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Caring with Compassion is a freely shared curriculum supporting health professionals who care for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations: homeless, uninsured, at-risk, and underserved patients. Clinicians will learn how to use team-based skills and the bio-psychosocial model to provide personalized care for at-risk patients.

This curriculum is designed to support independent, self-directed learning. There are 3 main components: online modules, a learning game called “Care Consequences”, and a collection of implementation resources. For more detailed information designed for educational program leaders, please review the For Educators section, including the formal Instructor’s Guide. To access the formal curriculum or the Care Consequences game, create a free login. You will be provided with a personalized learning dashboard to track your progress. Successful completion of learning activities will allow application for CME credit sponsored by the American College of Physicians (ACP). The content supports ACP’s initiative on Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity and ACP’s policy Envisioning a Better U.S. Health Care System for All: Reducing Barriers to Care and Addressing Social Determinants of Health.

Curricular Components

There are 3 main components to this curriculum:

  1. Caring with Compassion – the formal online curriculum. After logging in, each user is provided with a personalized learning dashboard. The dashboard tracks progress in completing 7 educational modules. Specific content learning objectives for each module are provided. (The collected objectives can be reviewed using the menu on this page.) Each learning module provides case-based instruction and includes a post-module quiz. Final quiz scores for all modules are maintained on each user’s learning dashboard. Scores may be shared with someone to verify completion.

  2. Care Consequences – the learning game. This game provides low-stakes interactive reinforcement of key learning points. Learners must make clinical decisions using incomplete information, but may earn more information by answering fun and quirky questions relating to the Caring with Compassion didactic modules. Game play is optional, and players may play multiple game rounds to try to improve their score or to explore alternative decision paths and consequences. Enter the game from the home page or from the learner dashboard.

  3. Clinical implementation resources. In our “Resources” section you will find tools for applying new knowledge when caring for at risk populations. Within the “Resources”, the Reference Guides page includes a printable Pocket Guide trifold pamphlet. The Pocket Guide supports bio-psychosocial clinical case formulation and presentation. Suggested links provide access to reputable national resources and further learning.