Unlike traditional medical school content, Inquiry Curriculum teaches a “habit of mind.” Because of this, it takes place across the four-year Bridges Curriculum beginning on day one and culminating at the Inquiry Symposium. Each step of the four year curriculum advances the learner, first to a sophisticated consumer of biomedical science, and then to a producer of new knowledge.
Three Sequential Components of the Inquiry Curriculum
"Sophisticated Consumer of Research"
- Inquiry Cases
Weekly Throughout Years 1 & 2
"Six Domains of Understanding"
- Exploration & Community
- Skill-Building Workshops
Two Weeks in January of Year 1
"Independent Producer of Knowledge"
- Project Development
- Faculty Mentorship
- Independent Project
March of Year 4 - 12-20 weeks project time
- Browse scholarship from previous UCSF Medical Students presented at the Inquiry Symposium or online at Labspot.
- Search for student research funding in our database of opportunities.
- Find mentor and project discovery resources
- Connect for advising or support with Inquiry Faculty or Staff.