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Clinical Presentation Model

GCSOM MD Total Health Curriculum: Clinical Presentation Framework

Traditional medical education relies on teaching basic, clinical and health system science concepts independently; however, these concepts must be well integrated and appropriately framed in clinical context to facilitate deeper learning. The Phase 1 curriculum uses the Clinical Presentation Model to integrate all content within the context of a clinical presentation. A clinical presentation is the mode by which a patient presents to a physician and represents the clinical problem a physician is expected to manage.

Big picture: The curriculum begins and ends with a focus on the patient, specifically the patient’s clinical presentation.

Deconstruct and independent learning: Each clinical presentation is broken down into its basic, clinical and health system science content and students will use resources in our knowledge repository to focus on learning objectives in preparation for in-class work.

Experiencing: Large and small group active learning activities are designed to have students apply knowledge in a clinical context.

Reassemble big picture: For each clinical presentation, student groups will summarize material for their classmates, re-integrating all content in a large group interactive session.

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