Launched in the Summer of 2001, the Curriculum Ambassador program is one of the great hallmarks of curricular change and enhancement at UCSF, and an exciting example of the way in which students have an active role in shaping their education.

Important Updates for Summer 2017

This coming summer, the Curriculum Ambassador program will build and continue to refine the Bridges curriculum for 2017-2018.

  • This is an 8-week immersive experience in which teams of students work on identified areas of need for the Bridges Curriculum. The areas include:
    Pre-Orientation, Assessment, Core Inquiry, Clinical Microsystem Clerkship, Technology and F1 Foundational Science blocks.
  • This program begins on Monday, June 5th and ends on Friday, July 28th
  • Ambassadors will earn $3,500 for a full-time, 8-week stipend. Students are encouraged to work in teams. You can opt to work 7 out of the 8 weeks and be paid $3062.
  • In the first week, ambassadors will participate in several onboarding workshops. Throughout the summer, ambassadors will attend weekly work-in-progress (WIP) sessions. During WIPs, ambassadors will gather for project updates, best practices, feedback, and collaboration on shared curricular efforts.
Once again we are looking for dedicated and adventurous students to join us this summer to help close the gaps in quality health care today while helping us establish and refine new ways of training to be a physician.

Summer 2017 Applications will be available in March


Important Dates for 2017

  • Q&A session for students interested in applying. Friday, January 6th
  • Program runs for eight weeks starting Monday, June 5th and ending on Friday, July 28th
  • You can choose to take vacation time and work 7 weeks; note that you have a week's vacation from July 29th-August 6th, classes begin Monday, August 7th
  • Full time stipend is $3,500. We use Federal Work Study Funding for those who qualify.
  • Applications due April 17th, notification in early May

We are a "Pathways to Inquiry" Opportunity!

Pathways to Inquiry offers early opportunities for learners at all levels and from all schools to learn about or work in one of the Pathways to Inquiry. The Bridges Curriculum Ambassador Program is a great way to explore an interest in Health Professions Education and other Pathways.

Learn more at the Pathways website.

Why become a Curriculum Ambassador?

"The CURAM program is a great way to spend the summer: it was productive, rewarding, and fun! My project helped me develop curriculum and assessment design skills and get to know faculty, staff, and peers. The focused work and non-stressful environment of the CURAM program definitely helped me feel ready to dive back in as a second year! The project I worked on with my CURAM partner and mentors was accepted at an AAMC conference, so I look forward to continuing to build my presentation skills and learn more about medical education through this project."

Hanna Burch, Curriculum Ambassador 2016, 2nd year medical student