Patients, Physicians & Populations (P3) & Development of Clinical Skills (DOCS)
P3-1/ DOCS-1 (MSCI-5106)
The P3-1 course is delivered in three 1-week blocks throughout the MS1 year. During
2013-14, these weeks are August 5-9, October 21-25, and March 10-14.
Key MS1 themes include Introduction to the Profession of Medicine, Patients and Populations,
and Career Planning.
P3-2/ DOCS-2 (MSCI-6109)
The P3-2 course is delivered in three 1-week blocks throughout the MS2 year. During
2013-14, these weeks are October 5-9, January 6-10, and March 10-14.
Key MS2 themes include Quality and Safety, Patients and Families, Career Planning
- To prepare students to learn medicine at the bedside.
- To help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and influence
factors affecting the health of their patients.
Objectives: By the end of P3, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective communications skills. Students will be able to use the following
interviewing and communication skills – Establishing Rapport, Collaborative Language,
Explicit Caring, Non-directed Facilitation, Silence, Active Listening, Open-ended
Questioning, Restating and Summarization, Addressing Feelings with the Patient.
- Demonstrate demeanor, speech and appearance consistent with professional and community
standards. Demonstrate dedication to the highest ethical standards governing physician-patient
relationships, including privacy, confidentiality, and the fiduciary role of the physician
and health care system.
- Demonstrate skills in self-assessment of personal learning needs and independent identification,
analysis and synthesis of relevant information for purposes of lifelong learning,
critical assessment of the medical literature, and evidence based medical practice.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse factors affecting the health of patients, including:
age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, income, geography and ethnicity. Demonstrate
understanding of the diverse systemic, economic and societal factors impacting health
status and access to health care. Demonstrate understanding of the physician's role
as a patient advocate.
Development of Clinical Skills (DOCS)
The DOCS course is delivered longitudinally throughout the MS1 and MS2 academic year.
Course Objectives: By the end of DOCT, the students will be able to:
- Demonstrate ability to gather and record a patient's history using the standardized
- Demonstrate skills in basic physical examination.
- Demonstrate skills in communicating medical information orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with patients, fellow students, clinic
staff and faculty.
- Demonstrate professionalism in interactions with peers, standardized patients, SimLife
Center staff, and faculty
The P3 experience and the DOCS experience are two tracks within one course (P3/DOCS);
students will receive one grade for the course. While P3 sessions are scheduled between
(or before) basic sciences blocks, many DOCS experiences are scheduled concurrently
with those blocks in order to ensure that all students have opportunity to develop
clinical skills. Each P3 week will also contain DOCS activities or clinical encounters.
Students must pass both P3 and DOCS to receive a grade of PASS in the course. P3-1
OVERVIEW Becoming a successful physician is a complex and demanding endeavor. It requires
gaining knowledge, analytical skills, communication skills, and physical examination
skills, as well as assuming various professional roles and responsibilities. Through
repeated skills practice, participation in the care of patients, experiences in the
community, and participation in various educational forums, you will begin the life-long
journey of becoming not only a skilled practitioner, but a mature and reflective professional.