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Pamela Derish, M.A.

Pamela Derish, M.A.

  • Director, Scientific Publications Core
  • UCSF Department of Surgery

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(415) 885-7686
[email protected]
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Stony Brook University, New York, M.A. Biological Sciences, 1987

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Anthropology, 1981

Pamela established the Department of Surgery's Scientific Publications Core in 2004. Since scientific writing is often a rate-limiting step in the development of a successful academic career, the Core's approach is to offer a long-term perspective on writing that begins with an intensive course in expository writing with subsequent maintenance via individualized editing for investigators at all levels. Pamela also gives lectures, workshops, and courses on scientific writing for faculty and trainees in the UCSF School of Medicine and School of Nursing. She has given annual workshops as part of the research-capacity building efforts of several initiatives within UCSF's Institute for Global Health Sciences, including the International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Science Program, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity & Action, and the CDC Health Equity Science Fellowship Program. Since 2012, she has taught a week-long scientific writing course annually for postdocs and faculty in the Institute of Medicine at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Pamela is consulted by other departments and institutions interested in offering similar programs to support their faculty and trainees. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1981and earned her MA in biology from Stony Brook University in 1987.

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  1. Derish PA, Annesley TM. How to write a rave review. Clin Chem. 2011 Mar; 57(3):388-91. View in PubMed
  2. Derish PA, Annesley TM. If an IRDAM journal is what you choose, then sequential results are what you use. Clin Chem. 2010 Aug; 56(8):1226-8. View in PubMed
  3. Derish P, Eastwood S. A clarity clinic for surgical writing. J Surg Res. 2008 Jun 01; 147(1):50-8. View in PubMed
  4. Derish PA, Maa J, Ascher NL, Harris HW. Enhancing the mission of academic surgery by promoting scientific writing skills. J Surg Res. 2007 Jun 15; 140(2):177-83. View in PubMed
  5. Derish P, Ascher NL. The Department of Surgery, University of California, San Francisco. Arch Surg. 2005 Dec; 140(12):1143-8. View in PubMed
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  1. Cohen JB, Derish PA, Dorfman LE. AWARE: A Community-Based Research and Peer Intervention Program for Women. In: Community-Based Research. AIDS Prevention and Services. Van Vugt, JP (ed). Praeger Press, 1993.


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