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Curriculum Governance

The School of Medicine curriculum committee structure includes the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy (CCEP), an Executive Committee, a Student Committee, and 10 subcommittees. Each subcommittee performs a specific function within the curriculum or oversees one element of the curriculum.

Members, including students, are appointed to two subcommittees in a way that each subcommittee is composed of representatives from multiple other subcommittees. This interweaving facilitates communication between subcommittees and also encourages members to develop expertise in different areas and a larger perspective on overall curriculum and learning outcomes. The committee structure is modeled after the work of Stoddard et al. at Emory University and was adopted by the CCEP in May 2016.

Committee  Role


CCEP committee characteristics are set by UCSF bylaws. Focuses at a high level on oversight of all MD program elements, especially combined elements such as MSTP, JMP, PRIME-US.

Executive Committee

Charged by CCEP to oversee and manages the MD curriculum. Issues charges to and acts on recommendations from subcommittees. (see below)

Student Committee

Advises the Executive Committee on proposed curricular innovations. A forum for communication among students in the governance structure.


The 10 subcommittees are organized into two distinct groups – five committees charged with overseeing elements of the curriculum (Set A) and five charged with managing a specific task within the curriculum (Set B).  Sets of subcommittees meet at the same time and place to encourage cross collaboration. Subcommittees recommend to the Executive Committee procedures that are deemed by the Committee Chair to require wider consideration.

Phase/Content/Oversight Subcommittees (Set A)

Subcommittee Role

Foundations 1 Operational

Oversees the operation of Foundations 1 to ensure quality and consistency. Manages educational policies in this curriculum phase.

Foundations 2 Operational

Oversees the operation of Foundations 2 to ensure quality and consistency. In particular, oversees integration with core clerkships of the longitudinal FMC clerkship, the CIEx electives, and the FS in F2 days. Oversight includes the time set aside for NBME exam preparation. Manages educational policies in this curriculum phase.

Career Launch Operational

Oversees the operation of Career Launch to ensure quality and consistency. Oversight includes the Intersession/Inquiry Immersion and capstone experiences, and monitoring of the residency application process as it intersects with Career Launch. Manages educational policies in this curriculum phase.

Topic Review & Management

Oversees the longitudinal stewardship of curriculum topics (ie, themes, disciplines), including identification of gaps and redundancies; recommendations for HIT-funded stewardship positions; topic tracking; and monitoring of compliance of LCME topic requirements.

Student Experience

Monitors and champions the student experience especially as the experience is impacted by co-curricular elements such as career advising.


Function Subcommittees (Set B)

Subcommittee Role

Learning Resources

Promotes an environment in which all learning resources, including educational technologies, are used appropriately and effectively.

Student Assessment

Develops and monitors the plan for student performance assessment, remediation, and coaching throughout the curriculum. Oversees ARCH Weeks, standardized patient exam program, and other focused assessment events.

Curriculum Evaluation

Ensures that educational experiences in all courses meet the goals of the core curriculum by reviewing programs and courses regularly, and recommending structural innovations and improvements.

Faculty Development

Implements the current curriculum faculty development plan. Proposes, reviews, and develops new faculty development resources.

Strategic Visioning

Promotes and oversees curricular innovations and change management. Oversees pilot initiatives, reviews their outcomes, and, when applicable, helps transition them into the core curriculum.

Curriculum Feedback

UCSF has a comprehensive curriculum evaluation program that allows us to engage in quality improvement. In this program, students have a variety of ways to provide feedback on their academic experiences. 

Ad Hoc Committees

The UCSF School of Medicine also appoints committees and working groups as needed for oversight of a particular issue or to review and make recommendations on a specific aspect of the curriculum.