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Sunday, February 26 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
(SNOWBIRD) Launching a Complex, Integrated Curriculum: Lessons Learned from the UCSF Bridges Curriculum Staff Team

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Abstract Body: Objectives: In August 2016, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine launched the Bridges Curriculum. This novel approach to medical education prepares future physicians to address 21st-century challenges by leading health systems change in safety, quality, and patient satisfaction, and developing skills and knowledge in systems improvement, implementation science, data management, and interprofessional teamwork. The four integrated elements of the curriculum include: 1) the Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC) where students participate in a longitudinal immersion in clinical teams with a focus on developing direct patient care skills and engaging in institution-lead quality improvement efforts; 2) the Core Inquiry Curriculum (CIC), which gives students an opportunity to explore current, complex, and cutting-edge scientific or healthcare problems; 3) Foundational Sciences (FS), in which students come to understand and apply traditional basic sciences to the 21st-century practice of medicine; and 4) Assessment, Reflection, Coaching, Health (ARCH) Weeks, which focus on students understanding their competency development through holistically reviewing and reflecting on their performance. New learning strategies include: - Use of flipped classroom - Frequent low-stakes assessments - Physician coaches to support student learning in the clinical environment - Dedicated weeks for integrated assessment, reflection on competency development, learning planning, and attention to one’s well-being. - Adapted PBL learning format to explore the edge of known science - Criteria for assessing the “Inquiry Habit of Mind” At the end of the discussion, participants will be able to: - Describe the design and implementation of the Bridges Curriculum - Describe how integrated elements create a novel approach to medical student learning - Assess the benefits of coaches and assessment weeks - Describe how to make strategic choices for launching a complex curriculum - Identify lessons learned from the implementation of the new curriculum Methods: The session will begin with an overview of Bridges, structure of the first year, and the innovative elements (25 minutes). The presentation will include four members of the staff implementation team, each of whom will describe an element with regard to design, faculty involvement, and staff involvement. Participants in this session will receive a worksheet with a description of the elements. After the presentation, the facilitator will solicit questions from participants and the members of the implementation team will offer their insights (20 min). Intended Outcomes: As a result of attending, individuals will have insight into developing and implementing novel elements into a medical school curriculum. Target Audience: Those considering or implementing curricular change. 


Sunday February 26, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
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