The UCSF MSTP not only provides students with excellent medical and graduate training but also interweaves the two into a cohesive but flexible program of study. Here are some of the highlights:
MSTP Grand Rounds at Mission Bay Gladstone Institutes
MSTP Students wanted to have a dinner-time series that kept their clinical gears churning while in grad school. With the generous support and funding from Robert Edwards and MSTP, we are moving through our fourth year of this series, inviting clinical faculty to present a clinical case. At each step of the case presentation, MSTP students brainstorm to figure out what the differential diagnosis is, what labs we might want to order, what physical exam findings we are looking for, etc. After we collectively diagnose the patient, there is a short discussion on therapy for the problem and then a 10 minute discussion on the molecular pathogenesis of the disease. Grand Rounds will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 5 pm. This series has been one of the most consistently popular MSTP programs over the past two years.
Medicine 160.04 (Medical Science and Clinical Problems):
This elective course was designed specifically to maintain the clinical skills and interest of trainees during their graduate years of the MSTP.
The goal of this course is to continue the clinical activities throughout graduate training. This course will enhance the students' understanding and appreciation of clinical problem solving and patient care with hands-on experience. It is hoped that strong mentor-student relationships will develop and give trainees future role models upon which to base their careers as physicians and scientists.
The course consists of 12-24 hours of clinical contact (ward rounds, clinics, etc.) in clinical departments chosen by the student during each of six quarters during the graduate years.
Each trainee will be evaluated by their chosen mentor and the mentor evaluated by the student. Evaluations will be kept on record in the MSTP office.
Faculty members of basic science and clinical departments will discuss their current research activities in this advanced lecture, seminar, and reading course designed for students interested in medical research. The course will emphasize analysis and critical evaluation of biomedical research. 2 Units.
This course begins the first week in October and meets on Thursdays from 12-1pm.
Speakers are either MSTP or medical students at UCSF.
The speaker spends the first 30-40 minutes presenting an important published paper and then spends the last 15-20 min talking about the implications and future directions of the research presented.
This format introduces students to exciting research and provides the opportunity to practice presentation skills and prepare for speaking to a broad community.
The paper being presented is sent out by email a week in advance. Attendees are encouraged to read the paper.
All UCSF faculty are welcome.