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Family Medicine, Outpatient Clinic - Clairemont Campus (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

Description

This one-to-four-week clerkship takes place at the non-residency community-based Family Medicine Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the Clairemont Campus, located two miles from Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital and the Luther Campus. Students will provide the full spectrum of preventive, acute, and chronic care for infants, children, young adults, pregnant people, and older adults. This clinical rotation is not administered by the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency - Eau Claire program, but connection to the residency program may be arranged upon request. 

Specific goals

  1. Assess and manage the most common chronic diseases, e.g. depression, anxiety, diabetes, chronic pain, and hypertension.
  2. Refine history-taking and physical examination skills.
  3. Set an agenda with patients to prioritize their concerns.
  4. Identify the appropriate timeline for testing, treatment, and follow-up.
  5. Locate and describe recommended screenings for specific patient demographics and conduct risk-benefit discussions.
  6. Perform common office procedures, e.g. skin biopsies, pap tests, large joint injections, etc.
  7. Communicate with patients in a patient-oriented manner about results and recommendations for treatment in person, by phone, and the electronic medical record.
  8. Efficiently document outpatient clinical encounters addressing multiple acute and chronic conditions.

Activity outline

  • Students manage a student-led clinic schedule on the Student Education Team (SET), facilitated by two interdisciplinary faculty preceptors. Students will be expected to see two to four patients per half day according to their comfort level and pace.
  • The Student Education Team also hosts nurse practitioner and physician assistant students as part of the interdisciplinary team. Students will have the opportunity to work and learn from each other as well as the preceptors and patients.
  • Students are expected to review the patient’s chart, independently perform the history and physical, formulate a differential diagnosis, diagnostic/monitoring plan, and therapeutic plan, and identify recommended preventive health screenings.
  • The student will discuss the management plan with their supervising physician/preceptor who will also see the patient. Students will discuss recommended testing and treatment with patients.
  • Students will have opportunities to perform procedures.
  • Students will write a progress note on each patient that they see. They may also pend medication renewals, labs, and follow-up visits to be signed by the preceptor.
  • Students may be asked to follow up with patients by phone or the electronic medical record regarding results or subsequent patient questions or concerns.

Method of evaluation

Students are encouraged to share their learning goal(s) at the start of each clinic session. Students will be given in-the-moment feedback, feedback at the end of each clinic session, via the electronic medical record, and by written evaluation at the end of the rotation according to individual medical school requirements.