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Chronic Care Clerkship

Chronic Care Clerkship Syllabus
all Chronic Care students

The Chronic Care Clerkship involves students delivering medical care to patients and families dealing with chronic illnesses, chronic pain, or needing palliative care as the end of life approaches.

While students will learn aspects of the clinical disciplines of rehabilitation medicine, geriatric medicine, pain management, and palliative medicine, the clerkship will also focus on integrative learning experiences to help the student understand the process of medical care from the perspective of the patient and family.

Students will be introduced to the obstacles that patients face and the resources that patients access in living with disability in their homes and communities, or dealing with dying, outside of the hospital ward or clinic visit.

The clerkship has been designed to focus on a series of content themes relevant to all clinical areas included. These themes include:

  1. Communication of poor prognosis.
  2. Team process.
  3. Clinical assessment in chronic disease, disability, and when to appropriately introduce palliative care.
  4. Systems of care delivery in chronic disease, disability, and life limiting illness including:
  5. Issues and attitudes surrounding the processes of caring vs. curing.
  6. Quality of life issues: Assessment and identification of psycho-social-spiritual factors contributing to quality of life that can be supported by the health care team.
  7. Community based management of care (outside the hospital and clinic setting).
  8. Management of medical issues from the patient and family perspective.

The Chronic Care Clerkship syllabus includes the following information:

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