Opportunities for Students

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 click on each link for more information.

Please let us know if you have an elective or volunteer opportunity to add to this list!

A Student-Curated Health Humanities Event Series
Join forces with interdisciplinary health professions students. In small teams, you will choose a health-related topic with social, emotional, or ethical dimensions around which to plan a public event that incorporates storyelling, medical humanities, and the arts with the goal of building understanding, promoting dialogue, and making the invisible visible.

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.