Rural Rotation: Student Learning Outcomes

UNR Med Year 4 Structure


  1. To enable students to gain experience with a full range of clinical and community health problems encountered by physicians in small communities.
  2. This rotation also gives the student the opportunity to increase his/her clinical knowledge, problem-solving and decision making skills through an intensive immersion experience in a rural or frontier setting.

Student Learning Objectives:

Under supervision from their preceptor, the student will be able to:

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 (2.3)
  • assist or perform procedures as indicated within the preceptor's specialty (2.5)
  • work with health professionals of all related disciplines to provide patient-focused care (2.7) Practice-Based Learning
  • access information appropriately as it relates to the care of patients seen in the practice of the preceptor (3.2) Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Negotiate mutual expectations relative to the clerkship by completing the learning contract at the beginning of the clerkship. (4.5)
  • communicate effectively to patients, families and health care professionals through active listening, interviewing, nonverbal and presentation skills (4.2)
  • accurately, appropriately, timely and legibly document information in the patient record (4.4)
  • counsel and educate patients and their families on identified clinical problems and/or health prevention and screening guidelines (4.2) Professionalism
  • demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families (5.3)
  • be sensitive and responsive to patients' culture, age, gender and disabilities when present (5.6)
  • be punctual, reliable and conscientious in fulfilling their professional duties (5.4)
  • exhibit professional behavior by respecting patient confidentiality, accepting responsibility for their actions and a commitment to excellence (5.5)