This three-day course is offered in February of Year One after the Microbiology and Infectious Disease section. The goals of the course are to empower students to understand high value care and advocate for its practice. Lectures serve as the background on why providers order unnecessary labs, imaging, and medications and the changes that are occurring. Interactive small group sessions then allow students to participate in hands-on approaches to improving their role as stewards of healthcare for the healthcare system and most importantly their patients.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Describe how both insurance companies and beneficiaries pay for healthcare.
- Choose laboratory tests and imaging tests that provide the highest value to the patient.
- Apply the concepts of behavioral economics to patient and physician behavior.
- Develop communication skills that incorporate value.
- Demonstrate the ability to decrease a patient’s financial burden from pharmaceuticals.
- Propose a solution to decrease the overuse of a non-beneficial health care service.
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for 10 hours over 3 days.