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The UCSF Bridges Curriculum will leverage the power of medical education to advance health care today while preparing graduates for their roles as transformational 21st Century Physicians. We will educate our medical students to embrace the roles and responsibilities of the 21st century physician: a collaborative physician who is deeply committed to providing the highest quality care for today’s patients and to advancing medicine and health care for future generations of patients.
The voices of many are the foundation of the new Bridges Curriculum. To hear what the various constituencies at UCSF deem most important to advancing physician education, UCSF Medical Education gathered educators, clinicians, scientists, staff and students at the Presidio Institute in March for a day of brainstorming at the 2014 Medical Education Retreat.
A bold decision in the design of the Bridges Curriculum is to move the date students sit for the required USMLE Step 1 exam to February of the third year of medical school after students have finished the majority of their core foundational science and clinical curricula.
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The UCSF Bridges Curriculum will leverage the power of medical education to advance health care and biomedical research today while preparing graduates for their roles as transformational 21st Century Physicians.
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In the UCSF Bridges Curriculum, medical students will join interprofessional teams from the beginning of their medical education to deliver and continuously improve health care for patients. Students will be taught strategies to discover solutions to medicine’s most challenging problems using a combination of classroom, authentic workplace and mentored independent learning opportunities that:
- Enrich the teaching of core scientific concepts with learning experiences that empower students to explore complex real world problems in the biomedical sciences, medicine and health care using the tools of inquiry from multiple domains of science.
- Engage both the enduring physician competencies of patient centered clinical reasoning and therapeutic management and the emerging physician competencies in systems improvement, informatics, and population management and interprofessional teamwork to create better systems of care.
- Challenge students to work collaboratively to explore an important problem in medicine by engaging in deeper learning in the scientific domain of their choice.