The Underserved Medicine Clerkship is a required curricular experience for third-year medical students uniquely designed to provide immersion into underserved rural communities. The clerkship provides students first-hand experience in caring for patients experiencing healthcare disparities and inequities.
This five-week clerkship takes a deep dive into social determinants of health through the use of didactics, patient needs assessments, resource assessments, and the use of standardized tools to gather in-depth social histories culminating in a case presentation to the class on a patient the student encountered during the clerkship. All students participate in a health fair in one of our rural partnering communities providing care for patients with limited resources and high needs.
This clerkship aligns perfectly with Quillen’s mission to train medical students to become primary care physicians for underserved rural communities.