National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Medical Education for TB Control in the 21st Century
Edward A. Nardell, M.D., Cambridge Hospital

Fifth Funding Cycle
07/01/97 - 06/30/02

Abstract

The principal goal of this project is to improve the teaching of TB and TB control at Harvard Medical School, affiliated teaching hospitals, post-graduate courses, Harvard School of Public Health, and among primary care providers working in three models of managed health care, in an effort to improve the long-term health benefits for patients with TB infection and disease, and to reduce transmission of the disease. The specific aims are to improve the TB knowledge base of students, faculty, practicing physicians, and other health professionals in the Harvard medical community. A detailed audit of the TB content in the curricula of HMS, HSPH, and the adult and pediatric primary care residency training programs of the Harvard teaching hospitals will be conducted. Based on the audit results, interdisciplinary improvements to the curricula will be developed and changes negotiated with various course directors. Materials for self-learning using the HMS students' palmtop computers will also be developed. A new fourth year interdisciplinary TB elective for HMS and HSPH students is proposed. Assessment of these initiatives will be done by periodic re-audits of curricula and specific assessment instruments. Interventions to increase the teaching of residents and practicing primary care physicians are also proposed.


For more information please contact:
Edward A. Nardell, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine
Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 498-1029
FAX: (617) 498-1671
E-mail: edward.nardell@state.ma.us


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