Stepping Down in ’08: Dr. Robert B. “Brownie” Schoene, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

After four years as Director of the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Robert B. “Brownie” Schoene will step down from his position in June, 2008.

“We support Brownie in his decision, but we are extremely sad to see him go,” said Dr. Ken Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“Brownie’s warmth, intelligence, and passion for internal medicine in all its guises, have been a huge plus for the UC San Diego Department of Medicine.”

Dr. Kaushansky made the announcement to department faculty and residents last week. He said Dr. Schoene made the decision for family reasons.

“Brownie’s devotion to our program will continue in full stride through his departure at the end of the academic year,” Dr. Kaushansky said.

The program’s new director will be Dr. Elaine Muchmore, UCSD Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program.

“We are extremely fortunate to look ahead to a smooth transition in the residency program,” Dr. Kaushansky said.

Successes in the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Schoene has guided the Internal Medicine Residency Program successfully through a period of exceptional growth and change.

He and his associate program directors have expanded the program while successfully negotiating the complexities of the new ACGME and RRC requirements.

The program now graduates approximately 30 outstanding internists every year who establish outpatient practices, work as hospitalists, receive further training as subspecialty fellows and join the ranks of academic medicine physicians.

Dr. Schoene a High-Altitude Physiology Researcher, ICU Physician, Medical Educator

Dr. Schoene came to UC San Diego from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he started as an internal medicine resident and rose through the ranks to become Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

In Seattle, Dr. Schoene established his career as a high-altitude physiology researcher, intensive care unit physician and medical educator. He was Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Washington when he was recruited to UCSD.

A mountain climber, Dr. Schoene was a member of the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Mt. Everest. He was President of the Wilderness Medical Society from 2001-2004.

Dr. Schoene and his wife Kim are both specialists in pulmonary and critical care medicine. In July 2008, they will move to Bozeman, Montana, to expand the pulmonary medicine presence in eastern Montana.

There, Dr. Schoene will also head an offsite medical student and residency rotation for the University of Washington, one of several “WWAMI” sites. He will continue his clinical investigations of exercise physiology.

Dr. Elaine Muchmore an Experienced Medical Education Administrator

Dr. Kaushansky said he is extremely pleased that Dr. Elaine Muchmore will step in as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

“Elaine has a passion for medical education, and has been intimately connected to the Internal Medicine training program virtually since her arrival here,” he said.

Dr. Muchmore has served as Vice Chair for Educational Affairs of the Department since 1999. She has been Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the San Diego Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 12 years.

She received her training in internal medicine at Virginia Mason in Seattle, and her training in Hematology and Oncology here at UCSD.

“Elaine consistently wins graduating housestaff and chief medical resident teaching awards,” Dr. Kaushansky said.

“She garners high praise from students, residents and fellows for her constant willingness to go the extra mile to make an important teaching point.”

Dr. Muchmore is an experienced administrator in post-graduate medical training. She is Hematology/Oncology Fellowship director, and served previously as Interim Dean for Graduate Medical Education of the School of Medicine.

For several years, Dr. Muchmore has co-directed the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual Training Program Director Symposium. She represents the ASH on the council of the Association of Specialty Professors as well as the AAMC Council of Academic Specialties. She is the VA’s representative on the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs board.

“Obviously, with Elaine as our new Residency Director we will accomplish as smooth a leadership transition as possible,” Dr. Kaushansky said.

“Nevertheless, we still have room to make an outstanding residency program superlative.”