Biology Scholars Clinical Exposure Program (BICEP)

BICEP 2016 Group Picture

Mission Statement:

In order to increase the diversity of the future’s health professionals, BICEP provides a one week (5 days) clinical exposure for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in medicine, especially students who have had minimal exposure to the health field. In BICEP, participants shadow doctors specializing in pulmonary care to learn how doctors interact with one another, other medical professionals, and with patients. Individuals who are seeking clarity to solidify their aspirations to pursue a career in the health professions are strongly encouraged to apply.


BICEP Location:

The program will take place at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a county hospital that primarily serves the urban underserved.


What students will be exposed to:

  • Radiology rounds to review chest x-rays and chest CT scans

  • Seeing new patients

  • Rounding on current patients

  • Interpreting pulmonary function tests

  • Observing bronchoscopies to examine the airways and sample the lung (lavage/biopsy)

  • Attending conferences, including the clinical conference, pathology, oncology and TB conferences

  • Attending chest outpatient clinic

  • Attending ICU rounds

  • Observing or performing pulmonary function testing


A chance to meet and talk with:

  • An attending

  • A pulmonary fellow in training

  • Perhaps a medical resident or a medical student also taking the pulmonary rotation

  • Radiologist

  • Pathologist

  • Surgeon


Program Eligibility:

  • Only open to currently enrolled BSP members with a UC Berkeley student ID (must be a student at the time of shadowing)

  • Complete BICEP application and interview

  • Commit to one week of shadowing from 8 am - 5 pm each day

If Selected (Please read carefully):

  • Attend program orientation on Friday, April 27th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Complete ZSFG onboarding documents- confidentiality statement, waiver of liability, and security form

  • Complete ZSFG Orientation training

  • Show proof of current purified protein derivative (PPD)/TB test and flu vaccine

  • Show proof of immunization against rubella, measles, mumps, and varicella

  • Be able to find own transportation to Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG)

  • 1 page in-depth reflection of your shadowing experience

  • Remain in close contact with BSP staff (phone, email, etc.) during the program.


Program Dates:

  • June 4-8, 2018

  • June 11-15, 2018

  • June 18-22, 2018

  • July 16-20, 2018

  • July 23-27, 2018

  • July 30-August 3, 2018

  • August 6-10, 2018


Want to learn more? 

Attend our information session on Thursday, April 5th in VLSB 2063 from 2:30 - 3:00 pm.

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Application closes on Sunday, April 8th at 11:59 PM

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  • Where will the shadowing take place?

    • Pulmonary and Critical Care Division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco

  • What is the schedule like for the program?

    • Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • What if I can’t make all the dates or times (can only do some days, can I shadow for part of the week? Or split shadowing in two of the weeks)

    • It is mandatory to attend each day from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm of your given week. There are no exceptions.

  • What if I get accepted and then something happens such that I can’t make that week anymore? Can I switch to another week?

    • You will not be able to switch weeks. Once you select the week you are available, we expect you to be present for that week.

  • What can I expect to experience in this week (what'll I be doing/get to do, essentially)? How much time will I get with my shadower? To what extent can I follow him/her? What can I hope to see? How much of the hospital/facility can I explore? What are the hours/potential itinerary? Do I stay there all day or is it only a few hours per day?

    • You will be shadowing from Monday through Friday. The hours will typically be about eight hours a day. You will have full exposure to what your shadower does since you are allowed to observe everything in the department. What you see will vary by what is scheduled for the week. (It could vary from seeing a bronchoscopy procedure, attending grand rounds, clinical rounds, etc.)

  • Will I be shadowing by myself or will I be paired with other BSPers?

    • You will be shadowing by yourself. You will be shadowing an attending physician and their team in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division which consists of a fellow, resident, and a medical student.

  • How do you expect me to "share my experiences" from the program?

    • By “sharing your experiences,” we would like you to continue being a part of the program in order to keep it going for future years. For example, you would be helping by recruiting potential students, participating on panels, completing evaluations about your experience.

  • What are you looking for in an applicant?

    • students who are not sure if they want to go into medicine

    • students who have never worked/shadowed/interned in a hospital setting

    • students who are inquisitive, open-minded, and professional

  • Is there a minimum GPA for this program?

    • No.

  • How many people can participate per week?

    • One person per week

  • Who is eligible for this program?

    • Because of the level of shadowing involved, this program is only open to current UC Berkeley students who are in the Biology Scholars Program.

  • What if you are a senior graduating this spring semester?

    • If you are a senior and you are staying an extra semester as an enrolled student at UC Berkeley, you are still eligible to apply. This program is only open to currently enrolled UC Berkeley BSP members.

  • What if you are a senior that is going to study abroad in the fall?

    • You are still eligible to apply.

  • What if I am a current senior that will be staying an extra semester (Fall 2018) or will be  Studying Abroad, can I still apply to BICEP?

    • Yes, you can apply to BICEP.

  • What if you are an alum?

    • Alums are not eligible to apply to the program. You must be a current UC Berkeley student.

  • Does having a (close relation/friend) who is a doctor/health field person disqualify me from the program?

    • No.

  • Will there be a stipend for the program?

    • No, there will be no stipend provided.

  • Why do you need my resume/cv-- or rather, what do you want to see on it?

    • We would like to view what activities you are involved in and this will help with the selection process.