A few weeks ago I shared about an exciting partnership between Georgetown University School of Medicine and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to facilitate a new, Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) curriculum that partners third-year medical students with patients from across the care continuum. This experience immerses the students in a care provider role and also allows them to get to know patients quite well in the process; additionally students are experiencing the workings of the health care system first-hand. I had the privilege of meeting with the students last week to check-in on how the experience was to date, and I was so pleased to hear experiences like the one described below that really underscore the value in this approach to the medical education clerkship. Please read more from Daniel Gawron.
As a part of the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum at Franklin Square, we are provided the unique opportunity to assemble our own patient cohort, whom we follow throughout our clerkship. We see these patients during our own weekly clinic hours, as well as accompany them to various specialty appointments when needed. There’s no better example of this process working to perfection than my experience with one of my longitudinal patients.
I first met this patient in clinic when she was 36 weeks pregnant. She generously accepted me to be part of her care team and we developed a relationship over the course of her next 4 prenatal visits. I learned from her in many ways during those visits, not only furthering my medical knowledge, but also gaining a deeper appreciation for the process of pregnancy.
The ability to see her on a regular basis allowed me to gain her trust; so much that she was happy for me to deliver her baby. She came to the hospital early on a Sunday morning after her water broke; I arrived shortly thereafter and together with the help of a resident and attending physician, I delivered my very first baby.
Now, the story would be great if it ended there. But because of the design of this program, I have now seen the baby for his first 3 well-child checks, and will continue to see both baby and mom until my clerkship ends.
I truly feel like a part of the family!
I find it hard to believe that I could achieve this type of continuity in any other clerkship.