Thematic curricula are not distinct courses or clerkships. These critical topics in health care are integrated into existing courses and clerkships across all four years of training. The content is taught as part of didactics, small group discussions, case-based learning or team-based learning sessions. Student competencies related to these special subjects are also assessed within the existing educational programs.
Population Health and The Practice of Medicine (PHPM)
Medicine and the U.S. health care system are rapidly transforming. Today’s physicians must achieve competencies beyond the knowledge of basic science principles, sound clinical reasoning, and effective communication skills. Modern doctors must be prepared to achieve competencies on the population aspects of medical practice. Doctors must identify strategies that benefit from the integration of public health and clinical medicine approaches, such as the prevention and surveillance of chronic conditions. Physicians must work collaboratively with individuals from other health professions to provide more efficient, safe, equitable and cost-effective team-based care. Physicians must also practice behaviors, which decrease inflated health care costs to patients, families and society.
The Population Health and the Practice of Medicine (PHPM) theme curriculum was developed to train Einstein medical students to practice in an evolving and complex 21st century health care system.
The PHPM Educational Goals:
The student will:
- Understand the role of psychological, socioeconomic, environmental, cultural and other social factors in determining the health status and health care of individuals and populations.
- Understand the role of public health and innovative public health interventions in promoting population health.
- Apply relevant principles and methods of public health to the practice of medicine.
- Access public health, social services and community-based resources needed to address both health and psychosocial needs of patients.
- Apply fundamental approaches to quality improvement and patient safety in health care.
- Discuss healthcare economics and financing.
- Be aware of their responsibility in practicing value-added care (e.g., evidence-based, cost effective, patient-centered).
- Work effectively as a member of inter-professional health care teams to improve health care outcomes.
- Explore the legal, regulatory, and business realities of modern medical practice.
This four-year theme curriculum is organized under ten PHPM sub-domains:
– Public Health and Medicine
– Health Disparities and Determinants of Health
– Community, Occupational and Environmental Health
– Health Care and Quality Improvement
– Enhancing Patient Safety in Medicine
– Inter-professional (IP) Team Health Care and Training
– Medical Economics
– Health Care Systems
– Practice Management
– Law and Medicine
The aim of the PHPM curriculum is to produce future physicians who can meet their societal obligations to promote health and prevent disease, and advocate for patients and families. The PHPM theme curriculum will enable Einstein students to provide care not just in their individual practices but also at community, society and global levels. Students will be able to navigate patients and communities through health system complexities.