Students are expected to see the types of patient problems seen in an office-based family physician’s or general internist’s community practice and to develop expertise (appropriate to a Phase III student) in the assessment and management of those problems. You should learn the elements of patient-centered clinical care and apply it to all patient interactions.

Students meet with their preceptor on the first day of patient care to go over their strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Students complete the “AAC-RCC Learning Contract" and use it to outline personal goals for this block.

Discuss goals on the first day and then meet again half way through the block to discuss your progress and to see how successful you are in seeing the Core Clinical Conditions.


Primary Care Preceptor

The majority of your time will be spent working in a primary care office with one or multiple providers. You will be expected to be involved in all aspects of patient care, taking a primary role in clinical decisions and management.

Specialty Preceptor

You will spend one half day per week in a specialty clinic. You are expected to participate in many different aspects of chronic disease management. You may be seeing patients with a preceptor, working with patient educators, nurses, or other office staff. The purpose of this experience is to be able to compare and contrast chronic disease management in primary care settings vs. subspecialty settings.
You are required to participate in a palliative care experience during this Block.  You will be assigned a different venue (some students may go to the same venue) and interprofessional care provider to shadow for the day.  Your preceptor will be an interprofessional care provider, which means they may be a social worker, hospice activities coordinator, nurse, physical therapist, chaplain, etc.  The morning following your shadow experience, you will attend a debriefing session led by a physician.  You will be given the opportunity to share your experience with your colleagues and learn from their experiences, including the different perspectives and approaches of providing primary palliative care by different interprofessional care providers.
You are required to attend and participate in group didactics every Wednesday morning of the rotation.  The details of each session will be provided to you via email before the session. You may be required to prepare a case presentation before a session, and will have the opportunity to volunteer for this in advance.  You are asked to be on time and actively participate in these sessions.  This does count towards your final grade.

You will be required to complete a preventive medicine project and present your findings in a Wednesday morning session.

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