MD Program, Bridges Curriculum
The UCSF School of Medicine offers a three-phase, fully integrated curriculum for the MD, delivered over four years. You can also review the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar as well as the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar. Course and schedule information is located here.
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (MD, MS)
The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) is a five-year graduate program. Students spend the pre-clerkship years at UC Berkeley, engaging in a leading-edge integrated Problem-Based Learning medical curriculum, while simultaneously earning a Master's Degree in the Health and Medical Sciences at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. After 2.5 years, JMP students move across the bay to UCSF to finish their medical education and receive their MD. Review the academic calendar and find more information about the JMP program.
MD Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US)
UCSF's Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) is a special five-year track for medical students interested in working with urban underserved populations. PRIME-US students follow the regular MD curriculum, with regular seminars dedicated to providing them with community engagement leadership skills. Students in the PRIME-US programs also take a year to earn a master’s degree. The PRIME-US@JMP students complete their master’s degree during the first 2.5 years of their curriculum at Berkeley and the PRIME-US@UCSF students complete any master’s degree between their clinical years and career launch. Review the academic calendar and find more information about PRIME-US.
San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME)
San Joaquin Valley PRIME is a tailored track at UCSF School of Medicine for medical students who are committed to ensuring high quality, diverse and well distributed medical care to improve health for populations, communities and individuals in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Students accepted into the SJV PRIME will spend their first 18 months at the main campus in San Francisco. They will then spend the next two and a half years at the UCSF Fresno campus. Review the academic calendar and find more information about SJV PRIME.
JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
A combined MD/PhD program, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) prepares a small group of students for careers as physician/scientists. With funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, trainees receive full tuition support and a stipend while pursuing the superb training opportunities offered by both the School of Medicine and one of our renowned graduate programs. Review the program timeline and find more information about the MSTP program.
MD/Masters in Advanced Studies (MAS) Program
Obtaining an MD degree and Masters in Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in clinical research sequentially require six years of training. To decrease overall time in training, the CTR Pathway offers a combined five-year MD/MAS degree for select students in the School of Medicine. The MAS is intended for students who wish to master clinical research methods and ultimately pursue independent research careers. Coursework includes instruction in advanced epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and specialized topics such as outcomes research, medical informatics, molecular methods in clinical research, clinical trials and decision and cost-effective analysis. In addition to 36 quarter-units, requirements include a comprehensive review of the literature, presentation of original work at a national scientific meeting and publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript. Review the academic calendar and find more information about the MD/MAS program. (Note: the MD/MAS program is evolving and some changes are expected.)
MD/Masters in Public Health (MPH) Program
The joint UCSF/UC Berkeley MD/MPH program allows UCSF medical students to earn a master's degree in public health (MPH) at UC Berkeley during an additional year between the third and fourth medical school years or after completing the MD degree. The program requires two semesters at UC Berkeley (equivalent to three quarters at UCSF); students are simultaneously enrolled on both campuses (but only pay registration and education fees to Berkeley). Review the general UC Berkeley Academic Calendar for current students, and find more information about the MD/MPH program.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Program
Students enrolled in the residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) program receive the MD degree and certification in OMFS. Review the Academic Calendar and find more information about the OMFS program.
MD-PhD in the History of Health Sciences
The Program in History of Health Sciences (located in UCSF’s Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine) offers medical students the opportunity to earn a PhD in History of Health Sciences in addition to the MD degree. MD/PhD students will complete the first two or three years of the medical school curriculum, and then join the PhD program in History of Health Sciences. The PhD program begins with two years of coursework in preparation for the qualifying exams. After the qualifying exams, students work independently on researching and writing their dissertations. When the dissertation is completed, students return to the medical school to complete the MD curriculum.