Pre-Health Professions Program:
The growing importance of effective teamwork and other emerging concepts in healthcare delivery suggest benefits of early and ongoing shared experiences among a broad range of future healthcare professionals. Students interested in a variety of fields including medicine, biomedical science, nursing, pharmacy, public health, dentistry, and other health professions will receive education and experiences in domains of knowledge, skills, and values shared across professions as a foundation for more advanced discipline-specific study. The programs will be structured to accommodate multiple health professions tracks and to provide crossover points between tracks.
Demonstration of the acquisition of competencies will be required for progression through the curriculum and, ultimately, graduation. This process will be addressed cooperatively by undergraduate and medical school partners using a structured, progressive strategy of learning that build specific medical competencies on the foundations laid in the pre-health professions program. Ultimately, a competency-based approach will provide for multiple entry points into physician education for learners with a variety of prior education, backgrounds and experiences. A competency framework based on the ACGME and CanMEDS Schemas has been adopted and transition milestones that students must demonstrate before moving to the medical campus have been elaborated.
Professional identity formation:
The process of developing personal and professional identify is an essential complement to competency-based education. Professional formation is the transformative journey through which one integrates the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors of a competent, humanistic physician with one's own unique identity and core values. This continuous process fosters personal and professional growth through mentorship, reflection, and experiences that affirm the best practices, traditions, and ethics of the medical profession. The education of all medical students is founded on PIF. This process will occur as a continuum from undergraduate (college) years through medical school, with experiences and mentoring sequenced to provide progressive development of professional values.
The development of professional identity will include a focus on personal well-being and satisfaction, which will help maintain students' altruism and service orientation while counteracting the susceptibility to burnout. Professional values will be further strengthened through regular interaction with positive role models and authentic opportunities for community service.
Examples of topics important to future physicians include the following medically-related and/or non-medical subjects:
- Medical Humanities
- Clinical Safety & Effectiveness
- Public Health
- Evidence-based Practice
- Language & Culture