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Bridges Curriculum

Bridges News

  • Innovation and change in the health sciences are accelerating at an unprecedented pace.  Just 60 years ago, the structure of DNA had only just been proposed; the polio vaccine was newly invented; and the HIV/AIDS was yet to be identified.

  • The new UCSF iROCKET Student Dashboard is a Bridges Curriculum innovation which provides medical students with a streamlined and secure online tool to access and track their performance in the MD competency domains during medical school.  

  • Bridges recognizes that knowledge alone will not prepare physicians of the future to operate in complex care delivery systems. With the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC) projects, students will gain the skills to both thrive and lead in these settings.

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Inquiry in the Bridges Curriculum

Innovation and change in the health sciences are accelerating at an unprecedented pace.  Just 60 years ago, the structure of DNA had only just been proposed; the polio vaccine was newly invented; and the HIV/AIDS virus was yet to be identified.

How can we train physicians of the 21st century to address and manage health problems that have not yet emerged?  How do we prepare our graduates to use tools, technologies and treatments that have not yet been invented?

This is the challenge posed by the Inquiry element of the UCSF Bridges Curriculum.

 

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.

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.