Emerging lessons of the Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum (IGC) Project

Steven A. Wartman, Ardis K. Davis, Modena E H Wilson, Norman B. Kahn, Ruth H. Kahn

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The Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Project (IGC) was funded in 1993 by the Health Resources and Services Administration with the goal of developing innovative preclinical generalist curricula in ten of the nation's medical and osteopathic schools. The IGC successfully completed two competitive cycles in which ten schools were awarded three-year contracts. Although the long-term goal of the project is to increase the proportion of medical students choosing generalist careers, much has been learned thus far about the processes of curricular change and interdisciplinary cooperation. Drawing on information from school reports, site visits, external evaluations, academic presentations, and annual project meetings, this report presents the emerging lessons learned in the key areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, recruitment and retention of community preceptors, faculty development, and integration of generalist-related components into the four- year medical school curriculum. These lessons should prove useful for other schools embarking upon significant curricular innovations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-942
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education


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