Top Medical Educator Molly Cooke to Direct Global Health Sciences Education

Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, professor of medicine at UCSF, has been appointed the first Global Health Sciences Director of Education.

Molly Cooke, MD, FACP

Molly Cooke, MD, FACP

Cooke, who will begin her transition to Global Health Sciences (GHS) in March, will officially step down from her role as the founding director of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in June.

A leading expert on medical education and educational research as well an acclaimed teacher, she 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.

“I am tremendously excited to be joining GHS,” said Cooke. “My very first medical experience, as a teenager, was in an isolated and completely underserved Inuit community in northern Labrador. I spent five months working in rural Guatemala before starting my medical internship. It will be a privilege to work with global health leaders on the UCSF campus and beyond, using education to address health inequities worldwide.”

“Dr. Cooke will make an excellent addition to the GHS team,” said GHS Executive Director Jaime Sepulveda in announcing the appointment on March 5. “We are very fortunate to be able to leverage her expertise and experience in medical education at UCSF. She will be an invaluable asset as we grow our global health education programs, building on the strong foundation already put in place by a small group of dedicated UCSF faculty.”

In the new GHS role, Cooke will bring a vision and direction to the development of innovative global health educational offerings, including degree and certificate programs, faculty development, distance education courses, and expansion of an inter-professional global health curriculum across UCSF’s schools. She will collaborate with Ziegler and Stewart as they continue directing their existing programs.

To read more about Cooke, go to the Global Health Sciences website.