Core Inquiry Curriculum Small Group Facilitators

Core Inquiry Curriculum 2021-2022

Small-Group Facilitator Sessions for Summer and Fall 2021

We are seeking facilitator’s to teach in the 2021-22 Core Inquiry Curriculum (CIC). UCSF medical students first learn what we call the “inquiry habit of mind” in the CIC, to challenge current concepts of health and disease, and with your guidance, to create new knowledge wherever they find a gap. These skills will serve them throughout their lifelong careers in medicine, whether that be in clinical practice, research, or another type of service.

We are currently recruiting for the summer and fall 2021-22 quarters and please note that all small group sessions will be in person (both faculty and students – NO exceptions per the Dean). Please see below for the dates and times of the CIC small group sessions with the MS1s and MS2s. Please note that you do not have to volunteer for every block (continuity is desirable but not required). Preceding each small group there will also be an optional facilitator training.  Please contact for more information.





Ground School (GS)

  • Session #1 on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 1:30-3:30pm
  • Session #2 on Monday, August 23, 2021 from 1:30-3:00pm

121B Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Part 1 (ABC1)
  • Session #1 on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 1:30-3:00pm
  • Session #2 on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 8:30-11:30am
  • Session #3 on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 10:30am-12:00pm
  Health & Individual (H&I)
  • Session #4 on Monday, October 25, 2021 from 1:30-4:00pm
  • Session #5 on Monday, November 1, 2021 from 2:00-3:30pm
  Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Part 2 (ABC2)
  • Session #6 on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1:30-3:00pm
  • Session #7 on Monday, November 22, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Session #8 on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Session #9 on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 8:00-9:30am
122A (MS2s) Lifestages (LS)
  • Session #1 on Monday, August 9, 2021 from 2:00-3:30pm
  • Session #2 on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Session #3 on Monday, August 23, 2021 from 8:30-10:00am
  • Session #4 on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Session #5A on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 8:00-10:00am
  • Session #5B on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 8:00-10:00am
  • Session #6 on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Session #7 on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 9:30am-12:00pm

The goal of the Inquiry curriculum is to train medical students to develop an inquisitive habit of mind, challenge current concepts, and create new knowledge—skills critical for the success of the 21st Century Physician. We aim to help students shift from the conception of medicine as a series of facts to be learned from textbooks or didactics, to a vision of medical practice as consistent engagement with an ever-evolving and imperfect body of knowledge.

You would precept student-led PBL sessions in which students explore cases in a student-led, open-ended fashion, with no “right answers." Additionally, you would lead journal club sessions and problem-based exercises in evidence-based medicine, in which students will use inference, Bayesian reasoning, and scientific and biostatistical principles to reason answers to problems. It should be fun!

Faculty Benefits:

  • Opportunity to get to know a group of medical students longitudinally during their first 18 months of medical school
  • Opportunity to help shape and refine an innovative curriculum for the 21st Century Physician
  • Learn new teaching skills
  • Engage with cutting edge problems facing 21st-century care
  • Gain valuable teaching experience

CIC Facilitator Requirements:

  1. Passion for teaching early-stage medical students
  2. Interest in exploration and discovery of cases using a PBL-format
  3. Commitment to continuous learning and improvement of the emerging Core Inquiry Curriculum
  4. Eagerness to gain volunteer teaching credit, experience and recognition
  5. Availability for 4-7 consecutive Monday afternoons (1.5 -2.5 hours) during 1 (or more) Foundational Sciences blocks, shareable with a partner.