FMAPPS 3+3 Pathway Curriculum
The Family Medicine Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (FM-APPS) curriculum isn’t just accelerated, it’s designed to maximize efficiency through learning that is built on prior knowledge and skills.
Longitudinal, Immersive Experiences
As an FM-APPS student, you’ll be expected to meet all educational objectives and graduation requirements of the regular MD curriculum.
The methods for assessment are the same as those for traditional medical students. However, because it is an accelerated pathway, vacations are reduced.
How the Curriculum is Different
The FM-APPS curriculum differs from the "regular" four-year curriculum in the following areas:
Beginning in the spring of the first year, students start acceleration by enrolling in the medical home longitudinal elective. During the summer, you will complete the underserved medicine clerkship, radiology elective and work on the Medical Student Research project. In the fall of the second year, you’ll complete the Family Medicine Clerkship in a longitudinal format.
Designed with proven best practices, Phase II will be in a longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) format instead of block clerkships. Integration is highlighted across three years of medical school and into residency training. Curriculum features include the following guiding principles:
- Continuity of relationships with patients
- Continuity with faculty preceptors
- Continuity of setting
- A longitudinal developmental pedagogy