Bridges Bulletin
2021 Match Day Reveals Resilience of UCSF Medical Students 
As the class of 2021 prepared to learn how and where they will spend the next 3-7 years for their residency programs, students were excited and reflective about the past several years of their medical school careers. This class of students has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – not only because of their experiences caring for patients, but also because of changes in the residency application process, which included virtual interviews only this year, cancellation of all away rotations, and the rescheduling of board exams.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Faculty Equity in Assessment Checklist and Resources

This checklist was developed by the Assessment team in conjunction with Charlene Blake, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care; Meghan O’Brien, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and medical student focus group participants.The purpose of these resources is to outline good assessment practices and strategies to avoid harmful bias in assessments of students’ clinical performance. Though written assessments of student performance are important to document learning, provide feedback, determine achievement of expected objectives and milestones, and contribute to the residency selection process, research shows that assessments of performance commonly reflect biases that disadvantage women and learners from groups underrepresented in medicine (UIM). Faculty and resident adherence to best practices in learner assessment and conscious effort to avoid harmful bias are essential to assess all students fairly, accurately, and equitably.
Learning Module: Bias and Microaggressions in Feedback

This micro module helps faculty identify how bias shows up in feedback, understand the negative impact of biased feedback on learner performance, and recognize feedback statements that contain microaggressions.
Education CQI Highlight
Bridges Curriculum Undergoes Formal Quality Improvement Review

The newly revised Bridges Curriculum Component Review (CCR) will launch this month. The CCR is an educational continuous quality improvement initiative in which courses, clerkships, topics and programs receive the opportunity to undergo a formal review of their outcome data by a peer review team to identify strengths and best practices and informs next steps for improvement. The CCR, which replaces the prior Course, Clerkship and Program Review (CCPR) process, underscores curricular priorities, ensures optimal use of up-to-date outcome data, and improved accountability and decision making.

Improvements in Foundational Sciences in Foundations 2

The Foundational Sciences in Foundations 2 (FS-in-F2) course continues core foundational science learning of students while they are on clerkships, and applies the foundational sciences in a robust clinical context. Like many courses this past year, FS-in-F2 had significant changes to its curriculum caused by the COVID pandemic. The course leaders used this as an opportunity to make changes, guided by valuable input from students over the past two years.

Student ratings highlighted improvements in the overall course and clinical relevance of small groups, instructor teaching excellence, and the value of the preparation on interpreting appropriate diagnostic tests. Student comments underscored effective ways clinical faculty modeled application of foundational science to solve clinical problems. Student ratings also revealed that individual online lessons provide balanced clinical/foundational science content with useful multiple choice questions and explanations.
Awards and Honors
Mini-Grant Program for Interprofessional Learning

The PIPE Interprofessional Mini-Grant program provides support for pilot opportunities to encourage creative solutions that enable interprofessional learning. Recipients will receive a $1,000 stipend. An example of the type of program that would be funded would be an interprofessional elective for pharmacy and medical students to work collaboratively in outreach to high risk patients with complex medical illness who may be deferring needed acute or chronic care due to concerns about the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Featured Educator
We are pleased to announce that a new SJV Prime Fresno medical coach has joined our team:
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Richard Kiel, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, Fresno where he served as chief resident, and he completed his Adult Cardiovascular Disease fellowship at UCSF Fresno.
The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity Event Series
Event Date: March 24, April 7 and April 14
Event Details: Four-session series of cross-disciplinary events to discuss the origins of racial categories in medicine, the controversies surrounding its current use and practice, and future directions for incorporating a race-conscious approach into clinical care, medical education, and research in the context of advancing health equity across all of the UC academic medical institutions.
2021 Last Lecture with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong
Event Date: Tuesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Event Details: The students have spoken, and hundreds voted for Dr. Peter Chin-Hong to deliver the Last Lecture. Dr. Chin-Hong is Associate Dean of Regional Campuses. He specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and HIV+ organ transplant recipients.
Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting
Event Date: ~Nov. 8-10, 2021
Event Details: The AAMC will hold its annual meeting virtually again this year. Tentative virtual event dates are Nov. 8-10, and additional details of the plenary speakers and planned agenda will be provided in the weeks and months to come, with registration opening over the summer.

Note: Due to travel and budget restrictions, the office of medical education will not be providing professional development or conference support this fiscal year.