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2018 Conference on Medical Student Education

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P20 Merits of a 3-year MD Pathway Linked to Family Medicine Residency: Lessons Learned During Pilot Years

Michael Partin; Erin Cathcart, MPH, CPH

02/2/18 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom J-K

The 3-year Accelerated Family Medicine Program at Penn State (3+3) combines accelerated medical education with residency to offer students an opportunity for continuity and longitudinal care. This also requires continuous review by students and faculty, to ensure adequate organization and communication. Implications of this reflective process include encouraging students to regularly participate in quality improvement practices and facilitating individualized, student-centered curricula. Trials, tribulations, and successes from this work could be transferred and applied to other accelerated medical education programs throughout the country. Continuous refinement of these programs has the potential to address physician shortages throughout the nation, specifically in primary care.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic curricular framework of the Penn State Family Medicine Accelerated Program.
  2. Discuss the anticipated benefits of an accelerated curriculum in Family Medicine.
  3. Describe the advantages to continual quality improvement in a novel curriculum.


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