Cindy Lai, MD


Dr. Lai is a general internist who attends on the medicine wards at UCSF Health/Parnassus and has a primary care practice at UCSF/Mt. Zion, where she precepts residents and students. She serves as the Gold-Headed Cane Endowed Education Chair in Internal Medicine. She is the director of medical student clinical education for the Department of Medicine (clerkship director), and oversees the Parnassus site. Dr. Lai is a deputy editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and an editor for the First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards. Dr. Lai has been recognized with teaching and mentoring awards and is a member of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. She completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a general medicine clinician-educator fellowship at UCSF.
  1. Ow GM, Lai CJ, Choi N, Khanna R. Students receiving pages on their patients: A pilot. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID: 35199867

  2. Griffiths EP, Lai CJ, Ziv T, Dawson D, Dhaliwal G, Wheeler M, Teherani A. Patient Advocacy Assessment in the Medicine Clerkship: A Qualitative Study of Definition, Context, and Impact. 2015 Year Book of Pediatrics. Ed. Cabana MD. (Elsevier; Philadelphia, PA). 2022. PMID: 35132554

  3. Duca NS, Lai CJ, Ratcliffe TA, Alexandraki I, Ismail N, Kisielewski M, Jacob J, Walsh K, Levine DL, Szauter K, Jasti H, Pincavage AT, LaRochelle J, Glod SA. Roles and Responsibilities of Medicine Subinternship Directors : Medicine Subinternship Director Roles. Journal of general internal medicine. 2021. PMID: 34545467

  4. Ziv T, Wamsley M, Lai CJ, Griffiths EP, Maxey A, Kryzhanovskaya IE, Teherani A. A is for advocacy: How introducing student advocacy assessment impacts longitudinal integrated clerkship students and clinical supervisors. Medical teacher. 2021. PMID: 34433360

  5. Raj JM, Lai CJ, Higgins S, Chretien KC, Barton T, Kroker-Bode CA, Calderon A, Apaloo C, Shaheen AW. AAIM Principles and Recommendations for the 2021-2022 Internal Medicine Residency Interview Cycle in Response to the Continued COVID-19 Pandemic. The American journal of medicine. 2021. PMID: 34411522

  6. Onumah CM, Lai CJ, Levine D, Ismail N, Pincavage AT, Osman NY. Aiming for equity in clerkship grading: Recommendations for reducing the effects of structural and individual bias. The American journal of medicine. 2021. PMID: 34144012

  7. Bullock JL, Seligman L, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan PS, Hauer KE. Moving toward Mastery: Changes in Student Perceptions of Clerkship Assessment with Pass/Fail Grading and Enhanced Feedback. Teaching and learning in medicine. 2021. PMID: 34014793

  8. Sukumar S, Zakaria A, Lai CJ, Sakumoto M, Khanna R, Choi N. Designing and Implementing a Novel Virtual Rounds Curriculum for Medical Students' Internal Medicine Clerkship During the COVID-19 Pandemic. MedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources. 2021. PMID: 33768143

  9. McDonald JA, Lai CJ, Lin MYC, O'Sullivan PS, Hauer KE. "There Is a Lot of Change Afoot": A Qualitative Study of Faculty Adaptation to Elimination of Tiered Grades With Increased Emphasis on Feedback in Core Clerkships. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2020. PMID: 32909998

  10. Daya S, Choi N, Harrison JD, Lai CJ. Advocacy in action: Medical student reflections of an experiential curriculum. The clinical teacher. 2020. PMID: 33058502

  11. Nagarur A, Lai CJ, Simmons LH, Kisielewski M, Ratcliffe TA, DeWaay DJ, Mattison MLP, Thapa B, Ziperstein JC, Johnston KT. Internal Medicine Student Education on Direct-Care Hospital Medicine Services: Results of a National Survey. The American journal of medicine. 2020. PMID: 32278844

  12. Sankey C, Williams W, Bhatnagar D, Miller CS, Lai CJ. Why and how to prepare, write and submit clinical cases. 2020. PMID: 31923927

  13. Glod SA, Alexandraki I, Jasti H, Lai CJ, Ratcliffe TA, Walsh K, Kisielewski M, LaRochelle J. Clerkship Roles and Responsibilities in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: a National Survey of Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors. Journal of general internal medicine. 2020. PMID: 31898141

  14. Bullock JL, Lai CJ, Lockspeiser T, O'Sullivan P, Aronowitz P, Dellmore D, Fung CC, Knight C, Hauer KE. In Pursuit of Honors: A Multi-Institutional Study of Students' Perceptions of Clerkship Evaluation and Grading. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2019. PMID: 31365406

  15. Choi N, Daya S, Lai C. Promoting patient advocacy through a medicine clerkship curriculum. 2019. PMID: 31650600

  16. Lai CJ, Jackson AV, Wheeler M, Dhaliwal G, Ziv TA, Kryzhanovskaya I, Teherani A. A framework to promote equity in clinical clerkships. 2019. PMID: 31486273

  17. Le T, Baudendistel T, Chin-Hong P, Lai C, eds. First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards 2017. PMID:

  18. Gonzalo JD, Dekhtyar M, Starr SR, Borkan J, Brunett P, Fancher T, Green J, Grethlein SJ, Lai C, Lawson L, Monrad S, O'Sullivan P, Schwartz MD, Skochelak S. Health Systems Science Curricula in Undergraduate Medical Education: Identifying and Defining a Potential Curricular Framework. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2017. PMID: 27049541

  19. Pennington K, Tong IL, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan PS, Sheu L. The Value of Student-Run Clinics for Premedical Students: A Multi-Institutional Study. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. 2016. PMID: 27524745

  20. Stebbins MR, Frear ME, Cutler TW, Lightwood JM, Fingado AR, Lai CJ, Lipton HL. Pharmacy students teaching prescribers strategies to lower prescription drug costs for underserved patients. 2013. PMID: 23964614

  21. Chittenden EH, Anderson WG, Lai CJ, O'Sullivan P. An evaluation of interactive web-based curricula for teaching code status discussions. Journal of palliative medicine. 2013. PMID: 23937063

  22. Sheu L, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan PS, Kwong A, Lai CJ. Systems-based practice learning opportunities in student-run clinics: a qualitative analysis of student experiences. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2013. PMID: 23619068

  23. Sheu L, Lai CJ, Coelho AD, Lin LD, Zheng P, Hom P, Diaz V, O'Sullivan PS. Impact of student-run clinics on preclinical sociocultural and interprofessional attitudes: a prospective cohort analysis. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. 2012. PMID: 24212159

  24. Le T, Chin-Hong, PV, Baudendistel TE, Lai CJ, Editors. First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards 2011. PMID:

  25. Sheu LC, Zheng P, Coelho AD, Lin LD, O'Sullivan PS, O'Brien BC, Yu AY, Lai CJ. Learning through service: student perceptions on volunteering at interprofessional hepatitis B student-run clinics. 2011. PMID: 20652476

  26. Poncelet A, Bokser S, Calton B, Hauer KE, Kirsch H, Jones T, Lai CJ, Mazotti L, Shore W, Teherani A, Tong L, Wamsley M, Robertson P. Development of a longitudinal integrated clerkship at an academic medical center. Medical education online. 2011. PMID: 21475642

  27. Lipton HL, Lai CJ, Cutler TW, Smith AR, Stebbins MR. Peer-to-peer interprofessional health policy education for Medicare part D. 2010. PMID: 21045944

  28. Sheu LC, Toy BC, Kwahk E, Yu A, Adler J, Lai CJ. A model for interprofessional health disparities education: student-led curriculum on chronic hepatitis B infection. Journal of general internal medicine. 2010. PMID: 20352509

  29. Hill-Sakurai LE, Lee CA, Schickedanz A, Maa J, Lai CJ. A professional development course for the clinical clerkships: developing a student-centered curriculum. Journal of general internal medicine. 2008. PMID: 18612725

  30. Lai CJ, Nye HE, Bookwalter T, Kwan A, Hauer KE. Postdischarge follow-up visits for medical and pharmacy students on an inpatient medicine clerkship. Journal of hospital medicine. 2008. PMID: 18257097

  31. Lai CJ, Nguyen TT, Hwang J, Stewart SL, Kwan A, McPhee SJ. Provider knowledge and practice regarding hepatitis B screening in Chinese-speaking patients. 2007. PMID: 17570807

  32. Lai CJ, Aagaard E, Brandenburg S, Nadkarni M, Wei HG, Baron R. Brief report: Multiprogram evaluation of reading habits of primary care internal medicine residents on ambulatory rotations. Journal of general internal medicine. 2006. PMID: 16704393

  33. Lai CJ, Terrault NA. Antiviral therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B and cirrhosis. Gastroenterology clinics of North America. 2004. PMID: 15324948