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Bridges Curriculum

Foundational Sciences in Foundations 2 (IDS 113): Set to Launch in 2018!

Sept. 14, 2017

In January 2018, UCSF medical students will begin Foundational Sciences (FS) in Foundations 2 (F2) (IDS 113), a new course in the Bridges Curriculum.  This year-long course builds on the integrated Foundations 1 curriculum, by providing students a spiraled learning approach to the foundational sciences during their clerkships.  

“IDS 113 represents broad collaboration among a range of basic science and clinical faculty experts, and showcases the Bridges topic stewards in the role of design team leads for many of the sessions,” says IDS 113 Course Director and Professor of Neurology Heidi Kirsch, MD, MS who, along with Professor of Medicine Patricia Cornett, MD led the development of the new course—one of the first of its kind nationally.

Drs. Kirsch and Cornett have led the charge among School of Medicine faculty to embrace new methods of teaching that challenge the traditional model of separating bench from bedside learning.

“We are excited to implement this course as a new integrated model of teaching and learning foundational sciences with clinical education,” says Dr. Kirsch.  

As part of a two-year effort leading toward course implementation next year, the course development team—Dr. Cornett, Foundations 2 Manager Sara Clemons, Foundations 2 Coordinator Amy Yun, and medical student curriculum fellow Jonathan Pai—worked with Foundations 1 faculty and topic stewards in course planning and development, building on principles developed over several years by curriculum experts and educators in the School of Medicine.  Design leads will work with three to five other faculty and/or clinicians who will bring their expertise to the various topics.

Beginning in January, students will step out of their clerkships for one day every other week, to explore topics ranging from cancer (development and screening) to genetics (genomics and precision medicine) and congenital heart disease. Sessions for the two cohorts of students will encompass a variety of educational methods including live sessions, multimedia, and simulation.  Most of the learning sessions will take place at the Mission Bay campus, and will engage a range of faculty across specialties.

“The course will incorporate learning and assessment successes from F1, using the ‘pearls of wisdom’ of quality teaching with the goal to increase students’ patient care skills through foundational science knowledge and application,” says Jahan Fahimi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and a topic steward for the new course.

Dr. Cornett is leading a related research effort, funded by the Academy of Medical Educators, identifying the current level of basic science content discussed during clinical rounds, which will serve as a baseline to evaluate change in this area as an outcome of the course. Jonathan Pai is partnering with her in this effort, as part of his fellowship.