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Medical Education
Bridges Curriculum

Pioneering a "mini bridges curriculum"

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 years, students have had the ability to impact their education by designing and implementing components of their curriculum through the Curriculum Ambassador Program. In the summer of 2014, eight medical students and two pharmacy students have piloted many of the new ideas that Bridges is introducing. In a model informed by workplace learning research and embodying the faculty/student/staff collaboration that Bridges is based on, the students were immersed in interprofessional teams across clinical sites to assist with systems improvement projects that the sites had deemed important. The Curriculum Ambassadors were first observers, but they quickly became valuable contributors, bringing their perspectives, skills and energy to a working clinical team. The feedback from the Ambassadors shapes how Bridges is implemented. “The students get what we are doing, and they can articulate it better than we can,” says Anna Chang, MD, the faculty lead for clinical microsystems clerkships.

Curriculum Ambassador Posters