Course Objectives

Under supervision from their preceptor students will address the following:

Patient Care

  • Gather essential and accurate information on a patient in a systematic manner and develop a diagnostic and therapeutic plan based on that information.
  • Assist or perform procedures as indicated within the preceptor’s specialty.
  • Collaborate with health professionals of all related disciplines to provide patient-focused care.

Practice-Based Learning

  • Access information appropriately as it relates to the care of patients seen in the practice of the preceptor.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Negotiate mutual expectations relative to the clerkship by discussing and completing the learning contract at the beginning of the clerkship.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and health care professionals demonstrating active listening, interviewing, nonverbal and presentation skills.
  • Accurately, appropriately, timely and legibly document information in the patient record.
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families on identified clinical problems and/or health prevention and screening guidelines.


  • Demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families.
  •  Be sensitive and responsive to patients’ culture, age, gender and disabilities when present.
  •  Be punctual, reliable and conscientious in fulfilling their professional duties.
  •  Exhibit professional behavior by respecting patient confidentiality, accepting responsibility for their actions and a commitment to excellence.

Interprofessional Collaboration

  • Facilitate interprofessional collaboration among the healthcare team that optimizes safe, effective patient and population centered care.
  •  Work with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust.
  • Use the knowledge of one's own role and the roles of other health professionals to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.
  • Communicate with other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease in individual patients and populations.
  • Participate in different team roles to establish, develop, and continuously enhance interprofessional teams to provide patient- and population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable