Curriculum Overview

How To Use This Curriculum

We want these lessons to be as widely helpful as possible. Given the range of circumstances in which medical students may find themselves right now, we do not have a single approach in mind. For those with the time, we suggest you proceed through the modules start-to-finish. However, for those with more urgent needs, the modules are stand-alone, and you can selectively access content on an as-needed basis. The subsequent learning objectives and table of contents at the left may help you locate content that is most important.

Many modules reference supplemental resources that may be worth accessing in the future, either in anticipation of specific patient interactions or simply to find the most current statistics of the pandemic. Also included on this website are one-page summaries of each module’s key takeaways.

Learning goals

Module 1: From Bench to Bedside

Evaluate how the emerging understanding of COVID-19 pathophysiology translates to evolving diagnosis, treatment, and prevention efforts.

Module 2: Epidemiology Principles

Introduce epidemiological principles underlying the current public health interventions regarding COVID-19, and evaluate how these interventions could influence the impact of the pandemic.

Module 3: Health Disparities, Policy Changes, and Socioeconomic Effects in the U.S.

Appreciate the complex and rapidly changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic as it stands in the U.S., as well as the adapting responses of the healthcare system and society as a whole.

Module 4: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

Assess how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the mental health of patients and identify basic tools for responding to these changes in the clinical setting.

Module 5: Communicating Information about COVID-19

Prepare to productively communicate information about COVID-19, especially with a non-medical audience who may have varying attitudes towards the pandemic.

Module 6: Training for Potential Clinical Roles

Develop technical know-how in preparation for roles that medical students may play in the clinical setting.

Module 7: Global Innovation and Collaboration

Explore collaborative innovation and shared experiences regarding optimizing “staff, stuff, space, and systems” between countries of all income levels as they relate to COVID-19.

Module 8: Medical Ethics in Relation to COVID-19

Discuss various ethical controversies related to COVID-19, and apply ethical frameworks to examine the impacts of personal, medical, and governmental decisions related to the pandemic.