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12th Annual Bucksbaum Institute Symposium

Be sure to mark your calendars to join us for the 12th Annual Bucksbaum Institute Symposium with Keynote Address by 2022-2023 Master Clinician, Mary Rinella, MD. Click the link to register now.

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Call for Nominations - Bucksbaum Institute Clinical Excellence Award

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the inception of the Bucksbaum Institute Inaugural Clinical Excellence Award. This award has been established to acknowledge and honor physicians who are deeply committed to improving the patient-doctor relationship and fostering a culture of mentorship within the medical community.

The Institute is accepting nominations for this prestigious award from across the country and medical disciplines. Deadline to submit a nomination is December 1st.

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BICE Faculty Scholar Assumes Expanded Leadership Role at UChicago Medicine

Dr. Aytekin Oto, MD, has assumed an expanded leadership role at the University of Chicago Medicine, becoming Chief Physician of University of Chicago Medicine Physicians, Dean for Clinical Affairs, and head of the Faculty Practice Plan. His responsibilities include collaborating closely with key figures to strengthen the physician enterprise through strategic planning and partnership development. This aligns with the health system's mission of advancing patient care, education, and research. Previously Chair of Radiology, Dr. Oto's tenure saw innovations enhancing clinical operations and patient access, resulting in significant growth. His contributions to biomedical imaging research and prostate cancer detection have earned him national recognition. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Oto!

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2023 Pritzker SOM Summer Research Forum Advances Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute is proud to help fund summer research for The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Students and their faculty mentors. Pritzker's Summer Research Program is not only a great opportunity for students, but also for promote projects that focus on and seek to improve the doctor-patient relationship and healthcare disparities.

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BICE Supplement Featured in the June 2023 Volume of AAMC's Journal of Academic Medicine

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence is focused on expanding our mission beyond the UChicago and Chicago metropolitan boundaries. The latest issue of Academic Medicine serves as a platform to initiate this broader outreach. This month's Supplement prominently features academic and research articles covering diverse topics that underscore the doctor-patient relationship and its impact on various aspects of medicine.

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The Clinical Excellence Podcast

Please join Dr. Adam Cifu and Dr. Matt Sorrentino for a deep dive into critical concepts and components of the doctor-patient relationship, all in an effort to improve clinical care.
New episode of the Clinical Excellence Podcast are available to listen now!

Clinical Excellence Podcast

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence was created to improve patient care; to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship; to enhance communication and decision-making in health care through research and education programs for medical students, junior faculty, and master clinicians; and to reduce health care disparities.

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The Bucksbaum Institute has appointed 514 faculty, medical students, and undergraduate pre-medical student scholars across 8 scholar groups over the last 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has developed 30 programs for scholars and the larger University of Chicago community over the past 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has begun to develop new strategic partnerships to increase education and research on the doctor-patient relationship, shared decision-making and other critical efforts to improve patient care.


Zhiqiu Ye, PhD and Clinical Collaborators Instrumental in Advancing and Promoting Bucksbaum Pilot Grant Research

In collaboration with Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar, Dr. Stacie Levine, Dr. A. Justine Landi, and Dr. Kimberly Beiting, we’re proud to highlight Dr. Ziqiu Ye’s work of Opioid and Substance Use Disorders Services in Nursing Homes through the Bucksbaum Pilot Grant Program.

Dr. Ye’s project has already been presented at the PALTC23 Conference and will be presented at the AGS23 Annual Scientific Meeting this May. Through this project, Dr. Levine and Dr. Ye developed a validated survey instrument to measure and identify the practices and policies of care delivery in nursing homes for patients with a history of opioid and substance use disorders.

The Bucksbaum Institute, in partnership with our wonderful scholars and collaborators, is proud to support great work such as this!

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago aims to enhance the skills of physicians as advisers, counselors, and navigators to help patients make informed decisions when facing complex treatment choices.

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Made possible by the Matthew & Carolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Carolyn “Kay” Bucksbaum