Advising and Career Development

Career and Professional Development is a major goal for medical students while at UCSF, consisting of collaborative teamwork, self-directed learning, and reflective practice. Our comprehensive student support systems are unique to the curriculum in which students are enrolled.

Advising Model for Classes 2018 and 2019:

The Advisory College Mentors work with the Student Experience Team’s Academic Advisors to provide comprehensive general mentoring for all second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students. The Mentors support student academic and personal success and also help students in the early career decision-making. Academic Advisors, housed within the Medical Student Center, provide advising focused on academic support, entering and exiting the curriculum, clerkship selection and placement, and the residency application process. In the third year, students are also provided with one of the Bridges Coaches as an additional option for general support during that year.

Career Advisors within clinical departments provide advising focused on supporting each student's residency match. Below please find additional information about each of these advising system components.

Bridges Curriculum Advising Model for Classes 2020 and 2021:

Every Bridges student has a comprehensive support team. The team consists of the Bridges Coach, Career Advisors, and the Academic Advisor. The Coaches provide comprehensive general learning support and offer specialty advising focused on academic and personal success and early career decision-making. Academic Advisors, housed within the Medical Student Center, provide advising focused on academic support, entering and exiting the curriculum, Foundations 2 and Career Launch clerkship placement, and the residency application process. Career Advisors within clinical departments provide advising focused on supporting each student’s residency match. Below please find additional information about each of these advising system components.