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IQ+ Curriculum

The IQ+ curriculum is an innovative curriculum that builds on the Case Inquiry (IQ) team learning approach mastered in the pre-clerkship phase of the curriculum and returns third year students back to the medical school one afternoon per week. The course is based on weekly small group case-based sessions that reflect the clinical disciplines of the clerkships. The four goals of the course are:

  1. to allow students a safe environment to debrief their experiences in order to maintain humanism in the third year
  2. to return to basic science principles and engage in learning that integrates foundational sciences with clinical topics
  3. to practice the clinical skills of communication and physical diagnosis
  4. to practice clinical reasoning skills.

There is a broad range of faculty facilitated learning in these student-centered sessions, including basic scientists, clinicians, residents, and near-peers. Student accomplishment in IQ+ is assessed by their ability to present their own cases (in peer teams). Also, in keeping with Case's emphasis on student-directed learning, Professional Learning Plans (PLPs) are integrated into this curriculum, allowing students to develop improvement plans for their performance in the clerkships.