Lynnea Mills, MD

Associate Professor

Lynnea has been a clinician-educator in the Division of Hospital Medicine since 2014. She works clinically on the General Medicine inpatient services and focuses academically on medical education and communication. She directs the Acting Internship in Internal Medicine and serves as the career advisor for students applying into Preliminary Medicine positions. She directs the Clinical Skills Guidance Program, which coaches students working to enhance their clinical skills outside the standard curriculum, and she coaches around clinical skills and professional development for residents across departments. She is the Director of Accreditation for GME, supporting UCSF's 100+ residency and fellowship programs in meeting accreditation guidelines and engaging in continuous program improvement. Lynnea is currently pursuing a PhD in medical education, focusing on the impacts of stress/emotion on learning, particularly in the context of remediation. She is a faculty member in the Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and coaches faculty and trainees on communication, in addition to developing curricula for trainees on difficult conversations. More locally, she is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and is excited to be involved with work surrounding feedback, coaching, and learner/supervisor relationships.
2017 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
2013 - Internal Medicine, University of Washington
M.D., 2010 - , Columbia University
B.A., 2004 - , Stanford University
  1. Frank AK, O'Sullivan P, Mills LM, Muller-Juge V, Hauer KE. Clerkship Grading Committees: the Impact of Group Decision-Making for Clerkship Grading. Journal of general internal medicine. 2019. PMID: 30993615

  2. Rosenberg LB, Greenwald J, Caponi B, Doshi A, Epstein H, Frank J, Lindenberger E, Marzano N, Mills LM, Razzak R, Risser J, Anderson WG. Confidence with and Barriers to Serious Illness Communication: A National Survey of Hospitalists. Journal of palliative medicine. 2017. PMID: 28375816

  3. Fortin A, Mills LM. Skill Set 1: The Beginning of the Encounter Chou C and Cooley L, ed. Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication.. 2017. PMID:

  4. Staiger TO, Mills LM, Wong BM, Levinson W, Bremner WJ, Schleyer AM. Recognizing Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Activities in Academic Promotion in Departments of Medicine: Innovative Language in Promotion Criteria. The American journal of medicine. 2016. PMID: 26829436

  5. Mills LM, Rhoads C, Curtis JR. Medical Student Training on Code Status Discussions: How Far Have We Come? Journal of palliative medicine. 2015. PMID: 26587872

  6. Mills LM, Rhoads C, Curtis JR. Upgrading the Code Status Discussion: A Curriculum for Medical Trainees Upgrading the Code Status Discussion: A Curriculum for Medical Trainees. 2015. PMID:

  7. Mills L, Berman J, Arora N, Chapman M. Creating a Fun and Innovative New Teaching Tool for Residents Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2014. PMID: