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Medical Education
Medical Student Education

Academic Assistance

Tutoring and Learning Skills

Medical Scholars Program

MSP is a peer teaching and study program in which MS2s lead late afternoon and evening sessions to help MS1s review course material in Prologue, Organs, and M&N. First-year students may sign up to receive elective credit for attending sessions in Fall and Winter quarters. The program is guided by third- and fourth-year medical student coordinators who meet with the MSP teachers regularly to go over materials and teaching methods.

Many first-year students find MSP to be extremely useful for helping them identify key material, organize it, and approach next concepts. During Brain, Mind, & Behavior (BMB), 16 first-year students are chosen to be MSP teachers in the following year, and begin practicing for this role by presenting MSP sessions for students in their own class. Contact: MSP coordinators.

  • Fall/Winter Quarter: MS1s who would like to receive elective credit for attending MSP sessions must add an elective course to their Study List. Click here for course information.
  • Spring Quarter: MS1s who would like to receive elective credit for learning to teach MSP during BMB must add an elective to their study list. Click here for course information.

One-on-One Tutoring

Offered at no cost to students through MSE Medical Student Services. Tutors are MS3s and MS4s who are paid to work with students in Foundations 1. Students interested in either receiving or giving tutoring assistance should contact Amanda Dohse.

Test Preparation

  • USMLE Step 1 Prep Information for MS2s: See Prepilogue course on iROCKET

Accessible Education

  • Learning Resource Services provides assistance with strategies that can enhance leaning, test performance, and mastery of material. This unit also works with students to obtain and interpret formal psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities. Contact: Susan Whitlow or visit http://learn.ucsf.edu/.
  • Student Disability Services assists in obtaining the services and accommodations required to minimize the impact of a disability on the performance of UCSF students. Contact: Lisa Meeks or visit http://sds.ucsf.edu/.
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