Dr. Henderson graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Internal Medicine and served as the Residency Program Director from 2000 to 2012. In 2007, he was appointed Associate Dean of Admissions for the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is the co-principal investigator for the UC Davis Accelerated Competency–based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program, which was funded by the American Medical Association.


Dr. Henderson is a highly regarded clinician-educator and leader in general internal medicine education.  He has served on the Council of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) and has edited the highly acclaimed APDIM Toolkit for IM program directors and The Patient History textbooks on evidence-based history-taking.  He has developed innovative training programs at both UT San Antonio and UC Davis, including implementation of the multiple mini-interviews (MMI) process for medical school admissions. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine Exercises in Clinical Reasoning series.  His academic and research interests include medical student career choice, medical school admissions practices, syncope, utility of the medical history, and development of clinical reasoning.  He has done medical work in several Latin American countries including trips to Nicaragua first-year medical students as part of the UC Davis MEDICOS program.

Recent Publications

Jerant A, Fancher T, Fenton JJ, Fiscella K, Sousa F, Franks P, Henderson MC. "How Medical School Applicant Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status Relate to Multiple Mini-Interview-Based Admission Outcomes: Findings From One Medical School" Acad Med 2015 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Shah U, Henderson MC, Aboujaily P, Thaler D, Rencic J.  "Exercises in Clinical Reasoning: A Confusing Interaction" J Gen Intern Med  2015 Jan, 30(6):860-3.

Meyers FJ, Henderson MC. "Graduate Medical Education Reform: Moving the Elephant" J Gen Intern Med, 2014 Jul, 29(11):1434-5

Sriratanaviriyakul N, Nguyen LP, Henderson MC, Albertson TE. "Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms Syndrome (DRESS) Associated with Azithromycin Presenting Like Septic Shock: A Case Report" J Med Case Rept 2014, 8:332.

Botros J, Rencic J, Centor R, Henderson MC. "Exercises in Clinical Reasoning: Anchors Away" J Gen Intn Med 2014 May, 29(10):1414-8.

Jerant A, Griffin E, Rainwater J, Henderson MC, Sousa F, Bertakis K, Feton J.  "Does Applicant Personality Influence Multiple Mini-Interview Performance and Medical School Acceptance Offers?" Acad Med 2012: 87

Henderson MC, Tierney L, Smetana G.  "The Patient History, 2nd edition: An Evidence-Based Approach to Differential Diagnosis"  McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, 2012, 738 pp.

Erickson B, Dhaliwal G, Henderson MC, Amsterdam E, Rencic J.  “Effusive Reasoning” Journal of General Internal Medicine 2011 Jul 15. 

Fancher TL, Keenan C, Stocker TJ, Meltvedt C, Harris T, Morfin J, Kulkarni-Date M, Henderson MC. "A Residency-Community Partnership to Improve Care for the Underserved: The Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Program" Academic Medicine 2010; 86(2):252-8.

Fancher TL, Henderson MC, Harris T, Pitman D. "Teaching Health Centers and the Primary Care Workforce Crisis for the Underserved" Annals of Internal Medicine 2010; 152(9): 615-6. 

 Edson R, Beckman T, West C, Aronowitz, P, Badgett R, Feldstein D, Henderson MC, Kolars J, McDonald FS. "A Multi-Institutional Survey of Internal Medicine Residents’ Learning Habits." Medical Teacher  2010; 32(9): 773-775. 

Keenan CR, Dhaliwal G, Henderson MC, Bowen JL.  “A 43-year-old woman with abdominal pain and fever.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010; 25(8):874-7.

Henderson MC, Dhaliwal G, Jones SR, Culbertson C, Bowen JL, "Doing what comes naturally." Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010; 25(1): 84-7. 

Fancher TL, Henderson MC, Hotz C, Wun T.  "Jumpstarting Academic Careers with a Novel Internal Research Rotation: the Academic Internal Medicine Scholarship (AIMS) Rotation" American Journal of Medicine, 2009; 122(11): 1061-1066. 

Hamann KL, Fancher TL, Saint S, Henderson MC. "Clinical Research During Internal Medicine Residency: A Practical Guide" American Journal of Medicine, 2006; 119(3): 277-83. 

Fitzgibbons JP, Bordley DR, Berkowitz LR, Miller BW, Henderson MC, "Redesigning Residency Education in Internal Medicine: A Position Paper from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine"  Annals of Internal Medicine, 2006; 144(12): 920-6. 

Henderson MC , Meyers FJM, Ibrahim T, Tierney LM. "Confronting the Brutal Facts in Health Care" American Journal of Medicine, 2005;118:1061-3.

Mitchell M, Srinivasan M, West DC, Franks P, Keenan C, Henderson M, Wilkes M.  Factors affecting resident performance: development of a theoretical model and a focused literature review.” Academic Medicine 2005; 80(4):376-89.

Tierney LM, Henderson MC (eds), "The Patient History: Evidence Based Approach", McGraw Hill Medical Publishing, 2005, 400 pp.