Introduction to Primary Care Medicine

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Program Description: 

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University offers an Introduction to Primary Care Medicine (IPCM) block that introduces first year medical students to primary care medicine, the patient-centered medical home model, and provides a foundational context for the curriculum including introductions to the basic science elements.  Beginning with orientation for this one-week credit course, students will be introduced to a patient who has diabetes. This case will unfold over the next five days and will be the basis for 85 activities that provide the context for the basic sciences and primary care medicine; the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model; clinical decision support; evidence-based practice; patient engagement and empowerment; and quality improvement leadership.

This one-week course will provide a foundation of clinical knowledge as it relates to primary care medicine and prepare first year students for further study in their year one medical curriculum.  This course will also introduce and develop clinical reasoning skills through participation in both standardized patient and osteopathic manipulative medicine labs. 

The goals for this course are to engage students in concepts of primary care medicine, explore the PCMH and its components, and introduce preliminary clinical reasoning concepts.  Performance assessment grading for this course is based on the following factors: 1) daily reflective papers, osteopathic manipulative medicine assignments and other assignments; 2) an end-of-course comprehensive project that will require students to integrate and apply material covered during the course to a new patient case; and 3) daily preparation and participation. 

Prior to beginning this course, students complete a survey to determine their knowledge and attitudes about primary care and the PCMH model; they are then surveyed again longitudinally at the course's completion, and throughout their medical school years.

Targeted Professions
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Evidence-based practice
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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