Philosophy of Care
I decided to become an internist because of the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of complex disease. I also enjoy having the opportunity to talk with and listen to men and women from all different walks of life. My philosophy of care centers on applying rigorous thought and the knowledge of both medicine and the human experience to making people both feel better and fulfill their full potential. Frankly, a lot of "good health" is good luck—economic, social and genetic. I like helping the unlucky.
Faith T. Fitzgerald is recognized for her superb diagnostic, patient care and teaching skills. In 1991, the American College of Physicians conferred upon her the prestigious title of "Master Physician." In 1992, she was honored by the California Medical Association with a Golden Apple lifetime academic achievement award.
M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1969
B.A., UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 1965
San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA 1970-1972
Chief Resident, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA 1972-1973
American Board of Internal Medicine,
American College of Physicians
Governor, Northern California Chapter ACP-ASIM
Region of Northern California, Governor's Advisory Council, ACP
Honors and Awards
In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, 1995
Select Recent Publications
Fitzgerald FT. Forgetting. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):943-5.
Matharu, K. S., Howell, J. and Fitzgerald, F. (2011), Drama and Empathy in Medical Education. Literature Compass, 8: 443–454. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00778.x
Matharu KS, Howell J, Fitzgerald FT. Fearlessly exploring the other: the role of drama in medical training. Med Humanit. 2010 Jun;36(1):58-9. Epub 2010 Jun 7.
Fitzgerald F. Experiment Perilous: Human Experimentation. Society of Clinical Research Associates SOURCE, 60:10-15, 2009
Fitzgerald, F. I Can’t Be Bothered. Annals of Internal Medicine, February Vol 148(4)317-318, 2008.
TE Baudendistel, AK Haase, FT Fitzgerald. The Leading Diagnosis. New England Journal of Medicine. Vol 357(23)2389-2393, 2007.
Fitzgerald, F. An Academic Clinician’s Perspective on the Care of the Geriatric Patient. Health Care Analysis, Vol 13(2)95-100, 2005.
Fitzgerald FT. The workup, or: where is Champollion when we need him? Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 2004 Fall;67(4):35-6.
Fizgerald, FT. A Tale of Two Patients. Annals of Internal Medicine, June Vol 140(11)929-930, 2004.
Fitzgerald, FT Advance directive in an academic setting: What should residents be taught? Wiener Klilnische Wochenschrift, 2004:116/13:434-438, 2004.