SFGH and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have been partners in public health since the hospital opened, attracting physicians who are leaders in their fields and making SFGH one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. A product of this marriage between public hospital and academic medical center, SFGH-based medical residencies have a tradition of attracting and training physician-leaders with interests in care for vulnerable urban populations. 

The STEP UP project aims to increase collaborations across departments and multiple residency learner levels, apply new learning strategies and create a new competency-based learning and assessment tool for social medicine training efforts.

The goals of the project include:

  • Articulate competencies around care for vulnerable urban populations;
  • Identify existing SFGH activities that help graduate medical learners achieve competencies in care for vulnerable urban populations;
  • Develop systems for coordinating GME teaching around vulnerable populations, including more cross-collaboration between disciplines on graduate learner advocacy projects.
  • Establish new SFGH activities that fill in gaps between articulated competencies and existing learning opportunities in care for vulnerable urban populations;
  • Develop community advisory group and community mentors that focus on SFGH graduate learners;
  • Create a certificate program for GME learners who meet all competencies and other program requirements surrounding leadership in care for vulnerable urban populations.