Patient, Doctor and Society (PDS)
Published: 1/12/2011



Patient, Doctor and Society is a four-semester course, focusing on biological, psychological and social aspects of patient centered care. The course teaches communication skills, physical examination, evidence-based medicine, professionalism and health care in society via large group lectures, small group discussions, clinical skill building sessions, self-reflection assignments, and experiential learning. Each clinical department within the School of Medicine and Public Health is obligated to provide instructors for this course.

Typically, the Department must provide instructors for 2 or 3 small group sessions per semester. Faculty members have the opportunity to co-teach a session which amounts to about 5 half days per faculty member per semester. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has historically provided faculty members the opportunity to volunteer to teach this course. However, in 2002, when there were not enough volunteers to fill the teaching slots the faculty as a group voted to fill the teaching spots with faculty members in alphabetical order.

We are re-implementing this policy for PDS coverage from this point forward. Our goal is to assign 4-6 faculty far enough in advance so this can be worked into the scheduling process.

It is the co-leaders’ responsibility to provide full coverage for the semester. This means, once assigned to teach for the semester, the faculty members are responsible for full coverage of the course sessions. If you are unable to meet your teaching commitment, you are responsible for finding someone to fill in, provided you are at a place in the curriculum you can do so, or to make this up at another time. It is very difficult and not advantageous to the students to provide fill-in faculty for one class here and there. Should you have questions about this process, please contact Janet Short.