Classroom to Clinic: First-years in the Field

The UNC School of Medicine's Clinical Week pulls medical students out of the classroom and sends them to communities across North Carolina to gain medical knowledge and develop clinical skills through interaction with primary care physicians and their patients. Last week, the UNC SOM Facebook page captured the Clinical Week experiences of first-year medical students. Please take a moment to see where our students went and to read what they learned, as shared in their words. And if you haven't already done so, "Like" the UNC School of Medicine on Facebook.

Classroom to Clinic: First-years in the Field click to enlarge The darker counties on this map of North Carolina show where our students spent clinic week March 7 - 11 -- more than 50 counties are represented.
Classroom to Clinic: First-years in the Field click to enlarge #UNCSOMinNC

From March 7 - 11, more than 100 first-year medical students went to communities in more than 50 counties across North Carolina. From Highlands in the west to Morehead City in the east, they worked alongside primary care physicians, or community preceptors, who helped them develop and enhance their skills. At the same time, more than 70 first-year medical students “did” clinical week right here in Chapel Hill, at UNC Hospitals and its clinics. 

Facts about Clinical Week

  • As part of their clinical skills courses (“Patient Centered Care”), first- and second-year medical students leave the lectures and classrooms behind for week-long clinical rotations working with primary care doctors all across the state.
  • These “clinical weeks” are exciting for students as they mark the first time that many of them have donned their white coat and had “hands-on” experience with real patients.
  • The doctor to whom each student is assigned is called a community preceptor. Under the supervision of their community preceptors, students practice their newly developing skills in interviewing, physical examination, and presenting.
  • Students are assigned to community preceptors from one end of the state to the other -- Murphy to Morehead City.
  • Roughly 60 percent of these sites are in urban areas and 40 percent are in rural areas.
  • Students are scheduled to work with the same preceptor for multiple weeks over the course of the first couple years of medical school in order to establish a mentor/mentee relationship and to get to know the community.
  • Occasionally, students will learn brand new skills, such as helping to suture a wound or even assisting with childbirth.
  • Some preceptors have been so impressed by their student that they have offered them a job as soon as they finish medical school!
  • An important part of Clinical Week is for students to learn about the community in which they are working and about its healthcare needs. Students are given time during the week to explore their community and to visit other community agencies such as nursing homes, hospice houses, etc.
  • One of these clinical weeks is spent right here at UNC Hospitals participating in a variety of clinical activities, such as shadowing a nurse and a hospital interpreter.
  • Students come back from Clinical Week with a renewed sense of why they came to medical school and with lots of interesting stories to tell their classmates in a small group debrief session.

Throughout last week, many of our students shared Clinical Week photos and provided insight into the lessons they learned from their community preceptors. We have collected those insights below. Just click on the student's name/Clinical Week location for more on these experiences. Or scroll through the entire photo albumAnd remember to follow the UNC School of Medicine Facebook page

Ammu Vijay
Charlotte, N.C.

Ammu Vijay

Christian Tilley
Granite Falls, N.C.

Christian Tilley

 

Bret Robinson
Burlington, N.C.

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Erin Lewchuk
Wilmington, N.C.

Erin Lewchuk

 

Niel Andrews
Rutherford College, N.C.

Niel Andrews

 

Katie Davis & Lacey Bosh
Carrboro, N.C.

Katie Davis and Lacey Boshe

 

Karl Holt
Reidsville, N.C.

Karl Holt

 

Maili Lim
Nashville, N.C.

Maili Lim

 

Cindy Pi
Spruce Pine, N.C.

Cindy Pi

 

Julia Whitley
Greensboro, N.C.

Julia Whitley

 

Sarah Bentil-Owusu
Harrisburg, N.C.

Sarah Bentil-Owusu

 

Tendai Kwaramba
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tendai Kwaramba

 

Sam Littlejohn
& Joanna Schneider
Boone, N.C.

Joanna Schneider & Sam Littlejohn

Mengyun Lu
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mengyun Lu

 

Sam Giugliano
Asheville, N.C.

Sam Giugliano

 

Joseph Moo-Young
Albemarle, N.C.

Joseph Moo-Young

 

Matthew St. Marie;
Karan Ahluwalia;
Will Roper;
& Fola Omofoye
Hillsborough, N.C. 

students at Hillsborough Hospital

Vira Ayzenbart
Benson, N.C.

Vira Ayzenbart

 

Cara Moses
Shelby, N.C.

Cara Moses

 

Colleen McGuire
Pinehurst, N.C.

Colleen McGuire

 

Emma Bick
Greensboro, N.C.

Emma Bick 

Kayla Ann Krajick
Fayetteville, N.C.

Kayla Ann Krajick

 

Alison Mercer-Smith
Hamlet, N.C.

Alison Mercer-Smith

 

Lauren Ord
Smithfield, N.C.

Lauren Ord

 

Matt Isaacs
Kernersville, N.C.

Matt Isaacs

 

Megan Barnes
Nashville, N.C.

Megan Barnes

 

Laura Trollinger
Rocky Mount, N.C.

Laura Trollinger

 

Stephanie Sun
Laurinburg, N.C.

Stephanie Sun

 

Parin Nanavati
& Ying Zhang
Durham, N.C. 

Ying Zhang & Parin Nanavati

 

Kristin Sundy &
Demetra Schermerhorn
Greensboro, N.C. 

Kristin Sundy & Demetra Schermerhorn

 

Paul Clayton
Cane Creek, N.C.

Paul Clayton

 

Roman Blount IV
Asheville, N.C.

Roman Blount IV 

Colleen Lynd
Henderson, N.C.

Colleen Lynd

 

Neha Verma
Burlington, N.C.

Neha Verma

 

Sebastian Gil
Statesville, N.C.

Sebastian Gil

 

Kim Mournighan
Raleigh, N.C.

Kim Mournighan

 

Sharon Eshet
Shelby, N.C.

Sharon Eshet

 

Rebecca Purvis
Henderson, N.C.

Rebecca Purvis

 

Kyle Herbert
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kyle Herbert

 

Krissi Fajgenbaum
Wilmington, N.C.

Krissi Fajgenbaum

 

Lacey English
Raleigh, N.C.

Lacey English

 

Ashley Cairns
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ashley Cairns

 

Mariah Hukins
Garner, N.C.

Mariah Hukins

 

Andrew Petrilli
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Andrew Petrilli

 

Omoye Osehobo
Wilmington, N.C.

Omoye Osehobo

 

Luma Essaid
Raeford, N.C.

Luma Essaid

 

Ahmed Farawi
Raleigh, N.C.

Ahmed Farawi

 

Yousef Abu-Salha
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Yousef Abu-Salha

 

Kyle Melvin;
Thomas D'Angelo;
& Thane Campbell
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Thane Campbell

 

Scott Royal
Wilmington, N.C.

Scott Royal

 

Kali Xu
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kali Xu

 

Justin LaRocque
Sanford, N.C.

Justin LaRocque

 

Margo Faulk
Candler, N.C.

Margo Faulk

 

Adeolu Keku
Raleigh, N.C.

Adeolu Keku

 

Courtney Vaughn
Greensboro, N.C.

Courtney Vaughn

 

Travis Corriher
Pembroke, N.C.

Travis Corriher