In 1995, Baylor College of Medicine implemented an innovative, revised medical curriculum. While still incorporating traditional lecture courses, the new curriculum includes new inter-departmental courses to help integrate involvement with patients early in the education process, as well as allow for an early introduction of clinical reasoning. These courses, described below, provide new teaching opportunities for faculty members.
A course for first year medical students, Ethics provides an introduction to the basic concepts and language of medical ethics and to topics that pertain to the practice of all physicians. It also offers students an opportunity to begin developing clinical skills in the application of medical ethics to clinical cases. Course Director: Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
IPS is a longitudinal course that meets for three hours of one afternoon each week for the first eighteen months of medical school. Problem Based Learning, or PBL, methods are used in a small group format to learn basic science information in the context of a clinical case. The group learning process is emphasized equally with the basic science and clinical application. Course Director: Lynn Yeoman, Ph.D.
PPS is a first and second year course that meets one afternoon each week. Students learn about interviewing, medical history taking, physical examination, professional values, and the social context of patients and physicians. Course Director: Alicia Kowalchuk, D.O.
LACE is a required course for all third year students and has two 6-month components: a longitudinal ambulatory clinic and a community experience. The goals of LACE are to teach the principles of ambulatory care and to provide students experiences that are longitudinal, ambulatory, and community-based. Course Director: Sanghamitra Misra, M.D.
A senior required course, Apex helps graduating students develop some of the basic attitudes, skills, and knowledge needed for a successful transition from student to intern, with regard to certain specific procedures, work management, clinical teaching, and interpersonal and personal behaviors. Course Director: Joslyn Fisher, M.D.