Advanced Clinical Experiences (ACEs)

Immersions_Amy.jpg ACEs are rigorous clinical rotations designed to help students develop clinical and practice-based learning skills. ACEs help the student convert experience into deep learning in complex and unpredictable settings that demand adaptive, responsive learning.

Because these courses are graded, they have well-defined learning objectives, educational activities, and assessment based on competency milestones.

Common ACE Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Perform situation-appropriate (problem-focused or complete) history and physical examinations, and interpret clinical information to formulate a prioritized differential diagnosis that guides the creation of a patient-specific management plan
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the science for the ACE course specialty
  3. Exhibit clinical judgment that is safe and commensurate for the level of training
  4. Model a commitment to continuous self-regulated learning as evidenced by the collection, analysis, interpretation, and implementation of newly acquired information
  5. Display professional demeanor and duty while demonstrating compassion and respect for all persons, utilizing effective communication strategies (honesty and transparency) with patients, families, and healthcare colleagues, regardless of their cultural background
  6. Function as an effective member of the patient care team

Assessment in ACEs

The final grade is assigned on an honors/high pass/pass/fail basis. The grade will be comprised of performance in six separate, but equally important competency domains: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Systems-Based Practice, and Professionalism. Milestones are utilized to gauge performance in clinical settings. To obtain honors, a student should demonstrate excellent performance in all aspects of the course.

Practice-Based Learning

Students complete a practice-based learning exercise designed to assess how they learn in the clinical environment. The exercise is designed to solidify their skills as learners in the workplace and serve as a foundation for more effective learning over the course of their careers. 

Rotating at the VA

Students who rotate at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital need to initiate the process to gain computer access at least six weeks in advance of their rotation. Please turn in completed checklist and documents to Carol Clark at the VA (or 615-873-7769) for any courses; Pio Poe can assist for any courses in Medicine if students have questions or concerns.