The program's primary goal is to prepare you to provide top quality, comprehensive patient care, both by treating illness and by supplying ongoing health maintenance for families. The curriculum's range and flexibility also allow you to pursue experience in areas of particular interest. Thus, in addition to undertaking the program's required rotations and extensive concurrent training in behavioral science, working with families, community medicine and practice management, you will have ample time for your choice of elective activities.
To expand your skills as a physician, the curriculum will focus on sharpening your ability to:
- assess patients' medical needs and independently treat those that are within the scope of your practice;
- use specific diagnostic measures and problem-solving skills to analyze patient needs and prescribe therapy;
- identify the emotional and social factors that influence patients' health;
- consult with or refer to other specialists for problems that are beyond the scope of your practice, and coordinate their advice with other resources to our patients' best advantage;
- lead and coordinate a team of nurses, therapists, counselors, other physician specialists, community agencies; and
- organize and maintain an efficient medical practice.
To enhance your growth as an individual, a professional and a member of the community, the curriculum will present you with opportunities to:
- develop good techniques for evaluating and implementing the findings of current medical literature;
- teach and work cooperatively with other physicians and healthcare professionals;
- gain insight into those factors that influence your behaviors and attitudes toward patients and colleagues; and objectively and comfortably handle challenging situations that arise with patients, families or communities.