From 1999 to 2001, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions/Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, implemented and evaluated a curriculum it had developed for population/community-oriented primary care.
Many people in underserved communities do not seek health care. Johns Hopkins' purpose in creating the curriculum was to provide primary care services to these people, while at the same time making systematic efforts to identify and address their communities' health problems, using methods of clinical medicine, epidemiology, social sciences and health services research and evaluation.
This was the first published community-oriented primary care curriculum intended for general internal medicine residents (second and third year), rather than family medicine residents.
The curriculum encompassed eight sequential modules. In addition to a three-hour class, each module contained a three-hour work session devoted to specific project assignments to enable general internal medicine residents to develop key knowledge, attitudes and skills in community-oriented primary care by participating in real-life community projects.