The Patient Care thread is central to the curriculum, beginning with foundations early in Phase 1 and progressing into Phase 2 and 3 clinical rotations. The curriculum includes history taking, physical exam and diagnosis, clinical reasoning, diagnostic and screening tests, patient-centered care plans, patient and family counseling/education, infection control procedures, health literacy, culture, and health disparities and bias.

Thread director: Scott Mead, MD

Phase 1

  • Culture and identity
  • Health equity
  • Implicit bias
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Complete and focused histories
  • Physical exam skills
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Empathy skills
  • Focused physical diagnosis

Phase 2

  • Approach to the acutely ill patient
  • Approach to pregnant, newborn, child, adolescent, geriatric patients
  • Palliative care
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Preventative care for newborn, child, adolescent, pregnant women, adult
  • Infection control
  • Patient and family counseling
  • Complete and focused histories
  • Physical exam skills
  • Focused physical diagnosis
  • Procedural skills
  • Patient-centered care plan
  • Diagnostic and screening tests
  • Bias in health care
  • Health equity
  • Pain management
  • Cultural factors in healthcare