College within The College
A national trend in medical education is the development of programmatic tracks providing interested students with academic/research opportunities outside of the traditional medical curriculum. As the medical school that pioneered clinical training at the patient's bedside, SKMC has the impetus to stay at the forefront of medical education.
We have initiated the first phase of a multi-year plan to reform our clinical curriculum, starting with changes that will instantly distinguish us among medical schools. Starting with the Class of 2014, students have the option to select among areas of concentration as part of a new "College within The College" (CwiC) track at SKMC. Clinical Translational Research and Population Health will be the first offerings, with more choices to follow in the years ahead.
Office of the Dean, SKMC:
Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Anthony E. & Gertrude M. DePalma Dean,
Senior Vice President,
Thomas Jefferson University
President, Jefferson University Physicians
Susan L. Rattner, MD MSCE
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs/
Undergraduate Medical Education,
Professor of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Through workshops, seminars, and active research experience laced throughout the four years, and buoyed by close relationships with faculty research advisors and mentors, students will gain insights and skills in cross-cutting domains that will enrich their clinical medicine training - and this without having to stay an additional year for a formal master's degree. However, students choosing the CwiC–Population Health track can transfer up to 15 credits toward an MPH Degree in Jefferson's School of Population Health.
The experience for each student will culminate in a capstone scholarly project. For example, in the case of population health, this could be tied to direct exposure to healthcare delivery and the social determinants of health in a developing country or in an underserved area right in our backyard.
Students engaging in CwiC–Clinical Translational Research will be provided tools to facilitate hypothesis-driven independent discovery. There is an expectation for students to present findings in a regional or national forum. A goal is to produce students who are not only better consumers of medical evidence, but also generators of new knowledge.
In CwiC, the student not only benefits from the longitudinal mentorship and the enhanced learning experience, but also can attain qualifications of importance in residency training and practice, notation of completion in the students' transcript, a certificate and recognition from the Office of the Dean, SKMC.
December 1, 2014
January 5, 2015
Acceptance letters distributed:
January 26, 2015
Student confirmation /refusal deadline:
February 2, 2015
Students must be in good academic standing.
Students may apply to only one CWIC program track.
of the Dean
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Philadelphia, PA 19107
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