Title

The interdisciplinary generalist curriculum project at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Journal

Academic Medicine

Volume

76

Issue

4 SUPPL.

DOI

10.1097/00001888-200104001-00023

Abstract

The Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum (IGC) Project was initiated at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UI-Chicago) College Of Medicine to link an ongoing longitudinal primary care experience with a didactic curriculum emphasizing generalism. The result of this educational initiative was a more extensive reform of the preclinical curriculum than originally had been planned. The IGC Project catalyzed a critical analysis of the first- and second-year curriculum that continues and that has resulted in the integration of all of the early clinical course work under a single longitudinal curriculum. The IGC Project also established a model for interdisciplinary collaboration in course and curriculum design and expanded the walls of the university to include greater numbers of community-based generalist preceptors. This modestly funded and focused educational initiative had unanticipated and far-reaching implications for educational activities throughout the College of Medicine at UI-Chicago.

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