The UCSF School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in evidence-based, innovative educational programs. 

We view medical education as a public good, responsible for preparing the workforce to improve the health of our communities and reduce suffering for our patients. To that end, the school provides outstanding support to develop, innovate, and continually improve scholarship by offering high quality educational programs across the continuum from pipeline programs to continuing medical education and faculty development.

Achieving this goal means that we, as leaders in education, must continuously surveil the environment and adapt our teaching to ensure that physician graduates are fully prepared to address and eliminate the health care challenges of the 21st century. The goal is to educate physician graduates are perfectly prepared to lead, serve, learn and thrive in the world of medicine that will exist when they are ready to enter practice eight to 10 years down the road.

Through the work of our talented faculty, an ethos of continuous improvement and a spirt of inquiry, the School of Medicine’s Bridges Curriculum was designed to amplify the enduring qualities of the very best of San Francisco’s practicing physicians:  compassionate, accountable, and expert. In addition, Bridges was created to help physicians master emerging competencies in interprofessional team-based care, measurement and continuous improvement, and continuous learning through inquiry. These new competencies will help our physicians meet the health care needs of our increasingly diverse patients.