Our division has its hand in virtually every aspect of education at UCSF, with key leadership roles in many of them. A few examples:
Medical Student Education: Cindy Lai directs the medical student clerkships at the UCSF Medical Center. Cindy is the department liason for an innovative student curriculum known as PISCES, designed to replace the month-by-month 3rd year rotations with a longitudinal clinical experience. Our medical student rotations are among the institution’s most popular, and our faculty have published widely on issues in student education (such as "Postdischarge Follow-Up Visits for Medical and Pharmacy Students on an Inpatient Medicine Clerkship").
Residency Education: Two of the five Associate Program Directors for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program are hospitalists in our Division — Brad Sharpe and Sumant Ranji. The entire division is committed to and intimately involved in residency education. The medicine residency includes an innovative program called “Areas of Distinction” in which residents focus their training in the R2 and R3 year on an area of academic interest. Unlike some academic hospitalist programs, our residency and hospitalist program are entirely synergistic – the hospitalists are widely admired by our residents, and many of our residents choose careers in hospital medicine.
Fellowship: In 1998, we launched the nation’s first hospital medicine fellowship, and have trained a dozen fellows who have gone on to successful academic careers at UCSF and elsewhere. We offer 4 fellowships: a one-year hospitalist fellowship designed for future hospitalists who want additional training in quality, patient safety, medical education, basic research methods, and leadership (the Academic Hospitalist fellowship), a 2-year research oriented fellowship designed for those who envision research as a core part of their faculty positions as hospitalists (the Hospitalist Research fellowship), a fellowship in palliative care and Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship.
Continuing Medical Education: The Division sponsors the nation’s most popular university-based hospital medicine CME course, the Management of the Hospitalized Patient conference, which draws 700 hospitalists to San Francisco every October. We also host a hands-on, small group CME course, The UCSF Hospitalist Mini-College once or twice yearly. This is held on-site at UCSF Medical Center. Members of the Division participate in many other CME activities, including online patient safety CME through AHRQ WebM&M (the federal patient safety journal edited by members of our division), the Advances in Internal Medicine course, and the Internal Medicine Board review course.
In addition to these discrete areas, our faculty teach in many key areas, such as quality improvement, patient safety, leadership, clinical informatics, physical diagnosis, medical decision making, evidence-based medicine and much more. Finally, our education extends far beyond the walls of UCSF — our faculty give hundreds of lectures and hold workshops all over the country and the world, and many have led key educational initiatives for professional societies such as the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Society of General Internal Medicine.