Adam Schickedanz was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services in winter of 2009 and served as a member of the IOM staff for nearly a year. Mr. Schickedanz received his baccalaureate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, in May of 2010. At UCSF, he developed a clinical focus in urban underserved patient care while advancing research interests in professionalism and cultural competency in medical education, novel approaches to clinician-patient communication in medical decision making (particularly at the end of life), and the intersections of education and health. At IOM, he contributed projects on value in cancer care, health consequences for the uninsured, continuing medical education, and health care data collection practices to improve quality of care and reduce health disparities. Mr. Schickedanz will pursue residency training in pediatrics.