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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

Teaching Opportunities

Board-certified VCF can teach medical students at the VCF’s clinical site or at UCSF's Parnassus campus

Site-based Volunteer Teaching Opportunities

Second-Year Medical Student Adult Medicine Preceptorships

  • A second-year medical student will join the instructor at the medical practice for approximately three 4‑hour sessions, typically between August and October.
  • The physician will be the role model for students as they refresh their skills in independent patient interviewing, physical exam, oral presentations, and note writing. If you are interested in precepting in this program, please contact Laura Burns (

Second-Year Medical Student Pediatric Preceptorships

  • A second-year medical student will join the instructor at the medical practice for four 4-hour sessions, typically between October and November.
  • During these sessions, students learn and practice pediatric interviewing and observational physical examination skills, assessing the growth and development of children, techniques and strategies used in pediatric health promotion, and documentation of a pediatric health maintenance visit.  If you are interested in precepting, please contact Laura Burns (

Third-Year Medical Student starting in January 2018

  • In prior years, Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) has been an opportunity to precept third-year students in an outpatient setting. Starting in 2018, LCE will be evolving into a new experience entitled Transitional Ambulatory Clinical Experience (TrACE). The TrACE preceptorship is an exciting opportunity for advanced third-year medical students to build on the foundational ambulatory skills developed during longitudinal Family and Community Medicine (FCM) clerkship.  You can read more about TrACE here. If you think that you would be interested in precepting in this program, please contact Irma Moreno (


Teaching Activities based at UCSF Parnassus Campus

Shorter-Term Volunteer Teaching in CPX

  • Throughout the course of the year, UCSF School of Medicine also recruits teaching volunteers for one-time events, like the Clinical Performance Exam (CPX). Volunteers typically observe and offer feedback to medical students as they practice interviewing and physical exam skills. Please contact Stephanie Kaner ( if you would like to learn more about this teaching opportunity.

Bridges Curriculum Teaching Opportunities
The Bridges Curriculum: Preparing the 21stCentury Physician has teaching opportunities to fit the background and interests of all disciplines - from first-time teachers to expert educators.