MED608M.41 (Other)
Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health Care

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health Care
  • Short Name: MED608M.41 Rural Health Care
  • Course Number: MED608M.41
  • Location: Other
  • Department: Office of Medical Education: Reno
  • Department Contact: Patrick Enking M.S., PA-C, DFAAPA
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Dual Degree: MPH
  • Preceptor: Various physicians throughout the state of Nevada and selected sites in northern California.

Please contact the Office of Medical Education: Reno to verify elective availability.


  • The student and preceptor will negotiate mutual expectations relative to the clerkship by completing the learning contract at the beginning of the clerkship.
  • Optional community project for consideration of honors.
  • Rotation is designed as immersion experience of healthcare given in smaller communities.

Description of Rotation

The goal of this experience is to enable students to gain experience with a full range of clinical and community health problems encountered by physicians in small communities. Opportunity to increase his/her clinical knowledge, problem solving, decision making and skills through an intensive preceptorship in a rural setting. Students are assigned to a physician preceptor and are expected to immerse themselves in the preceptor's schedule (office/hospital/call/community) for the 4 weeks. Students are offered housing at no cost in some rural communities with volunteer families.


Links included in Course Syllabus.

Evaluation Method

Each preceptor completes UNR Med's Clinical Performance Evaluation and submits it to the course coordinator for determination of the student's grade. Student completes Course Evaluation and Clinical Teaching Evaluation. Students completing Honors Projects must submit documentation of project.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Four weeks are required; additional weeks, not to exceed 8, may be arranged. Limited to UNR Med students or Nevada residents with ties to a rural community.