Molly Cooke, MD

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Molly Cooke, M.D. FACP, Professor of Medicine, is the inaugural Director of Education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools at UCSF (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and the Graduate Division). Appointed in July 2012, her charge is to develop a portfolio of high impact educational programs for UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and faculty members and to devise innovative and high-value ways to share UCSF’s expertise in discovery science, health care delivery, professional education, and basic science with international partners.

Dr. Cooke has been active in medical education program development and educational research throughout her career. A distinguished teacher, Dr. Cooke has twice received the Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award as well as a UCSF Academic Senate Award for Distinction in Teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the AOA/Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); in 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award in Education from the Society for General Internal Medicine. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical education. This work culminated in the text, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, by Molly Cooke, David M. Irby and Bridget C. O’Brien, published in June 2010 by Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Dr. Cooke has worked on using education and faculty development to address the health problems of under-served populations. A founding faculty member of the internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital–UCSF, she developed GME curricula focused on the care of the urban under-served, including community health and advocacy. She was the School of Medicine’s liaison to UCSF’s regional campus in Fresno from 2008 to 2013 and, in that capacity and as a member of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME advisory board, addressed health inequities in California’s Central Valley. She provided the educational expertise for IDCAP, Infectious Disease Capacity Building Evaluation, a three-year project exploring cost-effective ways to build capacity among mid-level providers in sub-Saharan Africa funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She serves on the Training Advisory Committee of he University of Zimbabwe Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI); the US partner institutions are the University of Colorado and Stanford University.

Dr. Cooke is a practicing internist with a special interest in HIV and other complex chronic illnesses. She has advised the AMA, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the AAMC on clinical care and ethical and policy issues in the HIV epidemic, and was a founding co-director of the AIDS Task Force of the Society for General Internal Medicine. She testified before both National Commissions on AIDS (1988 and 1990). She was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2004 and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as one of “America’s Best Doctors.” She is Past President (2013-14) of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. She also served as Governor of the Northern California chapter of the ACP from 2004 to 2009.

Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Stanford University. She received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She did her residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as chief resident in medicine and did a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellowship focusing on ethics. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013.

Publications: 

Health impact of human rights testimony: harming the most vulnerable?

BMJ global health

Meffert SM, Shome S, Neylan TC, Musalo K, Fineberg HV, Cooke MM, Volberding PA, Goosby EP

Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians.

Annals of internal medicine

Qaseem A, Kansagara D, Forciea MA, Cooke M, Denberg TD

The impact of intramural grants on educators' careers and on medical education innovation.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Adler SR, Chang A, Loeser H, Cooke M, Wang J, Teherani A

Tips for teaching in longitudinal clerkships.

The clinical teacher

Levitt DS, Cooke M

Expert patients: learning from HIV.

BMJ quality & safety

Cooke M

Calls for reform of medical education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: 1910 and 2010.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Irby DM, Cooke M, O'Brien BC

Improving chronic care of type 2 diabetes using teams of interprofessional learners.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Janson SL, Cooke M, McGrath KW, Kroon LA, Robinson S, Baron RB

Continuity in a longitudinal out-patient attachment for Year 3 medical students.

Medical education

Wamsley MA, Dubowitz N, Kohli P, Cooke M, O'Brien BC

What training is needed in the fourth year of medical school? Views of residency program directors.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Lyss-Lerman P, Teherani A, Aagaard E, Loeser H, Cooke M, Harper GM

HIV policy: the path forward--a joint position paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Lubinski C, Aberg J, Bardeguez AD, Elion R, Emmanuel P, Kuritzkes D, Saag M, Squires KE, Weddle A, Rainey J, Zerehi MR, Ralston JF, Fleming DA, Bronson D, Cooke M, Cutler C, Ejnes Y, Gluckman R, Liebow M, Musana K, Mayer ME, Purtle MW, Reynolds PP, Viswanathan L, Weiss KB, Yehia B

Perceptions and attributions of third-year student struggles in clerkships: do students and clerkship directors agree?

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

O'Brien B, Cooke M, Irby DM

Do as I say: curricular discordance in medical school end-of-life care education.

Journal of palliative medicine

Rabow M, Gargani J, Cooke M

American medical education 100 years after the Flexner report.

The New England journal of medicine

Cooke M, Irby DM, Sullivan W, Ludmerer KM

Provider behaviors contributing to patient self-management of chronic illness among underserved populations.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Greene J, Yedidia MJ

The academy movement: a structural approach to reinvigorating the educational mission.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Irby DM, Cooke M, Lowenstein D, Richards B

The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Cooke M, Irby DM, Debas HT

Intersessions: covering the bases in the clinical year.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Fenton C, Loeser H, Cooke M

When the time comes to talk about HIV: factors associated with diagnostic disclosure and emotional distress in HIV-infected children.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Lester P, Chesney M, Cooke M, Weiss R, Whalley P, Perez B, Glidden D, Petru A, Dorenbaum A, Wara D

The Academies Collaborative: sharing a new model for medical education.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Rider EA, Cooke M, Lowenstein D

The UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Cooke M, Irby DM

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Diagnostic disclosure to HIV-infected children: how parents decide when and what to tell

Lester P
Chesney M
Cooke M
Whalley P
Perez B
Dorenbaum A
Petru A
Wara D

How did we make the Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project work? National efforts to facilitate success.

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Lesky L, Davis A, Cooke M

Goals and strategies for teaching death and dying in medical schools.

Journal of palliative medicine

Nelson W, Angoff N, Binder E, Cooke M, Fleetwood J, Goodlin S, Goodman K, Kaplan KO, McCormick T, Meyer ML, Sheehan M, Townsend T, Williams P, Winslade W

Physicians' transmission prevention assessment and counseling practices with their HIV positive patients.

AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education

Gerbert B, Brown B, Volberding P, Cooke M, Caspers N, Love C, Bronstone A

Do patients' ethnic and social factors influence the use of do-not-resuscitate orders?

Ethnicity & disease

Thompson BL, Lawson D, Croughan-Minihane M, Cooke M

Informal caregivers and the intention to hasten AIDS-related death.

Archives of internal medicine

Cooke M, Gourlay L, Collette L, Boccellari A, Chesney MA, Folkman S

Physician responses to a hospital policy allowing them to not offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Swig L, Cooke M, Osmond D, Luce JA, Brody RV, Bird C, Luce JM

Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictors in HIV+ and HIV- gay men.

Journal of personality and social psychology

Folkman S, Chesney M, Collette L, Boccellari A, Cooke M

The consequences of a positive prenatal HIV antibody test for women.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes and human retrovirology : official publication of the International Retrovirology Association

Lester P, Partridge JC, Chesney MA, Cooke M

Proficiency of internal medicine residents in outpatient care of patients with HIV infection.

Journal of general internal medicine

Schultz P, Bindman AB, Cooke M

Caregiver burden in HIV-positive and HIV-negative partners of men with AIDS.

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology

Folkman S, Chesney MA, Cooke M, Boccellari A, Collette L

Ethical, behavioral, and social aspects of HIV vaccine trials in developing countries.

JAMA

Lurie P, Bishaw M, Chesney MA, Cooke M, Fernandes ME, Hearst N, Katongole-Mbidde E, Koetsawang S, Lindan CP, Mandel J

Withholding and withdrawal of life support from the critically ill.

The New England journal of medicine

Smedira NG, Evans BH, Grais LS, Cohen NH, Lo B, Cooke M, Schecter WP, Fink C, Epstein-Jaffe E, May C

Physician risk and responsibility in the HIV epidemic.

The Western journal of medicine

Cooke M

Voluntary screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Weighing the benefits and harms.

Annals of internal medicine

Lo B, Steinbrook RL, Cooke M, Coates TJ, Walters EJ, Hulley SB

Ethics of the HIV epidemic, physician risk and responsibility.

Current opinion in infectious diseases

Cooke M

AIDS and Public Policy Journal

Housestaff attitudes toward the Acquird Immunodeficiency Syndrom

Cooke M

Ethical issues in the care of patients with AIDS.

QRB. Quality review bulletin

Cooke M

Evaluation of the seminar method to improve clinical teaching.

Journal of general internal medicine

Skeff KM, Stratos G, Campbell M, Cooke M, Jones HW

Evaluation of impotence.

The Western journal of medicine

Cooke M

AIDS and ethics.

Issues in science and technology

Jonsen AR, Cooke M, Koenig BA

Assessment by attending physicians of a seminar method to improve clinical teaching.

Journal of medical education

Skeff KM, Campbell M, Stratos G, Jones HW, Cooke M

Mediastinal tumor causing continuous murmur.

American heart journal

Cooke M, Wolk PJ, Cheitlin MD

Diagnosis and outcome of bowel infarction on an acute medical service.

The American journal of medicine

Cooke M, Sande MA