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Sandrijn M. van Schaik, MD PhD is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with a clinical appointment in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. She is the inaugural Baum Family Presidential Chair for Experiential Learning and serves as the Education Director of UCSF’s Simulation Center. She is also the Director of Faculty Development for the Learning and Caring Environment in the Center for Faculty Educators at UCSF, vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics and the Fellowship Director for pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. van Schaik earned her medical degree at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She earned a PhD degree studying the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She completed pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital, Tufts University, Boston followed by Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at UCSF. She completed the Teaching Scholar Program followed by a 2-year Medical Education Research Fellowship at UCSF, and was subsequently selected for the Josiah Macy Jr Foundation Faculty Scholar program. Her educational research focuses on interprofessional collaboration and communication, simulation, and faculty development. In 2020, she was selected as inaugural member to the National Academy for Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics in the Academic Pediatric Association.

Education and Training

, 2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
, 2008 Teaching Scholars Program, University of California
, 2006 Pediatric Critical Care, University of California
, 2003 Pediatrics, Tufts University/Floating Hospital for Children
PhD, 2000 RSV disease, University of Utrecht
M.D., 1993 School of Medicine, University of Amsterdam


Andler C, Daya S, Kowalek K, Boscardin C, van Schaik SM. E-ASSESS: Creating an EPA Assessment Tool for Structured Simulated Emergency Scenarios. J Grad Med Educ. 2020 Apr; 12(2):153-158.
Sheu L, Hauer KE, Schreiner K, van Schaik SM, Chang A, O'Brien BC. "A Friendly Place to Grow as an Educator": A Qualitative Study of Community and Relationships Among Medical Student Coaches. Acad Med. 2020 Feb; 95(2):293-300.
Ju M, van Schaik SM. Effect of Professional Background and Gender on Residents' Perceptions of Leadership. Acad Med. 2019 11; 94(11S Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 58th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions):S42-S47.
van Schaik SM, Chang A, Fogh S, Haehn M, Lyndon A, O'Brien B, O'Sullivan P, Ranji S, Rosenbluth G, Sehgal N, Tabas J, Baron RB. Jump-Starting Faculty Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education: A Team-Based Approach. Acad Med. 2019 11; 94(11):1728-1732.
Hauer KE, Boscardin C, Brenner JM, van Schaik SM, Papp KK. Twelve tips for assessing medical knowledge with open-ended questions: Designing constructed response examinations in medical education. Med Teach. 2020 08; 42(8):880-885.
van Schaik SM, Reeves SA, Headrick LA. Exemplary Learning Environments for the Health Professions: A Vision. Acad Med. 2019 07; 94(7):975-982.
Meeks L, Richards A, Chang A, van Schaik S. Working with students with disabilities: simulation-based faculty development. Med Educ. 2017 11; 51(11):1181-1182.
Patel T, Schwan K, Hoover S, O'Hollaren A, Sadat S, Siu A, Bains T, van Schaik S. Doing More With Less: A Centralized Model for Fellowship Program Coordination. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug; 9(4):523-526.
van Schaik SM, Regehr G, Eva KW, Irby DM, O'Sullivan PS. Perceptions of Peer-to-Peer Interprofessional Feedback Among Students in the Health Professions. Acad Med. 2016 06; 91(6):807-12.
Madigosky W, van Schaik S. Context matters: groupthink and outcomes of health care teams. Med Educ. 2016 Apr; 50(4):387-9.
van Schaik SM, O'Sullivan PS, Eva KW, Irby DM, Regehr G. Does source matter? Nurses' and Physicians' perceptions of interprofessional feedback. Med Educ. 2016 Feb; 50(2):181-8.
Vesel TP, O'Brien BC, Henry DM, van Schaik SM. Useful but Different: Resident Physician Perceptions of Interprofessional Feedback. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):125-34.
Shaw-Battista J, Belew C, Anderson D, van Schaik S. Successes and Challenges of Interprofessional Physiologic Birth and Obstetric Emergency Simulations in a Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2015 Nov-Dec; 60(6):735-43.
van Schaik S, O'Brien B. More chickens, fewer eggs? On team-based learning, team performance and teamwork skills. Med Educ. 2015 Apr; 49(4):348-50.
Kornblith AE, van Schaik S, Reynolds T. Useful but not used: pediatric critical care physician views on bedside ultrasound. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Mar; 31(3):186-9.
van Schaik SM, O'Brien BC, Almeida SA, Adler SR. Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork in low-acuity settings: a qualitative analysis. Med Educ. 2014 Jun; 48(6):583-92.
Burman NJ, Boscardin CK, Van Schaik SM. Career-long learning: relationship between cognitive and metacognitive skills. Med Teach. 2014 Aug; 36(8):715-23.
van Schaik S, Plant J, O'Sullivan P. Promoting self-directed learning through portfolios in undergraduate medical education: the mentors' perspective. Med Teach. 2013; 35(2):139-44.
Reeves S, van Schaik S. Simulation: a panacea for interprofessional learning? J Interprof Care. 2012 May; 26(3):167-9.
Plant JL, Corden M, Mourad M, O'Brien BC, van Schaik SM. Understanding self-assessment as an informed process: residents' use of external information for self-assessment of performance in simulated resuscitations. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013 May; 18(2):181-92.
Aramburo A, van Schaik S, Louie J, Boston E, Messenger S, Wright C, Lawrence Drew W. Role of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for detection of respiratory viruses in critically ill children with respiratory disease: Is it time for a change in algorithm? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Jul; 12(4):e160-5.
van Schaik SM, Plant J, Diane S, Tsang L, O'Sullivan P. Interprofessional team training in pediatric resuscitation: a low-cost, in situ simulation program that enhances self-efficacy among participants. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Sep; 50(9):807-15.
Plant JL, van Schaik SM, Sliwka DC, Boscardin CK, O'Sullivan PS. Validation of a self-efficacy instrument and its relationship to performance of crisis resource management skills. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2011 Dec; 16(5):579-90.
van Schaik SM, Von Kohorn I, O'Sullivan P. Pediatric resident confidence in resuscitation skills relates to mock code experience. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Oct; 47(8):777-83.
van Schaik SM, Abbas AK. Role of T cells in a murine model of Escherichia coli sepsis. Eur J Immunol. 2007 Nov; 37(11):3101-10.
Verhave M, Krasinski SD, Christian SI, Van Schaik S, Van Den Brink GR, Doting EM, Maas SM, Wolthers KC, Grand RJ, Montgomery RK. Regulatory regions in the rat lactase-phlorizin hydrolase gene that control cell-specific expression. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2004 Sep; 39(3):275-85.
van Schaik SM, Obot N, Enhorning G, Hintz K, Gross K, Hancock GE, Stack AM, Welliver RC. Role of interferon gamma in the pathogenesis of primary respiratory syncytial virus infection in BALB/c mice. J Med Virol. 2000 Oct; 62(2):257-66.
van Schaik SM, Welliver RC, Kimpen JL. Novel pathways in the pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus disease. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2000 Aug; 30(2):131-8.
van Schaik SM, Tristram DA, Nagpal IS, Hintz KM, Welliver RC, Welliver RC. Increased production of IFN-gamma and cysteinyl leukotrienes in virus-induced wheezing. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999 Apr; 103(4):630-6.
Sayos J, Wu C, Morra M, Wang N, Zhang X, Allen D, van Schaik S, Notarangelo L, Geha R, Roncarolo MG, Oettgen H, De Vries JE, Aversa G, Terhorst C. The X-linked lymphoproliferative-disease gene product SAP regulates signals induced through the co-receptor SLAM. Nature. 1998 Oct 01; 395(6701):462-9.
Enhorning G, van Schaik S, Lundgren C, Vargas I. Whole-body plethysmography, does it measure tidal volume of small animals? Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 1998 Oct-Nov; 76(10-11):945-51.
Currie WD, van Schaik S, Vargas I, Enhorning G. Breathing and pulmonary surfactant function in mice 24 h after ozone exposure. Eur Respir J. 1998 Aug; 12(2):288-93.
van Schaik SM, Enhorning G, Vargas I, Welliver RC. Respiratory syncytial virus affects pulmonary function in BALB/c mice. J Infect Dis. 1998 Feb; 177(2):269-76.
Currie WD, van Schaik SM, Vargas I, Enhorning G. Ozone affects breathing and pulmonary surfactant function in mice. Toxicology. 1998 Jan 16; 125(1):21-30.
Van Schaik SM, Vargas I, Welliver RC, Enhorning G. Surfactant dysfunction develops in BALB/c mice infected with respiratory syncytial virus. Pediatr Res. 1997 Aug; 42(2):169-73.
van Loon FP, Van Schaik S, Banik AK, Ahmed T, Zaman A, Kay BA. Clostridium perfringens type C in bloody and watery diarrhea in Bangladesh. Trop Geogr Med. 1990 Apr; 42(2):123-7.