Medical EducationCOMMENTARY

Teaching “Doctoring”: A Model Curriculum for Family Medicine

Margaret A. Wilson, DO, and Phyllis J. Blondefield, PhD
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: July 24, 2002

Accepted: April 28, 2006

Published: January 1, 2007

J Osteopath Med; 107(1): 30-34

The authors present a model of an interdisciplinary, longitudinal (lifecycle), generalist “doctoring” course that spans the first 2 years of osteopathic medical education and training. This course is intended to run concurrently with a nongeneralist curriculum and to link this curriculum sequentially. The educational topics and objectives show a unique alignment with anatomy and osteopathic principles. The course encompasses (1) logical sequencing of curricular content; (2) a strong interconnection between the didactic and clinical practice experiences throughout the continuum of education and training; (3) additional exposure to clinical applications during the early and formative stages of medical education; and (4) additional coverage of specific clinical competency areas.

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