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Medical Education
Bridges Curriculum

Foundations 1

Foundations 1 is the first phase (60 weeks) in which students draw upon core scientific information and principles to provide the highest quality patient care and to advance health care for future generations. The core scientific information and principles are distributed across six domains of science that contribute to promoting health and treating diseases of individuals and populations.

3 Main Components in Foundations 1

1. The Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC)

Students will spend one day per week learning and working through the Clinical Microsystem Clerkship (CMC) experience where they develop skills in systems-based practice and direct patient care. Students are introduced to how care delivery systems impact quality, patient experience, and clinical outcomes. Beginning in their first year, students will be placed in longitudinal sites where they will participate in meaningful workplace learning. The CMC augments the practice of history-taking and physical exams by engaging students with the entire context of care. Students will work with other health care professionals--from nurses to medical assistants—contributing to the microsystem’s current operation and future optimization and will continue their clinical systems work through the core clinical clerkships in Foundations 2. 

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2. Inquiry

Students will be introduced to Inquiry where they will participate in weekly, faculty-facilitated small student groups to explore current, complex, and cutting-edge scientific or health care problems through the lens of two or more scientific disciplines. Through this component, students will build competency in using inquiry tools from each of the six domains of science. In dedicate two-week blocks, students will continue to build their inquiry skills and scientific teamwork by participating in didactics, course work, cohort meetings, and work with students from the other professional schools.

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3. Foundational Sciences

World Health Organization’s major causes of morbidity and mortality are used as an organizational framework. Students will select from the top Bay Area population examples (The UCSF 49) of diseases, signs and symptoms, diagnostics and therapeutics, and salutatory strategies, for a deeper exploration in each block. Students will take the 9 Foundational Science blocks in sequence.

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