The setting of Continuity Clinic is dependent on the clinic you are placed in. It is a pressure free setting that maximizes your learning experiences and relies on your own initiative to get involved with the team. It is a safe setting that will allow you to practice your patient interviewing and physical diagnosing skills. Depending on what clinic you are placed in, you might observe/take part in specialty procedures and get to delve in an area of medicine that is completely new and exciting.
2. Number of students, interactive discussion etc.
As the only first year medical student in the clinical team you will be interacting mostly with your preceptor (attending). You will get to observe how he/she approaches patients and you will have opportunities to ask any questions that you might have. You can approach CCx as an opportunity to:
3. Time Commitment
You will go to your assigned clinic one afternoon a week (1 p.m-5 p.m. ) most weeks. After each clinic experience, you will be responsible to submit a reflection about your experience. Some weeks the time in clinic will be replaced by a 3 hour long seminar with your college classmates.
4. Note Taking Tips
An effective way of taking notes in clinic is to bring a small notebook and jot down a quick summary of the patient's history, presenting symptoms, and the plan of treatment. This will come in hand when writing the weekly reflections.Taking a tablet to clinic will also prove to be beneficial when looking at the patient's chart before seeing them and it is also helpful for researching medical conditions that may be foreign to you.
5. How to Succeed
The best way to succeed in CCx is to approach the course with a positive and a ready to learn attitude. You will pass the course if you simply complete the weekly reflections and assignments, attend seminars, and go to clinic. It is one of the less stressful courses of the year and is meant mainly for exposing you to the nuts and bolts of health care delivery.