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Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, ZSFG

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Open date: April 1st, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Oct 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Chief, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) seeks an outstanding leader for its Division of General Internal Medicine. The Division, comprising 28 MD, 4 PhD faculty, and 43 staff, delivers innovative, comprehensive and complex primary care to San Francisco’s vulnerable populations, engages in meaningful research and policy work focused on reducing disparities and ensuring access to care, and has a long history of training the next generation of primary care leaders. The mission of the Division is to improve the health of vulnerable and underserved populations by developing and supporting general internal medicine innovators in patient-centered care, scientific discovery, medical education and public policy.

The clinical program includes the Richard Fine People’s Clinic (RFPC), an adult primary care clinic at ZSFG and a vital part of San Francisco’s safety net system. The clinic provides innovative primary care clinical service to complex patients that is of the highest quality, patient-centered and culturally appropriate and compassionate. RFPC is a major teaching site and setting for clinical research. Over 8,000 patients are seen annually, half of whom are cared for by faculty and half by UCSF residents.

The Division is integral to medical education at UCSF and houses the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Program at ZSFG. The program is integrated into the larger Internal Medicine Residency Program and is one of the three Internal Medicine residency tracks at UCSF. The program is devoted to training physicians to become leaders in the care of the underserved and emphasizes developing methods of primary care that are effective, efficient and accessible to all people. The Division directs the Primary Care Research Fellowship at ZSFG, training physicians for careers in academic primary care. Additional programs such as the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), a five-year track at the UCSF School of Medicine and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program for students, trains the next generation of leaders interested in promoting health equity and providing healthcare to underserved communities.

The Division is strongly committed to research and houses a large and diverse portfolio, with over 10 million dollars in grants and contracts from the NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other organizations annually. A leader in research that examines the intersections between social factors and health and health care, current projects focus on developing effective interventions and policies to address food insecurity, Medicaid access, diabetes, homelessness, patient safety, substance abuse, immigrant health, tobacco, end-of-life care, health communication, and advancing diversity in medical training. A growing implementation science portfolio includes innovative research that examines the use of technology, including patient portals, social media, electronic health records and other applications to improve care for underserved populations. Division faculty also direct the National Clinician Scholars Program, which has grown out of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinician Scholars Program. Among the Division’s major accomplishments is founding the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, which carries out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions often conspire to both promote disease and make their management more challenging.

ZSFG and UCSF have been partners in public health since 1872, attracting physicians who are leaders in their fields and making ZSFG one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, training tomorrow’s providers and leaders and providing the best care that medical science has to offer. ZSFG is an essential part of San Francisco’s health care system serving over 100,000 patients each year and providing 20 percent of the city’s inpatient care. We serve the community with a full complement of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and psychiatric services for adults and children. ZSFG offers compassionate and culturally competent care to a diverse community of patients in more than 20 languages. ZSFG is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Health and is part of a city-wide integrated health care system, providing primary, specialty and hospital care for vulnerable populations. ZSFG opened a new hospital in May 2016. The old hospital is being remodeled into a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center where the General Internal medicine faculty and trainees will practice. The faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine play key roles in clinical management and leadership.

The Department of Medicine research programs at ZSFG receive over $100 million annually in funding. Research conducted at ZSFG has led to important breakthroughs in basic, clinical and systems research. A new UCSF Research and Academic building is being built on the ZSFG campus where the division will be housed. The successful candidate will join the UCSF Department of Medicine (DOM) faculty and be included in the UCSF DOM compensation and benefits program.

We seek a Chief who has a demonstrated commitment to research, education and clinical practice. The successful candidate must have the ability to lead a diverse group using a collaborative approach, demonstrated success in promoting or producing scholarship and funding, and a track record of mentoring young academic clinicians. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional leadership, administrative and organizational skills and have national stature in academic primary care. Board-certification in Internal Medicine is required. An understanding of and commitment to the safety net population is also crucial.

Please apply online at: and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research, and statement of teaching.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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