With its Golden Gate Bridge and rich culture, San Francisco is often considered to be the most pleasant part of California – a sharp contrast to its nearest neighbour, Los Angeles.

How to contact University of California San Francisco School of Medicine to set up your overseas medical electives:

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Third Street and Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143

Telephone Number: +1 415 476 2342

Contact Information for UCSF Medical Center:

UCSF Medical Center

505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Telephone Number: +1 415 476 1000

UCSF Medical Center is a 560-bed hospital near Golden Gate Park that is split between Moffitt and Long hospitals.  Cardiac neurosurgery and many other specialities are provided, and the hospitals have a great history of pioneering medical advances.

Contact Information for UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center:

UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center

1600 Divisardero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Telephone Number: +1 415 567 6600

The hospital is a 365-bed hospital best known for its cancer center.  UCSF is also linked to San Francisco General Hospital which is a 724-bed hospital and the San Francisco VA Medical Center (500-bed).  UCSF has a commitment to increasing the number of doctors from minority groups and has links with Berkeley.

As a medical student choosing where you want to go for your electives is an important decision.  For me, I think I would like to do one electives in a third world country where I get a lot of exposure to a lot of diseases not to mention I will get a lot of hands on experience that I wouldn’t normally get in a western metropolis.  However, I would also like to do an additional elective in a big city because that is where I would like to end up practicing medicine.