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First- and Second-Year Electives

The list below documents electives that change from quarter to quarter. This is a partial listing; additional electives may be advertised on separate announcements or offered by other schools.

Supervised Study and Laboratory Project Course Offerings: Please see the Registrar's Course Catalog.

Sign up for Electives via your online study list on Registrar's SAA Portal.

*MD Competencies referenced in elective listings: http://meded.ucsf.edu/ume/md-competencies

  • Patient Care (PC)
  • Medical Knowledge (MK)
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (PBLI)
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills (ICS)
  • Professionalism (Prof)
  • Systems-Based Practice (SBP)

Pathways to Discovery1 referenced in elective listings: Adapted by Dr. Susan Hyde from http://meded.ucsf.edu/pathways

  • Clinical & Translational Research (CTR): Clinical and translational research that improves health and relieves suffering. Broad range of research areas linking laboratory discoveries to medical advances that improve health for individuals and populations.
  • Global Health (GH): Decreasing the health inequities and disparities in populations throughout the world.
  • Health and Society (H&S): Advance health by engaging society, such as health disparities, policy, social and behavioral science, leadership and advocacy, community engagement.
  • Health Professions Education (HPE): Develop innovators, scholars, and leaders in the field of health professions education.
  • Molecular Medicine (MMP): Clinical practice combined with disease-oriented laboratory research in areas such as immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, human genetics.

Inter-Professional Level of Learning2 referenced in elective listings: Adapted by Dr. Susan Hyde from Reeves S, Lewin S, Espin S, Zwarenstein M (2010) Interprofessional Teamwork for Health and Social Care. Blackwell-Wiley, London.

  • Interprofessional Education (I): Members (or students) of two or more health and/or social care professions engage in learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the delivery of care.
  • Multiprofessional Education (M): Members (or students) of two or more professions learn alongside one another; in other words, parallel rather than interactive learning.
  • Uniprofessional Education (U): Education that is undertaken by individuals within the same profession.

Fall 2016 (Winter 2016 elective information will be available in December)

Course Number:  Anesthesia & Perioperative Care 170.01A
Course title:  Special Study Course  (Introduction to Anesthesia & Perioperative Care)
Faculty:  Jeff Sall, M.D.
# of units:  1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesday, 12noon – 1pm, Room S159
Starting date: Tuesday, August 30th
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Kristin Lewis, Jay Roever, Thomas Nguyen
MD Competency:  MK, PC, Prof, SBC
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Epidemiology 180.08 - one day only
Course title: Violence-Causes, Effects, Solutions (Interpersonal Violence Prevention Conference)
Faculty: Leigh Kimberg
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Saturday, November 5th, 8:30am-5:30pm; Cole Hall
Student coordinators: Ashley Bach, Sarah Koser, Nicole Palmer, Karena Puldon, Samantha Sahi, Madeline Tiee
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, Prof, SBP
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Family & Community Medicine 170.01A
Course Title:
Mabuhay Health Center Elective
Faculty: Ron Labuguen, Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: S-157 from 12N-1p, must attend 2 for credit: 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
Starting date: Clinic orientation on Oct 8, 9a-3p, must attend for credit (9-11a at Parnassus S-157, 11a-3p at Mabuhay Clinic 1010 Mission St.)
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address):Ysabel Ilagan, Kaili Zhou
Competencies: PC, MK, Prof
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Family & Community Medicine 170.10A
Course Title:
Homeless Health Issues
Faculty: Sharad Jain, Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Student Coordinators: Nicolaus Coleman, Kara Wang
Day, time: Thursdays, 12-1pm, email student coordinators for room location
MD Competencies: SBP, PBLI, MK
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: I

Course Number: Family & Community Medicine 172A - Open to all schools (SON, SOP, SON, PT)
Course Title: Legal Medicine
Faculty: Dan Tennenhouse
Units: 2.0
Dates: 9/27 – 11/29/2016
Time/Day: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm; Location(s): S-157
MD Competencies: MK. ICS, SBP
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Family & Community Medicine 184- Open ONLY to MEDICAL STUDENTS
Course Title:
Contemporary Issues in Latino Health
Faculty: Manuel Tapia
Units: 1.0
Student Coordinators: Hanna Burch, Ryan McMahan
Day, time, location: Monday, 12-1pm, HSW 302 Starting date: 8/15
MD Competencies: MK, ICS
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number:  Family and Community Medicine 198 - Open ONLY to MEDICAL STUDENTS
Course Title:  
Emotional Brain Medicine  (1 units)  
Faculty(s): Laurel Mellin, PhD, Igor Mitrovic, MD, and Lynda Frassetto, MD
# of units:  1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Fridays, 12-1pm, and Mondays, 12-1pm:  September 12th - October 10th, Room S-159
Starting date: Friday, September 9th
Contact information:  Laurel Mellin, PhD 
MD Competency:  MK, ICS
Pathway: CTR
Interprofessional Learning: U
At the first session of this experiential/neuroscience course receive a 3-Day Vibrancy Plan to use brain-based self-regulatory tools and a brain-fitness lifestyle to change your physiologic state and de-activate circuitry that promotes stress. Three days later, at the second session, share what you experienced for those three days. Then, during the remaining sessions, you will learn: 1) the neuroscience that explains why you experienced what you did; 2) how to use the emotional tools to communicate more effectively; and 3) how to use the emotional tools more efficiently so that even when lifestyle practices as a medical student and beyond are not ideal, you can effectively reduce stress and access positive emotions and a sense of well-being.

Course Number: IDS 170.02
Course Title:
Patient as Teacher: A Skills-based Approach to Dementia
Faculty: Cindy Barton, Robin Ketelle, Josette Rivera
Units: 3.0 upon completion of 3 quarters
Class dates/times/location: As arranged by faculty
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, ICS
Pathway: H&S, HPE
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: IDS 170.04
Course Title:
Peer Teaching Program
Faculty: Derek Harmon
Units: 1.0
Class dates/times/location: As arranged (In conjunction with Ground School & ABC Block courses)
MD Competencies: MK
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Medicine 170.01B
Course title: Special Issues in Health Care: Intro to Health Policy
Faculty: Ari Hoffman
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12-1pm, Room S-168; starts 9/13 (No class on 11/22)
Student Coordinators: Amy PughPrihatha Narasimmaraj
MD Competencies: SBP
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.01C - Open to students in SOP, SON, SOD, PT
Course title: Special Issues in Health Care: Nutrition: Health, Disease and the World
Course Description: Explore in system (lecture/readings/small group discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to medicine.
Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.
Faculty: Cindy Lai
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fridays, 12-1pm in S-214. Runs 9/23-12/2. No class on UCSF holidays Nov 11 & 25
Student Coordinators: David Pichardo-Gomez, Steven Herron
MD Competencies: MK, SBP
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.02
Course title: Social Activism in Medicine
Faculty: Sharad Jain
# of units: 1.0, P/F
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 5:30-7pm, Room N-729; Room N-517: 9/12; 11/14
Starting date: 9/12/2016
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Gwen Hubner, Alex Lam, Madeline Tiee, Manu Venkat
MD Competencies: ICS, Prof, SBP
Pathways to Discovery: H&S
Interprofessional: I

Course Number: Medicine 170.10
Course title: Basic Science Journal Club
Faculty: Mark Anderson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-172; starts 8/22
Student Coordinators: Paul Wei, Ian Boothby, Devan Diwanji
Contact: Geri Ehle
MD Competencies: MK, PC, ICS
Pathway: CTR & MMP
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.34A
Course title: Hepatitis B: Community Outreach & Patient Education
Faculty: Cindy Lai
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12PM - 1PM, N-217; N-729 on 11/30
Starting date: 09/28/2016 - 11/30/2016
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Alexi Kimura, Amir Ali, Taryn Morita
MD Competencies: MK, PC, ICS, SBP
Pathway: HPE, H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.39
Course title: Hospital-Based Medicine: A Clinical Skills Tutorial- MS2 only, must have approval of course director to sign up
Faculty: Denise Connor, Megha Garg, Susan Wlodarczyk
# of units: 0.5-1.5
Day, time, and location of the elective: individually arranged; VA Bldg 203 1A 71
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Casey Lee
MD Competencies: MK, PC, ICS, SBP
Pathway: HPE, H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.40
Course title: UCSF Student Flu Crew for Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Course Description: Students plan, coordinate, administer flu vaccines in the SF Bay Area. These free on-site events will be held at various locations in coordination with local social services groups for underserved communities and employers. Students will be responsible for: Obtaining vaccines and supplies including funding. Identifying community partners for sites to administer vaccine. Scheduling students, faculty for each vaccination event. Consenting, administering and documenting each vaccination given.
Faculty: J. Rinker
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fall 2016 - Winter 2017
Student Coordinators: Gabriela Beroukhim, Hanul Choi
MD Competencies: PC
Pathway: HPE, H&S
Interprofessional Learning: I

Course Number: Medicine 170.41
Course Title:  Word on the Wards: Inpatient Health Education at ZSFG
Instructor: Rita Nguyen
Units: 3.0
Student Coordinators: Betty Liang
Time/Location: All day training session on Saturday, October 1st in room N-517, 8am-4:30pm; subsequent sessions will be held at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG)
Course Description: Word on the Wards is an interprofessional service learning program in which UCSF students serve as health coaches for patients on the ZSFG wards. This year round elective consists of an 8-hour training session on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and six 3.5 hour clinical shifts, up to 2 of which may be replaced by attendance at supplemental topic review sessions offered during the winter and spring. During the training session, students will learn about working with underserved populations, their role as a health coach, health topic content, and health coaching techniques. They will apply these skills during their 3.5 hour clinical shifts, which will occur once per month.
Prerequisites: None
Restrictions: 1st and 2nd year students from all schools
Activities: Lecture, Field Work
Evaluation: written assignment

Course Number: Medicine 170.44 (formerly Radiology)
Course Title:  Current Issues in Medical Informatics
Instructor: David Avrin
Units: 1.0
Student Coordinators: Cynthia Tang
Time/Location: Thursdays, 12-1pm, Room CL-158, Laboratory for Radiologic Informatics
Notes: Starts 9/8
MD Competencies:  MK, SBP, PBLI
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Neurology 170.30
Course title:  Intro to Neuro Subspecialties
Faculty: Alexandra Nelson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Tuesdays, 12-1pm, S-180, Starts 9/6
Student Coordinators: Ashley Bach, Kun Leng
MD Competencies: PC, MK, PBLI
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Ob/Gyn 170.01A
Course title:
Women’s Health, the Environment, and Health Professional Activism
Faculty: Robert M Gould, MD
# of units: 1
Day, time, and location of the elective: Thursdays at 12-1pm, CL-211/212
Starting date: September 8th
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Hannah Archibald
MD Competencies: SBP, MK
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Ob/Gyn 170.02
Course title: UTEACH
Faculty: Kate Frometa
# of units: 1-2
Day, time, and location of the elective: Thursdays, 12-1 PM; The first class (9/22) is in CL220/223. week 2 (9/29) is in HSW 303.
Starting date: 9/22
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Rachel Yanda, Sonja Swenson, Caroline Hodge, Sara Minahan
MD Competencies: PC, SBP, MK
Pathway: HPE, H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Ob/Gyn 170.04
Course title: Introduction to Procedures and Surgical Skills
Faculty: Ben Li
# of units: 1
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1 PM, first class (9/22) is in CL220/223. week 2 (9/29) is in HSW 303.
Following week 2, you will be notified of the  room
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Nina Clark, Jordan Hastie, Madeline Tiee, Miriam Muscarella, Jo Glaser
MD Competencies: PC
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Ob/Gyn 170.08
Course title: Health of Incarcerated Persons
Faculty: Andrea Jackson
# of units: 1
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Room S-157
Starting date: September 28th
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Julia Goldstein & Suita Castro
MD Competencies: PC, SBP, ICS
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: I

Course Number: Ophthalmology 160.01
Course title:
Intro to Optho
Faculty: Jacque Duncan
# of units: 1
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays at 12-1pm, CL-222 for 8/30 and 9/6, then CL223 for the rest. 
Starting date: August 30th
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Thomas Nguyen
MD Competencies: MK
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: OrthoSurg 160.01
Course title: Introduction to Clinical Orthopaedics
Faculty: Nicole Schroeder
# of units: 1
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm on September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Takes place in the Anatomy Lab; S-1320
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Joseph Knox & Karsyn Bailey
MD Competencies: MK, PC
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Pathology 170.01
Course title:  Intro to Pathology
Faculty: Raga Ramachandran
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Fridays, 12-1pm, Room S-176, Starts 9/23
Student Coordinators: Theo Roth, Antonia Gallman
MD Competencies: PC, MK
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Pediatrics 170.01A
Course title:  Exploring Pediatrics
Faculty: Michelle Long, Tim Kelly
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Starts 9/7, Room S-159
Student Coordinators: Norah Liang, Michelle Paik, Danielle Perez, Sonja Swenson
MD Competencies: PC, SBP, MK
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Pediatrics 170.01B
Course title: Medical Vietnamese
Faculty:   Tim Kelly, MD
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Room  S-170
Starting date:  9/28
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address)  Danh Huynh 
MD Competencies: ICS, MK, IC
Pathway: H&S
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Pediatrics 170.01C
Course title:  Careers in Global Health
Faculty: Tim Kelly
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Wednesdays, 12-1pm, S-163, Starts 9/7
Student Coordinators: August Anderson, Ashley Bach, Annie McDonough, Nicole Palmer, Madeline Tiee
MD Competencies: PC, SBP, Prof
Pathway: GH
Interprofessional Learning: I

Title: Interventional Radiology Interest Group
Faculty Contacts: Vishal Kumar, MD & Evan Lehrman, MD
Contact Email: IRIG.UCSF@gmail.com

Course Number: Radiology 170.04
Course Title: 
Introduction to Radiology
Faculty: Emma Webb
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  12-1PM, Thursday, Room S-172, starts 9/1
Student Coordinators: Devan Diwanji, Khash Nattagh, Alex Diaz, Walid Ashmeik, Aaron Louie
MD Competencies: MK, PC
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Radiology 170.08
Course Title: 
Introduction to Interventional Radiology - a one day symposium
Faculty: Vishal Kumar, MD & Evan Lehrman, MD
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Saturday October 15, 2016. HSW-300
Student Coordinators: Andre Cote & Alex Diaz
MD Competencies: MK, PC
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Surgery 160.10
Course title: Introduction to Vascular and Cardiovascular Interventions
Faculty:  Marlene Grenon
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:  Starts 8/31, Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Room for the first and last sessions will be N-729 and the room for all other sessions will be N-517
Student Coordinators: Alex Lam, Derek Smith
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, MK, SBP
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Surgery 160.11
Course title: Intermediate Surgical Training for Medical Students
Faculty: Ed Kim
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: As arranged
Student Coordinators: Karsyn Bailey, Whitney Chiao, Jordan Hastie
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, ICS
Pathway: HPE
Interprofessional Learning: U

 

 


 

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