Student Evaluation Guidelines
We are always excited to culminate each year of our history taking curriculum with the MOCK CLINICAL HISTORY TAKING COMPETITION! We truly believe that this gives our students the opportunity to learn "the language of medicine." Our students are primarily underrepresented minority students. They tend to lack confidence and mentors. This experience not only exposes the students to what a day in the life of a doctor looks like, they gain early tools that are useful when they shadow with their mentors. It also places them lightyears ahead of their peers in the clinical realm. When they show up to clerkships this will not be their first exposure. Our goal is that because of this experience, they can glide seamlessly into the clinical years which can enhance their overall performance in medical school. This is especially true for those of our students who continue through our pipeline which is of course the goal. Students love this experience. Even though it's a bit intimidating they are excited to show off their skills. Our goal is to perfect these skills and give them the guidance and knowledge they need. Because the Urban Bridges Medial Mentoring Program is also comprehensive and holistic, we are also providing the coaching and academic stem and test taking support they need in tandem with this outstanding clinical experience. We are deeply appreciative for all of the physicians who create our students "village." Without you, this valued experience is not possible.
It is important to know that all of our students are high school, college and post-bacc students. Students are all in the same curriculum together learning content that is new for each of them. Many of the high school students are as accomplished at this task as the older students. So for the purpose of this competition, please evaluate and remain blinded to your mentee's level in school. Each of our students, regardless to grade level or degrees, should be evaluated solely by their abilities to complete the expected tasks and benchmarks.
Our students have been learning history taking throughout the year. While they do not know pathophysiology, they have been taught how to take a focused on all types of pain vignettes which is easiest for them to understand at this level of their training. Of note, we have taught our students how to not only ask questions but to ask the follow-up questions. Some students are exceptionally good at this others are still growing.
Students are expected to accurately interview their patient from Chief Complaint through Review of Systems. They must also note proper patient identifiers (name, date of birth) and must greet patient properly upon room entry. Many of the student mentees are able to produce a write up at least as thorough as a 3rd year medical student entering their first clerkships.
They are limited by knowledge of basic sciences including pathophysiology, pharmacology and disease processes. They do, however, understand their required roles to accurately collect a detailed history and are expected to produce quality, well written histories that follow the expected templates.
Each student has been given written full H&Ps as guidelines and have submitted several completed write-ups throughout the year including their most recent review session in February.
Students will meet you in a patient room on the 6th floor where you will be seated in advance of their entry into the room.
You will be given the clinical vignette. It should not be shared with any students and is to remain confidential
Odds & Ends
Because each student mentee is assigned the SAME PATIENT VIGNETTE acted out by our physician "patients," the "patients" will need the same medications. The physicians will be given bottles of medications or the equivalent on the day of the competition.
Student Mentee "Physician" will have a total of 3 hours to complete their entire interview, write up and feedback evaluation with the advanced medical student or physician.
They do not have to use the entire time if it is not need
Please be advised that you can facilitate up to two sessions. If you agree to facilitate one session, the required time to volunteer would be 3 hours. If you agree to facilitate two sessions, you will have back to back patient interviews and will rotate rather seamlessly between the two mentee students (click on PDF for a sample timeline). This will require 4 hours time donated and you would need to stick fairly closely to the schedule as indicated in the PDF sample timeline.
Students do not have to use the entire time. They can eat lunch and fellowship with classmates who are in the dining hall if desired
What Students Are Allowed to Bring into the room with Evaluator
Each student will enter the room with their laptop or ipad or blank paper to take notes
Each Mentee will also be given the following "cheat sheets" from I AM ABEL FOUNDATION coordinators. They should not have any additional papers or tools