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 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/bridges/foundations-1.
For Family and Community Medicine Electives available this quarter, please visit: http://meded.ucsf.edu/ume/first-and-second-year-electives.
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
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.
For Family & Community Medicine fourth year rotations, 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 San Francisco General Hospital. 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.
In addition to the Bridges curriculum longitudinal FCM 110, there are some alternative choice longitudinal structured programs available for 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.
Longitudinal FCM 110 is part of the clinical core. Students are assigned to one of four main sites: Bay Area, Kaiser Rohnert Park, Kaiser Vallejo, or John Muir Health. 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 Hospital, UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore and a variety of other clinical practices in and around San Francisco.
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 iROCKET.