Pathways

Prerequisites: None
Offered: Fall
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: This course is required for all entering medical and dental students. It is designed to provide a broad overview of the profession from a variety of perspectives. It will also aim to clarify the goals, expectations and demands placed upon you as you transition to physician-in-training. The course will meet for most of each day and will involve both large and small group experiences.
Offered: August 12-15, 2019 and August 21 and 28 and September 5, 2019
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
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Offered: Fall
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
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Location: CAM - The Cambridge Hospital (6)
Description: The Practice of Medicine (POM) is a weekly longitudinal course that integrates the teaching of the foundational communication, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills during the first year of medical school. This year-long clinical course, which takes place one day per week throughout the first year of medical school, is designed to be fully integrated with a concurrent sequence of foundational basic and social sciences courses that together prepare students for entering the clinical clerkships and the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) in October of Year II. Students entering HMS are assigned to one of our affiliated hospitals (MGH, BWH, BIDMC or Cambridge Health Alliance) and receive their foundational clinical education in the POM at that site. In order to foster continuity in education and establish meaningful relationships and mentorship, students stay at the same hospital for their second year to complete the PCE. The POM offers students the opportunity to learn clinical medicine with a multifaceted approach focused on 1) interview & communication skills 2) physical exam, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills 3) ambulatory care and inter-professional education and 4) professional development and reflection. Guided by expert faculty of core educators at each clinical site, students participate weekly in morning and afternoon sessions that alternate between inpatient and outpatient settings. During their time in the hospital sites, students work with a set of preceptors who help them navigate the curriculum and learn foundational communication and physical diagnosis skills. Students are also assigned to a primary care clinic where a preceptor guides them and helps them understand the fundamentals of clinical practice in the ambulatory setting and the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals by active participation in inter-professional teams. There are specialized sessions on geriatrics, pediatrics, and delivering care in a cultural context and to patients with limited English proficiency, among other topics. This multifaceted approach delivers well-integrated clinical education while allowing students to establish meaningful, lasting relationships and mentorship with clinical teaching faculty at their assigned clinical sites. The structure allows students and faculty to establish continuity in education with opportunities for accountable assessment and for mentorship/advising/coaching. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a core clinical education that is fully integrated across the basic, social, population and clinical sciences and that serves as the broad foundation for all their future learning.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Description: The Practice of Medicine (POM) is a weekly longitudinal course that integrates the teaching of the foundational communication, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills during the first year of medical school. This year-long clinical course, which takes place one day per week throughout the first year of medical school, is designed to be fully integrated with a concurrent sequence of foundational basic and social sciences courses that together prepare students for entering the clinical clerkships and the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) in October of Year II. Students entering HMS are assigned to one of our affiliated hospitals (MGH, BWH, BIDMC or Cambridge Health Alliance) and receive their foundational clinical education in the POM at that site. In order to foster continuity in education and establish meaningful relationships and mentorship, students stay at the same hospital for their second year to complete the PCE. The POM offers students the opportunity to learn clinical medicine with a multifaceted approach focused on 1) interview & communication skills 2) physical exam, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills 3) ambulatory care and inter-professional education and 4) professional development and reflection. Guided by expert faculty of core educators at each clinical site, students participate weekly in morning and afternoon sessions that alternate between inpatient and outpatient settings. During their time in the hospital sites, students work with a set of preceptors who help them navigate the curriculum and learn foundational communication and physical diagnosis skills. Students are also assigned to a primary care clinic where a preceptor guides them and helps them understand the fundamentals of clinical practice in the ambulatory setting and the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals by active participation in inter-professional teams. There are specialized sessions on geriatrics, pediatrics, and delivering care in a cultural context and to patients with limited English proficiency, among other topics. This multifaceted approach delivers well-integrated clinical education while allowing students to establish meaningful, lasting relationships and mentorship with clinical teaching faculty at their assigned clinical sites. The structure allows students and faculty to establish continuity in education with opportunities for accountable assessment and for mentorship/advising/coaching. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a core clinical education that is fully integrated across the basic, social, population and clinical sciences and that serves as the broad foundation for all their future learning.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Description: The Practice of Medicine (POM) is a weekly longitudinal course that integrates the teaching of the foundational communication, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills during the first year of medical school. This year-long clinical course, which takes place one day per week throughout the first year of medical school, is designed to be fully integrated with a concurrent sequence of foundational basic and social sciences courses that together prepare students for entering the clinical clerkships and the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) in October of Year II. Students entering HMS are assigned to one of our affiliated hospitals (MGH, BWH, BIDMC or Cambridge Health Alliance) and receive their foundational clinical education in the POM at that site. In order to foster continuity in education and establish meaningful relationships and mentorship, students stay at the same hospital for their second year to complete the PCE. The POM offers students the opportunity to learn clinical medicine with a multifaceted approach focused on 1) interview & communication skills 2) physical exam, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills 3) ambulatory care and inter-professional education and 4) professional development and reflection. Guided by expert faculty of core educators at each clinical site, students participate weekly in morning and afternoon sessions that alternate between inpatient and outpatient settings. During their time in the hospital sites, students work with a set of preceptors who help them navigate the curriculum and learn foundational communication and physical diagnosis skills. Students are also assigned to a primary care clinic where a preceptor guides them and helps them understand the fundamentals of clinical practice in the ambulatory setting and the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals by active participation in inter-professional teams. There are specialized sessions on geriatrics, pediatrics, and delivering care in a cultural context and to patients with limited English proficiency, among other topics. This multifaceted approach delivers well-integrated clinical education while allowing students to establish meaningful, lasting relationships and mentorship with clinical teaching faculty at their assigned clinical sites. The structure allows students and faculty to establish continuity in education with opportunities for accountable assessment and for mentorship/advising/coaching. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a core clinical education that is fully integrated across the basic, social, population and clinical sciences and that serves as the broad foundation for all their future learning.
Location: BIDMC - BI-Deaconess Medical Center (5)
Description: The Practice of Medicine (POM) is a weekly longitudinal course that integrates the teaching of the foundational communication, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills during the first year of medical school. This year-long clinical course, which takes place one day per week throughout the first year of medical school, is designed to be fully integrated with a concurrent sequence of foundational basic and social sciences courses that together prepare students for entering the clinical clerkships and the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) in October of Year II. Students entering HMS are assigned to one of our affiliated hospitals (MGH, BWH, BIDMC or Cambridge Health Alliance) and receive their foundational clinical education in the POM at that site. In order to foster continuity in education and establish meaningful relationships and mentorship, students stay at the same hospital for their second year to complete the PCE. The POM offers students the opportunity to learn clinical medicine with a multifaceted approach focused on 1) interview & communication skills 2) physical exam, clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills 3) ambulatory care and inter-professional education and 4) professional development and reflection. Guided by expert faculty of core educators at each clinical site, students participate weekly in morning and afternoon sessions that alternate between inpatient and outpatient settings. During their time in the hospital sites, students work with a set of preceptors who help them navigate the curriculum and learn foundational communication and physical diagnosis skills. Students are also assigned to a primary care clinic where a preceptor guides them and helps them understand the fundamentals of clinical practice in the ambulatory setting and the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals by active participation in inter-professional teams. There are specialized sessions on geriatrics, pediatrics, and delivering care in a cultural context and to patients with limited English proficiency, among other topics. This multifaceted approach delivers well-integrated clinical education while allowing students to establish meaningful, lasting relationships and mentorship with clinical teaching faculty at their assigned clinical sites. The structure allows students and faculty to establish continuity in education with opportunities for accountable assessment and for mentorship/advising/coaching. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with a core clinical education that is fully integrated across the basic, social, population and clinical sciences and that serves as the broad foundation for all their future learning.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: The set of courses comprising Foundations are organized into three discipline-specific themes: Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Basis of Medicine (cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and pharmacology); Structure and Function of the Human Body (anatomy, histology, developmental biology); and Mechanisms of Defense and Disease (pathology, immunology, microbiology). The content will be selected to emphasize the key principles of each field, yet most topics will be taught in an integrated fashion to help students identify conceptual links between fields. For example, cell signaling will be taught in the context of how signaling pathways are perturbed by mutation or disease and how drugs are used to intervene in signaling pathways. To complement discipline-oriented teaching, Foundations will introduce several disease-specific themes that will be used to teach content in a longitudinal and integrated fashion. These themes will include Cancer, Infectious Disease, and Atherosclerosis.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: This course will focus on commonly encountered and/or highly instructive diseases of the skin, joints, muscles and blood vessels, systemic diseases that involve these tissues, and on the mechanisms and manifestations of autoimmune and allergic diseases. The integrating theme of IDD will be immune/inflammatory mechanisms of disease, with a focus on dysregulated or inappropriately targeted immune responses that give rise to autoimmune and allergic diseases. Causes and manifestations of acquired immunodeficiency (both iatrogenic and infectious) will also be covered. Other clinically important aspects of Dermatology and Rheumatology that do not readily associate with the immune/inflammatory theme, such as skin cancer, and osteoarthritis will be included.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: Essentials of the Profession will bring together the social and population science relevant to the practice of medicine. It will cover and integrate key concepts and methods of clinical epidemiology, population health, health care policy, social medicine, medical ethics and professionalism. The course will be taught in two components, the first in the January block of Year 1 and the second in a month after PCE.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: Homeostasis I will focus on key concepts that are common to patients presenting with respiratory, cardiovascular and hematologic problems, and that are illustrative of principles that form the basis for the understanding of related conditions that are less prevalent. The common theme will be the support of aerobic metabolism via gas exchange, oxygen delivery and utilization. To support a pedagogical approach that emphasizes inductive reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem-solving, the course content will emphasize a series of questions, the answers to which will require students to have not only factual knowledge but deeper understanding that will enable them to apply the information in a range of clinical contexts. Most of the teaching will be done in sections of 42 students using team-based learning. In addition, small group work independent of faculty will occur daily to consolidate learning from assignments and to facilitate peer instruction. Content will be integrated across organ systems to emphasize a holistic approach to health and disease. Two core faculty members will work with students in a longitudinal learning experience that will continue for the entire eight weeks of the course.
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Offered: March
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Description: The “Essentials of the Profession” course introduced students in Year I to core principles of clinical epidemiology, health policy, medical ethics and professionalism, population health, and social medicine. That course taught students how to think critically about medical knowledge and how to understand the social and political contexts of health and health care in the United States. “Essentials II: Advanced Social and Population Sciences for Medicine” will build on this foundation and on the experiences students had during the PCE. What are the most important moral dilemmas of clinical care and how can they be addressed? How can health care systems and financing be reformed to optimize the value of care in the United States? What role does health care play as part of a broader system that works to achieve public health? Who is responsible for ensuring that patients achieve the best possible health outcomes?