Professional Identity and Health Systems Practice Course

The Professional Identity and Health Systems Practice Course is a mindful, purposeful course for students to develop their Professional Identity within the context of Health Systems Science. Students receive foundational content on: Ethics, Innovation, Patient Safety, Population/Public Health, Interprofessional Education, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention in years 1 and 2. Curriculum continues in year 3 as students apply their knowledge. Two examples of this application include:


1. Patient Safety. Students must successfully complete academic requirements and may sit for the Certified Professional in Patient Safety™ certification exam.

  • The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, is the only U.S. medical school offering the Patient Safety Course concluding with Patient Safety Certification opportunity awarded by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.
  • TCOM’s goal is to transform medical school curriculum to prepare future Certified Patient Safety Leaders in Medicine.


2. Innovation in medical education and healthcare is a necessity. Third year TCOM students choose a Health System problem they are passionate about, research and interview experts on ways others handle the problem and develop their own innovative solution called the iPOMP, Innovation Project on (my) Medical Passion to solve the issues. Students can use this project as a foundation for their Residency Performance Improvement Project.