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The UCSF Bridges Curriculum is a three-phase, fully integrated curriculum delivered over four years. Components of the curriculum are being phased in between 2014 and 2016 with the entire Bridges Curriculum launch in fall of 2016.

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Curriculum Structure

The 45 month curriculum is divided into three phases: Foundations 1 (60 weeks), Foundations 2 (48 weeks) and Career Launch (53 weeks).

Three curricular elements will be woven throughout the three phases: foundational sciences, clinical and systems applications, and inquiry activities.  

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Overarching Curriculum Strategies

  • early longitudinal immersion in clinical teams with a focus on continuously improving care delivery
  • inquiry-focused curriculum that emphasizes asking questions that push the frontiers of science and understanding of human health and disease

Student Experiences

  • participation in a longitudinal clerkship in health systems
  • dedicated time for scholarly projects in one of the core domains of science
  • an individualized system of mentorship and advising
  • a flexible science-learning environment enabled by online learning tools
  • access to progression data with a personalized online dashboard
  • opportunities to individualize education for career goals