Patient-Centered Care for Warriors, Veterans, and Their Families: An Interprofessional Modular Curriculum

Date of Review: October, 2018

This curriculum from MedEdPORTAL, intended for health professions students in an interprofessional setting, introduces critical clinical knowledge and skills related to care of warriors and veterans. It consists of five modules which can be delivered in a half- day or in individual sessions. A general introduction to military service and military health care via slide presentation and a panel discussion with members of the military begin the curriculum. A large group presentation on traumatic brain injury follows. Small group exercises then occur: students conduct a role play of the care of a warrior in one session, then evaluate the case of a veteran with a recent overdose to create a collaborative care plan. Having members of the military present in the small and large groups is important. This is a well-developed session which provides useful mnemonics history taking and critical knowledge for students unfamiliar with the challenges faced by their patients who have served in our armed forces. —Heather Heiman, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

New Brunswick, NJ

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Emergency medicine, family and community medicine, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner behavior in a real patient setting, self-reported learner knowledge and self-reported learner attitude

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

Knowledge Application (Case vignette, non-reflective essay)

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