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The delivery of the PCA program content is based on five educational concepts:
- Systems-based organization of information
- Information that is evidence-based
- Spiral curriculum
- Patient-centered, inter-professional focus
- Needs and styles of adult learners
Systems-based organization is an educational model where medical concepts are presented by studying functions of each separate body system in health and disease.
Evidence-based information ensures that curriculum information is current, pertinent, appropriate and promotes practice that is standardized, effective and safe.
A spiral curriculum is one in which concepts are presented initially in basic fashion, then revisited in more depth, going from simple recall of information to critical thinking and application, providing the opportunity for integration of new content and concepts.
Patient-centered medicine ensures that the needs of the patient are identified and addressed.
Inter-professional teamwork ensures that the student can communicate with and incorporate the expertise of other professions for the benefit of the patient.
Adult learners often have modes or learning styles that respond best to independent, self-directed inquiry; the program makes an effort to support the style of learning each student brings to the study of the material.