An Invitation from Kristin Furfari, MD, Associate Director for Preceptorship, FDC
Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum Now Seeking Clinical Preceptors
Beginning in their first year of medical school, all 184 University of Colorado School of Medicine students are matched with a primary care preceptor. With their preceptors in a true patient setting, students practice physical exams and communication skills that they have learned in the classroom. This early clinical exposure allows students to apply some of the basic science knowledge they are acquiring in the classroom, helps them to feel comfortable interacting with patients, and most importantly provides them with the opportunity to gain exposure to a practicing physician who can serve as a role model and mentor during their training.
If you are a primary care physician in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN or emergency medicine, we would love to have you join our team as a medical student preceptor!
We know that having a student in your practice setting can be a challenging balance. However, we are certain you will find this experience to be tremendously rewarding and refreshing to your career. Not only will you have a lasting impact on a young physician in training, you have the potential to have a positive influence on the way they interact with every patient they encounter for the rest of their career.
If you are interested in becoming a preceptor this year or in the future, please contact us at Foundations.Doctoring@ucdenver.edu. See our website www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/fdc for further information.
Changes in Medical Student Documentation Requirements
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have updated the teaching physician requirements related to student documentation. The relevant section from the rule is in italics below, with changes in red text.
The update brings great news for our future teaching physician workflow and for our students, as CMS has removed the requirement that the teaching physician must re-document the history of present illness, physical exam and medical decision-making by students. In the future, the teaching physician may verify and attest to the medical student documentation, likely in a similar manner to how we attest to a resident’s note. Details on what that needs to look like, however, are still unclear.
Although the update technically became effective on March 5, there are still many outstanding questions. You will need to check with your own practice administrator about the administration of this change and the consequences.
We understand the excitement this brings to many of you!
Meet Nicole Perez, Colorado Springs Branch Coordinator
Welcome to Nicole Perez, the Colorado Springs Branch coordinator for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She began her role in September 2017, bringing with her 10 years of experience in student finance. Additionally, Nicole earned a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from University of the Rockies in 2014.
As branch coordinator, Nicole supports staff, faculty, students and clinical preceptors.
“I am passionate about organizations that bring people together to achieve a common goal and make an impact on their community,” said Nicole, making her a great fit for our organization.