Phase 2 of the ForWard Curriculum emphasizes clinical applications, fully integrated with longitudinal themes of basic science and public health, and lasts 12 months.

Care Across the Life Cycle

Care Across the Life Cycle is a 12-week block in Phase 2 that is centered on providing health care across the lifespan. Activities emphasize taking care of vulnerable populations as identified in women’s and child health, working with caregivers and the special needs of geriatric patients.

It builds upon the fundamental science concepts introduced in Human Family Tree during Phase 1, such as embryology and teratology, genetic testing and neurodevelopment.

Clinical experiences occur in a range of settings such as pediatric primary care, labor and delivery, obstetrics/gynecology and geriatrics practices. Structured educational sessions proceed chronologically through the 12-week block following the human life span and employ varied modalities including podcasts, real-time case discussions, webcasts, independent readings and online nationally supported modules.

All students complete an integrated patient-centered experience where they participate in caring for a woman as they follow her and her child through the late third trimester, childbirth and newborn period.

Chronic and Preventive Care

Chronic and Preventive Care is a 12-week block in Phase 2 that uniquely positions students to identify the roles of physicians, interdisciplinary providers, health care systems, and communities in screening, treating, and preventing common, chronic conditions. Activities are centered on health promotion, outpatient-based chronic disease management, and community health.

Students’ clinical experiences occur in primary care, behavioral health and other ambulatory and community-based settings that focus on chronic disease management. Continuity occurs in primary care clinics over the 12 weeks as well as by student participation in a longitudinal community health engagement project.

This block builds upon Phase 1 fundamental science concepts introduced in Food, Fasting and Fitness, Body in Balance, Invaders and Defense, Human Family Tree and Mind and Motion. Structured educational sessions employ varied modalities including podcasts, real-time case discussions, webcasts, independent readings and online simulation. All students participate throughout the 12 weeks in a field experience with community health engagement.

Acute Care

Acute Care is a 12-week block in Phase 2 that is centered on assessing patients with urgent medical conditions, providing acute inpatient care and transitioning patients to other care settings or home under the care of other professionals.

Activities emphasize providing acute care in outpatient emergent and inpatient ward settings, developing acute management plans and subsequent transition of care plans. Clinical experiences are in acute care settings.

The block builds upon the fundamental science concepts introduced during Phase 1, including acid base balance, hormonal regulation, cardiac physiology and infection. Structured educational sessions proceed through the 12-week block following an organ system-based approach and employ varied modalities including podcasts, real-time case discussions, webcasts, independent readings and online nationally supported modules.

All students complete an integrated patient-centered experience by participating in the care of a patient from an urgent admission through inpatient treatment and discharge.

Surgical and Procedural Care

Surgical and Procedural Care is a 12-week block in Phase 2 focused on the care of adults and children undergoing an operation or procedure, including the perioperative preparation, operative care and post-operative cares for core clinical conditions in the specialties of anesthesia, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, general surgery, otolaryngology, urology, cardiothoracic surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery and gynecology, as well as interventional radiology, procedural cardiology and gastroenterology.

The block builds upon the basic science concepts introduced in Phase 1, including cerebral spinal fluid production and flow, fluids and electrolytes, consciousness, inflammation and wound healing and cancer biology.

Patient care experiences take place in the clinics, emergency department, inpatient wards, inpatient and outpatient operating rooms and procedure suites. Structured educational sessions proceed through the 12-week block following an anatomic approach using case discussions, podcasts, curated independent reading, online nationally supported modules and simulation skills.

All students complete a longitudinal patient care experience by participating in the pre-operative preparation, anesthesia care, operative care and post-operative care of one inpatient.