HumanInsight Implementation of a Telemedicine Student Clinical Experience
Telemed J E Health. 2022 Jul 18. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2022.0127. Online ahead of print.
Background: As part of a curricular change, an academic medical center implemented a medical student telemedicine clinical experience for first-year medical students in October 2020. This research is a process evaluation of the implementation of a preclerkship medical student telemedicine clinical experience. Methods: Patients with two or more chronic diseases were recruited from affiliated primary care practices. We monitored the recruitment and retainment of patients throughout the curriculum. We used surveys to evaluate patient, student, and primary care overall experience with the program. We tracked referrals to higher levels of care and assessed skills students' felt they practice with each encounter. We followed progression of notes through chart review as the year progressed. Results: Of the 408 patients contacted, 150 agreed to participate in this program (36%). Of 1,053 scheduled visits, 686 (65%) were successfully completed. Seventy-five percent of patients were seen two or more times. Nearly 70% of surveyed patients felt that the clinical experience enhanced their communication with their primary care provider, and nearly 90% stated that students were "somewhat" or "extremely" professional. The majority (97%) of students reported an "excellent" or "good" view of the medical student telemedicine clinical experience. Qualitative measures of student performance, such as note writing, showed improvement over the course of the curriculum. Conclusions: Our data suggest that patients, students, and primary care providers were widely accepting of the curriculum, patients were successfully recruited and retained, and students successfully practiced key clinical skills on a telemedicine platform.
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