A Pedagogically Driven Redesign to Fulfill Medical Education’s Social Contract

Presented by Catherine Lucey on January 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

There has been a growing recognition that our health care system is struggling. Despite spending over $2.5 trillion per year on health care, the US still ranks 16th amongst 17 peer countries in health outcomes. Medical education and medical educators must collaborate with clinical and research experts to better prepare our physicians to be a part of the solution.

This presentation will describe the origin of and strategies for implementing the UCSF Bridges Curriculum. Our overarching goal is to train physician leaders who continue to excel as researchers and clinicians as well as understand and improve the complex system in which they work. Our curriculum will prepare students to 1) Collaborate more effectively; 2) Innovate within complex systems; and 3) Create new models of care to take our health system to the next level.

To do this, the Bridges curriculum will provide authentic workplace learning experiences that leverage the talents and commitment of our students to improve health today while sustaining these skills in future practice.


Outline the differences between pedagogical and design based curriculum redesign strategies.

  • Contrast the different knowledge and skills needed by successful physicians in the 21st century with those needed in the 20th century.
  • Apply principles of authentic workplace learning and communities of practice to an outcomes based curriculum redesign project.
  • Consider how technology can facilitate this transformation
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Presenter Bios

Catherine LuceyDr. Lucey, a board certified internist and geriatrician, is Vice Dean for Education at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Previously, she was the interim Dean, College of Medicine, Vice Dean for Education at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education for the OSU Office of Health Sciences. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lucey was a Clinical Instructor at Harvard University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, before joining Ohio State as Associate Professor of Medicine in 2002. She was promoted to Professor of Internal Medicine in 2005. She has won numerous teaching awards and has given more than 200 invited presentations at national meetings and academic institutions across the country. Her areas of expertise include professionalism, clinical reasoning, educational technology and leadership.  Her recent MOOC on clinical problem solving attracted thousands of students and faculty around the world. She is a coauthor on the book: Understanding Medical Professionalism (McGraw Hill), to be released 4/1/14.

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Lucey also is a prior council member for both the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lucey earned her medical degree from the Northwestern University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco before serving as chief resident in internal medicine at the San Francisco General Hospital.