Foster the Next Generation of Physicians; Precept a UCSF Medical Student
The UCSF “Foundations of Patient Care” (FPC) is a longitudinal doctoring skills course that runs concurrently with foundational science courses throughout the first two years of medical school.
Starting in 2013-2014, first year students will have a total of 11 FPC clinical sessions over the course of the year (from October through May), rotating between preceptorships and alternate clinical experiences called “selectives.” Each student will have six traditional preceptorship sessions (i.e., one orientation session followed by five clinical sessions), and five selective sessions. Prior to beginning preceptorship or selectives, first year students will have had on-campus sessions in interviewing, physical examination, and health coaching.
Preceptorships are the forum in which students have practice with real patients to develop clinical skills (e.g., interviewing, physical exam, clinical reasoning, note writing and oral presentations) that are learned in on-campus sessions. In addition, preceptorships provide a vital opportunity for medical students to begin to form their professional identity as physicians. We ask that preceptorships provide more than simply “shadowing” opportunities so that students have a chance to truly practice some of their skills.
First-Year Medical Student Adult Preceptorships – Foundations of Patient Care Course
A first-year medical student will join you in your practice setting for nine 4-hour sessions between October 2013 and June 2014 as part of the Foundations of Patient Care (FPC) course. The preceptorship is a critical opportunity for students to develop their professional identity and to practice clinical skills they learn in on-campus sessions. Preceptors serve as physician role models and also provide supervision and feedback to students as they hone skills in independent patient interviewing, physical examination, oral presentation, and note writing. Most preceptors work individually with a single student, but may work with more than one student if your practice setting allows.
Second-Year Medical Student Pediatric Preceptorships – Foundations of Patient Care Course
You will work with a second-year medical student in your practice setting during four 4-hour pediatric preceptorships between October and December 2013. Students learn and practice: pediatric interviewing and observational physical examination skills; the assessment of growth and development; the techniques and strategies used in pediatric health promotion, and the documentation of a pediatric health maintenance visit.
First-Year Medical Student Clinical Interlude – Foundations of Patient Care Course
In December 2013, first-year students will join you in your inpatient clinical setting for the three-day “Clinical Interlude.” This experience is designed to introduce first year medical students to the culture of the inpatient setting early in their careers and to provide them with a context for the material they are learning in their regular course work. Similar to a medical anthropologist, students will observe and reflect upon the culture of inpatient units by close interactions with a health care team and patients, followed by on-campus sessions with peers to share and discuss their experiences.
For more information, please contact Ivan Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 514-3415.
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