Patient Care & Clinical Systems

JMP’s Patient Care & Clinical Systems (PCCS, pronounced “pixis”) curriculum introduces the clinical skills practice and direct patient care that distinguishes medical education from other forms of graduate education. Additionally, in PCCS learn about the environments in which health care is delivered, and social structures and forces which affect them. We prepare all students to work towards ending healthcare disparities and to deliver excellent care to underserved and vulnerable populations. Our faculty are committed to holistic, compassionate, patient-centered care, and to health justice.

The JMP PCCS curriculum is made up of three components: Master Clinician Working Groups (MCWGs), Clinical Placements, and Advanced Studies in PCCS. Students can further develop interests in Motivational Interviewing, Structural Competency, and other clinically-relevant studies through in-depth elective graduate classes offered across UC Berkeley.

Master Clinician Working Groups (MCWGs) meet weekly in the classroom and are led by experienced Master Clinicians. Each group is made up of a cohort of eight. As first-years, students learn the basic doctoring skills of the physical examination and patient interviewing while exploring the structures and systems that affect health and health care. As second-years, students continue to work longitudinally with their Master Clinician to advance their skills focusing on various specialized exams and techniques and to develop as teacher/mentors by helping with demonstration and instruction for their first-year colleagues.

Simulation Experiences

Standardized Patients (SPs) are used both in the classroom and as part of PCCS assessment. In the classroom SPs simulate real patient encounters providing the opportunity for students to practice their skills. As part of assessment, the Standardized Patient Exam (SPEx) is held at the end of the first and second year at the Health Sciences Simulation Center at Samuel Merritt University (SMU). Additionally, students participate in an simulation during their Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum partnering with SMU and the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare to learn about teamwork and patient safety.

Advanced Studies in PCCS

As JMP students get closer to their transition to the wards at UCSF, they delve into the JMP Advanced Studies in PCCS curriculum, which focuses specifically on wards-readiness and advanced psychiatric interviewing.

Clinical Placements

JMP students participate in diverse inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences throughout the East Bay. Clinical partners include Alameda and Contra Costa County Health Systems; Kaiser East Bay; community clinics including Lifelong Medical, La Clinica de la Raza, Asian Health, and Roots Community Health Center; John Muir Health; and Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center. Starting in their second semester, JMP students are placed in an outpatient clinic. During the 24 sessions of this year long longitudinal placement, students get to know a single clinical ecosystem, and one or a small group of dedicated providers and real patients. In their fourth semester at the JMP, students can choose elective clinical experiences in a variety of specialties, with required pediatrics and geriatrics components. And finally, In the fall of third year, students are placed with inpatient or Emergency Department preceptors for four or more sessions to prepare for the wards.