University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine


The University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine can trace its roots back to Toland Medical College, founded in 1864. UCSF became affiliated with the state university system in 1873.


4-yearmodern.Firstandsecondyears:Aseriesofinterdisciplinary block courses is offered. Basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences are integrated. Emphasisisplacedonstudent-directed,activelearninginsmall groups. Students have patient contact, learn physical exam skills, and explore issues of ethics and professionalism in the longitudinal Foundations of Patient Care course. Third and fourth years: In the last 2 years, various clinical departments provide 46 weeks of core clerkships, which teach students the basic techniques of clinical medicine. Also, in the third year, students participate in 22 one-half-day longitudinal clinic sessions. An additional 34 weeks of clinical and basic science courses must be elected from a wide range of offerings. There are numerous opportunities for students to engage in research.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: UCSF’s multifaceted program seeks to identify, recruit, and prepare disadvantaged students for careers in the health sciences. Included in these efforts are academic support services and counseling opportunities. Other degree programs: Dual-degree programs offering MS, MPH, and PhD degrees are offered for this purpose. MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines.


Minimum premedical science courses are required; biology should include vertebrate zoology. Mathematics, upper-division biological sciences, and humanities courses are recommended. Transfer and advanced standing: No students are accepted at any level.


ThegradingsystemusedisHonors/Pass/NotPass.Honors are not awarded in the first-year courses. The Student Screening Committee on Student Promotions assesses the performance of all students at the end of each quarter and recommends one of the following: promotion to the next quarter; promotion to the next quarter, subject to certain conditions; formal repetition of one or more quarters of work; or consideration of dismissal from the school. A passing total score must be recorded in Step 1 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year; Step 2 must be taken only to record a score. Teaching:Thefirstandsecondyearessentialcorecourses are offered at the Medical Sciences Building and the Health Sciences Instruction and Research Building. Core clinical instruction utilizes the UCSF Medical Center, which comprises the Herbert C. Moffitt/Joseph M. Long Hospital, the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center, and the UCSF Children’s Hospital; Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute; San Francisco General Hospital; and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, as well as other area hospitals. Other: There are 16 major research centers within the school:AIDS Research Institute, CancerResearch Institute,CardiovascularResearchInstitute, Center for Health and Community, Center for Reproductive Sciences, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hooper Foundation, Hormone Research Institute, Institute for Global Health, Institute for Health Policy Studies, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, and others. Library: The major portions of the library are housed in the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Library; there are nearly 800,000 volumes and nearly 9000 periodicals. Housing: The university operates Turk BoulevardApartments and Avenue Houses for single students, and Aldea San Miguel for families.

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