Joined September 2013

"Our proposal at Brown is to prepare our graduating medical students to be able to provide care to individual patients and patients as a group."—Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD

The initiative at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University aims to educate medical students to become physician leaders equipped to promote the health of the individuals, communities and populations they serve.

To accomplish this, Brown has developed the Primary Care-Population Medicine (PC-PM) program. This 4-year program, the first of its kind, awards both a medical degree and a Master of Science in Population Medicine. The PC-PM program seamlessly integrates the new third science of medicine (health systems science) with the basic and clinical sciences over the 4 years of medical school.

As part of the PC-PM program, Brown developed health systems science and population medicine content as well as a longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) and thesis program. The experiential and active learning elements are primarily executed during the nine integrated master’s degree courses during years 1 through 4, including during the third year LIC as well as through a mix of voluntary and required activities and projects

In 2019 the PC-PM program reached a major milestone in 2019: the inaugural PC-PM class of 15 students has completed all 4 years of training and is graduating. 

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: The Population Medicine Program: Solidifying Health Systems Science into Graduate Medical Education (PDF)

Need/gap addressed:

  • Although the initial efforts of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium have focused on spreading HSS to UME, this is only part of the challenge. We believe that it is critical for trainees at all levels to develop analytical skills and utilize life-long learning skills in gaining competency in HSS.
  • Our new PC-PM-GME project will engage residents and fellows from a variety of GME disciplines to create a model cohort in which various specialty fields can collaborate in multidisciplinary scholarly projects to improve care of patient populations and become academic leaders.
  • In addition, resident and fellow trainees would develop an HSS module or modules tailored to their training program.

Principal investigator: Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD
Associate dean for medical education

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