Establishing Nine Abilities Expected of All Brown University Medical Grads

Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education

Beginning in 1990, Brown University School of Medicine redesigned its curriculum. The school delineated specific basic science and clinical medicine competencies expected of its graduates.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Preparing Physicians for the Future.

Key Results: The curriculum redesign included the following:

  • Defined nine abilities expected of all Brown graduates: effective communication; basic clinical skills; using basic science to guide therapy; diagnosis, management, and prevention; life-long learning; self-awareness, self-care, and personal growth; problem solving; moral reasoning and ethical judgment; and context of medical practice.
  • Established six six-month-long ambulatory clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine and psychiatry.
  • Reconfigured and consolidated the leadership of the Division of Biology and Medicine.

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