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School of Medicine Launches New Curriculum to Train the Doctors of the Future

Caption: UCSF School of Medicine student Jacob Gindi (center) worked with pharmacy students in the medication reconciliation pilot last year. The clinical microsystem site that Gindi helped pilot will place all new medical students in a clinical setting this year. Photo by Susan Merrell

I think that the new emphasis on social justice is going to help us to understand our patients and the struggles they might be going through, to bring up the uncomfortable conversations and figure out what we can do to change disparities

-Emily Serna, MS1

Emily Serna is entering medical school at UC San Francisco confident that she wants to be a primary care physician, specializing in medically underserved areas of the country.

As she starts her education in the UCSF School of Medicine this August, she will be one of more than 150 medical students who will experience a radically updated curriculum called Bridges.

For Serna, who grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where she experienced firsthand a dearth of medical care, the new competencies of the Bridges curriculum reflect many things she cares about for her future career. Those topics include social justice issues, learning to care for entire communities rather than just individuals and entering clinical settings early in her training.

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