Document Type

Report

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

In the mid-90’s, the UConn School of Medicine made several innovative changes to its curriculum that emphasized the development of clinical skills and problem-based learning. One of the hallmarks of the curriculum is the Student Continuity Practice, a program that places students as early as the first month of their first year, in community-based primary care offices. For the next three years, students spend time in that office, observing and learning the nuances and art of primary care medicine.

This is part of UConn’s overall strategy to prepare graduates for all facets of medicine, including primary care. Through the years, the program has given students invaluable insights into medicine and a unique opportunity to get to know patients and their families. It has proven to be a success for students and preceptors alike.

We have now gone through a complete generation – with UConn School of Medicine graduates mentoring students in their offices! I hope you enjoy reading about this success story as well as the exciting news about some of our research endeavors and recent Challenge Grant awards.