The IMPACcT (Improving Patient Access, Care, and Cost through Training) Primary Care Experience is a longitudinal program, open to students on an optional basis, that provides trainees with a mentored primary care experience integrating education and clinical skills focused on patient-centered care, quality improvement and population health in an interprofessional, team-based setting. Students apply to this program in their MS1 year and continue with the program through the entirety of their studies.
IMPACcT brings together trainees from four clinical professions:
- Medicine (residents and medical students)
- Physician Assistant
Expanded Primary Care Curriculum
Trainees receive expanded primary care education through workshops and didactic sessions.
Half day workshop topics include:
- Interprofessional education and leadership skills
- Behavioral health
- Health care disparities
- Medication management
- Patient-Centered Medical Home principles
Didactic topics include:
- Pain management
- Health literacy
Team-Based Clinical Care
Trainees participate in interprofessional, team-based clinical training sessions at the IMPACcT Clinic, a designated patient-centered medical home which includes clinical huddles to review and discuss complex patient cases. During their fourth year, IMPACcT trainees have the opportunity to participate in IMPACcT related electives, research, quality improvement, and medical education projects.
Career Mentoring and Guidance
Upon entry into IMPACcT, trainees are matched with an IMPACcT General Internal Medicine faculty member who will remain the trainee's mentor throughout the program. Career opportunities within primary care as well as other fields are discussed, and trainees are by no means committing to a career in primary care by joining the program. Resident mentors are also available for IMPACcT trainees.
Lauren Block, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor and Medical School Track Director, IMPACcT Program • Email
Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, Associate Dean for Educational Skills Development, Professor of Science Education and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention and Family Medicine and Co-Director, IMPACcT Program • Email
Taranjeet Ahuja, DO, Assistant Professor, Science Education and Pediatrics, Director, Initial Clinical Experience and Advanced Clinical Experience • Email
Tiffany Jordan, MHEA, Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives • Email