Foundations or Clinical Medicine seeks to develop a broad range of clinical and professional capabilities. FCM develops
the necessary skill sets through 4 separate, but integrated programs: Tuesday Seminars, the pre-clerkship patient-based curriculum: RAMP and CPCP, Physical Diagnosis, and Communication in Medicine.
Facilitate the transformation from student to doctor, focusing on the doctor/patient relationship, on the roles of physicians in systems and in society, on professionalism and leadership, and on clinical skills.
Tuesday Seminars continues the theme of 'doctoring' begun in Block 1 through the examination of relationship between the physician and the patient, the family and the community; professionalism; healthcare disparities; cultural competence, quality improvement; law and medicine; medical error/patient safety, development of mindful practitioners and end of life issues
7 workshops focusing on the range of skills needed for effectively talking with patients including the
basic medical interview, educating patients about a disease, counseling patients for health behavior change, and presenting difficult news and diagnosis.
Yr I & Yr II
Rotating Apprenticeships in Medical Practice is designed to expose students to various clinical settings to
enhance observational and reflection skills in the context of the doctor/patient relationship and the role of physicians in society.
Yr I August-December
CPCP: in the Community Patient Care Preceptorship students spend 11afternoons in a community physician's office developing and reinforcing medical interviewing, physical exam and presentation skills (written and oral) with ongoing mentorship from a preceptor and an innovative online curriculum.
11 sessions: Spring or Summer or Fall Yr I or Yr II
PD1: Introduction to the basic adult exam for 1 session/week for 7 weeks
Yr I September - November
PD2: 11 in-depth regional exams in various formats Yr I & Yr II
PD3: Complete history, physical and write up of 5 patients on the in-patient setting Yr II
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)
Yr I: April
Yr II: January