Communication Sessions Visits (CSV)
RPAP students participate in two Communication Session visits during the program year when an RPAP faculty member visits the student in the RPAP community for a day.
Specialty Faculty Visits (SFV)
- Learning experiences in the specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and surgery for RPAP students through formal write-ups, presentations, and discussion of patient cases
- Time for interaction and continuity between University medical students and medical school faculty
- Continuing medical educational opportunities for preceptor physicians and other community physicians and health professionals in rural Minnesota
- Connection between the University medical faculty and the RPAP preceptors
- Develop and maintain a local support network of fellow students within the program
- To broaden the basic science and clinical knowledge of students in the specialties and support their education in the community
- To give students practice organizing/writing case work-ups and formally presenting cases, including findings and differential diagnoses
- To give students and site preceptors further skills in the daily use of evidence-based medicine
All students are responsible for:
- Writing an organized, complete history and physical in an acceptable format (refer to the provided sample H and P). Include all pertinent data at an appropriate level of detail. Include problem list and therapeutic plan with a brief discussion of differential diagnosis and treatment options.
- Presenting a clear, concise oral case history. Include all pertinent data at an appropriate level of detail organized chronologically. Include assessment and therapeutic plan. Use written history and physical only as a guide (don’t just read verbatim).
- Demonstrating knowledge of appropriate and complete differential diagnosis and discuss appropriate diagnostic tests to confirm.
- Understanding rationale for and formulate a therapeutic plan including pros and cons. Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology.
- Demonstrating effective use of clinical data. Bring appropriate clinical sources of data (i.e., test results, x-rays) to presentation. Interpret tests results appropriately. Know the costs associated with diagnostic and therapeutic options.
- Demonstrating effective use of academic resources. Include recent literature review on relevant topic. Discuss knowledge gained from major texts and/or gained from consultants.
- Actively participating in all case discussions and learning sessions.