Opportunities for Students

Interprofessional Collaboration Scholars Program

PIPE is excited to announce the launch of the UCSF Interprofessional Collaboration Scholars (IPCS) program! This is an opportunity for UCSF health professions students to engage in further interprofessional collaboration activities and scholarship, through small group work, simulation, projects, scholarship, and interprofessional clinical immersion experiences.  To learn more, visit the IPCS CLE website. Please email Angel Kuo ([email protected]) for more information.

Elective & Clinical Opportunities

Numerous elective courses, clinical experiences and volunteer opportunities exist at UCSF to allow students to tailor their interprofessional education experience to their interests and professional goals.

If you would like to have your course listed in the UCSF course catalog with an IPE designation please click here for more information.

If you would like to get involved with any of these elective or clinical opportunities, please reach out to the contacts below or review the course catalog.

Please contact [email protected] if you have an elective or volunteer opportunity to add to this list!

FAM CM MED 160.04 Trans and Gender Expansive Health

Winter 2024 

Course Description: This course introduces students to health challenges faced by transgender patients. With an emphasis on primary care considerations, lectures will discuss the components of transgender-inclusive healthcare. Through lecture, discussion, and a patient panel, student will explore: demographics, health disparities, primary care protocols, history of transgender medicine, surgical options, primary care for transgender youth, and critical research questions in transgender health.

Faculty: Maddie Deutsch & Abby Cobb-Walch

Schedule: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom (1/11-3/14)

FAM CM MED 172B Legal Medicine

Winter 2024

Course Description: Fundamental legal principles and procedures affecting medical practice, with emphasis on medical negligence; the physician's role in the litigation process; the areas of medical practice which most frequently involve litigation; and practical measures to minimize the risk of lawsuit.

Faculty: Dan Tennenhouse

Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:10-7pm via Zoom (1/9-3/12)

MED 170.01F Geriatrics & Palliative Care (Listed as Special Issues in Health Care in the course catalogue)

Winter 2024

Course Description: Explore in systematic (lecture/reading/small group discussion) format new issues in health care or special content areas related to medicine. Topics are developed and prepared according to faculty-student interests.

Contacts: Faculty-Joanna Sharpless (Cindy Lai in Course Catalogue) and Student coordinators - Ellie Hough, Sophia Chan, Sophia Zupanc, Sakshi Sharma

Schedule: Wednesdays on Zoom, 12-1pm (January 17th, January 24th, January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, February 28th, March 6th, March 20th, March 27th)

Opioid Overdose Prevention Workshop 02/10/2024

Qualtrics link for registration. While this event is FREE, pre-registration is required. 

COSA’s Substance Use Disorder Project and the UCSF Harm Reduction & Addictive Medicine (HRAM) interest group are excited to invite you to our interprofessional OPIOID OVERDOSE & NALOXONE TRAINING WORKSHOP! The opioid crisis in San Francisco continues to grow throughout the pandemic and this is an area that we, as health professionals, can play a role in mitigating. 

Our comprehensive training provides in-depth and hands-on practice to better prepare you to respond and take action in such scenarios. By the end of this workshop, you will gain a general understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic in SF, learn harm reduction strategies, and receive new insights through an IPE discussion on stigmas surrounding opioid use. 

Featured guests include local first responders and a survivor in long-term remission who will share their personal experiences surrounding opioid use disorder and/or overdose.

This IN-PERSON workshop will be held at UCSF Parnassus (limited capacity) on Saturday, February 10th from 8:00AM-12:00PM. All UCSF Health professional students, faculty, and affiliated providers are welcome! Narcan kits and fentanyl test strips will also be given out to attendees if desired. 

Contact: [email protected]

Clinical Geriatrics
This elective explores geriatric medicine and how multiple disciplines work within a skilled nursing home. Students will work on a mini-interprofessional team, with pharmacy and physical therapy students, learning about common geriatric conditions and caring for geriatric patients at the VA Community Living Center (CLC).

Education in Patient Aligned Care Teams (EdPACT)
The program aims to change the culture of healthcare education by teaching internal medicine residents and nurse practitioner students to work together as they care for a panel of patients. Sixteen medical residents and eight nurse practitioner students will work in teams, supervised by physicians and nurse practitioners. Trainees from pharmacy, social work, nutrition, mental health and podiatry will also have opportunities to participate in the program.

Community Health Clinic
The UCSF Homeless Clinic is comprised of UCSF medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students, medical residents, and physicians. The mission is to provide sensitive, accessible, and high-quality health care and create an environment in which students, preceptors, and patients may teach and learn from one another at the same time.

Mabuhay Health Center
The Mabuhay Health Center (MHC) is a free UCSF student-run community health clinic that operates in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district. MHC runs monthly clinics at the Bayanihan Community Center, where student volunteers (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students) strive to deliver culturally sensitive health care under the supervision of faculty from UC San Francisco.

Words on the Wards
Word on the Wards (WoW) is an interprofessional health coaching program and elective that trains first- and second-year trainees from the schools of pharmacy, nursing, medicine, physical therapy to work together to provide health coaching to inpatients at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Through patient education, this program aims to address issues of low health literacy and social isolation that serve as challenges for patients, while empowering them to learn more and be proactive about their health. Students learn about and practice the following: health coaching and teaching patients, working with patients from underserved backgrounds in a safety net hospital, and interacting with fellow health professional students and physicians.

Clubs & Organizations

At UCSF, organizations, student groups and clubs are referred to as "RCOs" (Registered Clubs & Organizations). RCOs attract students based on culture, background, skills or the desire to learn or serve in a specific way.

The Mabuhay Health Center
The Mabuhay Health Center (MHC) is a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) student-run free community health clinic targeting underserved Filipino-American residents of San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) District.

Word on the Wards                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Word Word on the Wards (WoW) is an interdisciplinary program created by students for students from UCSF's School of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, Physical Therapy and City College of San Francisco's Community Health Worker Program to serve as health coaches for patients hospitalized at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Our mentors are UCSF graduate students from all five health professional schools: Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Medicine. Each mentor is paired with a single high school student. During Saturday sessions, mentors accompany their mentees throughout the day's activities and workshops.

For more interprofessional RCOs at UCSF, please visit the Organization Directory at OrgSync at UCSF.