Resources for Residents and Fellows New to UCSF

Welcome to UCSF Graduate Medical Education!

Below is a list of resources that we think will help you as you learn more about UCSF and the resources available to you. Please take some time to look through these documents and websites as well as the GME website for even more important information and resources to support your education and work at UCSF.

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Blumberg Loans: The Blumberg Loan is an interest free loan that was established through the Office of Graduate Medical Education (OGME) to financially assist UCSF residents and clinical fellows. Residents and clinical fellows may request a loan from a month prior to start date through five months prior to end date. The loan may be in the amount of $1,200 or $2,400 and is repaid through payroll deductions. For more information, go to


Campus Life Services: UCSF Campus Life Services provides a variety of services to the UCSF community to “make life better here.” These services include Family Services, Fitness & Recreation, Housing, Office of Sustainability, Transportation, and Wellness & Community, and more. Please go to for more information.


Childcare and Family Resource: UCSF offers employees, including residents and fellows, limited onsite childcare, backup childcare, access to SItterCity, and other resources. Please go to for more information.


Collective Bargaining Agreement: The residents and fellows at UCSF are represented by Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), SEIU Healthcare. The current collective bargaining agreement between CIR and UCSF may be found at


Disability Management Services: The Disability Management Services team provides resources and information to students, staff, faculty, and trainees navigate campus facilities and systems to obtain accessibility information and request appropriate campus disability accommodations. For more information, go to


Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: The UCSF Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides UCSF employees, including residents and fellows, confidential psychological counseling and consultation services. UCSF FSAP Brochure


FastPay: FastPay allows you to use your UCSF ID badge to make food purchases at UCSF retailers. Please go to for more information.


Fitness & Recreation: UCSF offers a wide array of health and wellness programs to UCSF employees, including fitness centers at Mission Bay and Parnassus, outdoor programs, recreational sports, and more. Residents and fellows are eligible to purchase fitness center memberships. Please go to for more information.


Flexible Spending Accounts: Residents and fellows may elect to sign-up for dependent care and healthcare flexible spending accounts, which allow the employee to put aside pre-tax dollars to use for eligible healthcare and/or dependent care expenses. For more information, go to 


GME Events and Calendar: The Office of GME hosts many events, workshops, and educational opportunities for the UCSF graduate medical education community. These events include monthly Grand Rounds, GME College, and more. Please go to for more information.


GME College: The GME College is a forum for residents, fellows, health professions learners, and faculty to learn about core topics in graduate medical education. The GME College serves not only as a curriculum in and of itself, but also as an opportunity to observe model curricula in action and to discuss with content and curricular experts, ways to adopt, build, and adapt curricula into training programs. For more information, including past workshops and the calendar of upcoming sessions, go to


GME Grand Rounds: The Office of GME sponsors monthly Grand Rounds for residents and fellows, via Zoom, the third Tuesday of the month from 12pm to 1pm.  Topics are relevant to trainees in all specialties and all are encouraged to attend. For more information, including recording of past presentations and the calendar of upcoming sessions, go to


GME Pathways: The GME Pathways Program is a multi-disciplinary, interprofessional program for residents and fellows that supports the pursuit of inquiry and innovation. Pathways trainees are provided with a mentoring community and opportunities to explore academic disciplines through courses and scholarly projects. 

GME pathways Website

GME Pathways 2021-2022

GME Pathways Application 


Health and Insurance Coverage: As UCSF residents and fellows you are offered a rich package of coverage, including health (HMO or PPO), mental health, vision, dental, and disability. Please go to for more information.


Hot Topics for Physicians to Comply with Joint Commission: Please review the following document to become more familiar with important Joint Commission rules and regulations. Physician Hot Topic e-version


Housing Resources: Residents and fellows are eligible for UCSF campus housing. Housing Services also provides resources for locating off-campus housing. Please go to for more information.


Housestaff Information Booklet: The Housestaff Information Booklet contains all UCSF GME policies. To access the Booklet, please go to


Interpreter Services – UCSF Health: UCSF Health requires the use of qualified professional interpreters for patient care. Please review the following document to learn how to access a qualified professional interpreter: Interpreter Services Helpful Hints GME Orientation


Interpreter Services has prepared a tool to identify someone’s preferred language for discussing healthcare, which will aid in determining whether an interpreter is needed. Preferred Language ID Card


Residents and fellows who think they could be certified as bilingual to communicate with patients should review the following document: Bilingual Pocket Card


Lactation Resources: The UCSF Lactation Accommodation Program is committed to helping lactating members of the UCSF community return to work and continue to provide milk. For more information on how to register for the program, a list of lactation rooms (and how to make reservations for those in which they are needed), and additional resources, please go to


Medical Student Assessment: Residents and fellows play an integral role in the education and assessment of UCSF medical students. For more information on the medical student assessment program, please review:

Resident Roles in Teaching, Feedback and Evaluation PDF

Resident Roles in Teaching, Feedback and Evaluation Presentation by Dean Hauer

Feedback Loop Graphic

BBOT Feedback Samples


Office of Diversity and Outreach: The Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO) serves as a campus leader in building diversity across all aspects of the UCS mission. Services include, CARE Advocacy Resources & Education, Multicultural Resource Center, Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, LGBT Resource Center, and more.

ODO at a Glance

The Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative


Office of Sponsored Research: The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) provides expert administrative support to all UCSF researchers, including residents and fellows.  OSR Info-graphic


Parking at UCSF: Residents and fellows are eligible to purchase HS parking permits for PayByPhone single-day parking permits for parking at various UCSF Campuses. Please go to for more information.


Primary Care for Residents and Fellows: Residents and fellows should make sure they select a primary care provider. For assistance in selecting a primary care provider, go to the "Primary Care Access" section on


Radiology Safety at UCSF: UCSF Health has important radiology safety and quality guidelines. Please review the following two documents. Contrast + Safety Update for Trainees


REFLECT Program: The Residents and Fellows Leading Interprofessional Continuous Improvement Teams (REFLECT) Program. UCSF residents and fellows work to achieve UCSF Health True North priorities both with all-program goals and program-specific goals. The all-program goals are selected each year by UCSF Health and Office of GME leadership, while residents and fellows are coached and mentored by expert faculty to develop and lead program-specific goals. For more information, go to 


Resident and Fellow's Council: The Resident and Fellow's Council is a group of residents and fellows who seek to contribute to the shaping of policies governing physician and patient life at UCSF as well as to be active in improving quality and value for their patients and peers. To find out how to get involved and for more information, go to 


Retirement Benefits: Residents and fellows automatically contribute on a pre-tax basis to a Defined Contribution Plan for Safe Harbor (in lieu of social security). In addition, residents and fellows may elect to contribute to a 403(b) plan. For more information, go to


Safety and Security Awareness Guide: The UCSF Police Department Safety and Security Awareness Guide provides information on how to increase personal safety and tips on cyber security, preventing ID theft, auto safety, sexual assault and prevention, and active shooter situations, and more. UCSF Police Safety and Security Awareness Guide 


Salary and Housing Allowance: Annual salary is based on a resident or fellow's year in their program. Residents and fellows are paid, salary and housing allowance, on the first of each month. Post-graduate year (PGY) and salary for each resident and fellow may be found in their individual contract letter issued by their program. The annual salary scale and housing allowance are available at


Student Financial Services: For more information, go to


Transportation Resources: UCSF Transportation provides services to meet the transportation needs of the UCSF community, including parking, shuttles, pre-tax commute savings program, alternative transportation options, and bike racks and permits. Please go to for more information.


UCSF Mobile App: The UCSF mobile app provides real-time information, including shuttle arrivals/departures, parking information, and more. Please go to for more information.


UCSF Police Department: The UCSF Police Department is committed to making UCSF a safe place to live, work, study, and visit. Please go to for more information.


Well-Being and Mental Health Resources: UCSF has many well-being and mental health resources available to residents and fellows. Please go to for more information.