New UCSF med school curriculum emphasizes teamwork, quality improvement, IT

The University of California, San Francisco has unveiled a new medical school curriculum aimed at preparing doctors for the healthcare challenges of the 21st century.

Rather than the standard two years of basic science and two years of clinical training, both will be taught throughout the four years, according to UCSF. The curriculum’s three main elements are foundational sciences, clinical and systems applications, and inquiry, innovation and discovery.

Coursework will include data and reasoning to integrate technology and informatics into clinical practice, as well as the social determinants of health. Students will work on population health initiatives and helping patients better navigate the healthcare system.

One of the American Medical Association’s initiatives has been “reimagining” medical education for the future. It has teamed up with IDEA Labs, a student-run biotechnology accelerator that works with young entrepreneurs on healthcare innovations. 

Additionally, a new AMA policy states that telemedicine training should be incorporated at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as a core competency. Students at Stanford outlined in a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research how it could be woven into the curriculum.

To learn more:

- here's the UCSF announcement