Patient Encounter Tracking
The faculty of a medical school define the types of patients and clinical conditions that medical students are required to encounter, the skills to be performed by medical students, the appropriate clinical settings for these experiences, and the expected levels of medical student responsibilities. (LCME 6.2)
A medical school must also have in place a system with central oversight that monitors and ensures completion by all medical students of required clinical experiences in the medical education program and remedies any identified gaps. (LCME 8.6)
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 also identifies the clerkships in which students are most likely to encounter the clinical conditions.
Logging and tracking of these patient encounters is completed in E*Value through the 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.