“The collaborative, team-based approach that the Meyers Primary Care faculty takes in conducting research has left me with a great example to shape my future career in medicine."

~Nerissa Duchin
2012 MSTAR Student
MD Candidate, 2015

Medical Education

The Meyers Primary Care Institute (MPCI) faculty plays an important role in the education of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This includes exposing students to contemporary issues in healthcare, and supporting them to gain the knowledge and skills required to navigate today’s rapidly changing healthcare system.

Below is an overview of some of our undergraduate and graduate medical education initiatives.


UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Health Policy and the Practice of Medicine Interstitial Curriculum
This one-day event introduces third-year medical students to issues related to healthcare access, quality, and cost, at both a state and national level.

This event is sponsored in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Center for Health Policy and Research.

Primary Care Principles Student Interest Group
This interest group introduces first and second-year medical students to the broad scope of primary care as a career path. MPCI co-sponsors a number of activities as part of this group’s annual coordination of Primary Care Month. This includes the Annual Primary Care Dinner, which brings together primary care physicians and students.

This group is coordinated in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care and the Office of Educational Affairs. An MPCI faculty member serves as co-advisor to this group.

Health Professionals for Human Rights Student Interest Group
This interest group equips future healthcare professionals to act as informed advocates to recognize, prevent, and speak out against human rights violations that impact the health of individuals, communities, and populations.

This group is supported in part by a Joseph P. Healey and Public Service Endowment Grant. An MPCI faculty member serves as advisor to this group.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR)
This competitive scholarship program exposes undergraduate medical students to an enriching 8-12 week experience in aging-related research under the mentorship of expert faculty from MPCI and the Division of Geriatric Medicine.

This program is administered by the National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research.

CAPSTONE Scholarship and Discovery Course
This compulsory course provides medical students with support to build on an existing area of passion—or to identify and develop a new area of passion—following their completion of a mentored scholarly project in one of the School of Medicine’s core competencies.

An MPCI faculty member serves as a mentor.


GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT)
This program fosters interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in the management of complex older patients. The program improves chief residents' understanding of geriatrics principles, and enhances their leadership and teaching skills.

This program is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Advancing Geriatric Education Initiative.


INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION

Geriatric Teaching Day
This annual event supports the Dr. John Meyers’ Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine, and introduces undergraduate medical and nursing students to a career in geriatrics. The event includes an interactive dinner for students and faculty, a Medicine Grand Rounds presentation on geriatric medicine and the care of the older adult, and informal seminars for practicing clinicians, fellows, and faculty.

This event is hosted by the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Department of Medicine in collaboration with various divisions and departments.

Integrated Geriatrics Education: A Model Curriculum Across the Medical Education Continuum
This project creates a suite of activities that constitute an integrated geriatrics education program across the medical education continuum. The program encompasses geriatrics assessment, principles and practice, and advocacy programs, which are integrated into the new Learner-Centered Integrated Curriculum. This program enhances the knowledge and skills of clinician educators across all levels.

This program is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Advancing Geriatric Education Initiative.