Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education

University of California San Francisco Centre for Faculty Educators

BICC Contact Information

BICC leader: Arianne Teherani
BICC member: Patricia O’Sullivan

University of California San Francisco Centre for Faculty Educators Website

BICC Background

The members of Centre for Faculty Educators (CFE) are responsible for the BEME International Collaborating Centre (BICC) within the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. CFE combines the resources of both Research and Development in Medical Education unit and the Academy of Medical Educators (AME) to support educational research and educational skills development for all UCSF faculty members. CFE is committed to promoting teaching and learning in medical education based on evidence and strives to develop educators and advance educational research using a scholarly approach.

Main areas of interest/expertise

  1. Faculty development in all areas generally including assessment, curriculum development, interprofessional education, and educational technology
  2. Assessment generally and specifically in workplace based assessments, entrustable professional activities, competency based education, milestones, performance based assessments,
  3. Systems education including quality improvement, patient safety, cost conscious care with a focus on early learners,
  4. Interprofessional education in particular simulation, workplace learning and feedback
  5. Educational technology including flipped classroom, online lectures,
  6. Professionalism – professional behaviour, learning communities in professionalism, assessment of professionalism in patient care and education
  7. Clinical/Clerkship education – clerkship models (including longitudinal integrated clerkships), early clinical experiences, clinical teaching, clinical learning
  8. Peer assisted education – in both classroom and clinical setting
  9. Clinical reasoning and critical thinking
  10. *Cognitive load theory
  11. *Workplace learning
  12. Simulation
  13. Procedures education


Contributions made to BEME

In addition to its service to the UCSF community, the UCSF BICC contributes to the greater medical education community through participation in the BEME, Training and Development and Research Committees and dissemination of evidence-informed teaching in the health professions. Our team is producing a BEME Review entitled Cognitive Load Theory in the workplace and implications for health professions education led by CFE affiliated faculty and doctoral student, Justin Sewell. The UCSF BICC has been responsible for reviewing and adjudicating two BEME protocols.


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