Required Activities

Required activities are designed to:

The learning in Comprehensive Care 300 and 400 is primarily through clinical encounters. The quality of the educational experience is dependent on the quality of patient care. Evaluation of the student in the clinical setting is provided by faculty evaluations and makes up 40% of the student grade in the course (see Clinical Evaluation Form). Clinical evaluation is augmented by a number of required activities.

The core knowledge base for Comprehensive Care is presented through required readings. The students' knowledge base is evaluated by an end-of-the-year exam. By MCC decree, the didactic evaluation of the course must make up 60% of the final grade.

Required activities consist of problem-oriented checklists, observed exams, and augmented clinical skills practice.

Problem-oriented checklists include two for CC300 (hypertension and prevention), and one for CC400 (diabetes). Students will study the practice guidelines on the checklists, complete as much of the form as possible, and be prepared to discuss the applications of the guidelines to a patient during the course of an office visit.

The Hypertension Checklist and Diabetes Checklist should be done with patients with the corresponding problem. If a student does not have a patient with hypertension (CC300) and/or diabetes (CC400) by December, he or she should alert Dr. Powell or Dr. German.

The Preventive Checklist is copied from the purple Preventive Medicine Flowsheet, which should be present and updated in each patient's chart. To complete the assignment, copy the updated sheets from three different patients' charts, remove any information that might identify the patients (name and medical record number), and be sure your name is recorded on each sheet. At least one of the patients should be a female over 40 years of age.

The observed exams are mandated by the MCC for all required clinical courses. The exams will be performed under the observation of a faculty member. The exam for CC300 is the Low Back Exam and for CC400, the Diabetic Foot Exam. These exams are more meaningful when done on a patient with the corresponding problem, but can be done on any willing patient or even a classmate.

All clinical activities must be completed and turned in by the end of April for CC300 and by the end of January for CC400.

Junior medical students receive a letter grade for the course. The cutoff for an "A" is 90, with 80-89 for a "B" and 70-79 for a "C". Grading for senior medical students is pass/fail.

Please remember to protect patient privacy. All assignments should have patient identifying information (name and medical record number) removed prior to turning in.

All clinical activities must be completed and turned in by April 28, 2006 for CC300 (Juniors) and by January 27, 2006 for CC400 (Seniors).

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