An Update from Medical Education: March 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

From the Desk of the Deputy Dean for Education

Hello, and welcome to the College of Medicine – Tucson Education update. A big congratulations to the Class of 2019 for a successful Match Day! COM – T leadership wishes them much success in their residency and future careers in medicine. We could not be prouder!

In this issue, learn about the many facets of the medical education program that constitute our longitudinal curriculum.  Also, don’t forget to check out the opportunities to participate in the upcoming events for the graduating Class of 2019: Convocation (Link to RSVP).

We will be back regularly, highlighting educational programs underway along the training continuum and giving you news and updates.

Kevin F. Moynahan, MD
Deputy Dean, Education
Professor, Medicine

Longitudinal Curriculum

Societies Program – Doctor & Patient Course

As part of the pre-clerkship curriculum, the Class of 2022 continues to participate in the Societies Program Learning Community, which among other things, teaches the "Doctor & Patient" course. This part of the curriculum is led by Kevin Moynahan, MD, and Paul Gordon, MD.

During the "Doctor & Patient" course, longitudinal groups of six medical students and their clinical Societies mentor go to the bedside to perform clinical evaluation on hospitalized patients who have diseases they are studying in the current basic science block.  At this point, midway through their first year of medical school, members of the Class of 2022 have already performed three full H&Ps on real patients, including the written note and oral presentation, and participated in the clinical discussions of many more.

Also running concomitantly with the basic science blocks, students participate in the Clinical Reasoning course and Pathways in Health and Medicine.

Clinical Reasoning Course

In the Clinical Reasoning Course (CRC), led by Kathy Smith, MD, and Lisa Stoneking, MD, students learn the fundamentals of clinical reasoning, the cognitive processes physicians employ when making diagnostic and treatment decisions. Under the guidance of a faculty facilitator, students work in small groups to develop and practice clinical thinking skills and strategies with “real-life” clinical cases. This longitudinal course runs throughout the pre-clerkship curriculum to develop these competencies in preparation for clerkship rotations and residency training. 

Pathways in Health and Medicine

Pathways in Health and Medicine (PHM), directed by Colleen Cagno, MD, is a longitudinal curriculum that encompasses social and behavioral topics essential for future physicians. PHM is organized into three threads – "Health and the Individual," "Health and Society," and "Evidence-Based Decision Making." These topics are required by the Liasion Committee for Medication Education (LCME), the national accrediting body for U.S. medical schools, and assessed on physician licensing examinations.  

PHM sessions are integrated into the pre-clerkship phase blocks and courses and extend into the clerkship phase in the Transition to Clerkship and Intersessions blocks. Plans are underway for sessions in the new Preparation for Residency Bootcamp elective for graduating students. Here are a few of the exciting upcoming PHM Spring 2019 sessions:

  • "Transplant Ethics," "Cost-Conscious Care," "Clinical Decision Rules," and 
  • "Practice Guidelines," "Advocacy for Asylum Seekers," and "Introduction to Healthy Nutrition with Grocery Store Tour"