Launched in the Summer of 2001, the Education Science and Curriculum Development Fellowship (formerly the Curriculum Ambassador program) is one of the great hallmarks of curricular change and enhancement at UCSF, and an exciting example of the way in which students have an active role in shaping their education.

Important Updates for Summer 2018

This coming summer, the ESCDF program will build and continue to refine the Bridges curriculum for 2018-2019.

  • This is an 8-week immersive experience in which teams of students work on identified areas of need for the Bridges Curriculum. The areas include:
    Pre-Orientation, Assessment, Career Launch (4th Year), Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC), Differences Matter/Equity/Diversity, F2 Clerkship elements, Core Inquiry, Technology, Topics through the Curriculum, and F1 Foundational Science blocks (note taking guides, TAing, online modules, other curriculuar content).
  • This program begins on Monday, June 18th and ends on Friday, August 10th
  • Student Ambassadors will earn $3,500 for a full-time, 8-week stipend. You can opt to work 7 out of the 8 weeks if you are working on a team project and be paid $3062.
  • In the first week, ambassadors will participate in several onboarding workshops. Throughout the summer, ambassadors will attend weekly work-in-progress (WIP) sessions and additional workshops. During WIPs, ambassadors will gather for project updates, best practices, feedback, and collaboration on shared curricular efforts.
Once again we are looking for dedicated and adventurous students to join us this summer to help close the gaps in quality health care today while helping us establish and refine new ways of training to be a physician.


Important Dates for 2018

  • Q&A session for students interested in applying. Friday, January 12th, 11:10am-12:30pm, Room S-157
  • Program runs for eight weeks starting June 18th and ending on Friday, August 10th
  • You can choose to take vacation time and work 7 weeks
  • Classes begin Monday, August 13th
  • Full time stipend is $3,500. We use Federal Work Study Funding for those who qualify.
  • Applications due Tuesday, March 20, notification by early April

Why become an Education Science Fellow?

"The CURAM program is a great way to spend the summer: it was productive, rewarding, and fun! My project helped me develop curriculum and assessment design skills and get to know faculty, staff, and peers. The focused work and non-stressful environment of the CURAM program definitely helped me feel ready to dive back in as a second year! The project I worked on with my CURAM partner and mentors was accepted at an AAMC conference, so I look forward to continuing to build my presentation skills and learn more about medical education through this project."

Hanna Burch, Curriculum Ambassador 2016, 2nd year medical student