Faculty ProfilesBridget O'Brien, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
1855 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Bridget O'Brien, PhD has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, since 2008. As an Associate Professor affiliated with the Office of Medical Education, Research and Development in Medical Education unit (RaDME), she teaches and mentors faculty and learners in several programs, including the UCSF-University of Utrecht doctoral program in Health Professions Education, the Health Professions Education Pathway and the Teaching Scholars Program. At the San Francisco VA, she directs scholarship and evaluation for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education and a Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research. In 2015 she was selected as one of five national Macy Faculty Scholar, supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
As a co-author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, she brought workplace learning to the forefront of educational innovation and reform. Her current research focuses on workplace learning in the context of longitudinal relationships, interprofessional team-based care, and systems improvement. Dr. O'Brien received her Master's in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and her PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|UC Berkeley||PhD||Graduate School of Education||2006|
|UC Berkeley||MS||Haas School of Business||2002|
|Cornell University||BS||School of Industrial and Labor Relations||2000|
Health Professions Education, Interprofessional Education, Interprofessional Learning, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research Methods, Team-Based Care, Workplace LearningRecent Articles (66)
Floren LC, Donesky D, Whitaker E, Irby DM, Ten Cate O, O'Brien BC. Are We on the Same Page? Shared Mental Models to Support Clinical Teamwork Among Health Professions Learners: A Scoping Review. Acad Med. 2018 Mar; 93(3):498-509.
Karani R, Varpio L, May W, Horsley T, Chenault J, Miller KH, O'Brien B. Commentary: Racism and Bias in Health Professions Education: How Educators, Faculty Developers, and Researchers Can Make a Difference. Acad Med. 2017 Nov; 92(11S Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 56th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions):S1-S6.
Dulay M, Laponis R, O'Brien BC, Gupta R, Ramanan RA, Julian K. An Intensive Continuity Clinic Immersion Experience for Interns: A Springboard to Confidence and Satisfaction With Continuity Clinic. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Oct; 9(5):622-626.
O'Brien BC, Little JW, Wamsley M, Cook JG, Yuan P, Rivera J, Cianciolo AT, Dahlgren MA, Ng SL, Stillsmoking KL. Emergent is Authentic: A Sociomaterial Perspective on Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education. Teach Learn Med. 2017 Oct-Dec; 29(4):363-367.
Varpio L, O'Brien B, J Durning S, van der Vleuten C, Gruppen L, Ten Cate O, Humphrey-Murto S, Irby DM, Hamstra SJ, Hu W. Health Professions Education Scholarship Unit Leaders as Institutional Entrepreneurs. Acad Med. 2017 Aug; 92(8):1189-1195.
O'Brien BC, Patel SR, Pearson M, Eastburn AP, Earnest GE, Strewler A, Gager K, Manuel JK, Dulay M, Bachhuber MR, Shunk R. Twelve tips for delivering successful interprofessional case conferences. Med Teach. 2017 Dec; 39(12):1214-1220.
Lo D, Zhang N, Eubank K, Harper GM, Yukawa M, O'Brien B. Changing Spaces and Learning Environments to Improve Inpatient Interprofessional Education for Internal Medicine Residents. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Jun; 9(3):374-375.
Varpio L, O'Brien B, Hu W, Ten Cate O, Durning SJ, van der Vleuten C, Gruppen L, Irby D, Humphrey-Murto S, Hamstra SJ. Exploring the institutional logics of health professions education scholarship units. Med Educ. 2017 Jul; 51(7):755-767.
Varpio L, Gruppen L, Hu W, O'Brien B, Ten Cate O, Humphrey-Murto S, Irby DM, van der Vleuten C, Hamstra SJ, Durning SJ. Working Definitions of the Roles and an Organizational Structure in Health Professions Education Scholarship: Initiating an International Conversation. Acad Med. 2017 02; 92(2):205-208.
Kinahan KE, Kircher S, Altman J, Rademaker A, Salsman JM, Didwania A, O'Brien B, Patel AC, Sanford SD. Promoting the Shared-Care Model for Adolescent and Young Adults With Cancer: Optimizing Referrals and Care Coordination With Primary Care Providers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2017 01; 15(1):38-44.
O'Brien BC, May W, Horsley T. Scholarly Conversations in Medical Education. Acad Med. 2016 Nov; 91(11 Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions):S1-S9.
Colbert-Getz JM, Baumann S, Shaffer K, Lamb S, Lindsley JE, Rainey R, Randall K, Roussel D, Stevenson A, Cianciolo AT, Maines T, O'Brien B, Westerman M. What's in a Transition? An Integrative Perspective on Transitions in Medical Education. Teach Learn Med. 2016 Oct-Dec; 28(4):347-352.
Kohlwes J, O'Brien B, Stanley M, Grant R, Shunk R, Connor D, Cornett P, Hollander H. Does Research Training During Residency Promote Scholarship and Influence Career Choice? A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a 10-Year Cohort of the UCSF-PRIME Internal Medicine Residency Program. Teach Learn Med. 2016 Jul-Sep; 28(3):314-9.
Maggio LA, ten Cate O, Chen HC, Irby DM, O'Brien BC. Challenges to Learning Evidence-Based Medicine and Educational Approaches to Meet These Challenges: A Qualitative Study of Selected EBM Curricula in U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):101-6.
Maggio LA, Cate OT, Irby DM, O'Brien BC. Designing evidence-based medicine training to optimize the transfer of skills from the classroom to clinical practice: applying the four component instructional design model. Acad Med. 2015 Nov; 90(11):1457-61.
Stanley M, O'Brien B, Julian K, Jain S, Cornett P, Hollander H, Baron RB, Kohlwes RJ. Is Training in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Associated with a Career in Primary Care Medicine? J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1333-8.
Soones TN, O'Brien BC, Julian KA. Internal Medicine Residents' Perceptions of Team-Based Care and its Educational Value in the Continuity Clinic: A Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1279-85.
O'Brien BC, Hirsh D, Krupat E, Batt J, Hansen LA, Poncelet AN, Ogur B, Hauer KE. Learners, performers, caregivers, and team players: Descriptions of the ideal medical student in longitudinal integrated and block clerkships. Med Teach. 2016; 38(3):297-305.
Maggio LA, Cate OT, Moorhead LL, van Stiphout F, Kramer BM, Ter Braak E, Posley K, Irby D, O'Brien BC. Characterizing physicians' information needs at the point of care. Perspect Med Educ. 2014 Nov; 3(5):332-42.
Maggio LA, Tannery NH, Chen HC, ten Cate O, O'Brien B. Evidence-based medicine training in undergraduate medical education: a review and critique of the literature published 2006-2011. Acad Med. 2013 Jul; 88(7):1022-8.
Maggio LA, Steinberg RM, Moorhead L, O'Brien B, Willinsky J. Access of primary and secondary literature by health personnel in an academic health center: implications for open access. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jul; 101(3):205-12.
Sheu L, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan PS, Kwong A, Lai CJ. Systems-based practice learning opportunities in student-run clinics: a qualitative analysis of student experiences. Acad Med. 2013 Jun; 88(6):831-6.
Hauer KE, O'Brien BC, Hansen LA, Hirsh D, Ma IH, Ogur B, Poncelet AN, Alexander EK, Teherani A. More is better: students describe successful and unsuccessful experiences with teachers differently in brief and longitudinal relationships. Acad Med. 2012 Oct; 87(10):1389-96.
Hauer KE, Hirsh D, Ma I, Hansen L, Ogur B, Poncelet AN, Alexander EK, O'Brien BC. The role of role: learning in longitudinal integrated and traditional block clerkships. Med Educ. 2012 Jul; 46(7):698-710.
O'Brien BC, Poncelet AN, Hansen L, Hirsh DA, Ogur B, Alexander EK, Krupat E, Hauer KE. Students' workplace learning in two clerkship models: a multi-site observational study. Med Educ. 2012 Jun; 46(6):613-24.
Plant JL, Corden M, Mourad M, O'Brien BC, van Schaik SM. Understanding self-assessment as an informed process: residents' use of external information for self-assessment of performance in simulated resuscitations. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013 May; 18(2):181-92.
Wamsley M, Staves J, Kroon L, Topp K, Hossaini M, Newlin B, Lindsay C, O'Brien B. The impact of an interprofessional standardized patient exercise on attitudes toward working in interprofessional teams. J Interprof Care. 2012 Jan; 26(1):28-35.
Sheu LC, Zheng P, Coelho AD, Lin LD, O'Sullivan PS, O'Brien BC, Yu AY, Lai CJ. Learning through service: student perceptions on volunteering at interprofessional hepatitis B student-run clinics. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Jun; 26(2):228-33.
Shunk R, Dulay M, Julian K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Tarter L, Hollander H, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P. Using the american board of internal medicine practice improvement modules to teach internal medicine residents practice improvement. J Grad Med Educ. 2010 Mar; 2(1):90-5.
Teherani A, O'Brien BC, Masters DE, Poncelet AN, Robertson PA, Hauer KE. Burden, responsibility, and reward: preceptor experiences with the continuity of teaching in a longitudinal integrated clerkship. Acad Med. 2009 Oct; 84(10 Suppl):S50-3.