PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: This elective is designed to provide interested medical students with a comprehensive outpatient exposure to primary care for adults and children. This elective is ideally suited for 4th year medical students who have already completed their 3rd year internal medicine and pediatric clerkships.  In addition, this rotation could be considered for medical students at the end of their 3rd year.  There is no required reading prior to this elective.


PURPOSE:
The purpose of this elective is to provide students with a broad-based medpeds ambulatory care experience by seeing a diverse patient population, while supervised by attending faculty members and medpeds residents.  The medpeds clinic at UIC provides a full spectrum of primary health care for newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.  In addition to the outpatient management of acute and chronic illness, issues regarding the preventive health maintenance of children, adolescents and adults are stressed.  Students will experience a busy academic outpatient practice as well as select subspecialty clinics which have been chosen to complement this primary care experience.  This elective is ideally suited for students considering a career in medpeds, however, given the broad clinical exposure this elective is also suitable for students considering any primary care field.

Faculty who are precepting the students will be encouraged to provide regular oral feedback to students throughout the rotation.  Dr. Caskey, the medpeds program director, will touch base with each student mid-rotation to 1) assess the student’s elective experience; 2) assess progress on scholarly project; and 3) provide feedback on student’s performance.  Students will be provided formal feedback during a meeting with Dr. Caskey at the end of the rotation.  Dr Caskey will compile feedback from all the faculty and residents regarding student’s performance and scholarly activity.


Reporting Instructions
: The week prior to the start of the rotation, please contact Ms. Chanel Brown for specific rotation details and instructions.


Competencies
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Patient Care:  The majority of student’s time will be spent in direct patient care where they will practice obtaining a history, performing an exam, creating a diagnostic/therapeutic differential, and formulating a plan for care.

Medical Knowledge:  Students will have the opportunity to augment their medical knowledge through both hands-on clinical experiences, as well as reading materials provided for this elective.  Students will be given up-to-date readings surrounding common primary care issues, screening guidelines, and vaccination recommendations.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:  Students will learn how to navigate a busy academic practice setting and will identify and complete a small quality improvement project within this practice setting.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  Students will be communicating with patients, patient families, colleagues, and consultants.

Professionalism: All faculty, residents and staff are expected to maintain the highest standard of professionalism and will set an example of professionalism for students.

Systems-Based Practice: Medpeds practitioners often coordinate patient care with numerous other health care providers, agencies (WIC, Chicago Public Schools), and medical center resources (radiology, laboratory, etc).


INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

This rotation is designed to be a 1-month clinical experience. The majority of this rotation will be the care of a diverse group of patients of all ages in an outpatient setting (80%). Students will evaluate patients independently prior to presenting to either a resident or faculty. All patient encounters will be supervised by an attending physician, and many will involve working with residents as well. Students will also attend the medped’s resident didactic lectures twice a month (first and third Thursday), Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, and Pediatric Grand Rounds (10%).

 
In addition, students will be expected to complete a small scholarly activity during the rotation (10%), and will be provided one half-day per week to work on this project. The scholarly activity will be to create a 1-page educational hand-out for patients in the medpeds clinic about a health care topic of the student’s choice. We encourage students to identify an educational need during the first half of their rotation. For example, one student found that she was seeing a lot of asthmatic children who needed instruction about proper use of their medications. The student then created an “Asthma Management for Children” handout which describes the basics of asthma management and she used creative pictures to depict how to properly use inhaled medications.

This rotation has no night or weekend on-call responsibility. There is no required text, rather students will be provided with reading materials, or Internet resources, to help them meet the above learning objectives.


ASSESSMENT:

Faculty who are precepting the students will be encouraged to provide regular oral feedback to students throughout the rotation. Dr. Caskey, the medpeds program director, will touch base with each student mid-rotation to:

1) Assess the student’s elective experience

2) Assess progress on scholarly project

3) Provide feedback on student’s performance.

Students will be provided formal feedback during a meeting with Dr. Caskey at the end of the rotation. Dr Caskey will compile feedback from all the faculty and residents regarding student’s performance and scholarly activity.

 
ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:
Program Number: ELEC 198
Location: UICMC
Coordinator: Chanel Brown, cbrown@uic.edu
Telephone:  312-413-3803
Duration: 4 weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted: Min.1, Max. 1

Updated:  9/2/14