• Primary Care Faculty Mentor: Primary Care Scholars Program students are matched with a primary care faculty mentor. Faculty mentors discuss concerns, answer questions and encourage leadership skill development. Mentors and students are required to meet at least bi-annually. A formative review of the students will occur yearly to assess student progress in the program.
  • Primary Care Scholars Program
    Ryan Romo, MD, with Sarah Coles MD
    Primary Care Seminars: Multiple primary care seminars will be presented across a two-year cycle. Students will attend a minimum of 10 seminars over the course of four years.
  • Scholarly ProjectsStudents will complete a scholarly project with a focus relevant to primary care or may complete an alternative project with an emphasis on primary care upon approval for the Primary Care Scholars program director. The selected topic for the scholarly project must be approved by the Primary Care Scholars program director and the Scholarly Projects director.
  • Online Course: Students are required to complete the Information Mastery online evidence-based medicine course by the end of their fourth year. They will be encouraged to complete most of this course during the six-week Personalized Active Learning (PAL) block at the end of their first year. As part of the Information Mastery course, students must attend all flipped classroom discussion sessions scheduled at the end of the PAL block.
  • Primary Care Week: Second-year students will participate, along with the primary care student interest groups, in the planning and implementation of a minimum of two activities during Primary Care Week — a week-long program of lectures, panels, films and other activities that focus on issues relating to primary care, including the Primary Care Advocacy Town Hall. These sessions are open to the entire student body, staff and faculty at the college, as well as interested members of the community.
  • Leadership and Advocacy: Students will be required to participate in primary care and public health advocacy by planning and leading the Primary Care Week and the annual Primary Care Advocacy Town Hall. Students must participate in at least 10 hours of advocacy over the course of their four years. They must also complete a leadership and advocacy four-week elective during their fourth year. Our students are also encouraged to participate and lead the many community health and service learning opportunities offered through the CHIP programs.
  • All Other Requirements:
    • Students must have passing grades in all blocks and courses in order to remain in the program.
    • Students must adhere to the student code of conduct and may not receive more than two Level 1 ratings in behavioral competencies.
    • Students cannot receive more than one Certificate of Distinction.
    • Students need to complete all of the MD requirements of the college.

Primary Care Scholars COD Course Description (PDF)