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Supervised Study Approval Form


The Departmental 198 Supervised Study courses for fourth-year students allow you to design a study or project that captures your interest and supplements your learning and development. These are distinct from the Department 150 Research courses that are for hypothesis-based research and from the IDS 196 course that provides credit for direct teaching or course-specific projects. The credit for Departmental 198 Supervised Study courses, which is capped at four weeks total, counts toward the discretionary graduation requirements.

To craft a Departmental 198 Supervised Study project/study, you need to:

  • Think about your topic or area of study. The scope can be as broad or narrow as you’d like, but should have the same rigor and substance as a established course.
  • Structure the project/study by outlining its learning objectives and linking them to competencies. The Departmental 198 Supervised Study application form is a good starting point when thinking about the project/study details.
  • Identify a UCSF faculty mentor who will work with you on your project design, approve your proposal, and oversee your study.

Other ways to think about determining if a Departmental 198 Supervised Study course is right for you:

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  • A deeper, scholarly dive into a topic area of interest
  • A medical humanities writing endeavor
  • Community development work
  • Foreign language independent or course study
  • Direct teaching
  • Curriculum development
  • Hypothesis-based research
  • Step 2 preparation



  1. If you haven’t already activated your UCSF DocuSign account, please follow these instructions:
    • Login to MyAccess: https://myaccess.ucsf.edu
    • Scroll down to “DocuSign – UCSF” and click on the link to DocuSign. This will initiate creating your account if you don’t already have one (the account creation takes a minute or so).
    • Once signed in, you will see a status box, as well as help resources should you want more info about DocuSign.
  2. Submit the form at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the supervised study time. If the form is not submitted by this deadline, you may not be able to receive credit for your work.
  3. Select the link below for the corresponding department's supervised study elective approval form. If you need a preview of the form before initiating it with the link below, you can see this sample.
  4. Follow the instructions for completing the form. It will be sent electronically to the listed Instructor of Record.
  5. When the course is approved, you will receive an email confirmation.
  6. It is your responsibility to add the course to your study list for the appropriate term(s). Be careful to add the departmental 198 course (e.g., Medicine 198), NOT IDS 198.

For any questions related to the approval form, please contact Cha Viloria.


Department Supervised Study Approval Form Instructor of Record
Anatomy 198 Derek Harmon
Anesthesia 198 Kristine Breyer
Emergency Medicine 198 Aaron Harries
Family & Community Medicine 198 Margo Vener
Medicine 198 Cindy Lai
Neurology 198 Vanja Douglas
Obstetrics & Gynecology 198 Naomi Stotland
Ophthalmology 198 Jacque Duncan
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 198 Chirag Patel
Pathology 198 Raga Ramachandran
Pediatrics 198 Tim Kelly
Psychiatry 198 Demian Rose
Radiology 198 Emma Webb
Surgery 198 Matthew Lin