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You are entering the third year of the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum (FDC). The overarching purpose of the curriculum is to provide you with the opportunity to practice and further develop the basic skills necessary to be an excellent physician in whichever field you choose. FDC in Phase III is composed of the following activities:  

  • Continuity clinic with a primary care or specialist physician preceptor
  • Hidden curriculum sessions
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) Clinical Transformations Simulation 


Course Goals:

1.   Continue to build basic communication, physical exam and clinical reasoning knowledge, skills and behaviors developed in the first two years within a continuity clinic experience

2.   Set individualized learning goals for preceptorship

3.   Further explore specialty-based career options

4.   Reflect on particular issues from the 'Hidden Curriculum' that affect professional development

5.   Practice interprofessional teamwork and collaboration skills

6.   Practice compassionate treatment of patients, and respect for their privacy and dignity.

7.   Uphold and promote the ideals of medical professionalism in all interactions with patients, colleagues, staff and faculty.

8.   Recognize and accept limitations in one’s knowledge and clinical skills, and commit to continuously improve one’s knowledge and ability.

Learning Objectives:

 1. Preceptorship 

  • Practice your physical exam, communication and clinical reasoning skills (Goal 1)
  • Continue or develop new preceptorship relationships (Goal 2)
  • Explore career options (Goal 2)
  • Practice compassionate and respectful patient care (Goal 5)
  • Improve and broaden clinical knowledge and skills (Goal 7)

 2. Hidden Curriculum 

  • Recognize the hidden curriculum of medical practice and education (Goal 3)
  • Build reflective skills to promote empathetic, humanistic practice (Goal 3)
  • Cultivate strategies to aid in career exploration and satisfaction and professional identity formation (Goal 2 and 3)
  • Recognize the potential for burnout and moral distress, and use peer support to develop and maintain resiliency and coping skills (Goal 3)
  • ·Develop skills in peer communication and support that contribute to a positive medical culture (Goal 6)

 3. Clinical Transformations Simulation

  • Practice team communication skills with interprofessional peers (Goal 4)
  • Reflect on team performance (Goal 4)
  • Improve interprofessional team skills (Goal 7)