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PURCH Curriculum: How is it Different?

The PURCH Track augments the traditional MD Track curriculum with an emphasis on population health, patient-centered community-based care, and innovative, immersive learning experiences.

Focus on Population Health and Urban and Rural Communities

"Understanding patients on a deeper level than just their illnesses"
—Colton Conrad, PURCH student

PURCH Student Betsy McGovern

Conversations with Convicts

Betsy McGovern found it difficult to talk about traumatic experiences, like domestic violence.

"But gaining experience with hard questions is important."

Prepare to manage the health of both individuals and populations.

You will learn about health issues common to our urban and rural populations—and come to understand the complex interwoven social and environmental factors that affect them.

We will teach you how to apply these population health concepts as clinicians, and as advocates, to benefit under-served communities.

Patient-centered Care Integrated in the Community

"Appreciating the importance of prevention, rather than simply treatment of illness"
—Prith Roychowdhury, PURCH student

A patient is an individual, and also a member of a community.

The PURCH curriculum is designed with ongoing input from our community, so it closely reflects their needs and perspectives.

You will learn to broaden your focus to providing a continuum of care for an entire community—from disease prevention to intervention to management.

Innovative, Immersive Learning Experiences

"PURCH adds another layer to my education - one not available in a classroom setting"
—Kathryn Norman, PURCH student

We get you out of the classroom and into the community.

You may meet with veterans, inmates, and homeless shelter clients to discuss their health experiences. Or shop at a bodega with food stamps to learn about the challenges of living in a food desert.

Guest lecturers from the community include a local auto mechanic—students learn about clinical reasoning by comparing the process of diagnosing a car problem to taking a medical history.