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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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Rebecca Shunk, MD

Associate Chief of Staff, Education/Co-Director of Excellence in Primary Care Education, SFVAHCS
Email: Rebecca.Shunk@va.gov

Medical and Interprofessional Education

Rebecca Shunk is the physician Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) as well as an Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the SFVA Health Care System. She and her team develop strategies to improve interprofessional, team-based health professions education in patient-centered primary care. Rebecca is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been a primary care provider and clinician educator at the SFVAMC and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for the past 14 years.

She has served on numerous committees focusing on trainee education at UCSF, SFVA and VA nationally. Locally she is a member of the UCSF Interprofessional Education Curriculum Development Working Group. Nationally, she worked on the VA Academic Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) committee. The committee produced: “Academic PACT: A blueprint for primary care redesign in academic practice settings.”

Her research has focused primarily on Medical and Interprofessional Education and Curriculum Development. Her favorite research projcts have included medical student and resident cardiac physical exam curricula, performance improvement curricula, the teaching and learning of Interprofessional team-based care and coaching interprofessional team huddles.

To see Dr. Shunk on Pub Med, click here.