Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

Pei Chen, MD

The AGS is pleased to present the 2021 Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award to Pei Chen, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Fellowship Director in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. A Tideswell Scholar and GWEP leader, Dr. Chen has proven a commitment to high-quality care at the local and national levels, and her passion for undergraduate medical education has been recognized through a variety of teaching awards at UCSF. Dr. Chen has used her clinical and teaching skills in creative ways, often rising to meet the needs of both students and members of her community in challenging situations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Chen hosted third- and fourth-year medical clerkship students who were displaced from their clinical rotations. They joined her geriatrics primary care clinic, where she created a phone call program for them to reach out to isolated older adults to assess and address their medical, technological, and social needs, including providing one-on-one support on the use of a video conference platform. Her work in graduate medical education includes creating a quality improvement and patient safety program for geriatric medicine fellows, and she directs the longitudinal clinical experience for fellows interested in geriatric primary care and ambulatory consultative medicine. Additionally, her development of an interprofessional learners clinic at the UCSF Center for Geriatrics, which brings together professionals in medicine, pharmacy, law, social work and other disciplines, shows true collaborative spirit in a field where team communication provides the best outcomes. We applaud Dr. Chen for these efforts.


Past Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

2021      Pei Chen, MD
2020      Nina Blachman, MD, MHPE
2019      Skotti Church, MD
2018      Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH
2017      Kristen Thornton, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, CWSP
2016      Jessica Colburn, MD
2015      Shaida Talebreza Brandon, MD
2014      Danelle Cayea, MD, MS
2013      Manuel Eskildsen, MD, MPH, CMD