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Student Use of Electronic Health Records

STFM has created two documents to help preceptors and other educators working with students. The preceptor guidelines help preceptors with EHRs work effectively with students. The position statement assists preceptors and other educators when engaging compliance officers or organizations in discussions about the need for medical students to work meaningfully with electronic medical records.

Preceptor Guidelines: Medical students need to learn effective use of electronic health records (EHRs) to prepare them for their work as residents and practicing physicians. This document reviews core medical student documentation issues and highlights core EHR concepts, functions, and skills that we believe all medical students should have exposure to and begin developing competence in. As clinical preceptors we believe that actively considering these concepts and exposing your students to these concepts will enhance student learning and their ability to contribute meaningfully to the patient care experience. Read the Preceptor Guidelines Document

Position Statement: CMS standards have significantly altered the involvement of medical students in the care of not only Medicare patients, but of all patients as institutions, fearful of litigation, have enacted very conservative interpretations of the CMS standards. In some institutions, students are forbidden any access to electronic health records (EHR), in other institutions the enacted policies have marginalized the role of medical students in the care of all patients. These CMS standards have also hindered the team function of care. The efficiency gained by the student’s aid in documenting care has in the past provided time for the teaching physician to provide clinical instruction. CMS standards have largely eliminated this efficiency. Read the Position Statement

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