Expanding the "standardized family" across three clerkships: a model for creating an interdisciplinary core curriculum in primary care

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Office of Medical Education; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Medicine



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Clinical Clerkship; *Curriculum; *Family Health; Family Practice; Humans; *Models, Educational; *Primary Health Care; United States


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies


Since 1995, a three-generation “standardized family,” the McQs, has been successfully implemented as a core curriculum in the third-year family medicine clerkship. In July 1999, the standardized family was expanded into two other clerkships (internal medicine and pediatrics), with the goal of creating an interdisciplinary core curriculum in primary care across three clerkships. Our experience supports that the standardized family curriculum can be implemented across clerkships and that it provides a model for developing a multidisciplinary and integrated core curriculum in primary care. The curriculum's effectiveness in attaining its primary care learning objectives will be assessed when analysis of data currently being gathered from multiple evaluation measures is completed.

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Citation: Acad Med. 2000 May;75(5):530-1.

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