MED661RM.11 (Las Vegas)
Clinical Problem Solving for High School Health Professions

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Clinical Problem Solving for High School Health Professions
  • Short Name: MED661RM.11 Prob Solving High School
  • Course Number: MED661RM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Department: Office of Medical Education: Las Vegas
  • Department Contact: Melinda Thrasher
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: Longitudinal
  • Preceptors:
    • Melinda Thrasher, Course Coordinator
    • Cherie Singer, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Instructor

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


  • Provide medical students the opportunity to apply scientific, clinical and educational theory and technique in the context of clinical problem solving.
  • Provide teaching for high and middle school students in the health professions track at the School of Medicine’s partner high schools and middle school, East Career and Technical Academy and Northwest Career and Technical Academy, and Bridger Middle School, as well as other K-12 institutions in southern Nevada.
  • Act as a resource for scientific and clinical knowledge for high school health professions teacher to plan, implement, and evaluate students as they learn clinical problem solving and medical skills through activities to supplement their high school science course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assimilate information, comprehend conceptual issues, and analyze and correlate clinical information to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in the K-12 students.
  • Share passion for the medical field and cultivate interest in healthcare professions.

Description of Rotation

Clinical Problem Solving for High School Health Professions brings together medical students and K-12 health professions teachers and students to provide clinical problem solving experiences. Working with the teacher, medical students facilitate health related activities including suturing workshops, medical team building, patient interaction, and directing students through clinical cases using online and in-classroom resources. Medical students may also assist with undergraduate tours and events at the medical school. Students also have the option to develop lesson plans and write clinical case studies for future activities.


Activity guides, clinical cases, resources to use when writing clinical cases, clinical case reference books, educational practice and theory handouts to assist students in their teaching.

Evaluation Method

Medical students are evaluated through activity completion and observations. Observations will be completed by the course coordinator and instructor. Students will turn in clinical cases and other materials developed during the course.


  • 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

Grading Criteria

  • Honors: Student demonstrates exemplary performance. Honors will require that the student take an active role in developing the curriculum and outreach activities, including a written paper or log assessing and demonstrating the use of clinical problem solving teaching and learning methods upon high school science and health professions curriculum.
  • High Pass: Student completes all the requirements for a Pass in an exemplary manner.
  • Pass: Attend and participate in clinical problem solving sessions, communicate as needed with the teacher and faculty, assist in planning sessions, conducting CPS sessions with the students and evaluating the students.
  • Fail

Special Notes

Can be applied towards Scholarly Concentration in Medical Education.

This course is longitudinal (40 to 80 hours spread across the academic year) and can be 1 to 2 credits.

Student schedule: Hours can be flexible but will need to be arranged in advance with the Coordinator. Once student schedules are finalized, the student must talk with the Coordinator to plan the schedule for each semester and receive specific course expectations.