Systems of Care Pathway
The Systems of Care (SOC) Pathway was founded in fall 2012 by Drs. Alice Kuo and Carl Stevens. The overall goal of the Systems of Care (SOC) Pathway is to educate medical students to influence and direct the delivery of health care through their leadership of organizations committed to enhancing the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of health care services.
SOC Pathway students are integrated with the UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center (MPCCC), a primary care practice for both children and adults that is open 365 days a year with extended evening hours on weekdays. In addition to gaining clinical skills with dedicated faculty and residents, these students also conduct clinic quality improvement (QI) projects, participate in business meetings, and eventually care for their own continuity panel of patients. The SOC Pathway students have their first- and second-year clinical preceptorships, third-year ambulatory medicine rotation, and fourth-year medicine-pediatrics sub-internship and a quality improvement elective rotation at the MPCCC, all with the same faculty and residents.
Goals and Objective
The current aim of the MPCCC QI projects is to improve appropriate Emergency Department (ED) utilization by its patients. This past year, second-year medical students analyzed outpatient-amenable ED visits attributed to clinic patients and characterized the population with the most admissions. Current MS1 projects focus on educating patients about urgent care services, designing better diabetes management protocols, and improving advance care planning.