Primary Care Population Medicine


The PC-PM program integrates preparation for the MD and ScM degrees into a seamless 4-year curriculum.

As Rhode Island's only school of medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School is uniquely positioned to offer PC-PM students a rich and and dynamic medical education -- from some of the best educators in the field.
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Specialty coursework for this degree examines the intersection of population and clinical medicine and imparts an in-depth understanding of the U.S. healthcare system.
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This clerkship allows students to follow a panel of patients over time as they move through various health care settings, observing the continuum of patient services at all levels of health care.
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If you want to redesign the health care system, you need to have a real mastery in understanding of what it is today.

Matt Perry MD'19

Years 1 and 2

During Years 1 and 2, students enroll in four sequential semesters of Integrated Medical Sciences and Doctoring alongside traditional MD students. In addition, PCPM students take Master of Science courses in research methods in population medicine, quantitative methods, and leadership.

Year 3

PC-PM students spend Year 3 in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC).  Over the course of 32 weeks, PC-PM students spend one half day per week with a physician mentor. In addition, third-year students are assigned a panel of 30 patients to follow through various health care settings--advocating for their patients as they move from operating room to specialist visits to primary care office visits.

Year 4

Students will participate in the usual elective rotations offered at The Warren Alpert Medical School and will also complete a sub-internship.  At the same time, students will complete their thesis research under the guidance of a faculty member.

Curriculum at a Glance

Take a look at the documents below to view a map of the PC-PM program curriculum by year.