Dynamic Learning Environment
A new model of medical education created by the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, team training is used throughout each of the six curricular segments. Working in small groups, students learn leadership and communications skills, problem solving and the importance of teamwork to physicians in optimizing patient care.
Recognizing that medical school cannot possibly teach students everything they need to know, the Penn program equips students with critical skills to navigate the continual explosion of new knowledge and data sources. Students learn to use technology to their utmost advantage in research and clinical practice.
To promote a paperless environment, students at the School of Medicine use iPads for coursework. Students accomplish the following through the intranet:
- Track curricular content and provide feedback
- View weekly class schedules
- Access electronic bulletin boards for each course and post questions
- Obtain case studies and course slides
- Stream real-time videos of all lectures
The Longitudinal Experience to Appreciate the Patient's Perspective (LEAPP) program provides students with valuable, early clinical experience. The model for teaching patient-centered care, LEAPP pairs all first-year medical students with chronically ill patients for an 18-month period. Students learn the effects of disease on families and quality of life. Faculty preceptors help students integrate this clinical experience with other courses in the curriculum.