Patient Care and Clinical Systems

The JMP Patient Care & Clinical Systems (PCCS, pronounced “pixis”) curriculum introduces the clinical skills and patient care experiences that distinguish medical education from other forms of graduate education. In PCCS, JMP students also learn about the environments in which healthcare is delivered and the 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 health justice.

The JMP PCCS curriculum includes Master Clinician Working Groups (MCWGs), Simulation Exercises, Clinical Placements and a supporting course called Clinical Contexts, an Interprofessional Education Curriculum shared with two other local professional schools, and Advanced Practice sessions (Practica). Students can pursue interests in Critical Race Theory, Structural Competency, Motivational Interviewing, Systems Improvement and other clinically-relevant studies through in-depth elective graduate classes offered by any department at UC Berkeley.

Master Clinician Working Groups (MCWGs) meet weekly in the classroom and are led by experienced Master Clinicians. 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 an experienced Master Clinician, focusing on advanced and specialized exams and techniques. Both first- and second-years debrief clinical experiences in Clinical Contexts, which introduces topics including racism in medicine, health care disparities, structural determinants of health, and continuous quality improvement (CQI). Third-years prepare for the transition to clerkships with advanced practice including psychiatric interviewing and standardized patient encounters, as well as high-yield classroom sessions integrated with PBL cases.

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 the 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 a simulation during an Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum in partnership with SMU and the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare to learn about health care teamwork and patient safety.

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 20 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 final year, students are placed with Inpatient or Emergency Department preceptors for four sessions per semester. During second and third years, students are embedded on an inpatient team for a one-week immersion. Students also choose from elective specialty experiences including pediatrics and geriatrics, and all rotate through a clinic serving trans* patients.