The program’s first cohort. Standing, from left to right: Justin Messier, Jordan Franck, Bob Wenz, Louis Ward, Carlina Hansen, Jackie Lebihan, Ellen Kynoch, Robert Andersen, Katherine McCall, Tristin Penland, David Baker, Ileita Lafitte, Sarah Sporik, Stacy McLachlan, Laura Sheckler. Seated, from left to right: Sherry Corcoran, Helen Shui, Van Nguyen, Elizabeth Sin. (Photos by Elisabeth Fall)
April 2014 • By Andrew Schwartz

On the weekend of March 21, 22 and 23 – after 10 weeks of online work and conversation – the inaugural cohort of the UC San Francisco Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) program met for the first time in person for the first of two on-campus intensives that students must complete to earn their degree.

Faculty from the schools of medicine, nursing and pharmacy led a program called “Essential Leadership: Foundations for Effective Performance,” which provided students with an immersion experience focused on creativity, strategic agility and interprofessional collaboration.

At the end of the first day, Science of Caring spoke with a number of the students to understand why they are in the program and to get their impressions of the first 10 weeks.

The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

Congress should reauthorize and fully fund nurse practitioner residencies in primary care clinics. Though relatively new, these programs can play a key role in addressing America’s burgeoning primary care crisis. Here are five reasons why:

First, the country already lacks enough primary care physicians to meet our health care needs. The problem is especially dire in underserved communities, both rural and urban, where federally qualified health centers and nurse-managed health clinics deliver a huge portion of primary care.

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April 2014
The Future of Geriatric Nursing: A Conversation with Jack Rowe – Renowned geriatrician John W. Rowe discusses how an aging population and a shortage of geriatricians present nursing with what could be a historic opportunity – and challenges the profession to seize its moment.
April 2014
Finding and Training a Workforce That Can Address Older Adults’ Long-Term Care Needs – A new UCSF health workforce research center is charged with mapping the long-term care needs for an aging US population.
April 2014
How Can We Reduce Adverse Events in Long-Term Care Settings? – Laura Wagner examines the role of health information technology in reducing a virtual epidemic of adverse events in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
April 2014
Geriatric Nursing Experts Share Knowledge, Ideas for the Future – At a recent conference, nurse researchers from UCSF School of Nursing and other health policy experts presented their work, as well as insights into the future of geriatric nursing.
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A Reassuring Voice for Parents – Pediatric nurse practitioner Meg Zweiback helps parents deal with the everyday challenges of raising young children.