Foundations of Clinical Medicine

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This segment of the clinical curriculum runs longitudinally through the Foundations of Medicine and Health and seeks to develop a broad range of clinical and professional capabilities. Foundations of Clinical Medicine develops the necessary skill sets through 4 separate, but integrated, programs.

Tuesday Seminars

This longitudinal course continues the theme of “doctoring” begun in Block 1 and spans the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum. Topics examined include the relationship between the physician and the patient, the family and the community; professionalism; healthcare disparities; cultural competence, quality improvement; law and medicine; medical error/patient safety, development of mindful practitioners and end of life issues.

Communications in Medicine

This course is comprised of seven workshops running through Year 1 and Year 2 that focus on the range of skills needed for effectively talking with patients including the basic medical interview, educating patients about a disease, counseling patients for health behavior change, and presenting difficult news and diagnosis.

Physical Diagnosis

This course runs throughout Year 1 and Year 2 and includes:

  • Physical Diagnosis 1 - introducing the basic adult exam to Year 1 students for one session per week for eight weeks;
  • Physical Diagnosis 2 - in depth regional exams in various formats during Year 1 and Year 2; and
  • Physical Diagnosis 3 in Year 2 where students spend five sessions doing complete histories, physicals and write ups on patients they see in an in-patient setting.

Patient-based Programs

CPCP - Community Patient Care Preceptorships occur during either Year 1 or Year 2. Students spend 10 afternoons in a community physician's office developing and reinforcing medical interviewing, physical exam and presentation skills (written and oral) with ongoing mentorship from a preceptor and an innovative online curriculum.