Required of all third-year RPCT students. The students work in a primary care settings for 12 weeks. Students have responsibility to follow patients in one of several primary care sites. Students also follow patients in community non-ambulatory care settings, such as in the hospital or nursing home.
The objectives of the rural clerkship are not limited to a particular discipline but include objectives from:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
Students devote 1 week in a Family Medicine Residency experience, along with patient hospital care. BLS and ACLS certification is offered.
Watauga Lake Overlook with RPCT students
The students learn the approach to the evaluation and management of common problems experienced by rural patients. In addition, students are responsible for completing a collaborative community project addressing local health problems, frequently based upon an idea generated from previous community-based coursework.
The students will meet with community and faculty mentors to plan and organize this
project and will take responsibility for implementing and evaluating the project.
It is valuable and convenient for students, whenever possible, to live in the community
during this rural clerkship. Experiences include home visits, rural specialty clinics,
hospice, rural mental health, public health and health fairs. Students present a
primary care clinical presentation at the end of the first course and a summary of
their community project at the end of the second course.