Overview

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, and Systems-Based Practice. 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 – Essential Core

For more information (exam dates, contacts) about each 1st year course, click here

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

IDS 131A: Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) - 3 units

IDS 131B: Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) - 2 units

IDS 131C: Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) - 2 units

 

IDS 101: Prologue - 9 units

IDS 103A: Metabolism & Nutrition - 7 units

IDS 103B: Metabolism & Nutrition - 3 units

 

IDS 102A: Major Organ Systems - 7 units

IDS 102B: Major Organ Systems - 9 units

IDS 104: Brain, Mind & Behavior - 12 units

 

EC Electives

EC Electives

EC Electives

Summer Opportunities including Pathways Explore, Curriculum Ambassador Program, or off-campus activities

 

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

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, Inflammation & Immunity - 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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