PCM Statement of Purpose


PCM encompasses a body of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for every medical student to become a competent practicing physician.

• The PCM curriculum is fully integrated with other courses, including the basic sciences.  PCM learning objectives are addressed at multiple points throughout the curriculum.  In addition, PCM reinforces basic science material.


• The philosophy of teaching within PCM is based on the principle that students will take increased responsibility for their education and will achieve the skills required for life-long learning.  The course is taught in a number of learning environments, including preceptorship, small group, lecture hall, and independent study in order to maximize student interaction and learning.


• The Preceptorship is the cornerstone of PCM, allowing students to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes to real patients within the medical community.  The experience should have an ambulatory care focus with emphasis on continuity of care.


• The PCM curriculum is administered by the PCM Leadership Team, which works closely with other courses to assure maximal integration and relevance.


• Participation in PCM teaching and faculty development receives high administrative priority and strong support.  Instructors, whether academic or clinical, participate in faculty development and are rewarded for course participation through the promotion and tenure system or other appropriate means.


• Systematic student evaluation assures that PCM goals are being met.


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