Course Objectives

Office of Medical Education

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
  • work 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 completing the learning contract at the beginning of the clerkship
  • communicate effectively to patients, families and health care professionals through 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;
  • and exhibit professional behavior by respecting patient confidentiality, accepting responsibility for their actions and a commitment to excellence.