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Medical Student Courses

Below are brief descriptions of the coursework for medical students, as they apply to students interested in family medicine. For full course and schedule information, please visit the Med Student Portal. The Registrars' website is another good source of course information.

First and Second Year

Third and Fourth Year


First and Second Year


Foundations 1

Foundations 1 is the first phase (60 weeks) in which students draw upon core scientific information and principles to provide the highest quality patient care and to advance health care for future generations. The core scientific information and principles are distributed across six domains of science that contribute to promoting health and treating diseases of individuals and populations. For more information: http://meded.ucsf.edu/mse/foundations-1.


For Family and Community Medicine Electives available this quarter, please visit: http://meded.ucsf.edu/mse/first-and-second-year-electives.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities exist for UCSF students during the summer between 1st and 2nd year. These opportunities provide some funding for students to participate in a 4 week preceptorship and/or project in family and community medicine. They include the David Vanderryn Memorial Fund Summer Preceptorship Program, a Primary Care Leadership Academy (PCLA) Summer Internship, and Homeless Health Clinic Summer Projects program. For more information on these programs, please contact FCM Student Programs.


Third and Fourth Year

Clinical Studies

The Clinical Studies curriculum consists of the third-year core clerkships and fourth-year rotations. Building on the skills and knowledge developed in the Foundations 1 interdisciplinary blocks, Clinical Studies offers students a range of experiences and opportunities in the fields of medicine. All of these place new emphasis on connections across disciplines, on thematic learning objectives, and on student-directed discussion that follows clinical experiences. Throughout, the curriculum emphasizes student-directed learning, connections across disciplines, and competency-based education.


Longitudinal FCM 110

Family and Community Medicine 110 (FCM 110) is a required clerkship for third year students. Because both local and national data suggest that the optimal way to learn about primary care is in a longitudinal model, in 2017 we converted FCM 110 from a block rotation model into a longitudinal experience for all students. The longitudinal format for FCM 110 allows students to develop more meaningful continuity relationships with patients, preceptors and the clinical team over the course of third year. In the longitudinal model, students have a full day of clinic every other week over their entire third year so that they can provide primary care and see patients back multiple times over the clerkship. To supplement their learning, on weeks when students do not have a day of Family Medicine clinic, they participate in Family Medicine seminars to discuss key issues in primary care.

During FCM 110, students learn to diagnose, assess and manage acute and chronic outpatient conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and musculoskeletal concerns. In addition, students focus on preventive medicine, behavioral health and patient education. In the Bay Area, students are assigned to a combination of clinical practice sites including various Bay Area Kaiser locations, UCSF Family Practice Residency Program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, safety-net community health clinics, UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center outpatient clinics, John Muir Health Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and a Bay Area clinical practices.

Students’ schedules at all sites include one day of clinical sessions every other week for 12 months. Additional time every other week is devoted to interactive case based seminars. In addition, special curricular experiences during the clerkship include outpatient geriatric care and musculoskeletal workshops. Current UCSF students can access information on individual sites and clinics on the FCM 110 space on IRocket.


Longitudinal Structured ProgramsAnchor

While the majority of third year students will complete the year in the “block rotation” model in Bridges, a subset of students may elect to participate in UCSF’s structured programs, including Model SFGH, VALOR, PISCES, or KLIC. 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. PISCES, based at UCSF, and KLIC, based at Kaiser Oakland, are integrated programs that include FCM 110 and work in collaboration with core clerkships from other departments.In addition, Model SFGH, is based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and allows students to provide care to underserved populations in a safety net setting; while VALOR is based at the VA Medical Center and provides students with experience in caring US veterans.


Fourth Year Rotations

For Family & Community Medicine fourth year rotations, students can work as an outpatient sub-intern at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, San Francisco Free Clinic, or students can work as a sub-intern on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Additional fourth year rotations options include outpatient care experiences at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, John Muir Health Center, Natividad/Salinas and certain Kaiser sites. Through FCM, students may also arrange their own domestic or international rotations to work with a family physician in area of interest, including an urban or rural private practice, a community-based clinic or the Indian Health Service. Please contact FCM Student Programs for specific information on fourth year rotations and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for a good overview.