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.

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:


For Family and Community Medicine Electives available this quarter, please visit:

Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities exist for UCSF medical students interested in family medicine during the summer between 1st and 2nd year. These opportunities provide funding for UCSF students to participate in a 4-6 week preceptorship and/or project in family and community medicine. They include the David Vanderryn Memorial Fund Summer Preceptorship/Project Program and a Primary Care Leadership Academy (PCLA) Summer Internship, including and Internship in Integrative Medicine for the underserved. For more information on these programs, please contact FCM Student Programs.


Third and Fourth Year

Clinical Studies

The Clinical Studies curriculum consists of the F2 third-year core clerkships and Career Launch 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.


Fourth Year Rotations

For Family & Community Medicine fourth year rotations, UCSF students can choose Sub-I experiences at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, San Francisco Free Clinic or the inpatient service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In addition, the UCSF Family Medicine Educational Alliance comprises 10 San Francisco Bay Area family medicine residency programs that offer 4-week clinical rotations in family medicine. Additional domestic and international elective rotations are also available with a family medicine physician in various sites which could include an urban or rural private practice, community-based clinic or the Indian Health Service. Experiences will focus on student's area of interest such as community oriented primary care, complementary and alternative medicine or maternal and child health. Contact FCM Student Programs for specific information on fourth year rotations and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for a good overview. More specific information can be found on the medical student CLE page under "Beyond the Clerkship" in the FCM 110 Course. For visiting students, the inpatient service is available. For more information about this opportunity, visiting students should contact Reina Delos Santos.


Longitudinal Structured Programs

In addition to the Bridges curriculum longitudinal FCM 110, there are some alternative choice longitudinal structured programs available for 3rd year students to cover this curriculum requirement. PISCES, KLIC, and Model ZSFG are integrated programs that include FCM 110 and work in collaboration with core clerkships from other departments.


FCM 110

FCM 110 is a required longitudinal clerkship, which is part of the F2 clinical core 3rd year curriculum. Students are assigned to one of the various sites around the Bay Area including: John Muir Health; a number of Kaiser sites such as Kaiser San Francisco; Kaiser San Jose; Kaiser San Mateo; Kaiser Napa/Solano; the UCSF Family Medicine Residency Program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore and a variety of other clinical practices in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Students will be taught the basic skills of diagnosis and treatment of the common problems of family practice. 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 didactic and interactive case based seminars, which include the management of common primary care problems in adults and preventive medicine, as well as issues of behavioral and social science in primary care. Special curricular experiences during the clerkship may also provide students with exposure to geriatric home care.
Please note that although most students will have most nights and weekends free, at some sites, working on weekends or evenings may be required. Please check your specific clinic assignment before making weekend or evening commitments which cannot be changed. Current UCSF students can access information on individual sites and clinics on the FCM 110 space on the CLE and/or can contact the FCM 110 Clerkship Coordinator.

Visiting Students

Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) Acting Internship

We offer a 4 week rotation for 4th year students, who have the opportunity to care for patients on our inpatient service with a high degree of autonomy. The Family Medicine Inpatient Service is an adult medical service providing acute adult inpatient care at San Francisco General Hospital. Our mission is to educate students and residents in family medicine with a focus on meeting the needs of economically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations. The rotation consists of three weeks with our day time resident teams, focusing on admitting and caring for patients over the span of their hospital stay, as well as a one week night rotation focused on admitting new patients to our service. Interested students may apply through VSAS. There is a scholarship available for students from underrepresented backgrounds; more information can be found at the VESP website. Please note that due to accommodating rotating UCSF students, most of our available rotation spots are in late fall/early winter. 

Applicants with questions about the rotation can contact service directors Margaret Stafford ([email protected]) and Cindy Saenz ([email protected]).