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Longitudinal Track Programs

Longitudinal Track Programs Provide:

  • Innovative Early Clinical Immersion Programs
  • Hands on experience that spans all four years of training
  • The skill set necessary to face the challenges of 21st century medicine
  • Training in healthy lifestyles for disease prevention and management of chronic disease
  • Opportunities for students to engage patients on the benefits of nutrition exercise and active involvement in their own care

  • The Longitudinal- Experiential Track Programs at COMP are an optional educational opportunity that allows students to engage in an active learning environment over an elongated period of time. In so doing, the student can experience the practice of medicine from the day they arrive on campus. This experience provides a rich opportunity for the student to integrate skills necessary for the practice of medicine as they are gained. The traditional focus of medical education has been arranging courses into sequenced blocks of learning with very little time dedicated to integrating material. Each of the longitudinal-experiential tracks is composed of integrated blocks of learning unified around a longitudinal theme. A significant portion of each track is composed of experiential training, which allows the student to combine traditional methods such as listening, reading and observing with firsthand immersion.


    Support Staff

    Jen Aceves  Jennifer Aceves
    Longitudinal Tracks Coordinator
    jaceves@westernu.edu 
    Sabrina Covarrubias  Sabrina Covarrubias
    Administrative Assistant III
     scovarrubias@westernu.edu

    The Longitudinal Track Programs available:

    Longitudinal Chronic Care Course (LC3)
    For the duration of the program (normally four years), students are paired with a patient living with a chronic disease to experience healthcare through their patient’s eyes.


    Lifestyle Medicine Track
    Students acquire skills in nutrition, exercise and stress management education through innovative hands-on training.


    Global Health Track
    Students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of why global health initiatives have the potential to reduce poverty, build stronger economies and promote peace.


    Rural Health Track
    Students participate in an innovative approach to learning about issues pertinent to the practice of medicine and addressing issues of population health in rural and/or underserved communities.


    Programs such as these are critical to the success of our future physicians and the transformation of health care in our communities. These innovative programs are sustained through philanthropic funding.

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