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Chronic Care Clerkship Overview

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Welcome to the Chronic Care Clerkship! If you plan to practice direct patient care, you will use on a daily basis the skills and knowledge you learn during this four-week rotation.

We firmly believe patient care becomes more efficient and rewarding when you use patient-centered communication and understand the particular needs of patients with chronic or end-of-life conditions.

This website provides information on the Chronic Care Clerkship goals and objectives, clinical and teaching schedules, assessment and grading, didactic resources and helpful links to broaden your educational experience.

Please take a moment to explore the different disciplines within Chronic Care.

Rehabilitation Medicine
  Participating in the Rehab Medicine focus of the Chronic Care Clerkship, you will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the assessment and competent management of people with chronic diseases, impairments and disabilities.
  You will learn to recognize the impact these disorders have on the individual and society. You will also learn that the goal of intervention is to optimize the ability to function and the quality of life for each individual.

Geriatric Medicine
  Participating in the Geriatrics Medicine focus of the Chronic Care Clerkship, you will learn how important professional partnerships are in delivering comprehensive care to elderly patients.
  You will master skills of functional assessment for frail, chronically ill, and medically complex elderly patients, and become skilled at identifying medical and non-medical issues that affect an individual's functional status and quality of life.

Palliative Care
  Students who participate in the Palliative Care focus of the Chronic Care Clerkship will concentrate on palliative care for individuals who have just been diagnosed, patients in active treatment, and those who have completed therapy or are nearing the end of life. Palliative care medicine treats the whole person, aiming to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

Chronic Pain
  Everyone has experienced painful injuries or conditions, but when pain extends without remission for months to years it becomes "chronic".
  Chronic non-cancer pain challenges patients, their families, their work places, the health care system of delivery and payment, and doctors of all specialties. Medical management of chronic pain involves all medical, surgical, and behavioral specialties, but has an especially large impact in primary care.
  The clinical experience for students who participate in the Chronic Pain focus of the Chronic Care Clerkship will be primarily in the outpatient setting, and include assessment with other health care professionals. Students should understand the role of multi-disciplinary care in managing chronic pain and optimizing quality of life.

Once registered for the course, students can expect to start receiving communications from the clerkship coordinator and/or assigned site(s) four to six weeks before the rotation begins.

If you have questions or require assistance, please call or email the clerkship coordinator Teresa Jewell at (206) 616-6345 or


Info for Preceptors

Information for clinical preceptors on course goals and clerkship policies, as well as evaluation information and course forms.

Course Schedule

Clerkship Calendar

Chronic Care Didactic Schedules
(not including WWAMI, specific focus, or site meetings).

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