Your medical student partners will have a strong general science background with many of them having majored in science as undergraduates. In this, their first year of medical school, their curriculum focuses on the human body with courses including Major Organ Systems; Metabolism and Nutrition; and Brain, Mind, and Behavior. UCSF medical students are a diverse group with nearly one-third of the 2008 entering class being from an underrepresented minority group (10% Black, 10% Mexican American, 3% other Hispanic, 4% Pacific Islander and 1% American Indian students). The medical students’ average age was 24 with the range being from 22 to 34 years old. More than half (56%) of the entering class were women.
Teachers who participate in a MedTeach partnership are mentors to the medical students, providing guidance about whether lessons are age-appropriate and will meet the abilities of their students, how to engage their students and manage the classroom and materials, necessary safety precautions, and more. After a lesson, teachers can provide constructive feedback about what went well, what they would’ve done differently, why a student may have reacted in a certain way, etc.
From surveys of previous MedTeach participants, teachers report that through MedTeach, they have deepened their understanding of some scientific concepts (100%); that during MedTeach lessons, their students have the opportunity to talk about their own scientific ideas (100%), and that their students see the UCSF medical students as role models (91%) and all teachers agree that this program was a valuable experience and that they would recommend it to their colleagues. Medical students report that they learn to explain science and health concepts more simply (88%), acquire communication skills that will be useful when working with patients (75%), and deepen their appreciation of teachers and the work that they do (94%).