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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Calvin L. Chou, MD, PhD

Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, SFVAHCS
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF

Communication Skills, Feedback, and Professional Development in Medical Education

Dr. Chou holds the first endowed Academy Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UCSF and, as a faculty member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, is nationally recognized for his efforts in education and research to enhance communication between patients and physicians.  Currently he is director of VALOR, an innovative longitudinal program based at the VA that emphasizes humanistic clinical skills and professional development for medical students.  He has delivered communication skills curricula for providers at medical centers across the country, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Stanford University, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  His research interests include assessment of curricular developments in clinical skills and clinical skills remediation, forces influencing feedback in medical education, and enhancing communication for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians to improve patient experiences of care.  He is co-editor of a book on remediation in medical education, released in January 2014.


To see Dr. Chou on PubMed, click here.