The Primary Care-Population Medicine (PC-PM) program comprises specialty coursework for the Master of Science in Population Medicine, clinical and basic science study for the MD degree, and the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC)
If you want to redesign the health care system, you need to have a real mastery in understanding of what it is today.
- Matt Perry, third-year student
Years 1 and 2
During Years 1 and 2, students enroll in four sequential semesters of Integrated Medical Sciences and Doctoring alongside traditional MD students. In addition, PCPM students take Master of Science courses in research methods in population medicine, quantitative methods, and leadership.
PC-PM students spend Year 3 in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC). Over the course of 32 weeks, PC-PM students spend one half day per week with a physician mentor. In addition, third-year students are assigned a panel of 30 patients to follow through various health care settings--advocating for their patients as they move from operating room to specialist visits to primary care office visits.
Students will participate in the usual elective rotations offered at Alpert Medical School and will also complete a sub-internship. At the same time, students will complete their thesis research under the guidance of a faculty member.