A New Model for Medical Student Education: Planning

Planning 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 1 of 3: Planning)Principal Investigator:Deborah Simpson, PhDAward Amount:$1,420,546
Award Date
January2009
Project Duration:18 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.

This award will fund the first phase of a three-part plan to implement a new medical education curriculum at the Medical College of Wisconsin by developing a curriculum that emphasizes prevention of death and disability, health care disparities, and health risks.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Conceptualized and approved a new model for medical student education

• Defined competencies using baseline data

• Piloted the Introduction to Pathway series to orient M1-3 students to the overall purpose and objectives of the pathways

• Held faculty development sessions based on identified needs

• Oriented all medical school applicants interviewing at MCW for matriculation in August 2010 to the new curriculum model and pilot application process

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