Family Medicine and Primary Care Internal Medicine comprise the core of clinical work in the RMED program. This includes extensive patient care with increasing responsibility and independence, as well as one-to-one clinical instruction, and the chance to observe and participate in the lifestyle of a medical professional in a rural community.
Each student works under the direct supervision of board certified physicians who are approved as instructors by participating Upstate Medical University academic departments. Overall supervision and coordination of the student's schedule in the rural community is handled by the family medicine preceptor working closely with the chief medical officer of the local hospital, and the RMED Site Coordinators from Upstate. As a supplement to instruction and to monitor the quality of the educational experience, monthly visits to the rural site are made by faculty from clinical departments at Upstate. During these teaching sessions, the student makes in-depth case presentations and receives consultation on difficult cases. These visits also include presentation of Continuing Medical Education programs to the rural hospital staff by visiting faculty.
Learning activities include daily office hours with the Family Practice preceptor, inpatient rounds, scheduled time with specialists, laboratory, night call, hospital lectures and other CME activity with the preceptor, reading, and computer literature searches. Students are encouraged to also take advantage of opportunities for additional learning experiences such as assisting in surgery and overnight emergency room coverage. The Student Experience pages have more information on daily life in the RMED program.
Reading of appropriate texts and other sources in each area of study is expected.
Students may access library resources using Off-Campus Access. A reference librarian is assigned to RMED to help improve the students' skills in Information Mastery.