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LeadServeInspire, Shaping the Physician for the Future 

 

The LeadServeInspire (LSI) curriculum represents a unique and innovative approach to​medical education. The curriculum consists of three parts over four years of study:

•Part One is entitled Clinical Foundations and covers the basic foundational sciences and clinical skills necessary for entrance into the clinical years.

•Part Two, Clinical Applications provides students with advanced foundational sciences and further clinical training cross the spectrum of medical and surgical specialties. 

•Part Three: Advanced Clinical Management is designed to provide students with a variety of opportunities to individualize and advance clinical care skills.

The LeadServeInspire curriculum is a Competency-based curriculum. As such, each student must attain an acceptable level of competence in all domains to pass. A student may not make up for a deficiency in one domain by excelling in another.

Part One of the curriculum is divided into 8 blocks covering the major foundational sciences topics and their clinical correlates, along with allowing students to practice and build on clinical and communication skills. After Part One is complete, and prior to beginning Part Two students must take USMLE Step 1. 

There are several key features of Part One of LeadServeInspire. 

•Part One is approximately two months shorter than the current Med 1 and 2 years, and ends in early April.  As such, some content that used to be covered in Med 1-2 will now be covered in Parts Two and Three. The goal is to still cover all essential components in Part One and reinforce basic foundational concepts by reintroducing them later in the curriculum.

•Anatomy will be taught longitudinally throughout Part One as opposed to the current model of teaching anatomy during the first 10 weeks of medical school. Thus anatomical concepts will be tightly integrated with the histology, physiology, pathology, and clinical applications taught during each block.

•Students will participate in weekly Longitudinal Group sessions one half-day per week. Groups of students will work with 1-2 facilitators across Part One. Topics for these sessions include interpersonal communication, physical examination, behavioral/social sciences, and clinical reasoning.

•Starting in early October, students will be placed at a clinical site and participate in Longitudinal Practice sessions one half-day every other week. To help prepare students for this experience, students will receive basic training in medical interviewing, physical exam, and procedures during the Medical Practice and Patient Care block. This will allow students to function as productive members of the patient care team.

•At the end of each block an Assessment Week will allow comprehensive and cumulative assessment of medical knowledge through a Final Exam.  Other competencies will be assessed through Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE), lab practicals, and task completion.  The Assessment Week includes time to self-assess and reflect on personal performance and make adjustments in learning strategies and focus.

•Interspersed throughout Part One are the Exploration Weeks where students will be able to identify careers in medicine that match their individual characteristics. 

•Working longitudinally, students will complete individualized Projects related to an Educational Portfolio, Health Coaching, Community Health Education, and Health Systems, Informatics, and Quality.

An important goal of the LeadServeInspire curriculum is to provide a variety of teaching and learning methods suited for the specific content involved. As such, there will be a more diverse mix of lectures, labs, Team Based Learning Exercises, self-study eLearning modules, interactive clinical reasoning and integration sessions, clinical skills practice, and small group sessions.

In summary, The LeadServeInspire Curriculum represents a totally redesigned and innovative approach to educating today’s medical students, focusing on close integration of foundational and clinical sciences, self-directed active learning approaches, early clinical experiences, and competency-based assessment across multiple domains. It will truly be the curriculum for tomorrow's medicine, designed to shape the physician for the future.

 

Posted on 17-Jul-12 by Maloon, Adam
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