46th STFM Annual Spring Conference
SP31 The Impact on Medical Students of Continuity in a Patient-Centered Medical Home Curriculum
Tamara K. Oser, MD; Paul Haidet, MD; Shou Ling Leong, MD
05/2/13 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Harborside Ballroom
In response to the call for education reform, we introduced a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) curriculum for clinical year medical students. Students attend a continuity clinic one half day weekly for 6 months, managing a panel of their own patients under the mentorship of their preceptor. At the conclusion of the course, we conducted a focus group. Students reported that the course provided: a unique continuity experience that is rare among the traditional clerkships, reinforcing their desire to enter residencies that involve continuity care; the opportunity to assess the impact of their interventions; and a direct role for them to play in their patients’ health care. This clerkship’s continuity experience allowed students to grow along a number of relational dimensions, including confidence and responsibility.