The Longitudinal and Vertical Integration of Health Systems Science in an Undergraduate Medical Education Program: A Means to Support "Curricular Elasticity"

Cureus. 2023 May 5;15(5):e38591. doi: 10.7759/cureus.38591. eCollection 2023 May.


Although health systems science (HSS) has become increasingly included as requisite curricular content in undergraduate medical education (UME), educators have many implementation options for integrating HSS content into medical school training. Learning from medical schools' authentic experiences and lessons learned for the successful and sustainable implementation of HSS would be valuable. We share our experience with the longitudinal and vertical integration of HSS at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia over the past six years. We posit that our approach to curricular design has afforded us the "curricular elasticity" needed to keep our educational program current and flexible in the rapidly changing healthcare and geopolitical landscape.

Keywords: curricular innovation; curriculum design; curriculum planning; health systems science; undergraduate medical education.

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