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Jeff Kohlwes, MD

San Francisco, CA 94121

Jeffrey Kohlwes, MD, MPH is based at the VA Medical Center and is the Program Director of the PRIME Residency program. He also is the Associate Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program in charge of Resident Academic Development and Assessment. After completing his residency and chief residency at UCSF, he was the co-Medical Director of the Methadone and HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. Subequently, he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Kohlwes returned to UCSF to assume the directorship of the PRIME program at the San Francisco VAMC. During his tenure as Director, the PRIME program has expanded to include the majority of the UCSF categorical residents each year becoming the largest residency track at UCSF. He has published several manuscripts on the PRIME Program, which focuses on providing an immersion clinical research experience for internal medicine residents. Currently, two thirds of PRIME residents publish their residency research projects with over 250 first-author publications over the last 12 years.

His position as an Associate Editor for Clinical Material for the Journal of General Internal Medicine has led to the merging of his interests in clinical care and evidence based medicine. Working with a team of editors he created the Exercises in Clinical Reasoning series. This series is expanding into a national online teaching tool for Clinical Reasoning. His interest in evidence based medicine and clinical practice have led him to do his Updates in General Internal Medicine for UCSF conferences and medical grand rounds annually since 2004.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
RWJ Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington MPH Public Health 06/1998
Chief Resident, VAMC, University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Studies Internal Medicine 06/1994
San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Internal Medicine, UCSF Residency General Internal Medicine 06/1993
Dartmouth Medical School MD Medicine 06/1990
University of California, Davis B.S. Physiology 06/1984


Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Research Training, Graduate Medical Education, Professional Career Development, Professional Mentoring

Awards and Honors
2017   Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award, UCSF, 2017-2018
2013   Graduate Medical Education Achievement Award, UCSF, 2013
2011   AOA Honoree by UCSF 2011 Graduating Class, UCSF, 2011
2010   Calvin Chou PRIME Teaching Award, UCSF, 2010
2009   Academy of Medical Educators Distinguished Teaching Award, 2009, 2009
2008   Nominee, Academic Senate Senior Teaching Award, UCSF, 2008
2004   Floyd Rector Departmental Teaching Award, UCSF, 2004
1993   Resident Teaching Award, UCSF, 1993
1992   Keith Johnson R2 Award, UCSF Residency, 1992
1990   Melba Jarrett Service Award, Dartmouth Medical School, 1990
1990   Honors Graduate, Dartmouth Medical School, 1990

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Recent Articles (40)

Fitzpatrick JK, Kohlwes J. Lime-Induced Phytophotodermatitis. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jan 29.

Parks AL, Kohlwes RJ. Refining Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis in Hospitalized Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jan; 33(1):6.

Wang CH, Charlton B, Kohlwes J. The Horrible Taste of Nectar and Honey-Inappropriate Use of Thickened Liquids in Dementia: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 06 01; 176(6):735-6.

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.

Al-Helou G, Anklesaria Z, Kohlwes J, Ahari J, Dhaliwal G. When the Illness Goes Off Script-An Exercise in Clinical Reasoning. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jul; 31(7):803-7.

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.

Kohlwes J, Cornett P. Screening for Alcohol Misuse; Veterans Speak! J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 30(8):1054-5.

Manesh RS, Kohlwes RJ. Palmar Crease Pallor. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):1034.

Kidambi TD, Lee C, Kohlwes RJ. MRSA-Associated Lemierre's Syndrome in an Intravenous Drug User. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Dec; 30(12):1886-7.

Manesh RS, Dixson J, Kohlwes RJ. Don't drop the anchor. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jan; 30(1):131-5.

Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8):1110-4.

Hauer KE, Kohlwes J, Cornett P, Hollander H, Ten Cate O, Ranji SR, Soni K, Iobst W, O'Sullivan P. Identifying entrustable professional activities in internal medicine training. J Grad Med Educ. 2013 Mar; 5(1):54-9.

Kohlwes J. ACE inhibitors versus ARBs versus DRIs: a systematic update. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1585; author reply 1586.

Lakin J, Baxi SM, Kohlwes J. Missing the tree for the forest: a case of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):601-2.

Kohlwes RJ, Cornett P, Dandu M, Julian K, Vidyarthi A, Minichiello T, Shunk R, Jain S, Harleman E, Ranji S, Sharpe B, O'Sullivan P, Hollander H. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program. J Grad Med Educ. 2011 Dec; 3(4):535-40.

Baxi SM, Kohlwes J. ST-segment elevation and minimally reactive pupils. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Apr; 27(4):478-9.

Van Allen EM, Miyake T, Gunn N, Behler CM, Kohlwes J. Off-label use of rituximab in a multipayer insurance system. J Oncol Pract. 2011 Mar; 7(2):76-9.

Smith DT, Kohlwes RJ. Teaching strategies used by internal medicine residents on the wards. Med Teach. 2011; 33(12):e697-703.

Van Meter ME, McKee KY, Kohlwes RJ. Efficacy and safety of tunneled pleural catheters in adults with malignant pleural effusions: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan; 26(1):70-6.

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.

Frederick M, Newman J, Kohlwes J. Leriche syndrome. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1102-4.

Mourad M, Kohlwes J, Maselli J. Supervising the supervisors--procedural training and supervision in internal medicine residency. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Apr; 25(4):351-6.

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.

Henderson M, Keenan C, Kohlwes J, Dhaliwal G. Introducing exercises in clinical reasoning. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Jan; 25(1):9.

Bitting RL, Bent S, Li Y, Kohlwes J. The prognosis and treatment of acquired hemophilia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2009 Oct; 20(7):517-23.

Van Allen EM, Kohlwes RJ. Comments on the recent clinical guidance statement on HIV screening. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Aug 18; 151(4):286; author reply 287.

Dombrowski JC, Kao H, Renda N, Kohlwes RJ. Consequences of missed opportunities. J Hosp Med. 2007 Jul; 2(4):274-9.

Margaretten ME, Kohlwes J, Moore D, Bent S. Does this adult patient have septic arthritis? JAMA. 2007 Apr 04; 297(13):1478-88.

Chang LW, Vidyarthi AR, Kohlwes RJ. Baseline duty hours recorded with time-cards: a pre-regulation study of internal medicine residents. Med Educ. 2006 Jul; 40(7):662-6.

Kohlwes RJ, Shunk RL, Avins A, Garber J, Bent S, Shlipak MG. The PRIME curriculum. Clinical research training during residency. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 May; 21(5):506-9.

Kohlwes RJ, Shunk R. An electrocardiogram curriculum for resident doctors. Med Educ. 2005 Nov; 39(11):1163-4.

Terasawa T, Blackmore CC, Bent S, Kohlwes RJ. Systematic review: computed tomography and ultrasonography to detect acute appendicitis in adults and adolescents. Ann Intern Med. 2004 Oct 05; 141(7):537-46.

Haberer J, Trivedi NN, Kohlwes J, Tierney L. Clinical problem-solving. A gut feeling. N Engl J Med. 2003 Jul 03; 349(1):73-8.

Gupta S, Bent S, Kohlwes J. Test characteristics of alpha-fetoprotein for detecting hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis C. A systematic review and critical analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2003 Jul 01; 139(1):46-50.

Hart A, Kohlwes RJ, Deyo R, Rhodes LA, Bowen DJ. Hospice patients' attitudes regarding spiritual discussions with their doctors. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2003 Mar-Apr; 20(2):135-9.

Dipko LR, Xavier K, Kohlwes RJ. Advance directive group education in a VA outpatient clinic. Soc Work Health Care. 2003; 38(2):93-106.

Kohlwes RJ, Chou CL. A curriculum in medical economics for residents. Acad Med. 2002 May; 77(5):465-6.

Kohlwes RJ, Koepsell TD, Rhodes LA, Pearlman RA. Physicians' responses to patients' requests for physician-assisted suicide. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Mar 12; 161(5):657-63.

Ochitill H, Dilley J, Kohlwes J. Psychotropic drug prescribing for hospitalized patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Am J Med. 1991 May; 90(5):601-5.

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