Dr Ryan Laponis is a clinician-educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He provides adult primary care for a panel of patients at the Mt Zion General Medicine Clinic and serves as a preceptor at that site for both primary care and categorical internal medicine residents. He serves as the Assistant Program Director for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track and is the Co-Site Director for Educational Activities at the Mt Zion General Medicine Clinic. He graduated from Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences and completed his Medical Degree at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training at UCSF in the Primary Care track and upon completion of his training, served as Chief Resident for Ambulatory Care. As an educator, he is a graduate of the UCSF Health Professions Education Pathway as well as the UCSF Teaching Scholars Program. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching in receiving both the DGIM Crede Award as well as the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators excellence in teaching award. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr Laponis has a particular interest in teaching communication skills and he is a member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). He is in the process of completing the AACH’s Facilitator-in-Training program, an intensive 3-year faculty development program and has given lectures and workshops at the campus, regional and national level on communication skills. He is the proud father of 2 and lives in San Francisco.