This exploration of the field of medicine will encourage deep learning and practical application of the technical and personal skills necessary to succeed as a medical professional. Action-based simulations led by experts will expose students to the daily work life of a medical professional, including suturing, dissection, trauma response, and clinical diagnostic simulations, case studies, and lively class discussions. This interactive approach to learning encourages teamwork, teaches leadership, and targets higher-order learning that students can apply to a future career in medicine and beyond. Features may include visits to medical labs, medical research institutes, and lectures from well-known medical practitioners.
Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for students who want to discover if a career in medicine is the right path for them or develop a better understanding of the different paths that can lead them to medical school.
Take your education beyond the classroom! Through these immersive experiences, students will learn the essential discipline-specific knowledge and develop the technical skills necessary to become future leaders in the medical field.
Experiential learning activities include:
You’ll learn from accredited medical practitioners and medical students who are involved closely in classroom instruction throughout the program. Renowned guest speakers and career exploration experiences will provide students with insights covering multiple paths to reaching a career in medicine and hone the flexibility and determination required to succeed.
There will be three Road to College and Career Q&A Panels with the following themes:
Road to College - Pick the brains of current pre-med students
Life After College – Engage with current post-baccalaureate and medical school students
Path to Careers – Learn about the road to medicine from established medical professionals in private practice, specialized fields, and research institutes.
We believe that the next generation of doctors needs to hone their durable skills including critical thinking, leadership, and adaptability to meet the challenges of the medical field in the 21st century.
Leadership training includes the following themes:
UCSF School of Medicine
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center and Learning Lab
Gladstone Institutes at University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
Our Career Accelerators are taught by world-class instructors. Check-out our Med School Prep instructor at UC Berkeley!
Dr. Amin Azzam completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, and psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. He then enrolled in a two-year research fellowship in psychiatric genetics, before discovering that his true passion was in medical education. Deciding that 27 years of formal education just wasn’t enough, he went back to school for a masters’ degree in education, at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on quantitative methods and evaluation. He has dedicated his career to innovations in health professional schools, including Problem Based Learning (PBL), Simulation Based Learning (SBL), and Open Educational Pedagogy (OEP). He remains clinically active—running long-term psychotherapy groups for patients with chronic illnesses.
Dr. Azzam’s research interests include exploring the efficacy of various instructional approaches in stimulating health-professional students’ acquisition, retention, and application of content knowledge in their evolving roles as clinicians. Beginning in 2013, Dr. Azzam created the world’s first elective course for medical students to receive academic credit for improving health-related information on Wikipedia. Across his academic and non-academic roles, Dr. Azzam promotes Wikipedia-editing as a teaching & learning strategy across health professional schools. By the start of 2018, Wikipedia-editing assignments were integrated into formal educational settings in 10 health professional schools located in the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. By spring 2022, over 2,000 health professional students across dozens of university courses had added 1.91 million words, 206 images, and 23,000 references to 1,360 health-related Wikipedia pages. These Wikipedia pages have been viewed 84.1 million times since students improved them.