Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 12, pp 691–694 | Cite as

A New educational approach for supporting the professional development of third-year medical students

  • William T. Branch
  • Richard J. Pels
  • Gordon Harper
  • David Calkins
  • Lachlan Forrow
  • Fred Mandell
  • Edwin Maynard
  • Lynn Peterson
  • Ronald A. Arky
Brief Reports


This paper describes a new course designed to support the professional development of third-year medical students. The course runs through the clinical clerkships, and has several additional features: it includes a multidisciplinary faculty; it is centrally based in the medical school; it addresses students’ values and attitudes in addition to their knowledge and skills; and it makes use of small-group learning methods, and faculty, student, and group continuity during the year. The curriculum, which addresses ethical, social, and communicative issues in medicine, plus the evaluation of students and of the course, are described.

Key words

education students course professional development 


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • William T. Branch
    • 1
  • Richard J. Pels
    • 2
  • Gordon Harper
    • 3
  • David Calkins
    • 5
  • Lachlan Forrow
    • 6
  • Fred Mandell
    • 4
  • Edwin Maynard
    • 7
  • Lynn Peterson
    • 8
  • Ronald A. Arky
    • 9
  1. 1.the Department of MedicineEmory University School of MedicineAtlanta
  2. 2.the Department of MedicineCambridge HospitalCambridge
  3. 3.the Department of PsychiatryChildren’s Hospital Medical CenterBoston
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsChildren’s Hospital Medical CenterBoston
  5. 5.the Department of MedicineNew England Deaconess HospitalBoston
  6. 6.the Department of MedicineBeth Israel HospitalBoston
  7. 7.the Department of MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBoston
  8. 8.the Division of Medical EthicsHarvard Medical SchoolBoston
  9. 9.the Francis Weld Peabody SocietyHarvard Medical SchoolBoston

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