Pamela Schaff, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine (Educational Scholar)
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
Phone+1 323 442 1763
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    An associate professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Pediatrics (Educational Scholar), Dr. Schaff is also the director of the Keck School of Medicine’s Humanities, Ethics/Economics, Art, and Law (HEAL) Program, and maintains her clinical pediatric practice in the Family Medicine Clinic. Previously, Dr. Schaff was the associate dean of curriculum for the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

    She teaches in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) Program and the Family Medicine Clerkship, integrating health humanities education into additional learning opportunities in her new academic home in the Department of Family Medicine.

    Dr. Schaff is completing her doctorate studies in literature and creative writing at USC. When she completes her dissertation, she plans to devote her professional work to research and education in narrative medicine and health humanities.

    Prior to her tenure as associate dean for curriculum, she served as director of the ICM program from 1996 to 2007 and as assistant dean for curriculum from 2007 to 2012.

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    1. London DA, Kwon R, Atluru A, Maurer K, Ben-Ari R, Schaff PB. More on How USMLE Step 1 Scores Are Challenging Academic Medicine. Acad Med. 2016 05; 91(5):609-10. PMID: 27115655.
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    2. Lie D, Trial J, Schaff P, Wallace R, Elliott D. "Being the best we can be": medical students' reflections on physician responsibility in the social media era. Acad Med. 2013 Feb; 88(2):240-5. PMID: 23269290.
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    3. Schaff PB, Isken S, Tager RM. From contemporary art to core clinical skills: observation, interpretation, and meaning-making in a complex environment. Acad Med. 2011 Oct; 86(10):1272-6. PMID: 21869657.
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    4. Schaff P, Abbott A. Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Acad Med. 2010 Sep; 85(9 Suppl):S105-10. PMID: 20736525.
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    5. Sullivan M, Nyquist J, Etcheverry J, Nally M, Schaff P, Abbott A, Elliott D, Taylor C. The development of a comprehensive school-wide simulation-based procedural skills curriculum for medical students. J Surg Educ. 2010 Sep-Oct; 67(5):309-15. PMID: 21035771.
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    6. Elliott DD, May W, Schaff PB, Nyquist JG, Trial J, Reilly JM, Lattore P. Shaping professionalism in pre-clinical medical students: Professionalism and the practice of medicine. Med Teach. 2009 Jul; 31(7):e295-302. PMID: 19811137.
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    7. Schaff P, Shapiro J. The limits of narrative and culture: reflections on Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk". J Med Humanit. 2006; 27(1):1-17. PMID: 16575545.
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