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Chronic Care Clerkship Syllabus:
Student Requirements
all Chronic Care students

To wrap-up your Chronic Care rotation, please:

1. Make sure you have submitted the following:

2. Don't forget to prepare for your Patient Case Presentation on the last day of the rotation.

Didactic Sessions

All students will attend didactic sessions, as instructed, and be actively involved in discussions and other learning activities during the rotation.

Seattle based students will also attend course didactic sessions as instructed. Didactic schedules can be found in the specific discipline sections of this web site.

WWAMI based students will review lectures via online recordings and complete necessary activities as instructed.

Clinical Experiences

All students will be involved in clinical activities within your focus area. This may include time spent in wards, in outpatient clinics, working with a hospice team in the community, completing home or facility visits, involved in web-based learning, and being on-call. All assigned clinics and other clinical experiences are required. Additional clinical experiences could include sessions with a variety of other professionals seeing your patients, including: clinical psychologists, speech and language pathologists, social service workers, physical and occupational therapists, and vocational and educational counselors.

At a minimum, students must participate in chart rounds, consult with a case manager or other social service worker, and conduct a home visit. All required activities and didactic sessions will take place within a 50-hour week.

Readings and Other Educational Assignments

All students will be expected to complete assigned readings and/or web based educational assignments as directed by clinical faculty. A list of useful readings and other resources can be found in the Resources, Handouts & Readings section of this web site.

At some point during your rotation, please watch this recorded Chronic Pain intro lecture titled: "Pain: Theory and Practice".

Home Visits

All students will be involved in one or more visits to a patient's home or other care facility, such as a nursing home or hospice facility. The patient(s) will be chosen in consultation with the preceptor. The preceptor or a visiting nurse may accompany the student on the visit(s). A brief written report of the visit will be completed and submitted to the preceptor for each visit.

If a student has no patient discharges that lend themselves to a home visit, you have two alternate options:

  1. You can assemble the family of a patient who is on your service and interview them at the hospital; you should be able to answer the write-up questions about the interface between the patient and his/her multiple environments, i.e. social, physical, environmental etc. by doing the detailed interview. You must indicate that you obtained this information from the family without visiting their home.

  2. You can negotiate through your attending to do a home visit with one of the visiting nurses. You will be interviewing a patient whom you have not previously met. However, other students have found this option was surprisingly rewarding.

Mid-Rotation Feedback

All students must meet with his/her preceptor at the end of the second week of the rotation to discuss core experiences listed on the Educational Tasks Checklist and Mid-Rotation Feedback Form. This conversation will give the student and the preceptor an opportunity to informally discuss the students' performance so far and to determine which core experiences still need to be completed before the end of the rotation.

After the conversation, students must fax the completed checklist to the clerkship coordinator at (206) 616-3908. Completed checklists must be received before the end of the third week of the rotation. Completing the mid-rotation feedback conversation and turning in the checklist are requirements for passage of the clerkship.

Patient Case Write-up

All students will complete a major comprehensive write-up of a patient using a write-up template. The write-up will be due on the last day of the rotation.

Patient Case Presentation

All students will conduct a brief 10-12 minute presentation, followed by a 15 minute discussion, of their comprehensive patient case write-up to a small student group and/or faculty member on the last day of the rotation.


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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