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Pathways Inquiry and Concentrations Program (PIC)

The Pathway Program provides a structure that aligns skills of inquiry and critical thinking with self-directed learning longitudinally.  It links to student experiences in foundational curriculum, service learning, research and clinical care throughout enrollment. The vision is forward-looking with emerging trends and needs in healthcare and health education. 

In the new curriculum, each student would be exposed to foundational principles, content and skills that apply to all Pathways and an introduction to each individual Pathway in the fall of their first year, select a Pathway in the spring and participate in related sessions through their enrollment culminating in the completion and presentation of a scholarly project.   

Dedicated time is identified for curriculum across all 4 years in core foundational areas (for all learners), common or overlapping areas (for learners across several pathways) and areas unique or specific to each pathway. 

Goals 

  • Encourage curiosity and development of scholarship skills.  
  • Link threads and themes longitudinally within and across the curriculum.  
  • Support development of communication and scholarship skills across a spectrum of interests  
  • Enhance professional and identify development in areas of student-focused interest.  
  • Structure such that students with any level of pre-existing experience can participate in each pathway.    
  • Build on required core experiences for students in Pathway topic to enhance educational experiences based on individual student interests.   
  • Allows students to explore unique interests through broad and focused topic exploration.   

Upon completion of the Pathways program, the student will demonstrate

  • Ability to apply curricular materials in pursuit of scholarship and community engagement 
  • Graduate level oral and written communication skills  
  • Proficiency in the identification, planning, execution and structured reporting related to a mentored project that meets personal, professional, and/or community needs 
  • Proficiency in identifying and accessing relevant resources to developing a scholarly project 
  • Ability to work in a team-setting when conducting scholarly work 
  • Compliance with professional responsibility and expectations in scholarly professional work 
  • Effective dissemination and public presentation of scholarly work 
  • Ability to draft and present an ‘elevator pitch’  
  • Skills in providing and receiving feedback in a constructive manner 
  • Skills in reflecting on one’s own strengths and areas for improvement 
  • Tangible professional skills as defined by the specific pathway 

Pathways 

  1. Social Justice and Advocacy 
  2. Entrepreneurship, Biomedical Innovation and Design  
  3. Clinical Care 
  4. Clinical, Community and Translational Research 
  5. Education 
  6. Population, Community and Global Health 
  7. Health Systems Science 
  8. Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH)

Updated AUG 12 2022 | cjb