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Program Overview

MS3 Master Clinician Program (MCP)

Our flagship program that nurtures the development of the next generation of clinically astute and self-aware physicians, pairing students with Master Clinicians for customized mentorship.

MS3 MCP Longitudinal Curriculum

A longitudinal educational small-group series that focuses on clinical skill development and the importance of health equity and compassionate communication.

MS4 Master Clinician Advising Program

Individualized mentorship for fourth-year medical students, offering a structured pipeline for students applying to residency, interviewing and matching.

MS3 Master Clinician Program (MCP)

Experienced medical educators with strong clinical and humanistic skills, Master Clinicians (MCs), are paired with medical students longitudinally during the 3rd year clerkship to provide mentoring/coaching, customized to each student’s goals/stage of development. MCs act as third-party observers to directly observe medical students’ clinical skills, deductive reasoning, and interpersonal communication and provide high-quality, formative and individualized feedback/coaching. MCs establish a safe learning environment to serve as mentors to nurture the development of the next generation of clinically astute and self-aware physicians.

Medical Students Share the Impact of MCP

Hear how the Master Clinician Program has transformed students' medical school experiences.


The MCP is embedded in all six UCSD core third-year clerkships and are integral parts of the School of Medicine (SOM) curriculum. Meet our Master Clinicians in each clerkship in the drop-down menus below.


Program Overview 

  • Each MS3 paired with a Master Clinician for one 4-week block at Hillcrest OR the VA
  • Master Clinician meets with you weekly to observe rounds (or another clinical experience, like admitting a patient) and provide formative feedback
  • Master Clinician interactive teaching sessions two times each block at the VA and Hillcrest
    • Health Equity
    • Clinical Reasoning


Program Overview

The UCSD Neurology Master Clinician Program (MCP) is comprised of dedicated clinical educators within clinical Neurosciences. Each inpatient neurology team will be assigned one Master Clinician for 1-2 weeks. These Master Clinicians will observe medical students and provide formative feedback on their data gathering, physical examination, presentation, interpersonal, and clinical reasoning skills.  

In addition to attending morning rounds and providing individualized feedback, Master Clinicians will conduct both general and focused weekly teaching sessions with the medical students.  The program is designed to provide medical students with one-on-one mentorship and an opportunity to learn about the “art of medicine” from an experienced clinical educator.  

Neurology Master Clinicians 


Elizabeth Murphy Bevins

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy Bevins completed a clinical fellowship in memory disorders as well as neurology residency at UC San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in neurosciences and medical degree at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is passionate about medical education and has been since she was a medical student at UCSD herself!  She loves world travel (and has visited over 120 countries), writing, and spending time outside with her husband and daughter.



Ron Ellis, MD, PhD

Dr. Ron Ellis is a recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Devoted to his mentees, he strives to publish with each of his mentees.  


Dominic Ferrey, MD

Dr. Dominic Ferrey is a neurophysiologist who specializes in neuromuscular conditions. While a resident at UC San Diego, he earned recognition as a Chief Resident, Outstanding Neurology Resident Teacher, and was the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Resident Award in Neurology. As a junior faculty member, he has been recognized with the Junior Faculty Teaching Award and the Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Excellence, Neurology. 


Program Overview

The UCSD OBGYN Master Clinician Program (MCP) allows for protected teaching time for selected top educator attending physicians to work with students during this six week block. This is a new and innovative approach to improve medical education for trainees during their clinical years. The Master Clinician group is comprised of some of the most experienced clinical educators in the UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences.

Small groups of 2-3 students are assigned a Master Clinician who works with their group on the Labor and Delivery triage unit at JMC, and attends outpatient clinic at the Medical Office’s South building women’s health clinic. The Master Clinician observes medical students and provides formative feedback on their data gathering, physical examination, presentation, interpersonal, and clinical reasoning skills. Of note, there is no evaluation component to the MCP. The program was designed exclusively to help medical students further their development as a physician. Thus, students should feel comfortable asking questions so that they may improve their clinical skills in this completely safe learning environment.

 In addition to rounds and individualized feedback, Master Clinicians conduct weekly skills sessions with the medical students, focused on communication, compassion and empathy. The program is also designed to provide medical students with one-on-one mentorship and learn about the “art of medicine” from an experienced clinical educator.



Meet Our Master Clinicians



Jorge Alvarado, MD 

Jorge L. Alvarado, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist who provides minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, with an interest in dysplasia of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. He also provides family planning services, contraception counseling and abortion care. He is passionate about care for underserved populations and is an LGBTQ-friendly physician. Dr. Alvarado completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UC San Francisco and earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School. He won the James R. Green MD Memorial Award at UC San Francisco for excellence in the care of underserved women. He speaks fluent Spanish. 



Julie Cormano, MD 

Julia Cormano, MD is the Clerkship Director for the UC San Diego OBGYN 3rd year medical student core clerkship and is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UC San Diego Health. She is honored to serve as the Associate Director for the Master Clinician Program in OB/GYN. She also leads the 4th year medical student advising for students looking to match into OB/GYN. Her teaching awards include the CREOG Faculty Education Excellence in Resident Education Award at Mercy Hospital in Chicago (2015), the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award at Rush University Medical Center (2016), the UC San Diego Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Excellence at UC San Diego (2017), the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG) Faculty Award (2020), the UC San Diego School of Medicine MS3 Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award (2022), and the APGO Humanism in Teaching Award (2022).  



Pamela Deak, MD 

Pamela Deak, MD, is a professor in the department of OB/GYN who places great emphasis on establishing strong physician-patient relationships and believes that they are based on communication. She aims for each of her patients to feel not only well cared for, but well understood. Dr. Deak also feels that caring for and educating women through their unique transformations from childhood through maturity brings many rewards. Dr. Deak served as the Clerkship Director for the UC San Diego OB/GYN 3rd year medical student clerkship for over 10 years and has dedicated countless hours to medical student teaching and skills training over her career. 



Amy Driebe, MD

Amy Driebe, MD is a member of the generalist division of UC San Diego Health. She attended undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Florida and completed residency at UC San Diego Health. She returned to UCSD in 2022 to participate in medical education, which is a passion of her career and clinical practice. She provides full spectrum OB/GYN care including adolescent, obstetrics, perimenopause and menopausal care. She is a certified robotic surgeon and is passionate about gynecologic surgical care for non-cancerous conditions. She is an avid reader, cook, baker and yogi. She is a strong proponent of the importance of work-life balance. She won the Whitehill teaching award from the resident class after her first year back at UCSD.  



Gina Frugoni, MD

Dr. Gina Frugoni is the Division Chief of the OBGYN Hospitalist Division, who is excited to be part of the Master Clinician program.  She is currently the course co-director for Endocrinology, Reproduction and Metabolism for the first year medical students and second year pharmacy students.  She has been nominated for the Kaiser excellence in teaching award for her preclinical teaching and has won the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 and 2019 for the clinical teaching of third year medical students.  She is a graduate of UC San Diego School of Medicine as well as our own OBGYN residency and hopes to continue to give back to student education through her role as Director of the Yellow Academic Community and a Master Clinician Educator. 



Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH

As a woman of color and parent, Dr. Gupta often finds herself supporting learners through personal and professional challenges, while helping them to not lose sight of the fun of medicine. In fact, one of her mottos is “Let’s ensure there is passion in compassion.” Dr. Gupta particularly enjoys training learners to leverage their expert voices to advocate for their patients, Obstetrics and Gynecology as a specialty, and equitable health and justice of the community. Society trusts doctors, so she believes it is our duty and responsibility to speak up for injustices and in support of laudable behavior changes. Dr. Gupta sees involvement in teaching and physician advocacy as one of the many tools to support physician wellness and build an essential foundation to allow for healthy and long medical careers. 



Scott Harvey, MD 

Dr. Scott Harvey is dual boarded in obstetrics and gynecology as well as surgical critical care, and is a dedicated clinical educator. He writes, “as the root of the word ‘Doctor’ comes from ‘Docere’, meaning ‘to teach’, it is the responsibility to aid others who follow in our footsteps in clinical bedside teaching.” 

His teaching awards include: 

2011: Medical Student Teaching Award to Hawaii Residency Program’s PGY-1. 

2012: Overall resident excellence in teaching award for Hawaii Residency Programs 

2014: Academic Achievement Award for Hawaii Residency Programs 

2014: Overall Resident Excellence in Teaching Award 

2015: National Faculty Award for the University of Hawaii 

2018 APGO Excellence in Teaching award 

2019 Physician Respiratory Champion Award (for teaching respiratory therapists) 

2020: Chief OBGYN Resident Class of 2020 GOAT (Greatest of all time) for teaching 



Steve Hebert, MD 

Dr. Stephen Hebert is an OB Hospitalist and Professor of Ob/Gyn at UCSD.  He currently works on L&D at Jacobs Medical Center. After undergraduate and medical training at the University of Colorado, he completed residency at UCSD. Following 2 years on faculty, he moved to private practice in San Diego for the next 23 years. In 2007 he returned to UCSD in his current capacity. He has since received teaching awards from the residents, students and midwives with his special interest being compassionate obstetrical care for our complex and diverse patient population.  



Mai Hoang, MD

Dr. Mai Hoang is an OB hospitalist who enjoys teaching tremendously. She runs the ERM1 course, and gives lectures to medical students and residents. She values both clinical skills and the soft, bedside skills that are crucial in becoming an excellent physician.  



Gill Mackay, MD, MBBS 

Dr. Gill Mackay has been working with learners since completing residency in 2008 in Boston. At Harvard Medical school she gave medical student lectures during clinical rotations, as well as teaching students in small groups and at the bedside. She was intricately involved in the clinical education of the residents, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. While at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center she was a key preceptor for medical students and residents in the clinic, operating room and on labor and delivery. She received a teaching award from the residents while working there. In Oklahoma City, where she was on faculty at the large university hospital, she gave many regular lectures on gynecologic topics as well as leading and annual Seminar for the second-year medical students on “Ethical issues in Reproductive Medicine” which was very well received. She was awarded medical student teaching awards every year for the 4 years she was on faculty. At UCSD, she has continued to be active in teaching medical students and residents in the outpatient and inpatient settings on a regular basis, in small group and one-on-one settings as well as for procedures and in the operating room. 



David Klein, MD

David Klein (he/his/they/their) is a generalist OBGYN and an associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UC San Diego. Prior to medical training, Dr. Klein studied and published on the potential for harm done to patients by negatives attitudes on disability among healthcare providers discussing prenatal genetic screening and testing. He now uses this understanding to approach patient care with non-judgmental language, patient-centered sensitivity, and a trauma-informed practice.  He is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and recently completed a term as the past chair for junior fellows (trainees and non-boarded physicians) in California, and is a new member of the Wilderness Medical Society. Past teaching acknowledgments include three years of awards as a teaching assistant in biostatistics and epidemiology during medical school and regular commendations for outstanding medical student evaluations throughout residency.  



Ariana Melendez, MD

Dr. Melendez (she/her) is an OB Hospitalist who joined UCSD in October 2021 and has been working with the Master Clinician Program since. Her practice is a hybrid of inpatient and outpatient obstetric and gynecologic care. Prior to medical school, she taught high school biology and physics through Teach for America, and loves having the opportunity to continue teaching. Dr. Melendez attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed OB/GYN residency in 2022 at UC-Irvine. She is passionate about fostering a desire for lifelong learning and promoting psychological safety and community in medical training. She has special interests in clinical ethics, perinatal loss, and family planning. As of early 2024, she is the faculty advisor for the OBGYN student interest group. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, reading, and cooking. 



Mariana Ramos-Rivera, MD

Mariana Ramos-Rivera, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Generalist Ob/Gyn in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSD.  She graduated from UCSD ObGyn residency  and returned as faculty after a year in private practice, in part because of her love of teaching residents and medical students. She is also passionate about Global Health and travels down to Tijuana a few times a year for ObGyn consultations and medical student teaching at a non-profit clinic. She has also been an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)’s Committee on Global Health.  As a bilingual provider, she focuses on providing culturally sensitive care to her patients. She also centers her practice around patient education and autonomy and is excited to teach all of these aspects of medical care to the next generation of learners. 



Alice Sutton, MD 

Alice Sutton is an OBGYN hospitalist and an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed residency at George Washington University, where she was an administrative chief resident. She is the co-director of the Endocrinology, Reproduction and Metabolism II block in the second year medical school curriculum. Her scholarly interests include fostering empathy and compassion through innovative reproductive health curriculum, and care for underserved populations.  She has received the Excellent Consultant award from the Emergency Department for teaching Emergency Medicine residents. 



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Nicole Teal 

Dr. Nicole Teal is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at UC San Diego, and a recipient of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholarship (WRHR). Dr. Teal worked as a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry in college. In medical school, she tutored junior medical students as they prepared for the USMLE and precepted others in the medical school’s free clinic. She also led a small group of second year students through the Doctoring course, teaching clinical skills with a focus on patient-centered care and humanism. She won the UNC Fellow Excellence in Teaching Award in 2023. 



Samantha Thomson, MD

Samantha Thomson, MD, FACOG, has been educating medical students and residents since completion of residency in 2017, and takes great joy in teaching clinical skills, reasoning, and patient centered care to the next generation. Dr. Thomson finds it exciting to find ways to incorporate non-OBGYN interests into teaching for those that will pursue other specialties. She believes every student can take away important knowledge and skills from this rotation that will make them an excellent, thoughtful clinician in any field.  






















Program Overview

The UCSD Pediatric Master Clinician Program (MCP) at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RHCSD) is comprised of some of the most experienced clinical educators in the UCSD Department of Pediatrics.  Each RCHSD ward team is assigned a Master Clinician who attends Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Subspecialty Rounds with the medical students during their inpatient rotation.  The Master Clinician observes medical students and provides formative feedback on their data gathering, physical examination, presentation, interpersonal, and clinical reasoning skills.  In addition to rounds and individualized feedback, Master Clinicians conduct weekly teaching sessions with the medical students, focused on communication, compassion and empathy. 



Laurie Bernard Stover, MD

Dr. Laurie Bernard Stover practices within the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and also holds administrative roles as Clinical Director in PHM and Director of Inpatient Services for RCHSD, and has been recognized for her teaching by the Pediatric Residency program.  She has special interests in complex care as well as medical child abuse. She is passionate about working with medical students at UCSD to improve their clinical skills and to pass on the importance of compassionate care in medicine.



Chris Cannavino, MD

Dr. Chris Cannavino is a Pediatric Infectious Disease physician at RCHSD and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UCSD. After graduating from UCLA, he received his MD from the UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Cannavino completed his Pediatric Residency at UCSD where, after serving as Chief Resident, he completed dual Fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Disease and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He is the Director for the Center for Mentorship in Medicine at the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at the UCSD School of Medicine, Director of the UCSD Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, and the Associate Program Director for the UCSD Pediatric Residency Program.  Dr. Cannavino has received numerous teaching awards, including the UCSD Department of Pediatrics’ "Attending of the Year Award" in 2008 & 2011, RCHSD's "Career Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2016, the Kaiser “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2021, the "Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award” from the UCSD Academic Senate (Campus-wide) in 2021, and the Inaugural UCSD Department of Pediatrics “Excellence in Curriculum Development and Education Innovation Award” in 2023.



Ami Doshi, MD

Dr. Ami Doshi is a pediatric hospitalist and palliative medicine physician at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and director of palliative care. She is also an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and the Faculty Wellness Director for the Department of Pediatrics. After earning her undergraduate degree in psychobiology at the University of Southern California, Dr. Doshi completed her medical training at University of California, Irvine and continued her pediatric residency at UC San Diego, where she completed her pediatric hospital medicine fellowship.  Dr. Doshi is actively involved with the education and mentorship of medical students, residents and fellows. Her academic interests are in palliative medicine and clinician well-being. She has created and disseminated curricula for trainees and attending physicians to foster primary palliative care and communication skills.



Juliana Gomez-Arostegui, MD

Dr. Juliana Gomez-Arostegui currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology and as a Primary Inpatient Cardiologist at the Rady Children's Hospital of the University of California, San Diego, where she brings 20 years of a diverse background in clinical practice, medical education, and patient care. Prior to Rady Children, she worked in the Bay Area as an outpatient pediatric cardiologist for many years and prior to this, as a general pediatric hospitalist at two county hospitals.

 Dr. Gomez-Arostegui's career has been built upon an emphasis on education and high- quality delivery of patient care. She holds a Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University, with a concentration in Health Ethics and Law. In addition, she holds several professional certifications and licenses, including Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and membership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also completed her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Rady Children's Hospital at the University of California at San Diego. In recognition of her academic excellence, compassion and integrity she was awarded the Henry C. Kempe Honorary Award during her medical training.

Dr. Gomez-Arostegui's contributions extend beyond the classroom and hospital settings. She is an active member of various professional committees, including the Rady Children’s Hospital Bioethics Committee and the Rady Children’s Hospital Joint Quality and Credentialing Committee.

Her commitment to medical education is evident in her formal teaching of fellows and residents on a daily basis, partaking in educational lectures and by initiating regular cardiology physical exam rounds for the pediatric residents.












Sarah Gray

Dr. Sarah Gray is a Pediatric Hospitalist at RCHSD and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at UC Davis and her medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at UC San Diego/Rady Children's Hospital. She is passionate about medical education and actively involved in mentorship of UCSD pediatric hospital medicine fellows, pediatric residents, and medical students. She has special academic interests in family centered care and rounding, quality improvement initiatives, and respiratory infections in hospitalized children. 



Helen Harvey, MD

Dr. Helen Harvey is a pediatric critical care physician and anesthesiologist at Rady Children’s Hospital and UCSD. She did her pediatric residency, pediatric chief residency, and pediatric critical care fellowship at UCSD and then went on to complete an anesthesiology residency and chief residency at Johns Hopkins. She is the UCSD pediatric critical care fellowship program director. Dr. Harvey has received numerous teaching awards, including UCSD department of Pediatrics “Fellow of the Year” in 2012, “Attending of the Year” in 2017, and UCSD Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Excellence in 2018. Dr. Harvey is completing her Masters of Education in Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University. Education interests include team building, simulation, and crisis resource management. Research interests include acute respiratory distress syndrome, resuscitation science, and traumatic brain injury. 



 Maria Huang, MD

Dr. Maria Huang is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and a pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She graduated from UT Southwestern, completed her pediatric residency at University of Alabama-Birmingham, and completed her Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship at UC San Diego. Her interests include pediatric palliative care, equitable care for patients and families who have a primary language other than English, and qualitative research methods. She has had roles as the pediatric inpatient clerkship liaison and has particular interest in fostering trainee autonomy and coaching learners in compassionate communication.



 Cynthia Kuelbs, MD

Dr. Cynthia Kuelbs is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and works as a pediatrician at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.  She is board certified in Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Kuelbs received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her residency at the University of California, San Diego, where she was also Chief Resident. 



Natalie Laub, MD

Dr. Laub is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She completed residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program and then pursued her fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During this she also obtained a Masters in Science and Health Policy Research. Dr Laub’s research interests include improving health care delivery models for children who are victims of abuse, utilizing clinical decision support tools to detect victims of abuse, and evaluating telehealth opportunities to reach high risk populations. She has published multiple articles, book chapters and reviews on the subject of Child Abuse and Neglect. She also has an interest in medical education and serves as the Program Director for the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. 



Begem Lee, MD

Dr. Begem Lee is a Pediatric Hospitalist at RCHSD and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her pediatric residency at UCSD, where she also was a Chief Resident. She then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She has special interests in medical education and quality improvement. She has won several awards for her dedication to teaching, including the UCSD Department of Pediatrics "Fellow of the Year", "Attending of the Year", and the UCSD Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Excellence. 



Dan Lesser, MD

Dr. Dan Lesser is a Pediatric Pulmonologist at RCHSD and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UCSD. After graduating from Brown University, he received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lesser completed his Pediatric Residency and Pulmonary Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is the UCSD pediatric pulmonology fellowship program director and clerkship director of the pediatric pulmonary medical student elective. He was awarded the UCSD Pediatric Residency Teaching Award in 2017-2018 and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Fellow Teaching award, 2006-2007.



 Heather Pierce, MD

Dr. Heather Pierce is a pediatric hospitalist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. She serves as the medical director for graduate medical education at Rady Children’s Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree and medical training in a combined degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her general pediatric residency and chief residency at the Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts University in Boston and completed a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine at Rady Children's Hospital/UC San Diego. Dr. Pierce is currently the associate director of the Innovative Quality Improvement Research in Residency (INQUIRY) Program which provides structured quality improvement education to all pediatric trainees and mentors trainees in quality improvement projects throughout the hospital. Her academic interests include quality improvement and patient safety education, family-centered care and rounding, and clinical pathway development and review.



Kyung (Kay) Rhee, MD, MSc, MA

Dr. Kay Rhee is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the UCSD Department of Pediatrics and the Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She serves as the Medical Director of the Medical Behavioral/Eating Disorder Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital and the UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research. She also serves as the Research Director for Pediatric Hospital Medicine. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Human Biology and Masters in Sociology at Stanford University, she completed her M.D. at Temple University. She completed her residency and was chief resident at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia before moving to the Boston area to complete her Fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics and Masters in Epidemiology at Boston University/Boston University School of Public Health. She moved to San Diego in 2010 and is currently engaged in several research endeavors around the development of family-based behavioral interventions for childhood obesity treatment, parent-child interactions, food insecurity, and other social determinants of health.



Richard Silva, MD

Dr. Richard Silva is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health.  He cares for newborns in the hospital and children in clinic.  He also works with the Hispanic Center of Excellence.  After graduating from UC Irvine, he earned his MD from Stanford University.  Dr. Silva completed his pediatric residency at UC San Diego.  He received the Academy of Clinician Scholars Whitehill Prize for Excellence in 2019.  He enjoys working with and teaching the new generation of doctors.



Mamata Sivagnanam, MD

Dr. Mamata Sivagnanam is a pediatric gastroenterologist at RCHSD/UCSD. She attended medical school at University of Miami, residency at Orlando Regional Healthcare and fellowship in gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition at UCSD. She is an Associate Professor and the UCSD pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program director. As an active physician-scientist and aims to understand intestinal homeostasis through investigation of mucosal diseases of childhood. Since serving as chief resident, she has been passionate about medical education and empowering trainees to reach their potential.



Martin Stein, MD

Dr. Marty Stein is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and a clinician-educator at UCSD since 1975. His major academic interest has been the development of methods to incorporate concepts about child development and behavioral pediatrics into educational models and the practice of primary care pediatrics. 




Helen Wang, MD

Dr. Helen Wang is a primary care pediatrician at UCSD Pediatrics Associates and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD.  She received her M.D. from UCSD and completed her Pediatric residency at UCSD.  She is the outpatient pediatric sub-internship rotation co-director, the UCSD primary care rotation site director, and the residency primary care track consultant.  As the Education Committee Chair for the Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Newborn, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, and Community Pediatrics, she works to innovate and improve upon current clinical education practices.   Her specific interest in medical education is on improving educators’ abilities to mentor and guide learners on their journey to becoming a physician.




Stacey Ulrich, MD

Dr. Ulrich is the Chief Physician Compliance Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and works as a pediatric emergency medicine attending at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.  She completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship after her pediatric residency. Dr. Ulrich received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.



Elise Zimmerman, MD, MS

Dr. Elise Zimmerman is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at RCHSD/UCSD and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSD. She is the director of simulation at RCHSD. She completed her pediatric residency at Tulane/Ochsner in New Orleans and her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital, now known as Niklaus Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is actively involved in simulation for fellows, residents, medical students, PEM and hospital-wide staff. She is passionate about mentorship, collaboration and teamwork, education, and helping trainees develop skills to become excellent, compassionate physicians. 















Program Overview

  • Direct supervision from a Master Clinician weekly for 3 weeks of the clerkship focused on interview and assessment skills.
  • Skills Sessions:
    • Two patient simulation cases to hone and improve interview skills on some challenging cases.
    • An ethics discussion with a master clinician and your classmates about some of the ethical challenges which students have experienced over the 6-week clerkship.
    • A master clinician led health equity discussion about some problematic situations commonly encountered in psychiatry.




Omar Ghosn, MD

Omar Ghosn, MD, is a geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatrist. He works in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at UC San Diego Medical Center. He also treat patients in the Intensive Outpatient Program and has a continuity outpatient clinic for geriatric psychiatry patients. Dr. Ghosn is a proponent of a biopsychosocial comprehensive approach to mental health care. His specialty and interests are in mood disorders, the elderly, and the medically ill population. He is experienced in pharmacology, neuromodulation, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Dr. Ghosn enjoys continuity of care and developing meaningful relationships with his patients. Dr. Ghosn completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he also trained in consultation liaison. He completed residency training in psychiatry at American University of Beirut in Lebanon and earned his medical degree from University of Balamand, also in Lebanon. Dr. Ghosn also completed two years of medical training at the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. In addition to English, he speaks French and Arabic. 




Maryam Soltani MD, PhD

Maryam Soltani MD, PhD serves as the Medical Director for the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and is a HS Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. She is board-certified in Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Addiction MedicineDr. Soltani earned her doctorate from the Department of Psychology at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Her research was focused on characterizing oscillatory cortical rhythms from recordings made directly off of the human cortex in patients with glioblastomas and intractable epilepsy. Inspired by working with patients, Dr. Soltani would then pursue a medical degreeShe earned her medical degree from UCSD. She remained at UCSD to complete a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. Throughout her residency she worked extensively with San Diego’s homeless population where she gained experience managing complex medical and psychiatric conditions as well as managing substance use disorders. She served as the Chief Resident for her combined residency program as well as the senior resident for SARRTP during her final year of residency training. She enjoys teaching trainees about psychiatry, addiction medicine, medication assisted treatment as well as managing medical conditions in patients with substance use disorders. She was named a San Diego Top Doctor in 2023 Dr. Soltani is an avid sports fan and has been known to root for the Brazilian National Soccer team, the Las Vegas Raiders and the Golden State WarriorsIn her free time Dr. Soltani enjoys watching sports, playing tennis, boxing and creating art.  






Program Overview

  • Master Clinician paired with 1-4 MS3s during block 2 of clerkship
  • MC observations, discussion, feedback sessions 4x throughout block
  • Group Sessions (3-4 sessions scheduled during blocks 1 & 3 of clerkship):
    • Skills session: IV access, airway
    • Breaking Bad News/Difficult Conversations
    • Informed Consent
    • Narrative Surgery

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MS3 MCP Longitudinal Curriculum

Longitudinal educational small-group sessions are delivered across the third-year student curriculum, with a focus on clinical skill development and emphasis on the importance of the “art of medicine”, health inequities and compassionate communication. This longitudinal curriculum provides a way to deliver neglected topics into the clinical curriculum and provide abstract concepts in the clinical setting.   

Health Equity Thread

MS3 Clerkship 

Health Equity  

Curricular Session 

Session Details 

Internal Medicine (IM) 

Words Matter: How Language Can Lead to Bias in Clinical Encounters 

Clinical vignettes, discussion on bias, how bias transmitted in EMR, and how medicine may promote bias through use of associations 

Addressing Health Equities on the Wards: Social Determinants of Health  

Cases discussion of when care/health outcomes influenced by SDOH. Review of local resources to reference/implement into practice 

Equitable Healthcare of Transgender and Nonbinary (TGNB) Individuals 

Case discussion of impact of TGNB on receipt of healthcare. Q&A with TGNB patient re: discrimination, stigma & challenges accessing care 

Approaches to Addressing Mistreatment & Microaggressions from Patients 

Case discussion of microaggressions & mistreatment, framework for addressing them to provide real-world successes 

Methamphetamine Induced Cardiomyopathy: A Patient Perspective 

Real case discussion of patients with methamphetamine addiction and impact on health. Q&A with a patient that has recovered from addiction 

Disparities in Kidney Transplant Access and Dialysis Care 

Case discussion of challenges faced by dialysis patients, chart “labeling”, adherence vs compliance, & impact on treatment eligibility 


Culturally Sensitive Informed Consent Lumbar Puncture Conference 

Discussion of culturally sensitive aspects of the consent process, followed by practice and LP on manikin 

Case Conference Seminar 

Discussion of cases relating to VIP syndrome, rights of the incarcerated patient, disclosure of medical error, and ageism in diagnoses 


Race and Women's Health Disparities 

Deep dive into maternal mortality inequalities in the United States 

Controversial Topics in OBGYN 

Discussion on counseling patients in context of hierarchy of the medical system and how that may influence a patient’s perceived choices 

Non-Judgmental Counseling 

Discussion of principles of trauma-informed care, psychological management of survivors of sexual assault. Focus on developing competence in medical interview & physical examination of women 

Cross Cultural Care: HEq, Diversity, Inclusion, & High Stakes Counseling 

Students present a high stakes counseling topic. Discussion regarding ethical, social, & diverse perspectives influencing patient care 


Health Equity Rounds 


Case discussion where SDOH affected the health & well-being of the patient/family. Review of strategies & resources to address inequities 


Health Equity 

Discussion of variety of common scenarios in psychiatry that challenge health equity outcomes and how to address these issues 


Case discussion on ethical challenges facing routine psychiatric practice with and how these dilemmas affect patient care and one's well-being 

Trauma Standardized Patient 

Elicit history from standardized patient- immigrant with significant trauma. Focus on empathic & trauma-informed history taking, dealing with resistance, understanding cultural/sociopolitical factors, access to care 


Informed Consent 

Discussion of the complexities of informed consent discussions in the context of high-risk surgical interventions & cultural considerations 

Narrative Surgery 

Narrative medicine discussion of SDOH from meaningful patient interactions and explicit/implicit biases in interactions with patients/team 

Difficult Conversations and Breaking Bad News 

Discussion of approach to compassionate & effective delivery of bad news and how factors can impact difficult conversations 

Compassionate Communication Thread

MS3 Clerkship

Compassionate Communication Session

Internal Medicine

Clinical Reasoning Conference

Words Matter: How Language Can Lead to Bias in Clinical Encounters

Methamphetamine Induced Cardiomyopathy: A Patient Perspective

Communicating with Empathy Using AIDET™

Approaches to Addressing Microaggressions and Mistreatment from Patients 


Simulation & Debrief

Lumbar Puncture Conference, Culturally Sensitive Informed Consent


Race & Women's Health Disparities

Non-judgmental Counseling and Trauma Informed Care

NSVD Simulation


HEAL (Humanism, Empathy, Active Listening): Through the Eyes of Patients & Families

Health Equity Rounds

Clinical Reasoning Rounds


Trauma Standardized Patient 

Geriatric Standardized Patient


Breaking Bad News

Informed Consent

Clinical Skills Development

MS3 Clerkship

Clinical Skills Development Session

Internal Medicine

Clinical Reasoning Conference

Methamphetamine Induced Cardiomyopathy: A Patient Perspective

3D's of Debriefing



Case Conference Seminar

Lumbar Puncture Conference, Culturally Sensitive Informed Consent


Pelvic and Breast Exam

Perineal Repair and Suture Skills

NSVD Simulation


Clinical Reasoning Rounds


Trauma Standardized Patient 

Geriatric Standardized Patient


Surgery Skills Lab

MS4 Master Clinician Advising Program

Individualized mentorship for fourth-year medical students includes structured pipeline for students applying to residency, detailed advice on application/interview/match process (customized to each specialty), and organized events to provide guidance on MS4 scheduling, residency application, and interview/match process.