Many of the overarching goals of Curriculum 2000 are evident in the structure and organization of the first 18-months at Penn Med. Three afternoons of unscheduled (open) time provide flexibility for students to pursue other experiences in the university, laboratory or community. Module 3, running two-afternoons per week for 18-months (concurrent with Modules 1 and 2) from matriculation to the start of the clinical clerkships (Module 4), provides a home for three major interdisciplinary courses (Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and Health Care Systems), and allows for the expansion of early clinical experiences. Humanism and Professionalism courses (Module 6) share time with Module 3 for the first 18 months of Curriculum 2000.
Module 3, titled Technology and Practice of Medicine, consists of three large courses, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Health Care Systems. Clinical experiences begin in the first semester of medical school with the first component of Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Patient-Doctor Relationship) and continue for the next 18 months. Two of the major components of Introduction to Clinical Medicine (History Taking and Putting It All Together) include experiences in ambulatory settings, community preceptors and standardized patients. These early ambulatory, community experiences are later amplified and extended in the core primary care clerkships (Module 4).
Module 3 is home to two innovative courses, Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Health Care Systems, both of which emphasize medical informatics and self directed, life-long learning. Small-group sessions and case-based learning are prominent features of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a three-part course that showcases the integration of the biomedical and evaluative sciences with clinical medicine and introduces students to the foundations of population-based medicine and clinical decision making. To our knowledge, Clinical Evaluative Sciences Part III: Clinical Decision Making is structured in a manner that is unique among U.S. medical school, clinical decision making being addressed in small group sessions led by students from four separate perspectives - patient, physician, insurer and public policy maker.
Health Care Systems, perhaps the most interdisciplinary course taught at Penn Med is designed to prepare students for the rapidly changing U.S. and international health care environment prior to entry into the clinical clerkships.
Other courses and sessions included in Module 3 are Emergency Medicine, Basic Life Support, Violence and Abuse Seminar and Phlebotomy.
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