Wyoming Foundations Site Information

A Day in the Life of a Wyoming WWAMI Medical Student:


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


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Morning

Free /
Prep time

Free /
Prep time

Free /
Prep time

Free /
Prep time

Free /
Prep time

Afternoon Class
1pm – 5pm
Class
1pm – 5pm
Class
1pm – 5pm
Class
1pm – 5pm

Class
1pm – 5pm



WWAMI-Wyoming Foundations Schedule for Fall 2022 – Fall 2023


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Morning

Hospital Tutorial or
Free /
Prep time

Hospital Tutorial or
Free /
Prep time

Free / Prep time (if pm class) or
Clinical Skills Workshop

Hospital Tutorial or
Free /
Prep time

Hospital Tutorial or
Free /
Prep time

Afternoon

Class
1pm – 5pm
Class
1pm – 5pm
Class or
Clinical Skills Workshop
1pm – 5pm
Class
1pm – 5pm

Class
1pm – 5pm


Class time: Students have four or five hours of class per day, with most days incorporating interactive learning or laboratories. All exams and some limited short 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 utilize required materials to come to class prepared for discussions or activities.  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.

Summer Quarter (Orientation; NOLS; Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research; Clinical Immersion): In Summer 2022, our WWAMI curriculum will begin with program orientation followed by a week-long NOLS wilderness medicine course in Lander, WY. *Note: this course will also provide students with required BLS training. Upon return from NOLS, students will begin their first foundations block, Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research (FMR). FMR will meet M-F in the afternoon with planned exams on Monday morning each week. Exams will be proctored in-person in the WWAMI classrooms. The summer quarter will conclude with Clinical Immersion which will focus on basic clinical skills and reflection on practicing medicine.

Autumn Quarter (Infections & Immunity; Cancer, Hormones, & Blood; Foundations of Clinical Medicine): The autumn quarter will contain two blocks: Infections & Immunity (I&I) and Cancer, Hormones, & Blood (CHB). Both blocks will alternate between 5-day weeks (M-F) and 4-day weeks (MTRF) of class in the afternoon. Exams will be in the mornings (generally Mondays) in-person in the WWAMI classroom. Alongside these two blocks, students will begin two additional Foundations of Clinical Medicine longitudinal activities: Hospital Tutorials & Clinical Skills Workshops. The clinical skills workshops will take place every other Wednesday (the 4-day class weeks).

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 four groups. A group leader will be assigned to communicate with your hospital faculty to determine which mornings the group will meet. See “FCM Introduction” below.

Clinical Skills Workshop: Students will complete their clinical skills workshops either on campus in the WWAMI classroom or at Mountain View Medical Park Suite 204 office space. Most clinical skills workshops will consist of your core group and your college mentor and will meet on either Wednesday mornings or afternoons. Some workshops will be for all groups and will meet on Wednesday mornings in the classroom. See “FCM Introduction” below.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course & College Mentor Program: Wyoming

Dana Govaerts, MD | FCM Co-Lead
Julie Carlson, MD | Hospitalist Lead
Tracey Haas, DO MPH | College Head

The Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course is a comprehensive clinical skills program with four integrated and complementary elements. It formally 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.  Immersion consists of ten days in September, in conjunction with medical skills which will be instructed at NOLS in Lander, WY.

Hospital Tutorials: Students work consistently with a faculty mentor and small group of peer students beginning in September. They have opportunities to practice the comprehensive history and physical examination with hospitalized patients and are observed by their hospital faculty who provide immediate formative feedback on their skills. During the second half of each tutorial morning, hospital faculty 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 and graded by the FCM leads.  Students have their Hospital Tutorial morning based on the hospitalists’ schedules. A team leader for every group will need to be in charge of scheduling with the group’s hospitalist.

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 approximately every other Wednesday beginning in the September (please refer to the FCM Canvas Page for details).

Primary Care Practicum (PCP): Starting in January, students will work in the same primary care physician’s office each semester, 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 their local PCP administrator.

College Mentor Program: In addition to FCM, your clinical development will include time with a practicing physician who will serve as an academic and professional mentor. You should meet your College Mentor during the Wyoming WWAMI orientation and they will mentor you throughout your four-year career at UWSOM. College Mentor groups will be determined by our College Head.

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, Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs, if you have any questions.