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Course Components

  1. Students will be asked to spend ~20 hours per week working directly with the provider teams at Denver-area certified Patient Centered Medical Homes.  Depending on the circumstances and student abilities, student’s will be directly involved in patient care and management.  In addition, students will be specifically tasked to observe for elements of the PCMH model within their clinic.  In addition to discussions with their attending physicians, this could include discussions and time spent with receptionists, billing, medical records, etc.  Students should observe and participate in all team meetings during their clinical time.
  2. We encourage students to use the documents in Appendix B and Appendix C as guides for what they should see and/or ask about during their clinical time.
  1. Students will attend 7 didactic sessions throughout the course, each of about 2 hours.  Each didactic session will be composed of pre-session required reading, a presentation on several of the PCMH core principles, and group discussion.  Each of these sessions will be given to the group by a different Colorado PCMH provider with particular expertise or enthusiasm for the topic.  It will also be an opportunity to visit and learn about that PCMH provider’s clinic.

See PCMH Event Calendar for Didactic Schedule

  1. During their clinical experiences, students will be asked to identify an area of possible quality improvement within their particular PCMH.  Students will research an area of improvement that fits within any of the PCMH principles, develop a possible solution or improvement tailored to their PCMH, and give a presentation to their classmates and colleagues.  Presentations will be given during the final day of the course, and students will be evaluated on their ability to identify an area of needed improvement, design a plausible solution, the originality and applicability of the solution, and the quality of their presentation.  Examples might include developing a clinical protocol for the treatment and follow-up of a condition, or developing a clinical screening tool for a particular population and illness.  In this manner, students will gain practical experience in the overall process of clinical improvement, a key component of the PCMH model.  In addition, PCMH preceptors could benefit from the innovations and solutions offered by the students.  

Unique this year, students have the opportunity to participate in 2 additional PCMH learning events:

PCMH Resident Training at AF Williams Clinic University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency PCMH Leadership & Training @ AF Williams Clinic

  • Students will participate in the PCMH training of Residents at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency program.  They will observe and participate in the Care Team Meeting, PCMH Leadership Meeting, and Team AFW Meeting during a morning at AF Williams Clinic, and have the opportunity to discuss PCMH Training with the Attending’s and Residents.

PCMH Winter Learning Collaborative at Sheraton Denver West

  • Students have been invited to join the practices of the Colorado PCMH Pilot in this learning collaborative put on by Health Teamwork’s.  Students will attend the first morning of the collaborative and have the opportunity to hear from Colorado’s physician leaders on the progress and future of the PCMH.  A tentative schedule can be found below.