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P3-1 (MSCI-5120)

The P3-1 course is delivered in three 1-week blocks throughout the MS1 year.  During 2023-24, these weeks are July 31-August 4, October 16-20, and March 18-22. 

Key MS1 themes include Introduction to the Profession of Medicine, Patients and Populations, Social Determinants of Health, and Professional Development.

P3-2 (MSCI-6120)

The P3-2 course is delivered in two 1-week blocks throughout the MS2 year. During 2023-24, these weeks are September 18-22,  and February 26-March 1.

Key MS2 themes include Quality and Safety, Health Systems Science, Patients and Families, and Professional Development

P3 Course Goals

  • 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.
P3 Course Objectives
  • Demonstrate demeanor, speech and appearance consistent with professional and community standards and bioethical principles.
  • 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.
  • Define and demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse factors affecting the health of patients, including: age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, income, ethnicity, geography, and environmental factors. 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.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and clinical reasoning in interactions with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals. Use reflective practices and feedback to assess and continuously improve skills in preparation for training in clinical settings.
  • Define and develop skills in evidence-based medicine, the scientific method, and ethical principles of biomedical research. Access and evaluate medical scholarship and literature. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in scholarly or research projects that use epidemiological techniques and biomedical statistics.
  • 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.
  • Explore specific areas of interest related to medicine and society, such as global health, community outreach, public health, medical ethics, or health advocacy.
  • Outline key parameters related to quality and safety in health care including issues related to adverse events, medical error, transitions of care, and system-based analysis. Apply techniques for assessing error and quality improvement, as well as improving patient hand-offs, and collaborating across health care teams. 

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P3 Objectives

By the end of P3, the student will be able to:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)

The DOCS course is delivered longitudinally throughout the MS1 and MS2 academic year. 

ICM Objectives

By the end of DOCS, the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to gather and record a patient's history using the standardized format.
  • 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

P3 Honors Project

To receive a grade of HONORS in P3, students must pass all elements of P3  and complete an Honors Project.  Honors Project Objectives: 1) to identify community needs that affect health outcomes; 2) to perform research and data collection activities to assess the current status of community and population needs; 3) to gain skills working as a group; 4) to navigate the complexities of working with a community partner; 5) to present a project in a scholarly forum

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