fall, they developed  a pre-clerkship elective on Primary Care Defined: Perspectives and Procedures" to increase the 'primary care' visibility  and  desirability  at  our  institution.  We  found  that  there  was widespread  interest  in  this  course  and  that  enrollees  got  significantly  interested  in  a  primary  care  career  than  non-enrollees  after  the course.  We  believe  that  our  course  design  of  experiential  learning through  procedure  workshops  and  early  student-faculty  engagement offers a framework for other institutions to promote the value of primary care specialties. Here’s a picture of the poster presented at the conference.

You can watch the video of our presentation at the SIMEC conference here.

Cureus, the open access medical science journal platform published “Making It Work”: A Preliminary Mixed Methods Study of Rural Trauma Care Access and Resources in New Mexico”, a research paper submitted by Anna Carroll, our fourth-year medical student. The bulk of the data collection for this research project took place in the summer of 2018. After many rounds of analysis, writing, editing, reviewing, and revising, the write-up of this project finally found its publication “home” in this journal.

Congratulations to Michael Dacre, Richard Sapp, Jonathan Lu, and Bright Zhou for being selected as STFM 2021 Student Scholars!

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine announced 4 of our Stanford medical students as the STFM 2021 Student Scholars in recognition of their commitment to academic family medicine through scholastic, volunteer and leadership pursuits, this award also acknowledges their potential for a career in academic medicine.

The scholarship awarded with this honor provides them entry to attend and present their work at the 2021 STFM Virtual Conference on Medical Student Education to be held February 1-3, 2021. This is a highly competitive award, as some of the best and brightest medical students are nominated from across the country. We are very proud of this accomplishment!

AAFP 2019-20 Program of Excellence Overall Award Winner - Stanford Univ SOM

Stanford University School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group has earned the American Academy of Family Physicians 2020 Program of Excellence Award! Our group is one of only 10 recipients of the award nationally. Congratulations to the many people who make our programs shine: especially Jimmy Zheng, Crystal Lin, Vinita Shivakumar, Tamara Montacute, MD, Tracy Rydel, MD, Erika Schillinger, MD, Cicily Chirayath, Steve Choy and Kim Osborn who contributed to this big achievement. We applaud your efforts to promote the excellence, values and philosophy of family medicine.

OSLER/Telemedicine Project: Published in STFM PRiMER

Family  medicine  residents  Drs.  Kristen  Zwicky  and  Emmeline  Ha  recently  published  a timely  article -Developing  a  Telemedicine  Curriculum  for  a  Family  Medicine Residency in STFM PRiMER, 9/21/2020-a journal on medical education by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they developed and implemented a telemedicine curriculum for the family medicine residency program. The curriculum increased resident interest in telemedicine and their confidence levels in conducting telemedicine visits.