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1 August 2000

Cooke Named Director of Academy of Educators

Finds Managed Care Not Always Better for Preventive Medicine Haile Debas, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, announced on Monday the appointment of Molly Cooke, professor of medicine, as director of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Part of the UCSF School of Medicine, the academy is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes and rewards excellence in teaching. Cooke's appointment became effective July 1.

"Dr. Cooke's entire career has been characterized by a commitment to medical education, both undergraduate and graduate," Debas said.

Cooke has twice received the Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award as well as a UCSF Academic Senate Award for Distinction in Teaching. She is founding director and currently co-director of Foundations of Patient Care, a course for first- and second-year medical students. She succeeds Daniel Lowenstein, who left UCSF to become the dean for medical education at Harvard Medical School, as director of the academy.

Cooke's research and clinical interests include HIV/AIDS ethics, women in medicine and medical education.

Recent trends in health care economics have, in many instances, made it increasingly difficult for campus departments to allocate sufficient time or support for faculty teaching efforts. To enhance and support teaching beyond what currently exists in the School of Medicine, the Academy of Medical Educators will:

  • Develop mechanisms to support and reward faculty who are outstanding teachers;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary and interdepartmental approaches to undergraduate medical education, especially integration of basic and clinical teaching throughout the medical school curriculum;
  • Facilitate the mentoring of faculty, residents and students as teachers; and
  • Develop evaluation tools to assess the quality of teaching and promote teaching excellence, among other activities.

Cooke earned her MD at Stanford University School of Medicine and served her residency at UCSF from 1977 to 1980. She was chief resident from 1980 to 1981.

Cooke was honored in 1998 by Project Open Hand for her leadership and support of the organization, which provides comprehensive nutrition services to people in the Bay Area living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS.

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