Faculty ProfilesLeslie Zimmerman, MD
My academic interest is in medical education in the domains of Direct Teaching, Curricular Development and Design, and Educational Administration and Leadership. Over the past 13 years, I have been involved in the instructional development, curriculum design, and educational administration and leadership of several courses in the Essential Core Curriculum for the UCSF medical school. As the Co-Chair of the Organs Block, the Metabolism & Nutrition Block, and the former Integration & Consolidation Block, I have been involved in the de-novo curriculum design of 3 of the 8 required block courses of the Essential Core Curriculum for first and second year medical students. The Organs Block is a 14-week comprehensive course that covers Cardiovascular Medicine, Pulmonary, and Nephrology for 1st year medical students. The Metabolism & Nutrition Block is a 7-week comprehensive course that covers Gastroenterology, Nutrition, and Endocrinology. As with all the courses of the Essential Core, anatomy, histology, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, pharmacology, biochemistry, radiology, culture, behavior, medical anthropology, lab medicine, and medicine are presented in an integrated fashion. These core curriculum courses includes lectures, labs, workshops, small group case discussions, web-based modules, Master Clinician Wrap-ups (CPC-type presentation of cases), and patient simulator experiences.
I have mentored over 25 students in curriculum projects, which to date, we have co-authored 24 cases and multiple web-based teaching modules, in addition to a variety of smaller but valuable projects. Several modules have been adapted for use at: University of Colorado Medical School, Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Tanzania, and University of Alberta Hospital, Canada. Work has been presented at the WGEA conference and also at http://www.aamc.org/mededportal.
I have been a committee member of the National Board of Medical Examiners; USMLE Step 1 Test Material Development for Physiology and Cell Biology, and since 2012 have chaired this committee.
Awards and Honors
American Thoracic Society, Outstanding Educator Award, American Thoracic Society, 2013
Induction into Gold Headed Cane Society, UCSF School of Medicine, 2010
"Commitment to Teaching", UCSF School of Medicine, 2007
"Commitment to Teaching", UCSF School of Medicine, 2006
"Outstanding Service Award", UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2005
"Excellence in Direct Teaching", UCSF School of Medicine, 2005
"Commitment to Teaching", UCSF School of Medicine, 2004
Gold Headed Cane Endowed Chair for Teaching, UCSF, 2004
Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, UCSF, 2003
"Major Contribution to Teaching", UCSF School of Medicine, 2003
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Recent Articles (4)
Shah MP, Zimmerman L, Bullard J, Yenari MA. Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest: experience at an academically affiliated community-based veterans affairs medical center. Stroke Res Treat. 2011; 2011:791639.
Singer JP, Kohlwes J, Bent S, Zimmerman L, Eisner MD. The impact of a "low-intensity" versus "high-intensity" medical intensive care unit on patient outcomes in critically ill veterans. J Intensive Care Med. 2010 Jul; 25(4):233-9.