WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 25, 2016)— A group of medical students from Georgetown University School of Medicine will spend the first six months of their third year of medical school at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center as part of a new shared curriculum that satisfies the students’ clinical rotations requirements in an innovative, patient-centered way.
Traditionally, the third year of medical school requires students to engage in back-to-back rotations covering six core elements of medicine. These rotations range from one-to-three months at a time at various hospitals within different departments, but the new MedStar Health offering pairs students with patients and runs the rotations simultaneously.
“Unlike traditional blocks, on any given day the students may experience multiple specialties, and each week will have experiences in OB-GYN, pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine,” said Scott Krugman, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director of Medical Education at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
“The second unique feature of the program is the longitudinal patient experiences,” said Dr. Krugman. “Each student will be assigned a group of patients with a variety of conditions who they will follow across all continuums of care for the whole 24 weeks.”
Over the 24-week period, the students will spend the equivalent of eight weeks of internal medicine, four weeks of family medicine and six weeks each of pediatrics and OB-GYN; however, instead of back-to-back, they do all at once.
Matthew Stein, who is part of the first cohort of students enrolled in the curriculum says, “What excites me the most about the LIC [longitudinal integrated curriculum] is the opportunity to be so involved in patient care so early in my clinical career. We have a set of our own patients that we get to follow and take a majority of the responsibility for, which is both a huge privilege, as well as a great confidence builder in the skills that Georgetown has taught us so well.”
The collaboration among Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center also provides medical students exposure to its primary care residency offerings.
About MedStar Health Graduate Medical Education
Advancing health through medical education, research and innovation is core to MedStar Health’s vision and strategy. Serving as MedStar Health’s medical education and clinical partner, Georgetown University enhances our “advancing health” portfolio through collaborations in teaching, scholarship and research. Georgetown University medical students rotate through MedStar’s hospitals for their clinical education and training. In addition, approximately 25 percent of the university’s graduating class is matched into MedStar residencies and fellowships. Most of MedStar’s teaching faculty hold academic appointments at Georgetown University, realizing the meaningful collaborations in teaching, research and academic service. For more information, visit MedStarAcademics.org.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org. For more information, visit MedStarAcademics.org.
Katie N. Carlin, MBA