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

Instructor(s): E. Brode, B. Wan       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.

130.01  CIEx - Outpatient Family Medicine Apprenticeship  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): • Students must have completed at least 4 sessions of FCM 110 and either OB/Gyn 110 or Med 110 clerkship. • Students must have a strong interest in primary care.

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. San Francisco Free Clinic provides free primary care and urgent care for uninsured individuals in San Francisco. Students will work with family physicians and general internists to provide ambulatory care to primarily adult patients.

130.02  CIEx - Family Medicine with Maternity Care  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): W. Mills       Prerequisite(s): Student must be in good academic standing and have an interest in a family and community medicine experience.

Restrictions: Foundations 2 students       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. In this course, students will engage in family practice with a specific emphasis on maternity care.

130.03  CIEx - Women's Health and HIV Care in Family Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): L. Pollock       Prerequisite(s): 1. Strong career interest in Family Medicine 2. Must have completed at least 4 FCM 110 clinic sessions

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Block Elective

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students will gain experience in the family medicine approach to HIV care and prevention among women. Students will work in the Women’s HIV Program at Parnassus, the Family HIV Clinic at ZSFG, and the National Clinical Consultation Call Center.

140.04  Off-Campus Clerkship  (3 - 6 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.       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

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.

140.16  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, Winter, Spring, Summer

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 Ambulatory Care Clerkship  (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 Care 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): A. Dhruva, 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)   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 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)

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

Instructor(s): S. Reddy       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

140.55A  Palliative Care Experience - Fresno  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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

Restrictions: Must be a 3rd year or 4th year medical student.       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This 2 week elective will focus on the care of patients with serious, chronic and terminal illness emphasizing symptom management, communication, ethical issues and psychosocial support of patients and their families. Students will spend time with the palliative care team made up of an attending physician, fellow and 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 - 9 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): N. Hearst, M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Field Work

A 4-6 week elective involving placement at a supervised clinical or public health training and/or service site abroad.

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

Instructor(s): V. Ohman       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.

140.76  Women's Health and HIV Care in Family Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): L. Pollock, M. Vener       Prerequisite(s): FAM CM MED 110

Restrictions: 4th year UCSF medical students only       Activities: Block Elective

This course will provide an opportunity for 4th year medical students to work with family physicians and gain experience in providing health care for women, care for patients with HIV, and care for families where one person or more has HIV.

140.78  Integrated Outpatient Farmworker Elective - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): R. Tsai       Prerequisite(s): Completion of Family Medicine Core Clerkship

Restrictions: n/a       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Field Work

During this four week experience, medical students will be exposed to a unique employer sponsored primary care practice, away from the traditional fee-for-service model. Trainees will learn about ways to impact and improve population health outcomes with interdisciplinary teams, see patients directly under supervision of our family medicine preceptors, and learn about the needs of an underserved and deeply grateful patient population consisting largely of agricultural workers and their families.

140.78A  Integrated Outpatient Farmworker Elective 2 weeks  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): R. Tsai       Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed at least 4 or more sessions of their FCM 110 continuity clinic during 3rd year.

Restrictions: n/a       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Field Work

During this 2 week experience, medical students will be exposed to a unique employer sponsored primary care practice in Delano or Lost Hills, away from the traditional fee-for-service model. Trainees will learn about ways to impact and improve population health outcomes with interdisciplinary teams, see patients directly under supervision of our family medicine preceptors, and learn about the needs of an underserved patient population consisting largely of agricultural workers & families.

150.01  Research in Family Medicine  (2 - 16 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Project, Direct - Field Work

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

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.

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

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

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - 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.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - 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.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - 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.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - 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): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Student - 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.

170.02  Patient Interview Approaches to Communication and Engagement  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener, S. Khayam-Bashi, L. Hill       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: First or second year students in the schools of medicine or nursing.       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

Students will review key topics in advanced patient interviewing to improve communication, engagement, and patient education skills during patient interviews. Students will interview patients at the bedside or in clinic while some classmates and instructors observe and provide feedback, suggestions and reinforcement of key points. Effective strategies for building trust, empathic listening, motivational interviewing and finding meaning in the shared provider patient relationship are explored.

170.03  Topics in Primary Care  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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

Restrictions: Open to students in the schools of medicine or nursing.       Activities: Lecture

Students will engage in discussion with speakers on various primary care topics including a day in the life of a primary care physician, women’s health, HIV care, care of vulnerable patient populations, etc. The course will follow a lecture/discussion format with presentations by visiting speakers followed by group discussion.

170.04  Disability and Chronic Disease Advocacy  (1 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Kripke       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course, created entirely by UCSF students and health care providers who themselves identify as having a disability or chronic illness, will increase awareness and support of disability and chronic illness on UCSF campuses, and take this learning forward into each student’s clinical practices.

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

Instructor(s): L. Kimberg, M. Hahn       Prerequisite(s): Admission to PRIME-US

Restrictions: Only PRIME-US students       Activities: Direct - Seminar, Student - Seminar

FCM 170.06 is a required elective for PRIME-US students that is taken a minimum of four times by each PRIME-US@UCSF student during the fall, winter, and spring of the first year of medical school and the fall of the second year of medical school and five times for PRIME-US@JMP students (times listed above and additional spring of second year.) Additionally, PRIME-US@JMP students and PRIME-US@UCSF students may take FCM170.06 again during Career Launch, at the discretion of the course director.

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

Instructor(s): A. Dhruva       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  Houselessness and Health Inequities  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Vener, J. Tulsky, W. Shore, D. Wlodarczyk       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)   Fall, Winter

Instructor(s): 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.

170.20  Engaging Communities in Health Outcomes (ECHO)  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Tapia       Prerequisite(s): Only professional students

Restrictions: MD students       Activities: Direct - Field Work, Student - Workshop, Student - Field Work

This course is focused on professional development skills-building in which medical students work directly with Family Resource Centers (FRCs) across San Francisco. This course focuses on community engagement/development as students will make recurrent site visits to the FRCs. During this course, students will co-facilitate at least two Health Coaching sessions, and strategize with colleagues and FRC community partners on how to develop curricular improvements for the following academic year.

170.25  San Joaquin Valley Prog. in Medical Education Seminar Series  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): L. Alving, L. Rolon       Prerequisite(s): Admission to San Joaquin Valley PRIME Program

Restrictions: only SJV PRIME students       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Students enrolled in this course are part of the SJV PRIME cohort and will participate in a longitudinal seminar series. Seminars will explore and discuss topics related to health disparities in the central San Joaquin valley.

171.01  The Healer's Art  (1.5 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): W. Shore       Prerequisite(s): 1st & 2nd year medical students.

Restrictions: Medical students only       Activities: Direct - Workshop, Student - Workshop

The Healer’s Art elective, a 15-hour discovery model process offers 1st year medical students the opportunity to bring more of their authentic self to the study and practice of medicine. In both large and small group formats both faculty and students explore time-honored values of service, personal relationships, humanism, reverence for life and compassion.

171.04  Integrative Medicine Forum  (0 - 0.5 units)   Winter, Spring

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

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Direct - Workshop, Direct - Conference

The Integrative Medicine Forum is a 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 complementary and integrative medicine. Focus areas included how integrative medicine can address practice gaps in clinical care and an in-depth review of current research in the field.

171.05  Longitudinal Primary Care Elective  (1 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Vener, S. Galewyrick       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: 1st year medical students only       Activities: Lecture

The Longitudinal Primary Care Elective is an experience in which first year medical students learn about the importance of primary care and continuity relationships. Students discuss the role of primary care and focus on key issues in preventive care. Using primary care cases, students practice essential elements of a primary care visit including: patient interviewing techniques, the hypothesis-driven physical exam, outpatient procedures, closing the loop, patient education and counseling.

171.06  Forensic Evaluation and Education of Asylum Seekers  (1 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Kivlahan, T. Defries       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

The course will empower students to both understand and act to alleviate the health challenges faced by displaced populations. Students will learn to conduct forensic medical and psychiatric evaluations of asylum seekers in the U.S. Students will apply skills learned during the elective by taking part in medical and psychiatric asylee evaluations in the clinic. The course will additionally host speakers who are leaders in refugee health and connect students with research opportunities.

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.

184  Contemporary Issues in Latinx 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.