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Medical Education

Dean’s Forum on Our Education Mission showcases the excellence of medical education at UCSF

November 29, 2017

“Medical education at UCSF is educating learners who will improve the health of our communities and alleviate suffering due to illness and disease in our patients,” said Catherine R. Lucey, MD, UCSF’s Vice Dean & Executive Vice Dean for the School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, The Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair in Medical Education. “You will recognize School of Medicine graduates by the way they tackle problems and champion inquiry, work in teams, and continually improve the healthcare systems in which they work.”

Dr. Lucey presented the education mission of UCSF’s School of Medicine at the Dean’s Forum, on November 16 at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH).  

Fifth in a series of Dean’s Forums, the event gave attendees an overview of medical education at UCSF: who the School trains and how the innovative Bridges Curriculum is shaping the future of academic medicine.

Over 75 learners, faculty, UCSF staff and members of the public attended the event, which was also live streamed and recorded. School of Medicine Dean Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, introduced the topic with an overview of the UC academic system to provide context.

Highlights of Dr. Lucey’s presentation included examples illustrating the School’s educational excellence (see below), a description of its continuum of learners (comprising medical students, residents, and graduates), an overview of the attributes that make UCSF’s medical education program and its graduates unique, as well as the rationale for development and implementation of the Bridges Curriculum—which launched last summer and which is advancing medical education nationwide, as other schools model its innovation. 

“Medical education at UCSF is creating the workforce we need to improve the health of our communities,” said Dr. Lucey.  “This vision has shaped the design of our medical school curriculum.  Trained in a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement, our physician graduates are ideally situated to lead, serve, learn and thrive in the world of medicine that will exist when they are ready to enter practice.”

“Bridges was designed to amplify the enduring qualities of the very best of San Francisco’s practicing physicians:  compassionate, accountable, expert, and social justice advocate. In addition, Bridges was created to help physicians master emerging competencies in interprofessional team-based care, measurement and continuous improvement, and continuous learning through inquiry. These new competencies will help our physicians meet the health care needs of our increasingly diverse patients.”

Dr. Lucey shared examples of several of the School of Medicine’s inspiring learners, who typify the School’s principles, its pioneering faculty who advance learners’ capacity to thrive in medical school and beyond, as well as its dedicated professional staff who create partnerships supporting excellence in medical education at UCSF.

Following her presentation, Dr. Lucey introduced Michael Peterson, MD, Associate Dean, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, who described the education partnership between the two Schools. 

Third-year medical students from UCSF and other University of California campuses participate in core clerkships at UCSF Fresno in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology and surgery. At any given time there are about 300 medical residents and 50 fellows training at UCSF Fresno.

The School of Medicine’s Dean’s Forums were initiated in January 2017 by Dean King, whose priorities have included making the rounds of campuses and departments to talk to faculty and staff and gain a full understanding of the width and breadth of the school's activities.

Watch a recording of the Dean’s Forum on Nov. 16.

Download the School of Medicine Dean’s Forum Brochure.


Educational Excellence at UCSF’s School of Medicine:

  • Ranked by US News & World Report fourth in quality of research training and third in quality of primary care training. UCSF is the only medical school listed in the top 5 in both categories.
  • Ranked among the top 10 in 6 medical school specialty programs assessed by US News & World Report, including first in internal medicine, second in women's health and fourth in family medicine and in drug/alcohol abuse medicine
  • Ranked among the top 10 in 15 out of 20 residency programs according to Doximity and US News & World Report. Ranked first in anesthesiology, neurological surgery, and radiology
  • Recipient of two Transformational Education Grants
    • AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education ($1 million)
    • Medical College of Wisconsin Kern Foundation National Transformation Network ($2.6 million)