Patient Encounter Tracking

Medical education programs must have in place a system with central oversight to ensure that the faculty define the types of patients and clinical conditions that medical students must encounter, the appropriate clinical setting for the educational experiences, and the expected level of medical student responsibility.  The faculty must monitor medical student experiences and modify them as necessary to ensure that the objectives of the medical education program are met. (LCME Standard ED-2)

The University of Minnesota Medical School has compiled a list of patient encounters, including diagnoses and procedures, that third- and fourth-year students must encounter prior to graduation from medical school. This list identifies the clerkships in which students are most likely to encounter the clinical conditions and the possible levels of medical student responsibility.

Logging and tracking of these patient encounters is completed in E*Value through it's Case Log module. By logging patient encounters, students can track their progress related to clerkship learning objectives and clerkship directors can discuss with students their patient encounters and modify the learning opportunities to ensure that the clerkship's objectives are being met. The system also helps to ensure that all students encounter the specific diagnoses and procedures needed to meet the objectives of the overall clinical education program.