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The Clinical Microsystems Clerkship- the Physician’s Experience January 21, 2015

Dispatches from the FieldThe Clinical Microsystems Clerkship- the Physician’s Experience by Dana GreenfieldEveryone's always worried, 'Do I know enough?' but I think that's not actually what will ultimately lead to safe patient care. It’s really about systems and communication. To ensure high quality care, I felt really drawn to improve the system. Once I saw it, it felt almost wrong not to try to fix it.- Dr. Rachael Lucatorto, Assistant Chief, Medical Service, San Francisco VA Medical... Read More

Shifting Ground: Bridges Curriculum Foundational Sciences Retreat, Part II November 13, 2014

“So what’s the problem?” asked Professor of Neurology and Inquiry working group lead Dr. Dan Lowenstein. “We box ourselves in.” Bridges, he urged, provides a liberating opportunity: to teach any topic (he used epilepsy as an example) outside the compartments of time-limited blocks and disciplines. Spiral learning means that we can introduce, revisit, and reinforce concepts throughout the 4 years, and across different lenses.The second opportunity, he proposed, is to break free of teaching “... Read More

Gaining Ground: Foundational Sciences Retreat Part I November 10, 2014

"I'm not used to thinking this way!" confessed a basic science faculty member. Her admission was out of delight, really, over an exercise that asked faculty to flip the way they usually think of teaching medicine.This frame-shifting moment was just one of many at last month's Bridges Curriculum Foundational Sciences retreat, where around 100 clinical and basic science faculty leaders, as well as student representatives, met to workshop and experiment with the new Bridges Curricular roadmaps.... Read More

UCSF SOM and AMA Mark Major Milestone in Reshaping Medical Education Nationwide October 21, 2014

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, AMA Mark Major Milestone in Reshaping Medical Education Nationwide UCSF Physicians, Faculty Join Leaders from 10 Other Top Medical Schools at Vanderbilt University to Discuss Next Steps in Preparing Medical Students for Changing Health Care Landscape, as part of AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiativeSAN FRANCISCO, CA – It’s been a year since the American Medical Association (AMA) awarded $1 million to University of... Read More

UCSF Community Pushes Towards Bridges Curriculum Blueprint July 01, 2014

The UCSF 21st century physician will have individual expertise grounded in inquiry and collaborative expertise with teams and systems.    —Bridges Vision Statement 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... Read More

Habits of Mind in Inquiry Element Defined May 01, 2014

The UCSF 21st century physician will have individual expertise grounded in inquiry and collaborative expertise with teams and within systems.You Said – We BuiltIn March, we reported on the success of the Bridges Curriculum Retreat which focused on advancing inquiry as a core element of the Bridges curriculum. The community embraced the idea that the physician of the 21st century must demonstrate competency not only in applying today’s knowledge to support high quality patient care, but also in... Read More

March 2014 Integration Retreat March 01, 2014

Our community came together on March 5th to further refine the vision for the UCSF Bridges Curriculum. We committed to forming a coalition to build the educational experiences necessary to ensure that the UCSF 21st century physician will have individual expertise grounded in inquiry and collaborative expertise with teams and systems.Given the wide range of perspectives, interests, and concerns of the participants, the retreat’s recommendations were remarkably consistent around several themes.... Read More

Bridges Curriculum: Building the 21st-Century Physician January 30, 2014

The staff at teaching hospitals such as UCSF Medical Center are accustomed to seeing third- and fourth-year medical students — with their bulging short white coats and unique air of eager ignorance — on the wards.  But in two years, it might be common to see first-year medical students actively engaging in clinical experiences as well.Story by Yi Lu, editor, Synapse. January 30, 2014. Article Link Read More

Bridges Charter January 02, 2014

We aspire to create in the Bridges Curriculum: a view of the future physician, important concepts to sustain and incorporate, and guiding principles for curriculum development.VISION OF 21ST CENTURY PHYSICIANThe UCSF Bridges Curriculum will prepare the 21st century physician to work collaboratively in promoting health and reducing suffering while continually improving our health care system. Our students will contribute to improving healthcare outcomes today while being educated to work within... Read More

Bridges Update: December 2013 December 15, 2013

Bridges Steering Committees ChargedThe Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy (CCEP) has approved the charges of four steering committees to guide the design and implementation of the Bridges Curriculum. Review the complete charge and membership for these committees here Bridges Leadership Design and Integration Committee (BLDIng)Chaired by David M. Irby, PhD, BLDIng has representation from all Bridges Steering Committees and the current medical school curriculum. BLDIng will maintain... Read More