The Global Medicine Curriculum seeks to understand how “health for all” may be achieved for people and communities around the world. It highlights comparative lessons across diverse country and resource settings, considers the broader socioeconomic and political context of health, and examines the full arc of care delivery – from governmental policy and planning to local communities.
In addition to the overall aims of the curriculum, the Global Medicine Curriculum is developed around the following learning objectives:
- Articulate a vision for Primary Health Care in the 21st century;
- Evaluate and articulate lessons learned from health care reform efforts in countries across the wealth spectrum;
- Formulate and discuss key principles of health sector policy, planning, implementation, and delivery;
- Evaluate and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of different community-based strategies to improve access and deliver high-quality health care to vulnerable populations;
- Recognize and articulate the causal links between public policies, social determinants of health, and the health of individuals, families, and communities;
- Understand the role of the clinician as effective health advocate; and
- Learn and apply skills for self-care and critical reflection to facilitate practice-based learning and improvement.
The curriculum is an immersive four-week experience offered to all internal medicine interns. Teaching methods include case studies, faculty panels, critical reading of literature, analysis of current events, and interactive team-based problem solving with community-based experiences integrated and aligned with in-class learning objectives. Interns continue to participate fully in the existing ambulatory responsibilities and afternoon continuity clinics throughout the four week curriculum.