COVID-19 Updates


For the latest campus updates, please review the UCSF COVID-19 Resources webpage. If you have an exposure to COVID-19 or a recent COVID-19 infection, use the UCSF Digital Screener.


Last updated 4/3/23.

  • 4/3/2023: Updates to UCSF School of Medicine COVID-19 Protocols: The School of Medicine’s current policy states:
    • Foundations 1 students may now participate in clinical care without restrictions related to patients’ COVID-19 diagnosis or suspected COVID-19 status.
    • Masking in classroom settings, including small groups and lecture settings, is optional.
    • Masks are required for Kanbar activities including standardized patients to align with clinical settings; for other Kanbar activities, masks are recommended. More Information
  • 8/17/2022: Reminder on Masking Policy in Indoor Campus Settings: UCSF's current policy strongly recommends masking indoors and requires it in clinical settings. More Information

  • 12/1/2021: COVID 19 Winter Bridges Curriculum Update: Plans to gradually restore in-person large group lecture. More Information

  • 10/1/21: COVID 19 Update: Gathering and Small Groups Allowed (50 or less). More information

  • 8/4/21: Curriculum update: Details about adaptations of the Bridges Curriculum in response to the COVID Delta variant. More information

  • Effective July 15, 2021, faculty, staff, students, and trainees already working on campus must be vaccinated. Anyone not vaccinated must be vaccinated at least two weeks before coming to a UCSF campus or location for any work-related activities. Students must submit their proof of vaccination to Student Health & Counseling Services. Visit the Vaccine Hub for more Information.

  • UC Office of the President Proposal for Revised Vaccination Policy for Fall 2021: The University of California is proposing a revised COVID-19 vaccination policy to begin in Fall 2021. The proposed policy will replace the interim policy and require all faculty, staff, trainees and students who access campus facilities at any UC location to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and would allow for individual exemptions (details will be forthcoming).

  • Effective April 15, 2021, F2 and Career Launch students who are vaccinated are permitted to participate in the care of patients who are known or suspected to be positive for COVID (i.e., patients whose COVID status requires an enhanced level of precaution [e.g., “Novel Respiratory Virus precautions”]: More information

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COVID-19 Medical Education Principles

  • Our top priority is the safety of all, including patients, students, faculty, and staff
  • We are committed to ensuring that all students have the clinical experiences needed to continue to make progress toward curricular milestones and graduation
  • We are reintroducing students to our limited clinical sites in a staged, prioritized way, starting with more advanced learners first
  • In many instances, clinical experiences occur at affiliate or partner and community sites; we are committed to working safely with them around our educational collaborations

Medical Education Leadership Messages Related to COVID-19

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Omicron Update to COVID 19 Activities (January 7, 2022)
Update to Winter Activities (December 1, 2021)
Update on Group Gatherings (10/1/2021)
Delta Variant Curriculum update (August 4, 2021)
White Coat Ceremony Update (August 3, 2021)
Update to Launch Week and Differences Matter Orientation (July 30, 2021)
Change in COVID-Related Precautions (June 22, 2021)
Students Treating COVID Patients (April 15, 2021)