“For I know well, the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not your woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Each person in New Jersey, and in the United States, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, will enjoy the highest levels of wellness in an economically and behaviorally sustainable fashion.
The physicians we train, in their delivery of the highest quality care to all patients, will:
- Act on their understanding that context, community, and behavior drive well-being;
- Embrace and model our professional and our university’s Catholic roots of reverence for the human condition, empathy toward suffering, excellence in medical care, and humility in service;
- Continue to serve and learn from the engagement of socioeconomically diverse and underrepresented minority populations among students, faculty, staff, and community;
- Integrate lifelong learning and inquiry into their practice; and
- Work in communion with scholars and practitioners of other disciplines to integrate their perspectives, experiences, and tools.
We are building our curriculum to effectively and efficiently meet these goals. There will not be a distinction between the basic science and clinical curriculum. Rather, basic science content will be presented in its clinical context with clear medical relevance. Students will learn within an integrated curriculum in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. We will utilize the best components of different evidence-based teaching methods, and structure our foundational curriculum explicitly to give students what they need to thrive in the modern, technically demanding, clinical setting.
The Human Dimension
Central to the curriculum will be a thread called the Human Dimension. Through immersive and longitudinal experiences, students will come to understand the role of community and context in health and wellbeing, as well as the role of the physician in all elements that contribute to promoting health and preventing disease.