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110  FCM Core Clerkship  (2 - 9 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of a pre-core clerkship medical student curriculum (Essential Core, Foundations 1 or Joint Medical Program)

Restrictions: Medical student       Activities: Independent Study, Web-based course work, Clinical Clerkship

A required core clerkship in Family Medicine where students learn to provide primary care in an outpatient setting. Under supervision and with instruction, students perform ambulatory visits for chronic care, acute care and preventive care.

140.04  Family Medicine Clinical Clerkship  (3 - 18 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Potter       Prerequisite(s): Completed core clerkships. Written objectives with specific plans. Consent of instructor. Third or fourth year medical student tanding.

Restrictions: Only medical students. Students must work with a family physician as primary preceptor.      

Students will work 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 students area of interest such as community oriented primary care, complementary & alternative medicine or maternal and child health.

140.10  Advocacy Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Renneker, E. Jamison       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment is restricted to 4th year medical students (but on special request, could include a 3rd year student, including from the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program)       Activities: Block Elective

A 2 week block elective for medical students to gain family medicine-based advocacy experience and clinical research skills. This curriculum will better equip them to help patients and families dealing with complex and life-threatening conditions who are seeking optimum care, or care that falls outside what is provided by standard medical practices.

140.12  Primary Care Leadership Academy Capstone Seminar  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: 4th year medical students or nurse practitioner students with instructor approval.       Activities: Seminar, Field Work, Project, Workshop

This course will allow Primary Care Leadership Academy (PCLA) students to 1) present and discuss their work on primary care projects and research; 2) visit selected innovative primary care delivery settings; 3) discuss current complex issues in primary care with experts in primary care innovation; 4) meet with local leaders in primary care to discuss leadership and advocacy strategies; 5) collaborate on the “big picture” for PCLA and plan outreach efforts for current and future students.

140.16  Care of Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities  (3 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Kripke, G. Collins-Bride       Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of 3rd year predoctoral medical coursework.

Restrictions: UCSF Students only; 4th year predoctoral medical students.       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

UCSF Students will be mentored by a clinician who provides care to medically fragile patients with developmental disabilities in the community. Services will be delivered in a number of settings, including group homes, clinics, and community sites. Students will partner with a community agency and self advocates to complete a health promotion or resource development project. Participants will develop skills in working with teams. Activities and placements will be designed based on interests.

140.17  PRIME-US Capstone Course  (6 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Hahn, L. Kimberg

Restrictions: This course is restricted to students in their final year of the PRIME-US program.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Students taking this course will review the core principles and practices of underserved care, acquire new leadership skills, and work together on community-based projects. As the culminating curriculum for PRIME-US, this course provides students with an opportunity to reconnect with their peers, renew their commitment to underserved care, and build a foundation for future leadership roles.

140.30  Advanced Family Medicine Clerkship in Ambulatory Care  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): FAM CM MED 110 PEDIATRICS 110 OB GYN R S 110

Restrictions: Must have basic skills in providing primary care and preventive care in an outpatient setting.       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

In this advanced elective in Family Medicine, students function as interns and assume a high level of responsibility in providing primary, preventive and acute care in an outpatient setting.

140.35  Advanced Ambulatory Family Med Clerkship/SF Free Clinic  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): 1) Med 110 2) ObGyn 110 3) 6 months minimum of longitudinal FCM 110

Restrictions: None       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

In this advanced elective in Family Medicine, students assume a high level of responsibility in providing primary, preventive and acute care in an outpatient setting at San Francisco Free Clinic.

140.40  Advanced Inpatient Clerkship  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Stafford       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110. For students who have done a longitudinal third-year curriculum (e.g. PISCES, KLIC), we strongly recommend completing an inpatient consult month (1B) before starting FCM 140.40. If you have specific questions about your level of preparation for this rotation, please contact Dr Margo Vener.

Restrictions: To enroll in this course, you must also have contacted Dr Vener and let her know that you are considering Family Medicine residency.       Activities: Block Elective

The Family Medicine Inpatient Service at SFGH employs a family medicine approach to the care of hospitalized adult patients with diverse medical problems. Students function as members of the multidisciplinary inpatient team at a junior intern level. Students review their patients with the attending daily. Teaching rounds are held daily and include weekly behavioral science and radiology rounds in addition to interactive small group teaching on core inpatient medicine topics.

140.42  Interprofessional Approaches to Integrative Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): S. Adler       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: This course is intended for 4th year medical students, but is open to any student at UCSF. Please contact course coordinator prior to enrolling in course.       Activities: Seminar, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Independent Study, Project

This two-week intensive course emphasizes both didactic and experiential learning, including a historical and cultural overview of integrative medicine, lecture-demonstrations by complementary & alternative medicine practitioners, and principles of ethnographic research relevant to clinical practice. Students will rotate through a variety of preceptorships at clinical integrative medicine sites, including those focusing on culturally diverse and underserved populations. (Enrollment minimum: 15)

140.45  Integrative Approaches to End-of-Life Care  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Adler       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: This course is intended for 4th year medical students, but is open to any student at UCSF. Please contact course coordinator for details.       Activities: Block Elective

This elective takes an integrative and interprofessional approach to relationship-centered EOL care, cross-cultural understandings of death, and the spiritual dimension of dying. Highlights include didactic and experiential core seminars, presentations by EOL care providers, hospice visits, and the exploration of personal understandings and transformational opportunities of EOL care through the discussion of literature, writing, and reflection. (ENROLLMENT MINIMUM: 15 STUDENTS)

140.47  Model SFGH Community Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Model SFGH       Activities: Block Elective

The Model SFGH Community Medicine elective is an experience in community health intended to complement the Model SFGH experience in care of underserved patient populations. Students will engage in clinical work, community projects, outreach and other experiences in the SF public health/safety net system. This course is open only to students who are currently participating in Model SFGH.

140.52  Rural Underserved Ambulatory Family Medicine - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Neves       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110, Surgery 110, Pediatrics 110, Ob/Gyn 110

Restrictions: None       Activities: Block Elective

Primary care at 2 Adventist Health clinic locations, one in Sanger and the other in Reedley. Both are in agricultural communities, approx 30-40 minutes South/East of Fresno. This ambulatory rotation includes pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, and chronic diseases. The Reedley Medical Center clinic is one of the rural training sites for family medicine residents. This clerkship offers students the opportunity to work with patients of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

140.53  Inpatient Medicine/Family Medicine - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): R. Tevendale       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110, FCM 110, fourth-year standing

Restrictions: none       Activities: Block Elective

Students function as subinterns on either inpatient general medicine or family medicine wards staffed by family medicine residents and core faculty supervision. This rotation includes extensive and comprehensive H&P's, patient rounds, research, and presenting cases to residents and faculty during morning report. Acute medical care consistent with the principals of family medicine is provided.

140.55  Palliative Care Medicine - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): L. Rodriguez Carranza       Prerequisite(s): n/a

Restrictions: Must be a 4th year medical student.       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

A primarily hospital-based clinical experience on the Palliative Service focused on the care of patients with serious, chronic and terminal illness emphasizing symptom management, communication, ethical issues, spiritual care and psychosocial support of patients and their families. Students will have the opportunity to care for patients with serious and life-threatening illness. Students will serve as a part of the palliative care team made up of an attending physician, fellow & nurse specialist

140.56  Rural Family Medicine OB/GYN - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Neves       Prerequisite(s): This course will be offered to 3rd and 4th year medical students in good standing.

Restrictions: Students must work with a family physician or primary care physician as their preceptor.       Activities: Block Elective

A four-week rural obstetric and gynecology rotation working with family medicine residents and faculty will provide a busy comprehensive experience in obstetrics and gynecology in a small community hospital located in Reedley, approx. 20 miles south of Fresno. Family-centered care is a collaborative effort with local OB/GYN faculty. Weekly didactics will be provided.

140.69  Migrant & Farmwork Health - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Padilla       Prerequisite(s): 3rd year core clerkships:Medicine,Pediatrics,OB/GYN,FCM.

Restrictions: 4th year medical students.       Activities: Block Elective

An immersion into the farmwork community in the san Joaquin Valley. Clinic work, course work on selected topics and cultural investigation will be expected.

140.70  Community Medicine in International Perspective  (6 - 18 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener, N. Hearst       Prerequisite(s): Conversational command of language of country of placement and consent of instructor.

A 4-12 week elective involving placement at a supervised primary care training and/or service site abroad. Placements will be made according to student interest and language capability, and according to availability of appropriately supervised sites, mainly in Latin America.

140.75  Yosemite Primary and Urgent Outpatient Care  (6 units)   Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Neves       Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required 3rd year core clerkships.

Restrictions: 4th Year Status       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Block Elective

This course will cover major topics and practical experiences in urgent and primary care in the wilderness. The Yosemite Medical Clinic in Yosemite, CA provides direct primary and urgent care to visitors and residents of Yosemite National Park, in an outpatient family practice setting. Students will participate in the Special Response Team to respond to emergency situations within the park setting.

150.01  Research in Fam Cm Med  (3 - 18 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Clinical epidemiology, health services, or behavioral science research approaches are applied in the study of selected areas in family medicine or community health.

150.02  Disparities Research in Underserved Populations - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): P. Mills       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Conference, Field Work, Laboratory, Project

This research elective will include both a didactic and operational introduction to disparities research methods in the demographically unique and underserved population of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) of California. In the course the student will be introduced to the nature of the local population served by UCSF Fresno, and will learn the basic methods necessary for successful completion of a research project in this unique population. The student will learn the fundamentals of research.

160.04  Transgender Health  (1 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Deutsch       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course introduces students to health challenges faced by transgender patients. With an emphasis on primary care considerations, lectures will discuss the components of transgender-inclusive healthcare. Through lecture, discussion, and a patient panel, student will explore: demographics, health disparities, primary care protocols, history of transgender medicine, surgical options, primary care for transgender youth, and critical research questions in transgender health.

160.10B  Preventive Health Care for the Underserved B  (1 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Vener

Restrictions: None       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

In the fall quarter, students will learn about preventive care and receive training on how to take blood pressures and heart rates, counsel patients on whether the blood pressure is at goal using national guidelines, and provide focused counseling on diet, exercise and recommended preventive care. In the winter, students will work with undeserved, diverse patients in the Family Health Center at SFGH to take blood pressures and counsel patients on preventative health.

160.10C  Preventive Health Care for the Underserved C  (1 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener

Restrictions: None       Activities: Seminar, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

Students will work with primary care providers at SFGH. They will serve as health coaches to patients to provide focused counseling on diet, exercise and recommended preventive care. They will also provide patient education on diabetes and hypertension. They will sit in on patient visits and will 'close the loop' at the end of the visit by using the ask-teach-ask technique. They will also help with patient follow up when appropriate.

170.01A  Special Issues in Health Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Explores in systematic (lecture/readings/discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to family and community health. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

170.01B  Special Issues in Health Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Explores in systematic (lecture/readings/discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to family and community health. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

170.01C  Special Issues in Health Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Explores in systematic (lecture/readings/discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to family and community health. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

170.01D  Special Issues in Health Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Explores in systematic (lecture/readings/discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to family and community health. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

170.01E  Special Issues in Health Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Activities: Lecture

Explores in systematic (lecture/readings/discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to family and community health. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

170.06  Program in Med. Educ. for the Urban Underserved - PRIME-US  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): L. Kimberg, E. Wilson       Prerequisite(s): Admission to PRIME-US

Restrictions: Only PRIME-US students      

This seminar provides the core didactic experience for students participating in the program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved program. The seminar features interactive teaching sessions with experts in the care of urban underserved populations and field trips to sites in the Bay Area that demonstrate health problems and/or solutions for urban underserved populations and communities.

170.07  Communicating with the Latino Patient  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): P. Braveman       Prerequisite(s): Medical student status.

Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

A practical course designed to develop basic skills in overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers to health care for Spanish-speaking persons.

170.08  Complementary Paths of Healing  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): S. Adler       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture

This introductory 1 unit P/NP course is open to all UCSF students and explores the general theory and practice of several widely utilized non-allopathic healing modalities with the aim of demonstrating how these therapies can be complementary to modern biomedicine. This is a student run elective that is held once annually, please check the SOM undergraduate electives page to verify when the course will be held: http://meded.ucsf.edu/ume/first-and-second-year-electives

170.10A  Homeless Health Issues  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): S. Jain, M. Vener, J. Tulsky       Prerequisite(s): N/A

Restrictions: N/A       Activities: Seminar, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

A survey course covering the broad spectrum of living issues (health care, drug addiction, HIV, shelter life, etc.) confronting the homeless population of San Francisco. The course will consist of work at a Homeless Shelter, with half the time in group discussion/seminar and half the time doing clinical work with patients at a shelter.

170.18  Caring for the Underserved  (1 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener, M. Hahn

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course is intended to raise awareness around important topics and issues concerning the care of underserved populations from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecture topics focus on the principles, practices and populations of underserved care. Lecturers reflect a diversity of health professions ranging from social workers, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other community leaders that work with underserved communities.

171.01  The Healer's Art  (1.5 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): S. Bromer, R. Remen       Prerequisite(s): 1st & 2nd year medical students.

Activities: Lecture, Workshop

Learning to strenghthen your humanity and remain open-hearted can make the difference between professional burnout and a fulfilling life. An opportunity to learn tools for self care, healing loss, finding meaning, strenghthening commitment and becoming a true physician.

171.03  Student AIDS Forum  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): R. Goldschmidt

Activities: Workshop

The Student AIDS Forum provides an introduction to issues raised by the AIDS epidemic through workshops, films, and panels. The Forum challenges students to think through these issues as preparation for working with people with HIV.

171.04  Integrative Medicine Forum  (1 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): S. Adler       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture

The Integrative Medicine Forum is a student-run, multidisciplinary community conference for current and future leaders in all areas of healthcare including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy. Through keynote addresses, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, attendees will examine key issues in alternative and integrative medicine.

172A  Legal Medicine  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Tennenhouse

Activities: Lecture

Fundamental legal principles and procedures affecting medical practice, with emphasis on medical negligence; the physician's role in the litigation process; the areas of medical practice which most frequently involve litigation; and practical measures to minimize the risk of lawsuit.

172B  Legal Medicine  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): D. Tennenhouse

Activities: Lecture

Fundamental legal principles and procedures affecting medical practice, with emphasis on medical negligence; the physician's role in the litigation process; the areas of medical practice which most frequently involve litigation; and practical measures to minimize the risk of lawsuit.

173.01  Nutrition in the Outpatient Setting  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

Nutrition has unique challenges in different cultural, socioeconomic, and age-stratified groups. The ability to understand these challenges and connect with patients to improve their nutritional health is covered in a way that is practical, personal, and can be applied directly to clinical practice. This course invites a variety of healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses, dietitians, physicians, etc), to share their perspective on how to approach nutrition in a variety of patient populations.

184  Contemporary Issues in Latino Health  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Tapia       Prerequisite(s): Medical student status.

Activities: Seminar

An introduction to demographic, political/economic, anthropologic and sociologic issues of importance for the health of diverse Latino subcultures in the US.

198  Supervised Study  (1 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Block Elective

Library research and directed reading under supervision of a member of the faculty with the approval of the chairperson of the department.