Foundations of Medical Practice
The course is predominantly based on the following elements:
- Course Faculty and guests will focus in the M1 year on the professionalism and interpersonal skills necessary to develop a quality patient care experience
- All course faculty will teach an organized approach to obtaining and documenting a basic history and the performance of a physical exam relevant to the skills of preclinical students
- Faculty and students will engage in how best to evaluate the learning goals of individuals, document their achievement, and transfer that knowledge to more immature learners.
- Provide students the skills necessary to begin acquisition of patient information.
- FMP is a two year course designed to have students competent at the pre-clinical level to perform sensitive, targeted patient assessments in an empathic professional manner.
Overall course objectives include the following:
- Practice interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients’ families, and other health profession colleagues.
- Exhibit behaviors that will build therapeutic and ethical relationships with patients in order to effectively communicate their health care goals, including situations involving sensitive, technically complex, or distressing information.
- Show sensitivity and responsiveness to all patients irrespective of their cultures, ethnicity, gender, age, disabilities, and other factors that can affect health practices and decisions.
- Show commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of accountability to patients, society, and the profession through respect, compassion, and integrity in interactions with patients, patients’ families, and other health professionals.
- Adhere to ethical principles governing patient care, even in the most sensitive and difficult settings.
- Recognize and clarify the resources needed to manage ethical and legal issues that arise in the care of patients and prevent and resolve conflicts associated with ethical dilemmas.
- Recall the elements of professional responsibility, informed consent, determination of decision-making capacity, truth-telling, medical futility, and confidentiality.
- Develop strategies to analyze academic and clinical performance over the course of their professional careers as a basis for lifelong learning and continuous professional improvement.
- Illustrate teaching methods to others.
- Promote student emotional and physical health.
- Determine diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on, current scientific evidence and clinical judgment, compatible with patients’ preferences.
- Perform history taking and physical examination.
- Apply Evidence based Physical diagnosis in physical examination.
- Identify cognitive biases that affect clinical reasoning in patient care.
- Employ patient centered methods for health promotion and disease prevention methods.
- Demonstrate understanding of the role of health disparities in care and employ strategies to maintain health equity.
- Provide evidence of basic diagnostic reasoning skills.
- Work as members of multi-disciplinary health care teams in providing patient-centered care.