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Community & Primary Care

8-Week Clinical Experience

This is a required, interdisciplinary, 8-week clerkship during which you will be immersed in the primary care setting. This clerkship provides students with the opportunity to work with volunteer primary care physicians located mainly in urban and suburban communities in the Denver metro area, as well as along the I-25 corridor. If students so choose, they can apply to complete their experience in rural primary care locations across the state of Colorado. Students will be integrated into the primary care teams of the volunteer faculty’s practices. Students will get the opportunity to experience a broad scope of care of patients and their families in the context of the unique communities in which they live, and will be provided hands-on core learning experiences. This curriculum is designed to emphasize ambulatory clinical skills, common core conditions, patient-centered care, critical appraisal and application of national screening guidelines, and interprofessional collaboration. We hope that you find the clerkship to be a rewarding experience!​

Core Clinical Conditions​

CPC 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.
  • 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.