Bridges Bulletin
Bridges Curriculum Enters Year Two of COVID Response
As the Delta variant has driven a spike in COVID infections, the Bridges curriculum has had to adapt to this rapidly changing situation. To protect our students, in addition to our faculty and staff on whom our patients depend for care, our plan for Bridges for the Fall Quarter 2021 is as follows:
  • Large group lectures will be held remotely, either synchronously or asynchronously, per course leadership
  • Small group sessions (including CIC, CMC, Foundational Sciences, etc.) will be held in person
  • Anatomy lab will be held in person because of enhanced ventalitation
  • All indoor, in-person educational activities will require masking
  • Consuming food/drink will not be allowed for any indoor in-person educational activities
  • Clinical activities will continue as they have over the past year, following the guidance of the hosting clinical facility/institution
Save the Date: Virtual White Coat Ceremony - Sept. 17

Please join this year’s incoming class of UCSF medical students for the White Coat Ceremony marking their rite of passage into the medical profession. Because of the recent surge in COVID cases, this year's White Coat Ceremony will be held virtually, and is tentatively scheduled to take place on September 17, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m. In addition, students will participate in small White Coach Ceremonies in person in their coach groups
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Laeesha Cornejo
Jazzmin Williams
Medical Students Win UCOP Leadership Awards for Anti-Racism Efforts

Fourth-year medical students Laeesha Cornejo and Jazzmin Williams received the University of California President’s Awards for Outstanding Student Leadership at the July 2021 UC Regents meeting.

While in their busy medical school clerkship year Laeesha and Jazzmin became increasingly aware of racism witnessed and experienced by medical students and exacerbated during the COVID pandemic. They recognized that faculty remain unprepared to respond to learner feedback around racism. Despite a full clinical learning schedule, they developed a powerful workshop that they delivered to over 50 faculty in a short time to enhance preceptors’ ability to role model anti-racism behavior and embody a growth mindset when receiving feedback from learners and colleagues. With initial positive response by faculty to the student-led workshop, this year, the students, collaborating with faculty, are taking the lead to present the workshop to additional UCSF longitudinal clerkship programs and hope to scale the workshop and adapt it more broadly to medical school educators across the country.
Featured Educators
New Joint Medical Program (JMP) Instructors
The JMP program has hired five UCSF faculty to teach clinical skills to the UC-Berkeley-UCSF JMP students while they are at UC Berkeley.
Katherine Brooks, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine
JMP Clinical Skills Mentor
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
JMP Clinical Skills Mentor
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
JMP Clinical Skills Development Lead
Gaspar Rivera, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
JMP Clinical Skills Mentor
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
JMP Clinical Skills Mentor
Education CQI Highlight
Small Group Student Assessment Procedures Get Overhaul

Led by Marieke Kruidering, PhD, the Small Group Leader Assessment Education Continuous Quality Improvement (ECQI) Working Group embarked on an effort to develop procedures to improve the completion and quality of small group facilitator assessments of students. The group, which consisted of Foundations 1 faculty and staff, recommended early and frequent communication about assessment expectations, dedicated small group leader time to complete assessments, quality control of narrative feedback, and use of incentives to improve quality of small group leader assessment. F1 Operations Committee and the Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluation teams will work together to put these recommendations into action and ensure that students achieve the communication, teamwork and self-learning skills fundamental to small group learning and necessary for future practice.
Simulation at UCSF Mini Symposium

Event Date: Tues., Sept. 14, 2021
Event Time: 12:00- 4:00 p.m.
Event Details:  A celebration of the Baum Family Simulation Faculty Scholars and the 10th Anniversary of the Kanbar Center for Simulation with a mini-symposium over zoom. 
Academy of Medical Educators Celebration of New Members

Event Date: Wed., Sept. 29, 2021
Event Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Event Details: Celebrate the virtual induction of school-wide faculty to AME. Excellence in Teaching Awards that recognize and honor faculty members who teach medical students, residents, and fellows at UCSF will also be presented.
Apply Now: Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellowship

Application Deadline: Fri., Oct. 1, 2021
Details: This program provides young doctors with a new track to pursue scientific training. Training future physician-scientists to converse fluently in the languages of science, computational biology, technology, and medicine will be integral to posing the right questions, solving medical challenges, and transforming current paradigms of patient care. 
Clinical Microsystems Clerkship Health improvement Symposium

Event Date: Mon., Oct. 25, 2021
Event Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Event Details: The annual symposium showcases students' quality improvement projects completed as part of their Clinical Microsystems Clerkship. This program involves 16 months of immersion in an inter-professional, team-based clinical environment, where they learn clinical skills and complete a longitudinal health systems improvement project to address urgent health care challenges.
SOM Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony

Event Date: Tues., Oct. 26, 2021
Event Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Event Details: The Center for Faculty Educators (CFE) hosts a virtual ceremony for UCSF School of Medicine Distiguished Teaching Awards. These awards are presented to UCSF teaching faculty and volunteer clinical professors who have made significant contributions through excellence in teaching and in the field of medicine.