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Community Medicine Curriculum

The Ponce School of Medicine has the commitment with the formation of knowledgeable and caring physicians. Conscious of the changes in medical education and the health care needs of our time, PSM has developed a program to promote the education of medical students based on the community. Our goal is to train students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to become physicians that will be able to care for the health of not only the individuals but also their communities.

We have established a longitudinal and comprehensive community medicine curriculum along the four years of the medical program.

The Community Medicine curriculum has an off-campus experience at primary care physician practice sites and a didactic in-campus component.

General Goals:

  • To explore the nature and scope of health and medicine as it relates to the political, sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors in the community.
  • To develop a medical practice relationship in the community in which students can test and apply their increasing medical knowledge and skills.
  • To assess the nature an scope of community health and medical problems, using the concepts of prevention and applying the methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and basic research design.
  • To assess the impact of lifestyle, environment, biology, and health care system factors as they relate to the health status of a community, a family, and an individual.
  • To explore the scope and limitations of local, state regional, and national resources (both public and private) that are available or needed to provide comprehensive individual patient care and population-based care.
  • To assess patient/family relationships and attitudes sa they impact the health and medical problems of the patient and the community.
  • To acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for providing community leadership and direction in the area of health and medicine in a community-responsive manner.
  • To acquire the knowledge and skills to assess the community as a possible site for personal practice.


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