Clerkships with Continuity


While the majority of third-year students will complete the year in the “block rotation” model in the Bridges Curriculum, a subset of students may elect to participate in UCSF’s structured programs. Structured programs allow students to focus their clinical training on particular sites, and develop increased continuity with peers and patients in a community of interest.

Clerkships with Continuity

The Kaiser Permanente Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC) at Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center is a one-year program core clerkship using an integrated, transdisciplinary educational model. This longitudinal clerkship offers eight UCSF students an opportunity to train within the Kaiser Permanente integrated health care delivery system serving the diverse East Bay area.

The Kaiser Permanente Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (KLIC) at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center (KLIC-SF) is a one-year program for third-year UCSF medical students, launching in January 2019 given the success of the East Bay program. This longitudinal clerkship offers six UCSF students an opportunity to train within the nonprofit, integrated, managed care system that is often viewed as the health care model for the future.

Model SFGH is a structured program based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the safety net health system. Through continuity experiences in Model SFGH, students gain experience in providing health care for highly diverse, urban underserved patients; learn to successfully navigate the public health care system; and gain insight into the strengths and challenges facing vulnerable patient populations in our community. Twenty-five students participate annually.

PISCES (Parnassus Integrated Student Clinical Experience) is a longitudinal integrated clerkship that offers 16 UCSF students the opportunity to learn one-on-one from faculty in each of the core disciplines by having scheduled clinical sessions over the span of the entire year. This allows students to engage in patient centered care as they build and follow their own cohort of patients in each of the disciplines over the course of the year. In addition, there are scheduled inpatient weeks in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Labor and Delivery as well as opportunities for clinical immersion experiences that allow for further career exploration. 

Watch a video that provides an overview of PISCES.

VALOR (VA Longitudinal Rotations) is a structured clerkship program based at the San Francisco VA Health Care System that uses principles of continuity to take advantage of the numerous educational benefits that the VA system offers to our students. Eighteen students participate annually.