The interdisciplinary generalist curriculum project: A national medical school demonstration project

N. B. Kahn, A. K. Davis, S. A. Wartman, M. E. Wilson, R. H. Kahn

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The United States is facing the challenge of producing more generalists for the physician workforce. The Primary Care Organizations' Consortium (PCOC) has responded by focusing on how medical education can be modified to enhance and support medical students' interest in and commitment to generalism early in their training. Evolving from PCOC's developmental work, the five-year Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum (IGC) Project was developed to encourage the nation's schools of medicine and colleges of osteopathic medicine to implement interdisciplinary generalist curricula in the preclinical years. Funded by the Division of Medicine in the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the IGC Project has successfully developed and implemented a nationally competitive medical school demonstration project. Thirty-three schools submitted proposals for an IGC Project award; nine were selected for site visits, from which five were chosen to receive three-year awards. Rigorous attention to creating and maintaining an interdisciplinary focus has characterized the first phase of the IGC Project. Shared leadership among the Executive Committee's project director and two project codirectors and parity in representation among the three disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics on the Advisory Committee have formed a critical foundation for interdisciplinary functioning within the project. Growing national interest in generalist training and other funding initiatives have contributed to acceptance of the IGC Project. The high level of interest in the IGC Project and the successful interdisciplinary collaboration during the first phase would indicate that the interdisciplinary process can be replicated to move the nation's medical education institutions toward the production of needed generalist physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S75-80
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Curriculum
  • Education, medical (methods)
  • Education, medical (organization & administration)
  • Forecasting
  • Medical
  • Patient care team
  • Pilot projects
  • Primary health care (organization & administration)
  • Schools
  • Support, U.S. gov't, p.h.s
  • United states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)


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