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Transitions One (2 weeks)

In Transitions One, medical students begin to develop an appreciation of their role as health care professionals by acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes that will shape their medical education and self-understanding as they undertake patient care as a novice member of a healthcare team.

Course Objectives

The following course objectives align with the IU School of Medicine MD Curriculum Competencies and Institutional Learning Objectives. This alignment enables faculty and students to understand how current student learning prepares them for the next stage in training and for their ongoing practice and maintenance of certification.

Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills in a team environment.

Identify one’s communication style and describe elements of and barriers to effective communication.

Apply principles of evidence-based medicine and biostatistics to form answerable clinical questions, analyze study design, interpret study findings, and evaluate diagnostic and therapeutic options.

Describe the procedure for appropriately measuring vital signs, calculating BMI, and interpreting results.

Describe strength and credibility of medical information sources.

Identify effective/adaptive strategies for the management of stress and emotions as a critical component of medical professionalism.

Examine personal values and biases as well as professional goals and responsibilities.

Demonstrate compassion for all individuals regardless of gender, race, age, or cultural background. 

Explore and apply ethical and legal principles that guide the practice of medicine.

Explain how both individual and systemic barriers contribute to disparities in healthcare delivery.

Explain the importance of and describe physician responsibility for patient safety.