While on ambulatory months, residents provide direct clinical care in a diversity of settings and engage in small-group learning seminars with expert faculty building knowledge and skills in core and advanced topics in general medicine.
Clinical Care in a Diversity of Settings:
- In addition to providing primary care for their own panel of diverse patients in the integrated resident-faculty practice and learning core skills in housecalls, panel management and systems-based practice, residents choose from over 100 different elective clinic sites to further refine and develop their knowledge and skills in ambulatory medicine.
- Residents also can elect to have a second primary care practice at a community-based clinic caring for a specific, vulnerable patient population.
Social and Behavioral Medicine:
- Residents meet weekly in a small-group setting co-facilitated by a Division of General Internal Medicine (DGIM) faculty member and our on-site psychiatry faculty member. Through this interactive curriculum, residents gain knowledge and develop skills in patient-provider communication, treatment of psychiatric illness and substance use disorders, behavior change, addressing social determinants of health (including interpersonal and structural racism) and provider well-being.
- Residents gain knowledge and skills in community-based and legislative advocacy by engaging in an experiential advocacy project with the guidance of a DGIM faculty member including sessions on how to be an effective physician advocate as well as visits to both local and state-wide legislators to practice advocacy skills.
Research and Scholarship:
- All residents participate in monthly Journal Clubs facilitated by DGIM faculty members and can also elect to participate in the Resident Scholarship Program (RSP) led by these DGIM faculty.
- The RSP curriculum includes twice-monthly interactive sessions on research methods and works-in-progress coupled with weekly protected time to do individual project work.
- Residents are funded to attend the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting and are mentored to submit their scholarly work.
General Medicine Core Clinical Seminars:
- Weekly core clinical seminars round out the curriculum providing opportunities for learning of core internal medicine clinical topics in a small group, case-based format with expert clinical faculty providing instruction.
- PGY2 and PGY3 residents may elect to participate in the one of the UCSF GME Pathways.