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 the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Internal Medicine and served as the Residency Program Director from 2000 to 2012. He is also Associate Dean of Admissions and the Dean's Endowed Professor for Teaching Excellence 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 and California Oregon Medical Partnership to Address Disparities in Rural Education and Health (COMPADRE), which were both 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 interests include medical student career choice, medical school admissions practices, workforce development, utility of the medical history, and development of clinical reasoning. He has done medical work in several Latin American countries including trips to Nicaragua as part of the UC Davis MEDICOS program. He enjoys downhill skiing, spending time with family, major league baseball games, and following Bruce Springsteen around the country.

Recent Publications

Talamantes E, Henderson MC, Fancher T, Mullan F. Closing the Gap — Making Medical-School Admissions More Equitable. New England Journal of Medicine, 28 Feb 2019; 380(9): 803-805.

Shah R, Fancher TL, Jerant A, Bhe A, Henderson MC. Relationship of Volunteer Student-Run Clinic Experience with Future Primary Care and Underserved Practice. Journal of Student-Run Clinics, 4(1): 1-7.

Jerant A, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Hall TR, Kelly C, Peterson E, Wofsy D, Tancredi D, Sousa J, Franks P. Do Admissions Multiple Mini-Interview and Traditional Interview Scores Predict Subsequent Academic Performance? A Study of Five California Medical Schools. Academic Medicine, epub ahead of print.

Henderson MC, Kelly CJ, Griffin E, Hall TR, Jerant A, Peterson EM, Rainwater JA, Sousa FJ, Wofsy D, Franks P. Medical School Applicant Characteristics Associated With Performance in Multiple Mini-Interviews Versus Traditional Interviews: A Multi-Institutional Study. Academic Medicine, 2018 Jul(93:7): 1029-34.

Talamantes E, Jerant A, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Fancher T, Grbic D, Moreno G, Franks P. Community College Pathways to Medical School and Family Medicine Residency Training. Annals of Family Medicine, 2018 Jul Aug, 16(4): 302-307.

Henderson MC, Kizer KW, Kravitz RL. Academic Health Centers and Medicaid - Advance or Retreat? Academic Medicine, 2018 Oct(93:10): 1450-1453.

Jerant A, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Hall TR, Kelly CJ, Peterson EM, Wofsy D, Franks P. Do Multiple Mini-Interview and Traditional Interview Scores Differ in Their Associations With Acceptance Offers Within and Across Five California Medical Schools? Academic Medicine, 2018 Aug(93:8): 1227-33.

Jerant A, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Rainwater J, Hall T, Kelly CJ, Peterson EM, Wofsy D, Franks P. Reliability of Multiple Mini-Interviews and Traditional Interviews Within and Between Institutions: A Study of Five California Medical Schools. BMC Medical Education, 17(190): 1-6.

Jerant A, Henderson MC, Griffin E, Talamantes E, Fancher T, Sousa F, Franks P. Medical School Performance of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged and Underrepresented Minority Students Matriculating after a Multiple Mini-Interview. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2018 Feb(29:1): 303-320.

Fenton JJ, Fiscella K, Jerant AF, Sousa F, Henderson M, Fancher T, Franks P. Reducing Medical School Admissions Disparities in an Era of Legal Restrictions: Adjusting for Applicant Socioeconomic Disadvantage. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(1): 22-34.

Jerant A, Fancher T, Fenton JJ, Fiscella K, Sousa F, Franks P, Henderson M. How Medical School Applicant Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status Relate to Multiple Mini-Interview-Based Admissions Outcomes: Findings From One Medical School. Academic Medicine, 2015 May 20(90): 1667-1674.

Shah U, Henderson MC, Aboujaily P, Thaler D, Rencic J. Exercises in Clinical Reasoning A Confusing Interaction. J Gen Intern Med, 27 January 2015, 30(6): 860-3.

Martin M, Sedighi Manesh R, Henderson MC, Critchfield JM. Diagnostic Scheming. J Gen Intern Med, 30 Dec 2015(12): 1874-8.

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.

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.