Beth Harleman, MD


Beth Harleman is UCSF Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Faculty Experience for the Department of Medicine. A clinician-educator, Beth has extensive experience developing and delivering curricula to a wide range of learners. Her focus in medical education is on the development of the physician identity, particularly at transition points in training. Beth co-created and ran the highly rated UCSF School of Medicine capstone course, Coda, for nine years. As Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Beth oversaw all formal curricula and was responsible for program evaluation and improvement. She has mentored hundreds of residents and students and previously held a formal role as an Advisory College Mentor for the UCSF School of Medicine.

In her role as Associate Chair for the UCSF Department of Medicine, Beth has championed leadership development, meeting optimization and workplace engagement initiatives. She is particularly interested in diversifying the UCSF DOM physician workforce and in achieving greater effectiveness in leadership through integrating one’s unique personal strengths into daily work.

Beth is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the UCSF School of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident at UCSF. She practices clinically at San Francisco General Hospital and holds a joint appointment in the Department of OB/Gyn/Reproductive Sciences in recognition of over 15 years providing consultation for pregnant women with medical illness. Beth is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is a member of UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators. A mother of three, she is a widely recognized advocate for women in medicine.
2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
M.D., 1998 - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  1. The Complex Problem of Women Trainees in Academic Medicine.
  2. Linking High Risk Postpartum Women with a Technology Enabled Health Coaching Program to Reduce Diabetes Risk and Improve Wellbeing: Program Description, Case Studies, and Recommendations for Community Health Coaching Programs.
  3. Applying the COM-B model to creation of an IT-enabled health coaching and resource linkage program for low-income Latina moms with recent gestational diabetes: the STAR MAMA program.
  4. Medical Students' Perceptions of Surgeons: Implications for Teaching and Recruitment.
  5. Developing educators, investigators, and leaders during internal medicine residency: the area of distinction program.
  6. The key role of a transition course in preparing medical students for internship.
  7. Teaching about health care disparities in the clinical setting.