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Medical College of Wisconsin Student Scholarly Pathways

Our Scholarly Pathways allow students to individualize their training while working with peers and faculty mentors to pursue an area of common interest in greater depth. Scholarly Pathways are a required component of our curriculum. In the Discovery Curriculum, all First and Second Year students participate in their selected Pathway, with an option to continue in the Third Year. With the Class of 2027 and implementation of MCWFusion™ medical students will participate in their selected Scholarly Pathway during Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Each of the Pathways features two components:

  1. A structured curriculum with a core set of competencies delivered through monthly workshops, or core sessions
  2. Flexible, experiential noncore enrichment activities guided by a faculty advisor and an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) designed to apply core concepts in a variety of settings.

Physician in the Community Pathway | MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin

As an MCW-Green Bay or MCW-Central Wisconsin student, you’ll participate in our Physician in the Community Pathway, linking your medical education with the resources of our clinical partners and the needs of the Green Bay-area communities to promote health in Northern Wisconsin. This unique MCW experience is designed to cultivate your medical skills and interests, transforming them into a quest for lifelong learning in your practice as a primary care physician, general surgeon or psychiatrist.

MCW-Milwaukee Student Scholarly Pathways

Basic to Translational Research Pathway

The Basic to Translational Research Pathway provides core research skills in the area of basic science research. This Pathway is focused on competencies that can be gained from scientific research that are transferable to clinical practice, including communication (oral and written), time management, information gathering, critical thinking/critical assessment (i.e. data analysis, critical reading of scientific literature), and problem solving. Students learn to work in teams and/or independently.

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Bioethics and Medical Humanities Pathway

The Bioethics and Medical Humanities Pathway will enable students to integrate the knowledge and tools of bioethics and medical humanities into their healthcare careers. This will be achieved through a variety of activities that encompass knowledge of the bioethics scholarly literature through discussion and application of analytic frameworks to clinical ethics, research ethics and ethics teaching. Additionally, the knowledge and skills of bioethics and medical humanities will enable students to strengthen their professionalism, improve communication, preserve empathy and support reflective practice.

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Clinical to Translational Research Pathway

The Clinical to Translational Research Pathway is for students interested in complementing their clinical development with the skills required to become clinician-scientists. Through core sessions and a mentored research project, students gain an understanding of the way clinical and translational research improves patient care. This Pathway uses a hypothesis driven research project to provide the student an individualized research experience allowing for the development of research skills.

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Clinician Educator Pathway

The Clinician Educator Pathway is designed for students interested in the theory and methods of teaching and learning. Students will explore methods to improve teaching in the clinical setting, learn how to apply educational principles to the development of educational materials and curricula, and develop a scholarly educational product.

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Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway is designed for students interested in understanding the healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities around the world. It prepares students for the challenges of working in areas of the world with limited health care resources. Core curriculum topics are consistent with those proposed by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and other professional schools that have long been on the forefront of global health education and research. Pathway activities are coordinated with the Office of Global Health.

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Health Systems Management and Policy Pathway

The Health Systems Management and Policy Pathway will help students understand health policy and the business and economics of medicine. It will also provide students with leadership skills so that they can participate in the changes needed for the U.S. health care system to improve and thrive. The goal of this Pathway is to provide a working knowledge of the health care systems for students who have an interest in pursuing administrative and leadership roles in their future, who would like to effectively advocate for the development and implementation of health policies, and who desire a deeper understanding of how health care is structured and delivered so that they will be a more valuable member or a leader in their health care organization in the future.

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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Pathway

The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QuIPS) Pathway provides students with the core principles and skills necessary to understand and analyze the systems-based aspects of patient care, to actively engage in quality improvement work, and to enhance patient safety with the of achieving the best possible health outcomes for patients.

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Urban and Community Health Pathway

Both population health and patient-centered care perspectives recognize the influence of lifestyle, socio-economic factors, community resources and environmental hazards on morbidity, mortality and well-being. The Urban and Community Health (UCH) Pathway links education with community needs and assets, to prepare students to effectively care for patients in urban communities, promote community health, and reduce health disparities.

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