Integrated Population Medicine Program

What is Population Medicine?

In the Sydney Medical Program students are taught to understand the health of individuals within a broader context, beyond the hospitals. They learn to consider common health problems, the causes and prevention of those problems, and how health problems can be best managed by the individual and by our society. We encourage them to promote positive change by asking, ‘How could society respond better to this problem?’ As part of this process they are trained to consider the scientific evidence, and the personal and social impact of disease.

What is the program about?

The aim of the Integrated Population Medicine (IPM) Program is to help medical students understand the impact of a chronic health condition on patients, their family and friends, in the context of their communities and the Australian health system. A chronic health condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer. For example, asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or stroke.

To do this, students are asked to follow a person living with a chronic health problem over a period of up to 16 months. During this time they will complete a variety of tasks to show what they are learning.

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