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Rural Programs

Quillen College of Medicine


McQueen House -3rd Year Clerkship Housing 

Watauga Lake Overlook with RPCT students

Required of all third-year RPCT students. The students work in a primary care settings for four months, which is divided into two two-month clerkships. 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, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine.  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.

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