Top Doc Joins Top Medical School’s Staff

Let’s face it, only the top medical schools can attract people like, Scott Reeves, PhD for their staff. Reeves is a British born sociologist – world renowned for his research in health education. He has had five books and 110 peer-reviewed papers published over his seventeen year career. Additionally, he was instrumental in obtaining approximately 70 research grants, totaling approximately $14 million (US) or $12 million (CA) over a five year period while at the University of Toronto. Additionally, Dr. Reeves is the editor-in-chief of the British publication, Journal of Interprofessional Care. In December 2011, Reeves accepted the position of Director at UCSF’s Center for Innovation Interprofessional Healthcare Education. Prior to joining the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Reeves worked at one of Canada’s best medical schools, the University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital, serving as the Director of Research in the Centre for Faculty Development. While serving as Director, Dr. Reeves also served in three other prestigious capacities including:

  • Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network
  • Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto
  • While with the University of Toronto, he focused his research on evaluating and exploring the outcomes and processes involved in interprofessional education and practice, qualitative research methods, interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, and systematic review in science of sociology. All this was accomplished by a man who is only 44 years old – a great inspiration for staff members and students alike. Dr. Reeves’ educational background includes some of the UK’s top medical schools:PhD (health services research), City University, London, UK
Medical school

M.Sc. (social research methods), London Guildhall University, UK
PGCE (sociology)

His research focused on advancing scholarship in interprofessional education and practice, while his main interests included exploring and evaluating the processes and outcomes related to interprofessional education and practice by use of ethnographic, mixed methods, and systematic review. Particularly, Reeves credits Erving Goffman and Anselm Strauss for their sociological theories. While still in the United Kingdom, Reeves held the following positions:

  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Interprofessional Practice, University of East Anglia
  • Research Fellow, London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London
  • Senior Research Fellow, City University, London, Health Care Education Development Unit
  • Prior to being hired at the University of Toronto, Reeves also worked as:
  • Methodological adviser, PIER Project, Faculty of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
  • Evaluation lead, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, University of British Columbia

When first hired at the University of Toronto, Reeves worked in the School of Graduate Studies (Theory and Policy Studies in Education) as an associate member. Later on he was involved in the supervision of three PhD students based in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Pharmacy and the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. The faculty as well as the student body of UCSF must be thrilled with their new director! According the UCSF Medical School website, Reeves states that he is “keen to get students on board as soon as possible and make sure their voice is heard.”

With the newly formed Center for Innovation Interprofessional Healthcare Education at UCSF, I have no doubt that it will continue to rank as one of the top medical schools in the U.S., as well as the best overall medical school in the country. According to the UCSF Vice Chancellor for Student Academic Affairs and interim dean of the Graduate Division, Joseph Castro, PhD, he voices his own enthusiasm about Reeves joining the school, saying that “Scott [Reeves] is exactly the right person to come in and work with the students, faculty and staff who share his commitment. We now have the right ingredients to create a center that will be unrivaled around the country and the world.”