Student Programs


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  • M1 (First-Year) Curriculum

    Dr. Thais Tonore co-directs the Core Concepts schedule with Dr. David Brown.

    Included in this are: "Knowledge for White Coat Wearers" - basic knowledge of advice and over the counter medications to treat common complaints. We also have a "What Lies Beneath?" series to connect gross anatomy dissection with clinical exams. Professionalism, cultural sensitivity and clinical correlations are also part of the first year curriculum. 

    Primary Care Scholars Program

    The Primary Care Scholars Program is designed to provide medical students with longitudinal exposure to the practice of family medicine. The student works under the supervision of a mentoring family practice physician.

    Participation in this elective introduces the student to the art of family medicine and the unique role of the family physician in the clinical and community aspects of patient care. The student will gain an understanding of the correlation between basic sciences and clinical practice.

    Study tracks

    Students may choose one of three tracks:

    • Community-oriented primary care (6 students per class)
      The student will learn to assess health problems in a community rather than in an individual patient. The student will make a commitment to a community service project that will have an impact on community health. 
    • Family-centered maternity care (4 students per class)
      The student will develop a relationship with an expectant family under the care of a family physician in the family practice residency setting, follow the mother's care throughout pregnancy and delivery, and follow the mother and baby postpartum. 
    • Preclinical clerkship (4 students per class)
      The student will gain an understanding of the art and philosophy of family medicine and a continuing relationship with patients in the office setting. For eligibility, contact Dr. Thais Tonore at ttonore@umc.edu or Chastity Carney at ccarney@umc.edu or (601) 984-5447.