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The New iROCKET Student Dashboard Launches February 18, 2015

The Dashboard project is being developed, through a partnership of Medical Center Information Technology and Medical Education, to benefit and guide student learning and advisement. It is built specifically to provide students with timely evidence about their performance, partly in response to requests by previous UCSF medical students. Phase 1 launched in January 2015.“At UCSF, we believe that medical students should have data-based tools to chart their individualized course through the... Read More

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

Pioneering a "mini bridges curriculum" November 24, 2014

I left the summer feeling more confident about my ability to contribute to a medical team and quality improvement projects in meaningful ways. I also left with a much more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of our health care system and how easy it is for the most vulnerable patients to fall through holes in it.   -  Donald Richards, Curriculum Ambassador Pioneering a "mini bridges curriculum"by Mitzi Baker (featured in the 2013-14 Medical Education Annual Report)For the last 14... 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

Informatics Mini-Summit September 2014 October 21, 2014

Joy. Integrity. Optimization. These are just some of the big ideas and core values that were discussed at last month's Informatics Mini-Summit, where stakeholders in Health IT, Med Ed, and Digital Innovation from across our health systems partners (from the County to the VA) convened to strategize how information technologies will be harnessed to mold the 21st Century Physician. The diversity of the group reflected how much informatics, data, and communications touch upon every aspect of... 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

Faculty Approve Blueprint for Bridges Curriculum July 23, 2014

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.Faculty-led... 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

Bridges Curriculum Design Decision on USMLE Step 1 Exam Date July 01, 2014

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. A Foundational Science Steering Committee (FSSC) task force determined that moving the exam to third year was ideal for achieving the goals of the Bridges curriculum, while not impacting the success of students passing the... 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

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