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Medical Education
Medical Student Education

Curriculum Overview

UCSF’s medical curriculum provides a set of educational experiences designed to support students’ mastery of the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to achieve their goals as physicians, researchers, teachers, and public servants: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice, and Interprofessional Collaboration. Throughout the UCSF curriculum, medical students’ achievement of these competencies is assessed through a variety of methods that include written and laboratory practical examinations, structured clinical examinations, instructor and peer assessments, and self-reflection exercises.

Year 1 – Foundations 1 (begins August 2016)

Foundations 1 is the first phase of the integrated Bridges curriculum. For more information on Foundations 1, please see http://meded.ucsf.edu/bridges/foundations-1

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

IDS 121A: Foundations 1

  • Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

  • Foundational Sciences: Ground School

  • Core Inquiry Curriculum

  • ARCH Week 1

IDS 121B: Foundations 1

  • Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

  • Foundational Sciences: ABC (Airways, Blood, & Circulation); Health & the Individual

  • Core Inquiry Curriculum

  • ARCH Week 2

IDS 123A: Inquiry Immersion 1

IDS 121C: Foundations 1

  • Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

  • Foundational Sciences: REGulatioN (Renal, Endocrine, GI and Nutrition); Health & Society

  • Core Inquiry Curriculum

 

IDS 121D: Foundations 1

  • Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

  • Foundational Sciences: PHD (Pathogens and Host Defense)

  • Core Inquiry Curriculum

  • ARCH Week 3

 

Electives

Electives

Electives

Electives

 

Year 2 – Essential Core (Fall, Winter) and Clinical Core (Spring, Summer)    
 

This reflects the curriculum for entering classes in 2015 and prior.

For more information (exam dates, contacts) about each 2nd year course, click here

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

IDS 132A: Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) - 3 units

FPC 132B: Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) - 2 units

IDS 132C: Foundations of Patient Care/Transitional Clerkship - 3 units
(3rd year begins here)

IDS 112: Intersession 1 - 1.0 unit

IDS 105: Infection, Immunity, & Inflammation - 11 units

IDS 107: Life Cycle/Epilogue - 14 units

Core Clerkship Block 1 - 3 units per 2 week block

Core Clerkship Blocks 2 and 3 - 3 units per 2 week block

IDS 106: Mechanisms, Methods, & Malignancies - 10 units

 

 

IDS 111: Longitudinal Clinical Experience - 1 unit

EC Electives

USMLE Step 1

 

Mini-CPX 1

 

Year 3 – Clinical Core (Fall, Winter, Spring) and Advanced Clinical Studies (Spring, Summer)   

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

IDS 112: Intersession 2 - 1.0 unit

 

IDS 112: Intersession 3 - 2.0 units

 

Core Clerkship Blocks 3 and 4 - 3 units per 2 week block

Core Clerkship Block 5 and 6 - 3 units per 2 week block

Core Clerkship Block 6 - 3 units per 2 week block

 

IDS 111: Longitudinal Clinical Experience - 1 unit

IDS 111: Longitudinal Clinical Experience - 1 unit

Advanced Studies Spring Block - 3 units per 2 week block

Advanced Studies Summer Blocks 1, 2, and 3  - 3 units per 2 week block
(4th year begins here)

Mini-CPX 2

 

Clinical Performance Exam (CPX)

 

 

Some students take time between the 3rd and 4th year to pursue research opportunities or a Masters of Public Health degree. Research may be done through the Pathways to Discovery Program or via extramural programs.

 

Year 4 – Advanced Clinical Studies      

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

Advanced Studies Fall Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4 - 3 units per 2 week block

Advanced Studies Winter Block 1, 2, and 3 - 3 units per 2 week block

Advanced Studies Spring Block 1 - 3 units per 2 week block

 

Deadline to take USMLE Step 2 CS and CK

 

IDS 115: Coda - 3 units

 

 

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