M2: Patient-centered Care for Vulnerable Populations
The primary goal for the M2 year is to enable students to apply key concepts of patient-centered care to underserved vulnerable populations, particularly those who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, immigrant & refugee groups and/or the elderly. Students also will learn about effective programmatic and policy approaches, particularly the role of community agencies, to address the needs of at-risk vulnerable populations.
Students also can maintain contact with some of their patients from the M1 year, under the continuing supervision of their M1 preceptor.
Key learning activities: Working under the guidance of a faculty concentration leader, M2 PCM Scholars will participate in a Service Learning Program in which they will work closely with a community agency that serves a particular underserved population.
Each PCM Scholar will:
- Select an area of concentration (HIV/AIDS, homelessness, domestic violence, immigrant & refugee health, or geriatrics);
- Adopt at least one underserved patient from a community agency and assist him/her to prioritize and address their most important health and well being needs;
- Assist their patient(s) to access and utilize clinical care and services, and,
- Participate in group patient education sessions at the community agency, as needed.
In addition to clinical sessions with concentration leaders, students also will participate in sessions at designated community sites and discussion seminars. Students will share what they have learned at an end-of-year Service Learning Program gathering.