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First 100 Weeks

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From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges and Responsibilities (CPR) provides the setting for students to begin the transformation from a student to a professional.

The CPR course is constructed upon the framework of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum. The EMT curriculum has been expanded in the depth and breadth of its content to include advanced scientific and clinical concepts appropriate to its central role in the first course of medical school. Stemming from an EMT curriculum allows students to develop a usable clinical skill set from the earliest days, gain experience working with different health care professionals, and appreciate patients and their illnesses in the context of their communities and homes.

During this course, foundational systems-based physiology, structural sciences, and pharmacology are integrated with clinical skills, including communications, history-taking, physical examination, and the use of bedside ultrasound.

During CPR, students are introduced to anatomical donors, PEARLS and the various pedagogies used in the curriculum and develop insight into the importance of learning objectives, assessment, and reflection to build a strong foundation for the deliberate practice of medicine.

  • Course Goals

    From the Person to the Professional: Challenges, Privileges and Responsibilities: Course Goals

    1. Function as a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and as an EMT in an interprofessional healthcare team.
    2. Demonstrate a patient-centered approach to obtaining and documenting a history, performing a physical examination and ultrasound examination. 
    3. Recognize the causal and probabilistic components of clinical reasoning, which inform the steps a clinician takes in evaluating a patient.
    4. Appreciate the principles, values, and norms that characterize the ethical and humanistic side of the medical profession from both individual and public health perspectives.
    5. Recognize the various roles and personal responsibilities inherent to professionalism.
    6. Understand the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system.
    7. Understand the fundamental principles of gross anatomy, histology, and pathology and apply them to the basic principles of clinical medicine.
    8. Link normal and abnormal function to gross and microscopic anatomical structure at the cellular, tissue, and organ level.
    9. Appreciate the differences between various medical imaging studies, the reasoning behind their selection, and develop an approach to their interpretation. 
    10. Understand how the principles of pharmacology relate to normal body function, disease states, and the application of therapeutics.
    11. Perform a self-assessment as a critical component of adult learning.
    12. Understand foundational physiologic principles.
  • Assessment Methods

    Students are assessed in a variety of ways to generate a grade in the courses completed in the First 100 Weeks. As a faculty member or resident who is responsible for supervising a student, you will be expected to complete one or more assessment forms. The questions/anchors can be found on the First 100 Weeks assessment page.

Typical Week of Study