Alaska Foundations Site Information

A day in the life of a medical student:


WWAMI-Alaska Foundations Schedule for Summer 2022:
Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research (FMR)


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Morning

Exam / Class
8am – 11am

Class
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Afternoon Class (if exam in am)
1pm – 5pm
Free Free Free Free


WWAMI-Alaska Foundations Schedule for Fall 2022 – Fall 2023


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Morning

Class / Exam
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Class / FCM
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Class
8am – Noon

Afternoon

Class (if exam in am)
1pm – 5pm
Free Hospital Tutorial or
Free
Free Free

Class time: Students will have four hours of class per day, most days incorporate interactive learning or laboratories, and no more than two hours of lecture. A limited number of learning experiences may be scheduled outside of normal class hours.  Class delivery methods vary by block and within a block. All blocks are designed to have predominantly active learning approaches. Students are expected to come prepared to participate in class discussions. All courses have periodic assessments and a final examination. Block objectives and core content for which students will be held accountable on exams will be the same across all WWAMI sites. Exams will have the same questions and format and be administered in person. Timing of exams may vary slightly across Foundation sites.

Block teaching (Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research and Infections & Immunity): In Summer 2022, the University of Alaska Anchorage is planning in-person classes. Teaching of anatomy will be in-person in the lab. Alternative options will be provided for students who cannot attend in person due to illness. Participation in all blocks, including Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research, is expected to be in person, absences/alternatives will require Foundation Dean approval but will be made available where appropriate.

Participation in Human Form and Function (anatomy) and Foundation of Clinical Skills is expected to be in-person across all sites. Assessments, including multiple-choice question exams and anatomical pin tests, will be given in-person at UAA.

A surge in COVID-19 may cause all courses to be moved to remote or hybrid instruction.

Your first two blocks are Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research and Infections & Immunity. Both will have a weekly exam on Monday mornings and a cumulative final exam.

Clinical Skills Workshop: This will start with Immersion which will run all day September 7th through September 16th. Students will complete their clinical skills workshops on campus. These will be in the morning on alternate Wednesdays. See “FCM Introduction” below.

Hospital Tutorial: Students will be assigned to a faculty mentor and small group of students with whom they will work throughout the Foundations Phase. These will be in the afternoons on alternate Wednesdays. See “FCM Introduction” below.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course: Alaska

Dr. Kathy Young, Immersion & FCM Co-Director, PCP Director
Dr. Andrea Caballero, Immersion & FCM Co-Director, College Head

The Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course is a comprehensive clinical skills program with four integrated and complementary elements. It begins with the Immersion block, which introduces students to clinical medicine, and extends through the Foundations Phase.

The four integrated elements of FCM are:

Immersion: FCM starts with intensive initial clinical skills training including fundamentals of doctor-patient communication and medical interviewing; the content and structure of the medical database; basic physical exam; introduction to professionalism and the culture of medicine. Immersion will be September 7th – 16th 2022, from 8am – 5pm typically. There will be a one-day wilderness retreat included in this and a final clinical exam on the morning of Friday, September 16th. A detailed schedule will be provided. ALL sessions are required.

Hospital Tutorials: Students work consistently with a College faculty mentor and a small group of peer students throughout their first 18 months. They have opportunities to practice the comprehensive history and physical examination with hospitalized patients and are observed by their College mentors who provide immediate formative feedback on their skills. During the second half of each tutorial afternoon, College mentors return to see each patient with the group of students if possible, to demonstrate interviewing and exam techniques at the bedside. Students perform oral case presentations and complete written histories and physicals for each patient, which are also reviewed by the mentor. Students have their Hospital Tutorials every other Wednesday afternoon.

Clinical Skills Workshops: Students learn core communication, physical exam, clinical reasoning, reflection, and teamwork skills in hands-on, interactive small group sessions aligned with the content of the Foundations blocks. They also cover other areas relevant to patient care, including communication skills and interview techniques, behavioral medicine, chronic care, interprofessional healthcare and other areas. Students have Clinical Skills Workshops every other Wednesday morning.

Primary Care Practicum (PCP): Starting in January, students will work in the same primary care physician’s office for the Foundations Phase in a longitudinal experience emphasizing outpatient clinical skills, patient relationships and continuity, chronic care, and teamwork. In the clinic, students will have the opportunity to apply many of the skills they learned in Clinical Skills Workshops and Hospital Tutorials. Students have their PCP dedicated time on alternate Wednesdays and are expected to spend a half day in their PCP setting. There may be some flexibility in scheduling, those with questions about scheduling should reach out to their local PCP Director.

Disability accommodations for FCM
Students requesting a disability accommodation for FCM can contact Disability Resource Services (DRS) directly by contacting Meghan Matthews (meghanm7@uw.edu) or http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/ as soon as possible prior to the start of immersion so that appropriate accommodations can be made available in a timely fashion to allow the student to participate fully. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a DRS evaluation has been completed and appropriate accommodations determined. You can also reach out to Dr. Gerald Tolbert (gtolbert@uw.edu), Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs, if you have any questions.