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A day in the life of a medical student:


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


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Morning

Exam

Free

Free

Free

Free

Afternoon Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm



WWAMI-Montana Foundations Schedule for Fall 2022 – Fall 2023


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Morning

Exam OR Free

Free

Hospital Tutorial OR
Free

Hospital Tutorial OR
Free

Exam OR Free

Afternoon

Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Class OR Clinical
Skills Workshop
Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Class
1:00pm – 5:00pm


Class time: Students have four or five hours of class per day, with most days incorporating interactive learning or laboratories. 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, Montana State University is planning in-person classes. Teaching of anatomy will be in-person in the lab whenever possible. A Zoom alternative to attending large group and small group sessions will be available for students who are unable to attend due to health risks or other approved extenuating circumstances. A surge in COVID-19 may cause all courses to be moved to remote instruction. Online participation in the blocks, Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research and Infections & Immunity, may only be granted by Foundation dean approval. 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, unless public health concerns have necessitated a shift to online 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: Students will complete their clinical skills workshops in the WWAMI classrooms. These will be in the afternoon on alternate Tuesdays starting after the FMR block. 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. The class will be divided into two groups, with half of students completing their Hospital Tutorial morning on Wednesdays and the other half completing their Hospital Tutorial mornings on Thursdays. See “FCM Introduction” below.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course: Montana

Colette Kirchhoff, MD | FCM & Immersion Director
Zach Meyers, MD | College Head
Leslee Kane, MD | PCP Director

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 medical school and clinical medicine, extends through the Foundations Phase, and culminates in the Transition to Clerkships.

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.

Hospital Tutorials: Students work consistently with a faculty mentor and 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 morning, College mentors make every effort to return to see each patient with the group of students, 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 Tutorial morning on either Wednesday or Thursday in alternate weeks.

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

Primary Care Practicum (PCP): Starting in January, students will work in the same primary care physician’s office for the majority of 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 on alternate Wednesdays if possible and spend half of the day in their PCP setting, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible for students with extenuating circumstances. Those with questions about scheduling should reach out to Dr. Kane – 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 orientation 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, Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs, if you have any questions.