UCSF Advanced Practice Providers December 2023 Newsletter

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Congrats to UCSF's New Cohort of NP3

The following 6 NPs joined the other 81 NP3 at UCSF.

NP3 are clinical experts who demonstrates excellence through advanced clinical practice, education and leadership.

William Bradley, Non-Invasive Cardiology

Cana Jenkins, Emergency Medicine

Bennett Lareau-Meredith, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mt Zion

Sophie Roeung, Colorectal Surgery

Susan "Scottie" Thompson, Family Medicine- Lakeshore

Natalia Zorrilla, Pediatric Brain Center

Applications for NP3 are accepted every March and September. Renewal applications (every 3 years to maintain NP3) are accepted every February and August. Read more.

2023 Leadership Academy for Advanced Practice Providers (LeAP)

The LeAP program is an innovative nine-month leadership training program for all APPs. This initiative features pre-work, nine monthly four-hour leadership learning sessions, a leader shadowing experience, two executive coaching sessions and completion of a leadership project proposal. Throughout the program, the APPs develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to lead teams, transform healthcare and navigate an ever-changing landscape as an advanced practice provider.

In the above photo are the 2023 LeAP participants and below are their names and leadership project proposals.

Stacey Alabastro: Impact of an APP led Transitional Care Model on Post Operative Readmission Rates

Nick Carvelli: Optimizing telemedicine to improve anesthesia preoperative consultations--comparison between telephone and video conferencing in the adult population

Nikki Chokshi: Introducing simulation training for CICU APPs

Natalia DeMatteo: Specialty Certification for Registered Nurses

Stephanie Feng: EPIC Personalized Training Program Impact on Providers in the Cancer Center

Keith Jabonillo: Formalized APP onboarding and orientation in Adult Critical Care

Kristen Ghoussaini: APP External Ventricular Drain Placement

Eugenia Gil: Revitalizing our Onboarding: Seizing Opportunities and Embracing Responsibilities

Sarah Kabatt: Professional development opportunities and job satisfaction amongst APPs

Mary Kate Klarich: Optimizing the perioperative continuum of care to increase patient and provider satisfaction in the pediatric Surgery population

Kristen Lewis: Well-being and Burnout: A Holistic Look at the Experience of Providers

Sarah O'Connell: Establishing Criteria for Anesthesia Referral in interventional Radiology on Outpatient Fistulagrams

Paula Price: Implementing a Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Care Program for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Patients

Susan (Scottie) Thompson: Does providing medical abortion in primary care improve patient experience

Susan Turpin: Pediatric CIED Remote Monitoring--interventions to Effect Compliance (Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device)

Mardochee Val: Standardized Responses--why are they important for APP Practice

Neil Wiegand: General Surgery: Consults and basic Procedure

Yu (Janet) Wu: Impact of Journal Club on APPs' Critical Appraisal Skills

Learn more about these projects and about the APP's experience during the next APP Town Hall on December 12, 2023. Applications for the 2024 LeAP program is closed, but click here to learn more about other Leadership Institute programs.

Matt Tierney Publishes on Opioid and Cannabis


Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing

Medical Director of Inpatient Substance Use Management, UCSF Health Clinical Director of Substance Use Treatment and Education, UCSF Office of Population Health

Affiliated Faculty, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies recently published 3 articles on the topics of cannabis and opioids.

Bosley, H. G., Peña, J. M., Penn, A. D., Sorensen, J. L., Tierney, M., & Flentje, A. (2023). A Pragmatic, Person-Centered View of Cannabis in the United States: Pursuing Care That Transcends Beliefs. Substance abuse, 44(4), 337–347. https://doi.org/10.1177/08897077231202836

Tierney, M., Castillo, E., Leonard, A., & Huang, E. (2023). Closing the Opioid Treatment Gap Through Advance Practice Nursing Activation: Curricular Design and Initial Outcomes. Journal of addictions nursing, 34(4), 240–250. https://doi.org/10.1097/JAN.0000000000000547


Chapman, S. A., Fraimow-Wong, L., Phoenix, B. J., Tierney, M., & Spetz, J. (2023). Perspectives on APRN prescribing of medications for opioid use disorder: Key barriers remain. Journal of substance use and addiction treatment, 209215. Advance online publication. https://doi-org.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.josat.2023.209215

Courtney Gordon Presents on Risk Stratification

Courtney Gordon, DNP was an invited speaker at the American Academy of Home Care Medicine annual conference in Phoenix, AZ.

She presented on the development and implementation of a risk stratification tool that helped the team to focus on healthcare utilization, medical conditions,

medications, mental health, and socioeconomic conditions. The goal of the tool is to recognize high risk patients that would benefit from more intense outreach and case management. Click here for another publication by Courtney on UCSF's Care at Home Program.


Pediatric Grand Rounds (West Bay)

Every Thursday 12-1PM

Zoom link. Full schedule and archive videos.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

"Provisional: The Burden of Pediatric Critical Illness in Resource-Limited Settings". Presented by Teresa Kortz, MD

Thursday, January 4, 2023 TBD. Presented by Octavio Ramilo, MD.

Pediatric Grand Rounds (East Bay)

Every Tuesday 8-9AM

For Zoom login information, contact: Cristina Fernandez crfernandez@ucsf.edu, 510-428-3885 ext 4343. Full schedule and archived videos (Password: CHRCO).

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 TODAY

"Diagnosis and Management Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome--A Multidisciplinary Approach" Presented by Dihong Zhou, MD

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

"Diagnosis and Management of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)” Presented by: Ishaan Swarup, MD, FAAOS, FAAP

APP Grand Rounds

Tuesday December 12, 2023 12-1PM TODAY

Advanced Practice Providers: The Bridge to Headache Care

Presented by Annika Ehrlich, DNP, FNP-C, CNRN, AQH

2 Steps to Register in Advance

  1. Point your camera to QR code or visit here
  2. To claim 1-hour CEU for RN/NP/CRNA/CNM. Preregister at Nursing Connect

Search by title "Headache" or "bridge to headache". Category 2CME for PA no additional registration required.

APEX Training Program for APPs

Last Year 198 APPs completed the Net Electronic Health Record Experience Survey. 59% felt ongoing APeX training was insufficient, which is the lowest 7th percentile for Epic organizations. Form this feedback the Office of Advanced Practice Providers developed an ongoing APeX training program specific to APPs.


  1. Implement efficiency tips designed to improve workflows
  2. Utilize APeX personalization features
  3. Curriculum tailored to your practice needs


via zoom over 4-week period

Three 1-hour courses scheduled at your convenience (individual)

One 2-hour personalization and optimization meeting (small group)

3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits included

Please discuss with your manager before enrolling. If you are interested in participating contact Roseanne.Kratuer@ucsf.edu

UCSF School of Nursing and Podcasts

Illuminating Health is the official podcast of the UCSF School of Nursing. Listen-in to short conversations between today’s leading health experts. Topics are selected to shed light on health and healthcare issues that affect our daily lives. Read more.


Updated Promo Code to renew BLS, ACLS, and PALS

Don't wait to the last minute to renew your BLS, ACLS or PALS. Sign up for a course at any of the 45 locations throughout the bay area with Safety Training Seminars (STS). UCSF will cover the cost of the course (if required on your job description). Use NEW promo code: UCSFAP

Medical Advice Messaging, Telephone Encounters, On-Demand Visits

Do you do medical advice messaging, telephone encounters or on-demand telehealth visits? Then you are providing asynchronous care and these are billable activities. Read more about these types of encounters and to understand the why and how these are billable activities.

Tip Sheet for Prolonged Services G2212 or CPT 99417

What are G2212 or 99417?

Do you spend alot of time caring for a patient on the date of the visit that surpasses the typical time for level 5 (99205/99215) office visits? This includes ordering medications, tests, procedures, communicating with other clinicians, documenting in the health record, reviewing obtained history, when shared visits (MD/APP) extended time thresholds are met. The E/M visit must be coded by time AND only time on the date of the patient visit. Click here for more info.


Direct Admit to Hospice Program--Parnassus Campus

UCSF/Bay The Bay Hospice Inpatient hospice is a primary service that provides hospice care for eligible patients at the Parnassus Campus. These patients have (1) a terminal illness for which they wish to pursue comfort care, (2) severe symptoms that cannot be addressed in a home or community setting necessitating hospital-level care, and (3) a prognosis on the order of hours to days.

New: direct admission from outpatient setting to inpatient hospice--Expansion of Inpatient Hospice program. Click here for tip sheet.

Do you use the GENERID SmartLink?

The GENERID SmartLink is being updated so that the patient's gender identity will display based on the patient's Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) form responses.


APP Town Hall

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 4:10PM-5PM TODAY

2023 LeAP Graduates

Presented by Roseanne Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN Director of Informatics and Clinical Systems

Introduction to your APP Advisory Board. Presented by Bethany Geleris, DNP, MSN, PNP, APP Advisory Board Chair

Meeting ID: 962 9149 5404 Password: 848744

One click to join or call in 16692192599

Click here to complete a short Qualtrics survey on APP Town Halls.

Upcoming Staff Appreciation Events

It’s a time to thank you for your hard work and invite all onsite and telework employees to attend a breakfast. These events provide members of University leadership with an opportunity to convey their gratitude in person. Must bring your UCSF photo identification badge.

  • December 12, 2023, 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Mission Bay Hospitals and Campus – William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium
  • December 13, 2023, 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland – Redwood Café

Walgreens Closes at Millberry Union--Parnassus

In the spring of 2024, UCSF Health outpatient pharmacy will be opening in the Millberry Union, at the site currently occupied by Walgreens. Walgreens at Parnassus is closing their operations on 12/14/23. Starting 12/12/23 the UCSF Specialty pharmacy will be filling a limited number of discharge medications for high risk patients as UCSF makes every effort to ensure the transition for patients with specialized medications. UCSF will begin to adapt the space and apply for CA Board of Pharmacy license, a process that can take a few months. If a patient is interested in having their discharge prescriptions delivered to bedside, they will need to be evaluated by the Meds to Beds pharmacy team to evaluate and enroll the patients in Meds to Beds program. if there is a potential Meds to Beds patient, providers can contact the Pharmacy using Voalte.

Demolition of Langley Porter--through February 2024

Beginning November 27, 2023 demolition began of the former LPPH building which serves as the site for our new hospital. In August, we opened LPPH’s new home at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion.

The demolition will continue through February 2024 and will create noise, dust, and vibration. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the impacts to you, our patients, and their families, including using a special “muncher” to take bites out of the building (rather than a wrecking ball, for example), increasing the monitoring of our air intake and filter changing, and spraying water on the rubble to reduce dust.

Nominate an Attending, Fellow or Resident

Exceptional Physician Awards are accepting nominations until January 12, 2024. Nominations must be seconded.

Nominate an attending, fellow or resident with this application. For more information about the award, read more.

Are you an NP, CRNA or midwife?

Consider completing this short UCSF RN education and certification survey by clicking here. Data reported supports the Magnet redesignation. Survey closes January 8, 2024.

New APPs Who Joined UCSF Health

Please extend a warm welcome to our newly hired APPs

Lauren Karp, NP Transfusion Service

Hannah Lee, NP Critical Care Medicine

Danielle Lerose, NP Critical Care Medicine

APP Job Openings

There are over 60 positions open for both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Click here for full listing of current West Bay job openings as of December 2023


Text Imposters

IT Security has received reports of staff receiving text messages impersonating UCSF leadership, asking the recipient to buy gift cards. This common scam attempts to take advantage of the holiday season when requests for gift card purchases are more common. Anyone receiving suspicious texts is asked to file a report with the IT Service Desk and include a screenshot of the message with the phone number.

Evidenced-Based Practice E-Learning Modules (virtual)

This e-learning module series provides interprofessional frontline care providers a basic introduction to understanding and improving their EBP knowledge. The online experience is self-paced and can be a great way to get a start on EBP fundamentals or reinforce knowledge that you want to review. You will be awarded 10 contact hours upon completion of all content, which is divided into seven modules. Each module is accompanied by an EBP Playbook, which stimulates critical thinking in applying the EBP concepts. Register here for the modules or search for “Evidence-Based Practice E-Learning Series” in Nursing Connect. 

Email leadershipinstitute@ucsf.edu with any questions.

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (virtual) 

This workshop provides the foundational concepts of the EBP process to answer a clinical question. Topics include clinical inquiry, PICOT, searching principles and strategies, critical appraisal, implementing and sustaining change, evaluating outcomes, and disseminating results. Register here for one of the following workshops or search for “Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice” in Nursing Connect. Email leadershipinstitute@ucsf.edu with any questions.

·  12/12/23 – 9:00am-12:15pm (virtual) 

EBP Workshop Series - Micro-Learning Sessions (virtual) 

These workshops separate each of the EBP steps into digestible sessions. You can hand-pick which session you want or register for them all. This type of learning experience is great for those who need a refresher or just want to concentrate on honing specific EBP skills. This learning experience include practice time with an EBP mentor. The sessions will be offered in the coming months and continue in 2024. Register here for one of the following sessions or search for “EBP Workshop Series - Micro-Learning Sessions” in Nursing Connect. Email leadershipinstitute@ucsf.edu with any questions.

·        12/14/23 – Exploring the Problem and Developing a PICOT Question (9:00am-12:00pm, virtual)  

·        12/19/23 – Searching for the Evidence (9:00am-12:00pm, virtual) 


21 Practices for Happiness & Accomplishment at Work Workshop

On January 25, 2024 from 9 - 12 noon, there will be an innovative blend of short presentations, brief individual and group interactive exercises, and exposure to a variety of practices designed to help participants learn curated 21 Practices in small and manageable increments. There is no course fee. Register with the UC Learning Center, read more.

Free Poem-Making Workshops

The UCSF MERI Center is providing free 30-minute poetic medicine workshops for UCSF nurses, NPs, PAs in the month of December. In these workshops we will open to whatever it is we consider our own “wounded places” and allow our poem-making to be part of our healing process.  Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet, of the UCSF MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care will guide us in using poem-making to explore our thoughts and feelings related to the suffering inherent in our work and to find healing in our creative process together. 

To Register: https://WH4Nurses.eventbrite.com or contact Redwing via email or at 415-509-8645. Workshop dates/times are the following:

December 13, 2023 | 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

December 14, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 12: 30 PM

December 19, 2023 | 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

December 20, 2023 | 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

December 20, 2023 | 12:00 Pm – 12:30 PM


UCSF APP Advisory Board

The advisory board is comprised of 23 seats occupied by APPs representing all of UCSF's APPs. The build the systems for the functioning programs, decide which programs need to be eliminated and what services need to be initiated. Read the minutes from their monthly meetings here and if you have questions or want to get involved, contact Advisory Board Chair Bethany.Geleris@ucsf.edu.

Office Hours: Office of Advanced Practice Providers

every 2nd Tuesday noon and every 4th Wednesday 8:00 am

Meeting ID: 912 4155 9875 Password: 503138

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 12-1PM TODAY

Host: Roseanne Krauter, Director of Informatics and Clinical Systems

Wednesday, December 27, 2023 8-9AM

Host: Brandon Sessler, Director of Professional Practice

The Office of Advanced Practice Providers is here to support you.

Email us at advancedpractice@ucsf.edu

Read archived APP newsletters

Visit the UCSF APP website

Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NP, RN, NEA-BC, C-PNP Chief of Advanced Practice Providers

Kurstan Del Rosario Senior Operations Analyst

Tara Valcarcel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC Director, Pediatric Operations Advanced Practice Providers 

Roseanne "Rosie" Krauter, FNP-BC, CORLN Director of Clinical Systems

Brandon Sessler MMS,PA-C

Director of Professional Practice Fellowship Coordinator

Alisa Yee, MSN, ACNP-BC

Director, Adult Operations Advanced Practice Providers

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