Visiting Scholar

Bridget O’Brien

Bridget O’Brien, PhD

Associate Professor
Clinical Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco

Dates of Visit: July 31 – August 4, 2017

Purpose of Visit

Dr. O’Brien is coming to CHES to advance her program of research, meet and network with members of the CHES community and explore opportunities for collaboration.


Bridget O’Brien, PhD is an associate professor of medicine and an educational researcher in the Center for Faculty Educators at the University of California, San Francisco where she teaches learners in the UCSF Health Professions Education Pathway and Teaching Scholars Programs and the UCSF-University of Utrecht doctoral program. At the San Francisco VA, she directs the Fellowship Program in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research and directs scholarship and evaluation for the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. She has authored and co-authored several articles on qualitative methods, including guidelines for reporting on qualitative research. She is a member of the editorial board of Academic Medicine, the Research In Medical Education (RIME) planning committee of the AAMC, and a co-editor of the third edition of the book Understanding Medical Education.

Her research focuses primarily on understanding and improving workplace learning among health professionals using sociocultural perspectives and qualitative methodologies. One of her current projects explores discrepancies between intended and emergent learning opportunities during interprofessional educational activities. Another of her projects examines how situated learning theory has been taken up (for better or for worse) in the health professions education literature.