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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

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

University of British Columbia’s Experience with Curriculum Renewal November 05, 2014

The University of British Columbia recently went through a curriculum renewal, and we were lucky to have Dr. Ian Scott here at UCSF to share pearls from that experience. His recent involvement as the leader of a number of the working groups in the curriculum renewal process, including those on continuity, design, transitions, and themes, gives him a unique perspective that is relevant at UCSF.  His lecture was recorded and is also available here: Curriculum Renewal at UBC: The good, the bad,... 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

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

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 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

Save the Date - Bridges Curriculum Presentation by Vice Dean Catherine Lucey November 21, 2013

Please join Vice Dean Catherine Lucey for a presentation on how UCSF is contributing to the transformation of medical education through the development of its Bridges Curriculum.The goal of the Bridges Curriculum is to train physician leaders who continue to excel as researchers and clinicians as well as understand and improve the complex system in which they work.You will have a chance to hear how UCSF is preparing physicians for their current and future roles and functions in a dramatically... Read More