Symposium: Improving Learning Environments



David M. Irby, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Senior Scholar in the Center for Faculty Educators, University of California San Francisco

Sandrijn M. van Schaik, MD, PhD, Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Faculty Development for the Learning and Healthcare Ecosystem, University of California San Francisco


Dr. David IrbyDavid M. Irby, PhD is professor emeritus of medicine, senior scholar in the Center for Faculty Educators, and former vice dean for education at UCSF. His research has focused on understanding and improving clinical teaching, faculty development and medical curricula. Dr. Irby was a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directed a national study of medical education that culminated in the 2010 publication:Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency. In 2018, he chaired a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation national consensus conference on Improving Environments for Learning in the Health Professions. Prior to joining UCSF in 1997, he was a professor of medical education at the University of Washington.

For his scholarship and leadership in medical education, he received awards from the Karolinska Institutet, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Educational Research Association and the National Board of Medical Examiners among many others. Dr. Irby obtained a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, a doctorate in education from the University of Washington, and a postdoctoral fellowship in academic administration from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Sandrijn M. van SchaikSandrijn M. van Schaik, MD PhD is Professor of Pediatrics with a clinical appointment in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. She is the inaugural Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning and serves as the Education Director of the UCSF’s Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills. She is also the Director of Faculty Development for the Learning and Healthcare Ecosystem in the Center for Faculty Educators and the Fellowship Director for pediatric critical care.


Dr. van Schaik earned her medical degree at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She earned a PhD degree studying the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo New York and the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She completed pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital, Tufts University, in Boston followed by Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at UCSF. After fellowship, she started to devote her career to education. She completed the Teaching Scholar Program followed by a 2-year Medical Education Research Fellowship at UCSF, and subsequently was selected for the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation Faculty Scholar program. Her research focuses on interprofessional teamwork, communication and feedback.

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