Curriculum Ambassador Program


Launched in the Summer of 2001, the Curriculum Ambassador program is one of the great hallmarks of curricular change and enhancement at UCSF, and an exciting example of the way in which first year students* have an active role in shaping their education.

This coming summer, the Curriculum Ambassador program will build and continue to refine the Bridges curriculum for 2019-2020.

  • This is an 8-week immersive experience in which teams of students (*between 1st and 2nd year) work on identified areas of need for the Bridges Curriculum. The areas include:
    Assessment, Career Launch (4th Year), Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC), Differences Matter/Equity/Diversity, F2 Clerkship elements, Core Inquiry, Technology, Topics through the Curriculum, and F1 Foundational Science blocks (note taking guides, TAing, online modules, other curriculuar content).
  • Program dates for 2020: June 15th-August 7th
  • Student Ambassadors will earn $3,500 for a full-time, 8-week stipend. You can opt to work 7 out of the 8 weeks and take one week of vacation
  • In the first week, ambassadors will participate in several onboarding workshop (all students must be present for this week). Throughout the summer, ambassadors will attend weekly work-in-progress (WIP) sessions and additional workshops. During WIPs, ambassadors will gather for project updates, best practices, feedback, and collaboration on shared curricular efforts.

Once again we are looking for dedicated and adventurous students to join us this summer to help close the gaps in quality health care today while helping us establish and refine new ways of training to be a physician.

Structure of the Program

The summer begins with skill-building activities (some face-to-face, some on-line). Ambassadors return to these modules throughout the summer dependent on their project. Topics for curricular modules include:

  • Creating Learning Objectives
  • Project Management
  • Evaluation & Educational Scholarship
  • Literature search and research
  • Curriculum development
  • Mentorship

During the following weeks, teams of students will work on their projects with input from their faculty advisors.  Weekly meetings with the entire group of Ambassadors occur throughout the summer, providing opportunities to update the group on your experiences, consult on other projects, give and receive feedback, meet with curriculum leadership and participate in additional skill building.

The summer will conclude with several days of wrap-up to enable you to complete your work.

Important dates and information for 2020

  • Applications: Due date TBD
  • Program runs for eight weeks starting June 15th and ending on Friday, August 7th
  • You can choose to take vacation time and work 7 weeks
  • Classes begin Monday, August 10th
  • Full time stipend is $3,500. We use Federal Work Study Funding for those who qualify
  • Here is a list of projects for Summer 2019

Program Leadership

John Davis, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Curriculum, School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Patricia O'Sullivan, EdD
Professor in the Department of Medicine
Director of Research and Development in Medical Education in the Center for Faculty Educators

Jenny Mandal, MD
Curriculum Ambassador Program Co-Director
Clinical Fellow
Division of Rheumatology

Larry A. Haber, MD
Curriculum Ambassador Program Co-Director
Associate Clinical Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine, ZSFG

David Rachleff, Program Coordinator