Community Medicine

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Community Medicine (CM) is a longitudinal experience with multiple parts that is completed over three years of residency.  The purpose is to promote participation with community partners that contribute in the broadest sense to the health and well-being of people in the communities we serve.  It is composed of a core curriculum delivered during FMI, a monthly workshop-based curriculum that repeats annually, a CM block rotation and a CM project.  The core curriculum teaches the basics about the social determinants of health and explores the communities served by our clinics.  This foundation prepares residents for the longitudinal curriculum that explores working with community partners providing needs assessment, working with community leaders and facilitating community development.  The block rotation places residents with community partners in social service agencies.  During the block rotation residents will become familiar with important community health resources that will facilitate the care of patients.  They will start or continue work with a community based organization and will work with their advisor to develop a project that will continue over three years.  The lessons learned in the monthly community medicine workshops are designed to be used in these projects.  Projects in their most basic form - and sometimes most effective form - can be direct service; i.e., volunteering.