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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Patient-Centered Medicine
atient-centered medicine
presented throughout the
four years of medical school,
encourages students to explore
issues of humanism and profes-
sionalism; cultural and ethical
sensitivity, and the influence of
one's own cultural and personal
beliefs on the practice of medi-
cine; as well as the importance
of balance in one's personal
and professional life.
Through teaching scenarios with
standardized patients and clinic
visits, students learn examination
skills, and verbal and non-verbal
techniques to establish rapport
and a therapeutic alliance, as well
as how to construct a medical
history and understand bio-
psychosocial and environmental
context. Students learn the
difference between disease and
illness, and the role of family
systems, community resources
and an interprofessional approach
to patient care.
The medical school has distin-
guished itself by engaging the
community to help students
understand the highly specialized
needs of people with disabilities;
members of the military and their
families; older Americans; and
people in need of hospice care.
Medical School Becomes Affiliate of
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
ecognizing that effective
communication is a basic
competency of the medical
Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School
became the third school in the
country to affiliate with the
Alda Center for Communicating
, adding another level of
communication training to the
school's curriculum, and helping
its medical students and residents
become better doctors.
Physicians who lead the
Centered Medicine
course, as
well as clerkship directors, have
trained with actors who are skilled
in improvisation techniques to
learn how medical information
can be delivered to patients and
their families in a more engaging
and clear manner. Our faculty,
in turn, use the exercises with
students and residents to help
make them become more
effective communicators.
Preparing Learners for the
Challenges of Primary Care
esearch has shown that
primary care reduces
hospital emergency visits and
provides effective management of
long-term chronic illness, both of
which help reduce healthcare
costs. As a result, the need for
providers is stronger with
the change in national health
care. Taking the lead to meet
this demand,
Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School
implemented the
Primary and
Ambulatory Care Continuity
Experience (PACCE
), which
affords students the opportunity
to follow patients and their
families over time through
traditional, in-patient clerkship
encounters, as well as through
ambulatory assessments.
Conducted during the third year,
PACCE exposes students to the
challenges of managing long-
term illnesses and provides
comprehensive insight into the
relationship between a patient
and healthcare provider.
Good communication
skills are vital to
patient care
and can play a
critical role in
health outcomes.