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Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Review how this school is collaborating with the leaders of affiliated health systems in central Pennsylvania.
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Joined September 2013

We need to start talking to engineering schools and business schools and community leaders and nursing and physician assistant programs and begin to provide truly authentic diverse learning experiences for our students.
Therese M. Wolpaw, MD

Penn State College of Medicine's Systems Navigation Curriculum (SyNC) launched in August 2014 and combines a course in the science of health systems with an immersive experience as a patient navigator. The curriculum integrates core systems sciences such as health policy, high-value care and population and public health with 2 threads related to evidence-based medicine, along with teamwork and leadership training throughout 7 modules.

This paper by authors from Penn State University College of Medicine and the AMA identifies way that medical students in current clinical roles can enhance value by performing detailed patient histories to identify social determinants of health and care barriers, providing evidence-based medicine contributions at the point-of-care, and undertaking health system research projects.

2017 Spring Consortium Meeting

Poster presented: Patient Navigation: A Value-added Student Role

Need/gap addressed: In the context of Health Systems Science (HSS), educators have proposed the concept of value-added clinical systems learning roles, whereby students undertake roles that contribute to the health system by improving patient outcomes and the quality improvement processes.

Transforming Medical Education

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Therese M. Wolpaw, MD, of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.
Principal investigator: Therese M. Wolpaw, MD
Vice dean, educational affairs

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