A New Model for Medical Student Education: Pilot

Piloting a new medical education curriculum at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Full Project Name:Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin through a New Model for Medical Student Education (Phase 2 of 3: Pilot)Principal Investigator:Karen Marcdante, MDAward Amount:$3,873,649
Award Date
July2010
Project Duration:24 months

Project Description Narrative:


The traditional medical education model dates back 100 years. Today’s physicians work in a more collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment and need new skills to provide patient-centered care that leverages the latest research, technologies, and advancements.

Through this award, investigators will build upon a previous AHW grant that funded the planning phase of a new medical education curriculum. This pilot phase will test the curriculum with 28 student volunteers over two years.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Conducted a two-year pilot of a longitudinal experience, enabling 28 students to work alongside a primary care community preceptor

• Implemented five pathways (Clinician Educator, Global Health, Master Clinician, Physician Scientist, and Urban and Community Health) designed to allow all first- through third-year students to pursue individualized areas of interest

• Conducted student and faculty evaluations to inform adjustments to content, style, and structure to meet educational needs

• Produced a new curriculum model that will be introduced to the entire incoming first year class in the fall of 2012

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