"Our collective achievements in medical education arise from critical partnerships with remarkable staff, students, faculty, School of Medicine leaders, and community organizations that support the work of our education community."

Catherine Lucey, MD

UCSF Executive Vice Dean, Vice Dean for Medical Education, Professor of Medicine

The purpose of medical education is to improve the health of our communities and to alleviate suffering from illness and disease.

Achieving this goal means that we, as leaders in education, must continuously surveil the environment and adapt our teaching to ensure that physician graduates are fully prepared to address and eliminate the health care challenges of the 21st century. The goal is to educate physician graduates are perfectly prepared to lead, serve, learn and thrive in the world of medicine that will exist when they are ready to enter practice eight to 10 years down the road.

Through the work of our talented faculty, an ethos of continuous improvement and a spirt of inquiry, the School of Medicine’s Bridges Curriculum was designed to amplify the enduring qualities of the very best of San Francisco’s practicing physicians:  compassionate, accountable, and expert. In addition, Bridges was created to help physicians master emerging competencies in interprofessional team-based care, measurement and continuous improvement, and continuous learning through inquiry. These new competencies will help our physicians meet the health care needs of our increasingly diverse patients.