Kelley Skeff, MD, PhD

Stanford University

Dr. Skeff is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers (SFDC). Dr. Skeff was the internal medicine residency program director at Stanford for 2 decades. He received his MD from the University of Colorado and his PhD from the Stanford School of Education. Dr. Skeff’s academic career has focused on methods to assist faculty and residents internationally to improve their teaching effectiveness, resulting in the development of the Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC). The SFDC uses a dissemination approach that trains faculty from institutions internationally to train their own faculty colleagues and housestaff to become more effective teachers. Since 1986, the SFDC has trained 395 faculty trainers from 156 institutions in 19 countries to become local, regional, and national resources for the improvement of medical education. These faculty have, in turn, assisted over 30,000 faculty and residents to improve their teaching effectiveness. He has received several awards including the Stanford-wide Gores Award for Outstanding Teaching Contributions, AAMC/AOA Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in the Clinical Sciences, the first national award for Career Achievement in Medical Education from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine’s Distinguished Medical Educator Award, and the AAMC Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. He has served as an ACP Regent, the Macy Scholars Advisory Board, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. His most recent research work relates to the qualitative study of the challenges of physician distress leading to professional burnout, providing new insight into that current challenge.


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