In mid-July, prior to entering the University of Virginia School of Medicine, GSP students engage in a multi-faceted, three week orientation course. This course provides students with an overview of the GSP program and an introduction to the field of generalist medicine.
The session begins with two weeks of didactic and community-based learning experiences. Speakers from the School of Medicine and other schools within the University address a variety of issues and community representatives from social service agencies and health-related programs share their expertise. Through shadowing experiences and by spending time at a local free clinic, students experience a variety of primary care settings. Students also go on a tour the local community and make site visits to select programs to learn about current problems and programs that address area needs.
During the summer course students are first introduced to the group community service experience in which they will engage throughout their first year. This service activity allows them to complete both GSP and School of Medicine course requirements.
There is ample time for entering students to meet current GSP students and the GSP faculty. In this way they begin to integrate into the larger GSP community.
During the third and final week students engage in fieldwork in various settings throughout the greater Charlottesville community. They shadow practicing primary care physicians and spend time at the local free clinic.