Seven department members honored by Academy of Medical Educators


This year's Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators honorees from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: (top row) New academy members Tammy Duong, MD, and Peter Ureste, MD; (bottom row) Excellence in Teaching Award recipients Rebecca Clendenin, MD; Roy Eyal, MD; Andrew Halls, MD; Elizabeth Dawes Kim, MD; and Jennifer Ly, PhD.

Seven educators in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences were selected this year for recognition by the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators (AME), with two becoming academy members and another five saluted for excellence in teaching. All of the 2023 honorees were celebrated at the academy's annual Celebration of New Members on Wednesday, September 13, in the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building. 

Working closely with UCSF's Office of Medical Education, AME delivers ambitious programs to teachers across the medical education continuum at UCSF, and its members play a leading role in medical education locally and nationally. The academy, founded in 2000, was among the first cross-departmental programs in the country designated to broadly support and advance the teaching mission.

Duong, Ureste named as members of Class of 2023

Two UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty educators were inducted as new AME members, joining nine of their fellow department members. Academy members are chosen for demonstrated excellence in the direct teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, and/or faculty development for teachers/educators. New members also demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in one or more additional areas of medical education activity: mentoring and advising; curriculum development, instructional design and technology; educational leadership; and learner assessment.

  • Tammy Duong, MD, is a health sciences associate clinical professor and director of the UCSF Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship program, as well as the ambulatory executive medial director for adult behavioral health at UCSF Health. She also directs the geriatric psychiatry course and was the course director for the inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion curriculum in the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Duong teaches small groups in several medical student F1 courses, is a career advisor for psychiatry in the School of Medicine, and previously directed the UCSF Psychiatry Residency Advising Program. She was recognized by AME with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2020.
  • Peter Ureste, MD, is a health sciences associate clinical professor and the site director for residency training at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. In addition to providing clinical supervision to psychiatry interns on the ZSFG inpatient psychiatry rotation, he serves as an interim associate director of the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He works with medical students as a Bridges coach, director of the professional identity formation currciulum, curricular component liaison in the anti-oppression curriculum initiative, and psychiatry career advisor. Ureste also serves as a core faculty member in the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence, where he works with Latinx and URM pre-medical and medical students. He was previously honored by AME with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and the Maxine Papadakis Award for Faculty Professionalism and Respect in 2021.

Five recognized for teaching

In addition, five of the department's clinician-educators received 2023 Excellence in Teaching Awards. These peer-nominated awards for teaching faculty highlight outstanding front-line teachers of medical students, residents, and fellows at all UCSF teaching sites.

  • Rebecca Clendenin, MD, is a volunteer clinical instructor and psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente's San Francisco Medical Center.
  • Roy Eyal, MD, is a volunteer assistant clinical professor and child and adolescent psychiatrist based at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center.
  • Andrew Halls, MD, is a health sciences assistant clinical professor and the associate program director for the didactic curriculum in the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is also the associate director for the psychiatry clerkship and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. In addition to education and curriculum development, his interests include complex psychopharmacology in the medically ill, psychological factors affecting other medical conditions, and LGBTQ+ mental health.
  • Elizabeth Dawes Kim, MD, is a volunteer assistant clinical professor and psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente's San Francisco Medical Center.
  • Jennifer Ly, PhD, is a health sciences associate clinical professor, a faculty member in the UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program, and an attending psychologist in the Hyperactivity, Attention and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic. She has extensive training and experience in screening, evaluating, and treating children and adolescents with developmental delays and behavioral or emotional difficulties, and has a variety of clinical, teaching, and supervision responsibilities in the HALP Clinic.


About UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry BuildingUCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital; UCSF Medical Centers at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; the San Francisco VA Health Care System; UCSF Fresno; and numerous community-based sites around the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is exclusively focused on the health sciences and is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. UCSF Health, which serves as UCSF’s primary academic medical center, includes top-ranked specialty hospitals and other clinical programs, and has affiliations throughout the Bay Area.