The interdisciplinary generalist curriculum project at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
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.
Lesky, L., & Yonke, A. (2001). The interdisciplinary generalist curriculum project at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Academic Medicine, 76 (4 SUPPL.). http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00001888-200104001-00023