New Scope for Medical Students

medical studentsTwo newly designed courses immerse our students in the skills of medicine and the real world of physicians.

Building on the history taking and examination skills learned in Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Skills in Complete Patient Examination (SCOPE), a 10-week course for first-year medical students, provides opportunities to practice the complete history and physical examination on patients across the lifespan in a variety of care settings, including Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, Geriatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The course also will integrate aspects of clinical and basic science with the Molecules to Cell course. 

The Ambulatory Clerkship (ACE), a major course-clerkship of first and second year of clinical training in the Double Helix Curriculum, has undergone a re-design, and has been renamed the Primary Care Clerkship (PCC). The name change raises the visibility of primary care, and better reflects the focus of much of the education and training, the locus of which remains in primary care offices (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, and Pediatrics) across the community. With the introduction of the SCOPE course in Year 1, a course which allows an improved transition to patient care experiences, PCC has been shortened by 10 weeks. The clerkship, however, continues its focus on knowledge, skills and attitudes around wellness, prevention and behavior change counseling in Year 1, much of which is in keeping with current health care reform initiatives. In Year 2, students continue deployment to community offices, again assigned one-to-one with primary care physicians. While preventive services and risk-reduction counseling remain important, students now learn about continuity care and chronic disease management, also an emphasis of health care reform.