Introduction

PCM is a 3 year course designed for Loyola medical students to develop the skills needed to become balanced, competent, patient-centered physicians with life-long career satisfaction.

Patient Centered Medicine is based on the idea that the patient is at the center of the health care team, and each member of the team has an important role to play in promoting the patient’s health and happiness.

The health care team is only a small part of the patient’s life.



Physicians are one part of a large network of providers for each patient.


Each member of the health care team must partner with all of the other members of the team as well as the patient for the desired outcome of health and happiness.

From the very first day of medical school, medical students are an important part of that health care team. PCM will help students define their own roles as learners and providers on this team. Therefore, this course has the expectation that each student will work to his or her capacity at all times.

PCM requires the integration and synthesis of work learned in this and other courses as well as experiences outside of the classroom. The expectation is that every student has the goal of becoming the best physician (s)he can become, and will actively work toward that goal in all PCM and SSOM activities. Students are not passive learners in PCM and are expected to take responsibility for their own education within the framework presented. This model is very different than the undergraduate model of didactic lecture and student regurgitation of knowledge.

Learning in PCM is based on lectures, panel discussions and significant hands-on small group and experiential activities. These activities may include mentor programs, shadowing programs, simulated patients- both virtual and actors, real patient encounters, reflection papers and discussions, reading books and journal articles, small group discussions and practice of skills learned, working with ancillary health providers, and many skills workshops.

Topics will range from taking a basic medical history, and performing a physical exam to understanding medical errors, patient safety issues, reading EKG’s and X-rays, understanding medical ethics and many more.

Overall, By the END of PCM 1, students are expected to:

SSOM Objective ID Course Objective ID Course Objective Assessment Method(s)
2.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5 PCM1-1 Demonstrate proficiency in medical communication, to include taking a patient centered, complete medical history and educating and counseling patients and families accross the broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds Standardized patients, small group observation and feedback, facilitator formative and summative feedback
2.1 PCM1-2 Demonstrate proficiency in performing a basic physical examination SP, OSCE
2.1, 3.4 PCM1-3 Construct a comprehensive written patient history Facilitator informal evaluation, multiple choice individual assessment
5.5 PCM1-4 Evaluate bioethical issues according to prescribed methodology multiple choice examination
3.5 PCM1-5 Interpret challenging interpersonal situations and apply effective communication skills small group facilitator evaluation (summative and formative)
4.1 PCM1-6 Employ self assessment and reflection techniques with regards to participation and performance in multiple settings small group facilitator evaluation (summative and formative)
1.6, 1.7 PCM1-7 Apply statistical methods to biomedical questions multiple choice examination, problem sets
2.6 PCM1-8 Apply evidence based medicine to questions of patient care including screening and risk factor analysis multiple choice examination
2.6 PCM1-9 Apply techniques of health promotion and disease prevention in patient interactions Standardized patients, small group observation and feedback, facilitatory formative and summative feedback
8.1 PCM1-10 Utilize and foster skills necessary to support life-long career satisfaction  facilitator feedback
5.1-5.6 PCM 1-11 Demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the profession in all course activities including collaborative interprofessional practice Standardized patients, small group observation and feedback, facilitator formative and summative feedback, multiple choice examination
6.1-6.4 PCM1-12 Evaluate the effects of healthcare delivery systems and laws on individuals and populations Multiple choice examination, group essay, small group observation and feedback
1.6 PCM1-13 Apply principles of screening and behavior change counseling to patients with harmful or risky behaviors Multiple choice examination, group essay, small group observation and feedback
3.1, 3.3 PCM1-14 Develop skills involved in oral presentation of medical cases facilitator informal evaluation 
6.3 PCM1-15 Describe the major factors that contribute towards a culture of safety within healthcare systems multiple choice examination, small group observation

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