Mark Kritchevsky, MD
Dr. Mark Kritchevsky is an award-winning clinician teacher who has won 38 teaching awards and honors since he joined the UCSD faculty in 1982. During this time he also has conducted research, primarily on various memory disorders, and has performed extensive service.
Dr. Kritchevsky obtained his medical degree from UCSD in 1977. He completed a neurology residency at UCSD in 1981, a fellowship in general clinical neurology at Dunedin Public Hospital in 1982, and a behavioral neurology fellowship at University of Iowa in 1986.
His academic activities are devoted primarily to neurological education.
Dr. Kritchevsky was the director of the School of Medicine's Basic Neurology core course from 1989 through 2010, and he is now the director of the new Mind, Brain and Behavior core courses. He has been the director of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science's Basic Neurology core course since 2006. He has been or is a primary instructor in all these courses. He developed a clinical neurology tutorial that is now a part of the neurology curriculum of the third year medical students during their neurology clerkship. He developed and remains the instructor for a multiyear vertically-integrated neurology curriculum for the UCSD psychiatry residents.
Additionally, Dr. Kritchevsky developed and teaches the bulk of the 5-day crash course for incoming neurology residents. He teaches the neurology residents a neuroanatomy course once each year. He teaches them a behavioral neurology course and a course in neurological locaization once every 2 years.
He has conducted collaborative clinical research in behavioral neurology. With Dr. Larry R. Squire, he has studied patients with neurologic amnesic syndromes as well as patients with functional amnesia. Results of this work have been presented at scientific meetings and published as scientific articles and book chapters.
Dr. Kritchevsky's service includes serving as the advisor of about 25 medical students each academic year for many years. He was the director of the UCSD neurology residency training program from 1992 – 2007. He served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Neurology/Neuroscience Task Force Committee from 2003 through 2013.
UCSD Neurology Residents’ Faculty Teaching Award for 1982-1983, 1991-1992, 1993-1994
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Neurosciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1983-1984, 1988-1989, 1991-1992, 1998-1999
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Award for Excellent Teaching
and Contributions to the Residency Training Program, 1987-1988, 1998-1999
UCSD School of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 (having won 10 Kaiser Permanente Awards for Excellence in Teaching, declared ineligible to receive further awards)
The “We weren’t allowed to vote for you for the Kaiser Foundation Teaching Award, in recognition of groundbreaking work in syllabus engineering, concern for students learning, and scrupulous attention to break length, from [the medical students taking] Basic Neurology," 2001
UCSD Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999
UCSD Neurology Residents’ Senior Faculty Teaching Award for 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011
Mayo Clinic Visiting Professor of Neurologic Education, 2000
UCSD School of Medicine, Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2008, in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, 2006-2007
UCSD School of Medicine, Student Awards Committee, Outstanding Educator Award, the Best Primary Lecturer during Spring quarter, 2007
UCSD School of Medicine, Student Awards Committee, Outstanding Educator Award for Spring quarter, 2008
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2010, in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, 2008-2009
UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2011
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Class of 2012, in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching, 2010-2011