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UCSF Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Medical Grand Rounds generally takes place once a week at Parnassus, ZSFG, and the VA.

An archive of previous medical grand rounds is available here.

Here is a list of upcoming medical grand rounds:

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Thu Jan 18

State of the Department of Medicine, 2017-18

Parnassus: HSW-300 noon - 1:00 pm

Robert M. Wachter, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, UCSF

Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine

Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine


*To appreciate major changes affecting the UCSF Department of Medicine

*To place these changes in the context of changes in the policy environment for academic departments.

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is the Holly Smith Distinguished Professor in Science and Medicine and the Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. In 2017, the department was ranked first in the nation by US News & World Report, and it leads the country in NIH grants.

Wachter is author of 250 articles and 6 books. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding and Understanding Patient Safety, the world’s best-selling safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For each of the past ten years, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him one of the most influential physician-executives in the U.S.; he was #1 on the list in 2015. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. He recently chaired a blue ribbon commission advising England’s National Health Service on its digital strategy.

Tue Jan 23

Knowing Your Rights and Your Patients’ Rights: Vulnerability During Times of Increased Immigration Enforcement

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Philip Babich

Thu Jan 25

Use of Natural Language Processing for Research

Parnassus: HSW 300 noon - 1:00 pm

R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA

Director, UCSF Center for Healthcare Value

Associate Director, UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies


• To better understand how “natural language processing” is done

• To recognize some alternative approaches to natural language processing (bag of words, topic modeling, concept mapping) and the advantages and disadvantages of each

R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA, (@RAdamsDudleyMD) is a Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at UCSF and Director of UCSF’s Center for Healthcare Value. He has spent decades helping consumers, employers, providers, insurers, and government develop strategies to improve the quality of and lower the cost of health care. For example, he currently runs a project with Consumer Reports to share with the public information about the cost and quality of care for specific conditions (for example, knee surgery). With the advent of electronic medical records, his work on measuring outcomes and health care value has evolved into extensive use of informatics. In 2005, he received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy and in 2013 he received UCSF's Distinction in Mentoring Award. He has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

Tue Jan 30

“Infection in the Non-HIV Immunocompromised Host”

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Brian Schwartz, MD

Tue Feb 06

ZSFG Updates

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Susah Ehrlich

Tue Feb 13

“Opioid Analgesia and Addiction”

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Howard Fields

Tue Feb 20

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Lucas Zier

Tue Feb 27

SFGH: Carr Auditorium noon - 1:00 pm

Urmimala Sarkar


Parnassus Statement


The University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The above credit is inclusive of all Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Medicine Grand Rounds sessions. Up to 1 credit may be claimed against any individual session.

You must sign in to qualify for CME credit.

Course Number MGR 18002

*Faculty Relationship Disclosure

All speakers listed above have declared that neither they, nor any immediate member of their family, have a financial arrangement or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products except *.

* All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support.

Medical Grand Rounds Commercial Support Disclosure

No commercial support received for Medical Grand Rounds.

ZSFG Statement

The speaker(s) declare that neither they nor any immediate family have financial or other arrangements with the manufacturers of any pharmaceutical products or medical devices discussed in this CME activity. The speaker(s) indicate that they do not intend to discuss investigational or off label use of pharmaceutical products or medical devices.

UCSF is accredited b the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and allied health care professionals. -- CME credit is one hour.

No commercial support was received for this CME activity.

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