First- and Second-Year Electives

The list below documents electives that change from quarter to quarter. This is a partial listing; additional electives may be advertised on separate announcements or offered by other schools.

Supervised Study and Laboratory Project Course Offerings: Please see the Registrar's Course Catalog.

Sign up for Electives via your online study list on Registrar's SAA Portal 

MD Competencies referenced in elective listings: 

  • Patient Care (PC)
  • Medical Knowledge (MK)
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (PBLI)
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills (ICS)
  • Professionalism (Prof)
  • Systems-Based Practice (SBP)
  • Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) - indicated using the IP codes below

Inter-Professional Level of Learning2 referenced in elective listings: Adapted by Dr. Susan Hyde from Reeves S, Lewin S, Espin S, Zwarenstein M (2010) Interprofessional Teamwork for Health and Social Care. Blackwell-Wiley, London.

  • Interprofessional Education (I): Members (or students) of two or more health and/or social care professions engage in learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the delivery of care.
  • Multiprofessional Education (M): Members (or students) of two or more professions learn alongside one another; in other words, parallel rather than interactive learning.
  • Uniprofessional Education (U): Education that is undertaken by individuals within the same profession.

Fall 2022 (Winter 2023 elective information will be available in December)

Course number: Anesthesia 170.01A
Course title: Special Study Course
Faculty: Solmaz Manuel
Units: 0.5-1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, Room CSB (Clinical Sciences) 1102-1103 from 8/8-8/29; 1107-1108 from 9/12-11/18
Student coordinators: Anthony Phero, Bagieng Keophimphone, Donavon Sandoval-Heglund
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, Prof, IPC, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Emergency Medicine 170.13
Course title: Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Faculty: Sally Graglia
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm in rooms S-20/S-22 on the following dates: 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1
Student coordinators: Delaney Tevis, Harrison Tran & Sohini Halder
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.01A (Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Course title: MHC and Filipinx Health elective

Faculty: Ronald Labuguen
Units: 1.0
Student coordinator: John Cruz
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays 12:10-1pm; via Zoom (10/3-31)
MD Competencies: PC, MK, ICS, PBLI, ICS, Prof, IPC
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.01C (Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Course title: Medical Chinese Elective- Cantonese

Faculty: Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Student coordinator: Selina Xu
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays 12-1pm; via Zoom
Dates: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12.
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.01E (Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Course title: Medical Chinese Elective- Mandarin

Faculty: Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Student coordinator: Zhiyang Zhang
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays 12-1pm; via Zoom
Dates: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12.
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.02
Course title: Patient Interview Approaches to Communication and Engagement (aka Compassionate Care: The Art of Healing Communication)

Faculty: Shieva Khayam-Bashi & Tom McNalley
Units: 1.0
Student coordinators: Mohammed Siddeek, Chloe Sales & Seyvonne Ip
Day, time, location: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom (9/20-12/6)
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.03
Course title: Topics in Primary Care

Faculty: Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Student coordinator: Rachel Corren, Kweku Djan, Michelle Luu, & Andrew Contreras
Day, time, location: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm, Room N-721 (SON Building) (9/8-11/17; Fall kickoff event on 9/[email protected])
MD Competencies: PC, MK, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.04
Course title: Disability & Chronic Illness Advocacy

Faculty: Clarissa Kripke
Units: 1.0
Student coordinators: Haley Gamboa
Day, time, location: Wednesdays, 5:10-6pm, via Zoom, 9/7-12/7
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.08
Course title: Complementary Paths of Healing

Instructor:  Anand Dhruva, MD
Units: 1.0
Student coordinators: Kristi Wong & Aubrey Beck
Dates: September 26- November 28, 2022
Time/Day: Mondays, 6-7pm (9/26 session is 6:30-7:30pm in Room N-217 with Zoom option)
Location(s): Hybrid Class- Parnassus, N-217 w/ Zoom option
MD Competencies: PC, ICS
Inter-Professional Level: Multiprofessional Education

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 171.06
Course title: Forensic Evaluation and Education of political asylum seeker

Faculty: C. Kivlahan & T. DeFries
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, Room S-172, Dates 8/8-11/28
Student coordinator: Sana Alsamman
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: I

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 171.07
Course title: Harm Reduction and Addiction Medicine

Faculty: Dan Ciccarone
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm, Room TBD, Dates 8/16-11/15
Student coordinators: Mukund Raguram, Ashley Hua, Sherry Fu & Michelle Luu
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.10A
Course title: Homelessness & Health Inequities

Faculty: M. Vener, W. Shore, D. Wlodarczyk, J. Bamberger
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, Room TBD, Dates 9/26-11/28
Student coordinators: Youssef Sibih & Linda Cheng
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, Prof, IPC
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 184
Course title: Contemporary Issues in Latinx Health

Faculty: Manuel Tapia
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, Room TBD, Dates 8/15-10/31
Student coordinators: Pablo Suarez Poano & Rafael Lopez
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, MK, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Global Health Sciences 170.51
Course title: Global Health Interest Group Elective

Faculty: Mylo Schaaf
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, Location TBD
Student coordinator: Chika Ihenakwe
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course number: IDS 191
Course title: Advocacy Project Development for Anti-Oppressive Curriculum Medicine

Faculty: Denise Davis, Denise Connor, Andre Campbell
# of units: 1-4
Day, time, and location of the elective: As arranged
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, PBLI, IPC
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: I

Course number: Medicine 170.01B
Course title: Intro to Health Policy
(Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Faculty: Elizabeth Griffiths
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fridays, 12:10-1pm on the following dates 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, and 12/2; option to join via Zoom or in person Room CSB 1111
Student coordinators: Delaney Tevis & Andrew Contreras
MD Competencies: PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.01C
Course title: Narrative Medicine
(Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Faculty: Cindy Lai
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, dates TBD; via Zoom
Student coordinators: Anjali Walia & Anushka Walia
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, Prof
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course number: Medicine 170.01D
Course title: Bugs & Drugs: An Introduction to Infectious Diseases (Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Faculty: Brian Schwartz & Manjiree Karandikar
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, Oct 5-Dec 7; via Zoom
Student coordinators: Mirna Kalayjian, Melissa Chee, Lance Calaguas, Jennifer Choi
MD Competencies: MK
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: I

Course number: Medicine 170.01E
Course title: Brain Interest Group Elective (Topics in Clinical Neuroscience)
(Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Faculty: Alexandra Nelson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fridays, 12:10-1pm, in person & via Zoom, room CSB 1102/1103
Student coordinators: Hannah Silverman, Shweta Chawla, Mathieu Perez, Elizabeth Beutter
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: Medicine 170.01F
Course title: Oncology Interest Group Elective
(Listed as "Special Issues in Health Care")
Faculty: Emily Bergsland
# of units: 1.0
Dates: 9/23/22, 9/30/22, 10/7/22, 10/14/22, 10/21/22, 10/28/22, 11/4/22, 11/18/22. 12/2/22
Day, Time & Room Location: Fridays, 12:10-1pm, Zoom
Student coordinators: Zachary Neiman, Kevin Reyes, Kira Downey, Paul Wong
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Medicine 170.34A
Course title: Asian American Pacific Islander Health Disparities and Issues

Faculty: Cindy Lai
# of units: 1.0
Dates (10): 9/26/22, 10/3/22, 10/10/22, 10/17/22, 10/24/22, 10/31/22, 11/7/22, 11/14/22, 11/21/22, 12/5/22
Day, Time & Room Location: Mondays, 12-1pm on Zoom
Student name(s) and contact information (e-mail address): Jenny Tam, Arielle Ilano, Stephanie Ly, Miya Eberlein Linda Cheng
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.49
Course title: Native Health Elective

Faculty: Tasce Bongiovanni
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, virtual/via Zoom, Dates 8/17, 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/19, 10/26, and 11/2
Student coordinator: Dixie Blumenshine & Kaitlyn Julian
MD Competencies: ICS, MK, SBP, PC
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.50
Course title: Cardiology Interest Group: Review and Explore

Faculty: Binh An Phan
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12-1pm, Room CSB 1111
Student coordinator: Nirosh Mataraarachchi
MD Competencies: ICS, MK, SBP, PC
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: OBGYN 170.02
Course title: Unique Teaching Experience about Childbirth & Health (UTEACH)

Faculty: Rebecca Amirault, CNM
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm; 8/30-11/15; Room TBD
Student coordinators: Aishwarya Natarajan & Grace Hildebrand
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: OBGYN 170.03
Course title: Family Planning & Reproductive Choices

Faculty: Andrea Jackson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12-1pm, 9/28-12/14; Hybrid Zoom & in person
Student coordinators: Gabriela Gutierrez, Katarina Watson, Chantal Durgana
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: OBGYN 170.04 - Open to 2nd year students only
Course title: Ob-Gyn: Introduction to Procedures and Surgical Skills

Faculty: J. Lager, G. Pettigrew
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fridays, 12:10-1pm; Virtual on 9/9, 9/30, 10/21 & 11/4
In person: 12:10-1pm in the Anatomy Lab on 08/26; 2-4pm in the Kanbar Center on 09/16, 10/28; 1-3pm in the Kanbar Center on 10/07
Student coordinators: Alison Oh, Laksmita Candrisari, Neha Zahid
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: OBGYN 170.06
Course title: Black Health Elective

Faculty: J. Lager, A. Jackson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm; via Zoom. Syllabus here
Student coordinators: Yemi Lawrence & Kamden Gray
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Ophthalmology 160.01
Course title: Intro to Clinical Ophthalmology

Faculty: Neeti Parikh
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm; Room CL-221/222 (9/20-12/6)
Coordinator: Shelle Libberton
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, PC
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Ortho Surg 160.08
Course title: Intro to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R)

Faculty: K. Del Rosario
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:TBD
Student coordinators: Adrian Vallejo & Brandon Goenawan
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Pediatrics 170.01A (listed as Special Issues in Health Care)
Course title: Exploring Pediatrics

Faculty: Michele Long
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, 8/17-11/30, Rooms CSB 1102-1103
Student coordinators: Brandon Chu & Joanne Crandall
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC, ICS
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Pediatrics 170.01B (listed as Special Issues in Health Care)
Course title: Vietnamese Language

Faculty: Erica Lawson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm, via Zoom, 10/2-11/28
Student coordinators: Mai Vy Tran
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, PBLI
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Surgery 160.10
Course title: Cardiothoracic & Vascular Interventions

Faculty: Shant Vartanian
# of units: 1.0
Day, time & location: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom
Student coordinators: Aidan Pace & Mohammad Arammash
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC
Interprofessional Learning: M

Course Number: Surgery 160.15
Course title: Exploring Plastic Surgery

Faculty: Scott Hansen & Matt Lin
# of units: 1.0
Day, location & time of the clinic: All 12-1pm via Zoom: Tuesday, 10/18- Burn and Trauma Reconstruction; Monday, 10/24- Craniofacial surgery; Wednesday, 11/8- Breast Reconstruction
Student coordinator: Rael Lorenzo
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Surgery 160.16
Course title: OASIS Clinic Care Elective

Faculty: Scott Hansen
# of units: 1.0
Day & time of the clinic: Thursdays, 8am-12pm & 1-4:30pm; Fridays 9am-11pm
Location: OASIS Zuckerberg San Francisco General; 1001 Potrero Ave., Bldg. 5, 4th Floor, Suite 4C
Student coordinators: Catherine Nicholas & Jessica Hawkins
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP, PC, ICS
Interprofessional Learning: U