FRM 1 - Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health

Medicine is not a science. It uses science in the service of disease prevention, health promotion, and healing of those with disease. Western medicine is strongly rooted in scientific inquiry, testing, and application, but excellence in the practice of medicine requires diverse tools in addition to biomedical science, including knowledge and skills in ethics, law, economics, public policy, social medicine, and population health, in order to understand how these domains impact both individual patients and populations. It is fundamentally based on a commitment to a broad notion of health care which encompasses not only the treatment of disease, but the prevention of illness and a commitment to care even when disease cannot be effectively treated.

Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health (P2P) is a required, longitudinal course that runs throughout the MS1 year, designed to help medical students acquire the tools beyond the basic sciences that they will need to become outstanding physicians. It emphasizes case-based and self-directed learning strategies to help students acquire reasoning and analytical skills as they apply to bioethics, law, population health, and healthcare policy.

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