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Dean of Quinnipiac University's New Medical School Testifies Before Senate Subcommittee on Successful Primary Care Programs
Date:4/24/2013

on that might be difficult in established medical schools. “We aim to change the traditional model, where the physician is viewed as the captain of the ship giving orders to the crew, to a model more akin to a NASCAR pit crew, where a team of highly trained and skilled professionals each bring their expertise to a single goal: the care of the patient. “

Koeppen noted that the new medical school builds upon Quinnipiac’s strong programs in Health Sciences and Nursing to educate diverse, patient-centered physicians who are partners and leaders in an inter-professional primary care workforce; responsive to healthcare needs in the communities they serve; and who work in collaboration with the University’s global health program. It has also established a Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education, which serves as a think tank and coordinating point for identifying best practices for interprofessional education.

To achieve its goal, the school has hired faculty that support its mission; implemented a holistic student admissions process; developed a primary-care based curriculum; developed positive role models in primary care; and targeted financial aid issues.

The core curriculum is designed to emphasize high impact diseases, rather than the rare diseases that are more the domain of subspecialists. It also emphasizes wellness, prevention, social determinants of health, and health disparities.

Two unique components include a Medical Student Home (MeSH), where medical students spend t
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