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Constance Park; Faculty Affiliate

Director, Clinical Practice IV, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

Dr Park is the initiator and director of Clinical Practice IV for 4th year students. In CPIV, students and faculty together consider the mission of medicine and the concept of service in the context of discussing major challenges facing medicine today. To aid the transition to residency, CPIV fosters patterns of creative, collegial problem solving. The final student project (written, visual, or musical), encourages reflection integrating current aspirations with medical school experiences and with the unique motivations that brought each student to the profession. As chief of endocrinology at Harlem Hospital, Dr Park enjoys teaching Harlem medical residents-- encouraging patient-centered care, enthusiasm for problem solving, and self-directed learning. She also teaches third year students on the Harlem primary care rotation. In her roles as residency advisor for students interested in internal medicine and as a mentor for residents and junior faculty she uses a discovery model guiding individuals to explore a wide range of interests and options for growth. Dr Park develops medical school curricular materials related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), offering a 4th year elective and maintaining with students a website for the CUMC community on CAM related resources.