Bridges Curriculum Overview

A new curriculum for a new era of medicine: transforming the future of healthcare

UCSF's approach to medical education engages students from the beginning of their training, in improving healthcare and answering some of the biggest questions in medicine. Launched in August 2016, the Bridges Curriculum helps guide students in mastering the skills they need to meet the challenges of 21st Century health care. The curriculum is a three-phase, fully integrated curriculum delivered over four years and comprised of Foundations 1, followed by Foundations 2 and Career Launch.

Below is a sample overview of the curriculum schedule. For most up to date information, please refer to the Course and Schedule Information page.  

Foundations 1 is 18 months in duration and consists of the Foundational Sciences Blocks, Clinical Microsystems Clerkship, Inquiry Curriculum, and ARCH weeks. Students learn foundational science, health system science, and principles of discovery.

Foundations 2 is 14 months in duration, in which students complete their core clinical clerkships, and have the opportunity to enroll in short electives, known as Clinical Immersion Experiences. Students also participate in Foundations Sciences in F2 day (IDS 113) and step out of clerkships one day every other week to reintroduce foundational science topics.

Students take the Step 1 exam after completing Foundations 2, and are allotted approximately eight weeks to prepare for and take these licensing exams.  

During Career Launch, students choose electives based on their career interest. This final phase of the curriculum lasts approximately 14 months, and includes a 30-week block, known as Deep Explore, when students complete a required scholarly project. Career Launch concludes with a clinical Capstone course that prepares students to successfully start their residency programs.

Foundations 1:

Summer Fall Winter Spring Fall

IDS 121A: Foundations 1

Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

Foundational Sciences: Ground School

Core Inquiry Curriculum

ARCH Week 1

IDS 121B:
Foundations 1

Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

Foundational Sciences: ABC (Airways, Blood, & Circulation); Health & the Individual

Core Inquiry Curriculum

ARCH Week 2

IDS 123A: 
Inquiry Immersion 1

IDS 121C: 
Foundations 1

Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

Foundational Sciences: REGulatioN (Renal, Endocrine, GI and Nutrition); Health & Society

Core Inquiry Curriculum

IDS 121D: 
Foundations 1

Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

Foundational Sciences: PHD (Pathogens and Host Defense)

Core Inquiry Curriculum

ARCH Week 3

IDS 122A: 
Foundations 1

Clinical Microsystems Clerkship

Foundational Sciences: Life Stages, BMB (Brain, Movement, & Behavior), DR (Diagnostic Reasoning

Core Inquiry Curriculum

ARCH Week 4

 

Foundations 2:

Winter Spring Summer  Fall January-March
Block 1 Clerkship  ARCH Week 5 ARCH Week 6 Block 5 Clerkship Licensing Exams 
Block 2 Clerkship  Block 3 Clerkship  Block 4 Clerkship Block 6 Clerkship

FCM 110 Longitudinal Clerkship

FCM 110 Longitudinal Clerkship FCM 110 Longitudinal Clerkship FCM 110 Longitudinal Clerkship

IDS 113A: FS-in-F2 Day

IDS 113B: FS-in-F2 Day

IDS 113C: FS-in-F2 Day

IDS 113D: FS-in-F2 Day