Foundations of Health Care Delivery: FHD1&2

The first two years of FHD are divided into two separate courses: Foundations of Health Care Delivery 1: Continuity Clinical Experience (FHD1) and Foundations of Health Care Delivery 2: Clinical Systems of Care (FHD2). The course descriptions are as follows:

Foundations of Health Care Delivery 1: Continuity Clinical Experience

Foundations of Health Care Delivery 1: Continuity Clinical Experience is a longitudinal clinical experience where individual students are integrated into a clinic to learn about the clinical care team, clinic setting, and develop skills to care for individual patients while learning about the larger care-delivery system. Course activities including clinical experiences and seminars will address the following goals:

1. Prepare professionals with systems-level skills necessary to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.

2. Integrate health systems sciences with clinical care.

3. Cultivate respectful professionals.

Foundations of Health Care Delivery 2: Clinical Systems of Care

Foundations of Health Care Delivery 2: Clinical Systems of Care is a course designed to introduce students to the larger health care systems. Students will engage in didactics and experiential learning to develop a deeper understanding of the systems involved in practicing within a mesosystem and macrosystem. Students will learn about social determinants of health and community advocacy, experience a variety of settings of care, learn about safe transitions of care, and optimizing health care value. Through these experiences, students will address the following goals:

1. Prepare professionals with systems-level skills necessary to provide care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.

2. Integrate health systems sciences with clinical care.

3. Cultivate respectful professionals.

Because students are in a variety of clinical settings to learn the systems of care, it is imperative that they come together to share their experiences. Through comparing and contrasting various settings of care, students gain a broader understanding of the complexity of the systems of care as well as gain insight into the breadth of patient experiences throughout the medical center. As such, students in both FHD1 and FHD2 meet intermittently in large group and small group settings to learn didactics, debrief from their previous experiences and receive feedback on their performance. Dedicated faculty small group facilitators (SGFs) help provide and facilitate learning during these sessions.