Bridges Faculty Development: Foundations 2 Resources

The Foundations 2 (F2) component of the Bridges Curriculum is comprised of core clerkships and new elective opportunities, with a longitudinal Family and Community Medicine clerkship and longitudinal experiences dedicated to foundational sciences and inquiry. 

Use the resources below to learn more about clinical reasoning and other skills relevant to F2:


Learn more about how the UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Foundations 1 curriculum prepares students for Foundations 2 (a three-minute video that explains how the Bridges Curriculum prepares students for the clerkships and how F2 differs from the traditional clerkship years). 

Clinical reasoning: the basics, for preceptors (created to introduce clinical preceptors to the reasoning framework being taught in Bridges)

Introduction to clinical reasoning, for students (an introduction to foundational reasoning skills for first-year medical students)

Diagnostic schema video (an introduction to the concept of using diagnostic schema to solve complex medical problems, created for pre-clerkship students) 

Problem representation video (a deeper dive into the continuum, from the problem representation to the summary statement/one-liner/assessment, created for pre-clerkship students) 

Principles of small-group facilitation (part of the Bridges Curriculum series of educational videos, created for educators)   

Clinical Problem Solving (an online Coursera course by Catherine Lucey, MD). For additional questions regarding teaching clinical reasoning, contact Denise Connor, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, [email protected].

Watch a video describing the January 2019 change in core clerkship grading and the rationale for this change. 

Find out how the School fosters a learning and health care ecosystem in which our learners and faculty can Learn, Grow, and Thrive. Watch this video showcasing faculty leadership.  


Download a two-pager flyer about F2, for clinical supervisors.  

Download a two-page flyer about the 2019 change in core clerkship grading. 

Toolbox for teaching clinical reasoning (associated with the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s Exercises in Clinical Reasoning series) 

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (contains resources for clinicians, educators, and researchers)


FAQ sheets about Clinical Immersive Experiences (CIEx) and IDS 113.