Learning Through Clinic

From the start of the second trimester, NUHS clinic plays a large role in facilitating our education. Clinic offers us the ability to understand and apply what we are learning in the classrooms. It also teaches us patient care. Most of all, it allows us first-hand interaction with our patients, our biggest teachers. I have referred to clinic in many blogs, as it is personally my favorite part of the program. Of course we could not be in clinic without the classes teaching us AOM, but the clinical interaction is so meaningful to me. It's a chance to bring everything we learn and use it while having our patients teach us how it affects them. 

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While in clinic, students are very focused on the care of their patients. This offers the opportunity to do extra research on a case-by-case situation. This is a very valid method for us to expand our understanding of specific conventional medicine and AOM diagnosis and treatment plans. We have rooms where we are able to work on our research and charts, allowing a thorough understanding of our patient and their care. 

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We have a clinician room that we use for every patient. Hui Yan Cai, PhD, MD (China) is pictured in it in this blog.

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When a patient arrives, the intern enters the room and performs an intake. From that information and previous research for ongoing patients, the intern meets with the clinician in the clinician's office. Then, the clinician also performs a short intake on the patient. Through this interaction, the intern and clinician formulate a treatment plan.

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Once the clinician has seen the patient, the intern is able to begin the treatment. Just as the intake portion builds on the intern's knowledge base, much learning occurs during the treatment aspect of the appointment. This portion allows the intern first-hand experience to comprehend the impact and reaction of the intern's application of AOM. 

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In this week's pictures, several observers and interns are shown working on clinical work. In clinic there are observers who observe every aspect of clinic. They also play a crucial role in keeping the area clean during the clinic shift. Once a student moves from observer to intern, they begin treating patients.

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I feel NUHS' clinical setting is one of our greatest learning opportunities. I think most of the students feel this way, as well.