MED661SM.01 (Reno)
Service Learning

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Service Learning
  • Short Name: MED661SM.01 Service Learning
  • Course Number: MED661SM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department: Office of Medical Education: Reno
  • Department Contact: Amy McFarland MPH
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Amy McFarland, MPH (UNR Med SL Elective Director
    • Jason Crawford, MD (Community Health Alliance- SL Preceptor)
    • Barbara Klipfel (Catholic Health Charities & The St. Vincent’s Programs)

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

Goals/Objectives

  • Provide a rigorous, in-depth scholarly experience
  • Experience satisfaction with scholastic activity/research experience
  • Provide experience/environment that fosters interest in service learning and public health
  • Produce students who can function as independent investigators
  • Apply principles of service learning to solve community health problems
  • Communicate ideas/results in a well-written report and presentation
  • Conduct health needs assessments at both the individual and community level, including analysis of social, political and bureaucratic barriers that impede health promotion efforts.
  • Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.
  • Explain the influence of environmental factors on the health of the public.
  • Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public health studies.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of oral and written communication skills.

Description of Rotation

Community Health Alliance

There is some variation based on the location of the rotations. Generally, the rotations will consist of the student(s) working in interdisciplinary teams to provide services in a combination of underserved clinics, an oral health program, community outreach programs, and coordinated health screenings.
Within the underserved clinics, the student(s) will perform complete history-taking and physical exams on a variety of patients; assist in clinical assessment and management of patients, assist in patient education and community resource allocation, collaboration with interdisciplinary medical teams in vaccine administration, telephone triage assistance, in-house laboratory testing/ spirometry testing, and procedural assistance with preceptor.
In the oral health programs, the student will meet with juvenile patients and families who receive oral health services in an ambulatory surgical center. The student will work to understand the needs of this population, the rational/justification for such services and observe such services in the surgical setting.

Available activities within the community health outreach programs vary by the program. Participating can be tailored by the student within the programs.
For health and eligibility services, the student(s) when possible will complete intake screenings and eligibility assistance with a Medicaid eligibility worker to aid in the understanding of the Medicaid program of Nevada and national level.Catholic Charities & The St. Vincent's Programs (CCSNN)

Catholic Charities & The St. Vincent's Programs (CCSNN)

The goal of the service-learning elective will be collaboration between CCSNN and the student, which may focus on any identified health, social, economic or environmental issue that affects the well being of Nevada citizens/communities. Based on student focus, programmatic availability and need there are variations in the rotation schedule among senior, homeless, and youth/teens populations. For example, students may rotate in interdisciplinary teams to provide services in the following programs: Crossroads/River House- support program for men and women transitioning out of homelessness, Kids to Senior Korner- outreach to low income areas providing support and immunizations, Resource Network- case management, Casa de Vida- housing and support services for pregnant young women, Food Pantry, Dining Room, Thrift Store, and events.

For Scholarly Concentration program, student(s) will complete all requirements of the elective including weekly reflective assignments, scholarly project, all evaluations of the program and a poster presentation before the Scholarly Concentrations are granted. For Elective, students will complete all requirements of the elective including weekly reflection assignments and all evaluations of the program.

References/Materials

Additional references in program outline.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
  • National Clearinghouse: http://www.servicelearning.org/
  • Turnock, B. Public Health. What It Is and How It Works, 3rd ed. 2004
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services website: www.dhhs.gov
  • Healthy People 2020 http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/
  • US Health Resources and Services Administration: www.hrsa.gov
  • Cultural competency resource guide for healthcare providers: http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada https://ccsnn.org

Evaluation Method

Based on student participation, appropriate completion of course requirements, feedback from team.

Grade

  • 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

Grade:
Honors/High Pass/ Pass/ Fail

Special Notes

This course may be Clinical or Non-Clinical

Can be applied toward Scholarly Concentration in Service Learning.

Length: 4 weeks (160 hours) (Program dependent- Clinical and Non-Clinical credit)