The Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Mentoring is a critical component of productivity, career advancement and satisfaction for all faculty members. This award recognizes an outstanding senior faculty mentor at UCSF who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to mentoring faculty.

The UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program is pleased to announce the recipient of the

2018 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Patricia S. O’Sullivan, EdD

Patricia S. O'Sullivan is Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Director of Research and Development in Medical Education and Endowed Chair for Surgical Education. After receiving her doctorate in education, her first position was with the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston launching a nearly 40-year career in health professions education in seven institutions. Dr. O'Sullivan is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of the Merrill Flair Award of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. In 2018, she received the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Medical Education.

Believing in a continuum between development and scholarship, she oversees opportunities for individuals to gain skills and develop their scholarship through opportunities at UCSF including pathways to earn a masters and PhD in health professions education. Dr. O'Sullivan focuses her scholarship on faculty development and assessment. She has published over 300 articles largely with individuals whom she has mentored as they launch their careers in medical education. The interactions with students, residents, fellows and faculty are what enrich every day.

A limerick in honor of her mentoring starts:

A mentor is someone quite insightful,
With knowledge and skill that's delightful.
        Plus attitude that abounds
        With generosity and rounds
Of edits that rescue studies from frightful!


It captures the great joy and a key part of the work of being a mentor.


An award celebration and reception honoring Dr. O’Sullivan and her outstanding contributions to faculty mentorship at UCSF was held June 13, 2018 in the Lange Room of the Parnassus Library.





Nomination Requirements and Guidelines

For additional information, please contact:
Mitchell D. Feldman, MD, MPhil
Professor of Medicine
Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Mentoring
University of California, San Francisco

Irené Merry
Faculty Mentoring Program Coordinator
(415) 502-0244


Previous Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award