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Adult Ambulatory Care and Rural & Community Care Blocks

8-Week Clinical Experience

During your 8-week Adult Ambulatory Care (AAC) and Rural and Community Care (RCC) primary care clinical experience, you will learn the elements of patient-centered clinical care and apply it to all patient interactions. We want you to see how community care, chronic care, and preventive care are provided and how the context of patients and the context of the preceptor's practice can influence care.

The range of ages, conditions, care settings, and acuity of problems is what sets this educational experience apart.

You will split your time between a primary care office in the Denver metropolitan area (4-week AAC Block) and a family medicine practice setting in a rural Colorado location (4-week RCC Block).

Core Clinical Conditions​

AAC Goals (PDF with objectives)

  • Gather a comprehensive or focused history, perform a focused or comprehensive physical exam, and develop an appropriate differential diagnosis and initial treatment plan which incorporates basic science knowledge on adult patients in the outpatient setting as required by the presenting complaint.
  • Advance ability to communicate effectively with patients and interprofessional colleagues including oral presentation of an adult outpatient encounter.
  • Form clinical questions and retrieve high quality evidence to advance patient care in the care of the outpatient adult.
  • Develop an appreciation of the value of the patient centered medical home and of team based care in chronic disease management in both primary care and sub-specialty settings.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to critically appraise the value of screening tests within a population and identify recommended preventive services and health promotion opportunities for different groups of patients at risk.
  • Develop professional attributes and lifelong learning skills.
RCC G​oals (PDF with objectives)​​
  • Develop and advance an appreciation of the unequivocal value of Primary Care as an integral part of any well functioning health system.
  • Develop and advance students'  understanding of caring for rural and/or underserved populations.
  • Develop and advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide Ambulatory (community-based) Clinical Care for common acute and chronic conditions.
  • Develop and advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to conduct Well-Visits and Age Appropriate Clinical Preventive Services.
  • Develop an appreciation of team based care and the Patient-Centered Medical Home to improve care of patients and communities.