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    Community Engagement and Early Clinical Experience

    Community Engagement

    All graduates of the UIWSOM will be required to participate with the San Antonio community across all four years of medical school. Engagement with the community will serve as the foundation for the application of social justice and social accountability principles that will culminate in the development of a longitudinal scholarly project based on community needs.

    Early Clinical Experience

    This is a longitudinal clinical experience that begins the first week of medical school and continues through Phase II. Learners are assigned a community preceptor and are required to participate in a clinic or health-related setting each week for ½ day. Outcomes include: advanced knowledge of osteopathic principles of patient care, applying classroom knowledge to clinical care, direct participation in health care delivery and increased awareness and understanding of systems-based practice.