Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD

Pediatric critical care specialist

Dr. Sandrijn van Schaik is a specialist in critical care for children.

Van Schaik earned her medical degree at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She spent several years studying respiratory syncytial virus infection – a common cold that can be serious in infants – at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she earned her doctorate in infectious diseases. She completed a pediatric residency at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine in the joint fellowship program of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals San Francisco and Oakland.

Van Schaik has won several awards, including UCSF's Charlotte Rose Coleman – Fry Award for pediatric critical care fellows, the UCSF Exceptional Physician Award and the UCSF Department of Pediatrics' award for teaching excellence. She is the principal investigator on a number of research projects focused on improving education for health professionals.

In addition, van Schaik serves as education director of the Kanbar Center for Simulation and Clinical Skills, which provides simulation training for all of UCSF's health profession schools. Her involvement in educational activities includes a simulation-based training program for pediatric medicine professionals. She also directs the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals San Francisco and Oakland.


Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
1975 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1955
Fax: (415) 353-9144

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
1975 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1352

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University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine 1993
University of Utrecht, Infectious Diseases 2000


Tufts Medical Center, Pediatrics 2003


UCSF, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Meeks L, Richards A, Chang A, van Schaik S. Working with students with disabilities: simulation-based faculty development. Med Educ. 2017 11; 51(11):1181-1182.
  2. Patel T, Schwan K, Hoover S, O'Hollaren A, Sadat S, Siu A, Bains T, van Schaik S. Doing More With Less: A Centralized Model for Fellowship Program Coordination. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Aug; 9(4):523-526.
  3. van Schaik SM, Regehr G, Eva KW, Irby DM, O'Sullivan PS. Perceptions of Peer-to-Peer Interprofessional Feedback Among Students in the Health Professions. Acad Med. 2016 Jun; 91(6):807-12.
  4. Madigosky W, van Schaik S. Context matters: groupthink and outcomes of health care teams. Med Educ. 2016 Apr; 50(4):387-9.
  5. van Schaik SM, O'Sullivan PS, Eva KW, Irby DM, Regehr G. Does source matter? Nurses' and Physicians' perceptions of interprofessional feedback. Med Educ. 2016 Feb; 50(2):181-8.
  6. Vesel TP, O'Brien BC, Henry DM, van Schaik SM. Useful but Different: Resident Physician Perceptions of Interprofessional Feedback. Teach Learn Med. 2016; 28(2):125-34.
  7. Shaw-Battista J, Belew C, Anderson D, van Schaik S. Successes and Challenges of Interprofessional Physiologic Birth and Obstetric Emergency Simulations in a Nurse-Midwifery Education Program. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2015 Nov-Dec; 60(6):735-43.
  8. van Schaik S, O'Brien B. More chickens, fewer eggs? On team-based learning, team performance and teamwork skills. Med Educ. 2015 Apr; 49(4):348-50.
  9. Kornblith AE, van Schaik S, Reynolds T. Useful but not used: pediatric critical care physician views on bedside ultrasound. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Mar; 31(3):186-9.
  10. van Schaik SM, O'Brien BC, Almeida SA, Adler SR. Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork in low-acuity settings: a qualitative analysis. Med Educ. 2014 Jun; 48(6):583-92.
  11. Burman NJ, Boscardin CK, Van Schaik SM. Career-long learning: relationship between cognitive and metacognitive skills. Med Teach. 2014 Aug; 36(8):715-23.
  12. van Schaik S, Plant J, O'Sullivan P. Promoting self-directed learning through portfolios in undergraduate medical education: the mentors' perspective. Med Teach. 2013; 35(2):139-44.
  13. Reeves S, van Schaik S. Simulation: a panacea for interprofessional learning? J Interprof Care. 2012 May; 26(3):167-9.
  14. Plant JL, Corden M, Mourad M, O'Brien BC, van Schaik SM. Understanding self-assessment as an informed process: residents' use of external information for self-assessment of performance in simulated resuscitations. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2013 May; 18(2):181-92.
  15. Aramburo A, van Schaik S, Louie J, Boston E, Messenger S, Wright C, Lawrence Drew W. Role of real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for detection of respiratory viruses in critically ill children with respiratory disease: Is it time for a change in algorithm? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Jul; 12(4):e160-5.
  16. van Schaik SM, Plant J, Diane S, Tsang L, O'Sullivan P. Interprofessional team training in pediatric resuscitation: a low-cost, in situ simulation program that enhances self-efficacy among participants. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Sep; 50(9):807-15.
  17. Plant JL, van Schaik SM, Sliwka DC, Boscardin CK, O'Sullivan PS. Validation of a self-efficacy instrument and its relationship to performance of crisis resource management skills. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2011 Dec; 16(5):579-90.
  18. Verhave M, Krasinski SD, Christian SI, Van Schaik S, Van Den Brink GR, Doting EM, Maas SM, Wolthers KC, Grand RJ, Montgomery RK. Regulatory regions in the rat lactase-phlorizin hydrolase gene that control cell-specific expression. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2004 Sep; 39(3):275-85.
  19. van Schaik SM, Obot N, Enhorning G, Hintz K, Gross K, Hancock GE, Stack AM, Welliver RC. Role of interferon gamma in the pathogenesis of primary respiratory syncytial virus infection in BALB/c mice. J Med Virol. 2000 Oct; 62(2):257-66.
  20. van Schaik SM, Welliver RC, Kimpen JL. Novel pathways in the pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus disease. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2000 Aug; 30(2):131-8.

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