Clinical Week through the lens of Social Media!

This week, second-year students have scattered across North Carolina, developing and enhancing their skills at clinics from Murphy to Morehead City. To highlight the reach of the School of Medicine in our state and to thank the community preceptors who have agreed to host our students, students are participating in a social media campaign highlighted on the School of Medicine Facebook page.

Clinical Week through the lens of Social Media! click to enlarge Second-year medical student, Ben Crisp, posing by the John Coltrane statue near his assigned clinic at Emerywood Medical Specialties. Image courtesy of Ben Crisp.
Clinical Week through the lens of Social Media! click to enlarge T-shirt design by Max Englund/UNC Health Care

Throughout the week, students are sharing photos of themselves, with our specially designed School of Medicine t-shirt, and sharing something about the clinic and community they're working in. Be sure to follow the UNC School of Medicine Facebook page for updates "from the field." 

Some basic facts about Clinical Week:

  • More than 100 second-year students are in communities across North Carolina for Clinical Week
  • 73 students are gaining valuable experience right here at UNC Hospitals
  • As part of their clinical skills courses (“Patient Centered Care”), 1st and 2nd year medical students leave the lectures and classrooms behind for weeklong clinical rotations working with primary care doctors all across the state.
  • These “clinical weeks” are exciting for the 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% of these sites are in urban areas and 40% are in rural areas.
  • Students are scheduled to work with the same preceptor for multiple weeks over the course of the first couple of 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 has helping to suture a wound or even assist with childbirth.
  • Some preceptors have been so impressed by their student that they 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 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 lots of interesting stories to tell their classmates in a small group debrief session.
Posts from our Students
  • " I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with Dr. Folkner for 2 years now, and had the privilege of being with Dr. Folkner throughout her pregnancy and delivery; I am holding her 3-month-old son, Calvin, in the photo! During clinical week I have the chance to really fine-tune my patient interviewing, physical exam, and oral presentation skills. I have been attached to this community now for 6 years." - Amanda Gambill 
  • "I’m assigned to Emerywood Medical Specialties in High Point, North Carolina for clinical week. I take pride in working in High Point. My hometown is the nearby Burlington, North Carolina, and I thoroughly enjoy working in another Piedmont Triad community." - Ben Crisp 
  • "I love our clinical weeks because they are an incredible opportunity to get hands-on experience working with patients and practicing what we’ve learned in our clinical skills class. Each clinical week, I am reminded of the reasons why I chose to pursue a career in medicine. Building relationships with patients, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and celebrating patients' successes are my favorite parts of clinical week." - Kelly Hemmings


    Graphic by Max Englund/UNC Health Care