The Course Director, Marícela P. Moffitt, MD, MPH, FACP and Assistant Course Directors,  Fred McDonald, DO, Maria D. Castro, MD, and Adam Heath, MD, lead years 1 and 2. Throughout the year, guest instructors who are specialists in their field may teach select components of the physical exam such as pediatric and adolescence exams.

Students are typically divided into three groups and will attend class on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, usually from 1:00–5:30 p.m. Each of these groups is further divided into cohorts of three students each and assigned to a physician preceptor. Preceptor assignments remain the same for one year to ensure that each student is monitored for adequate progress. 

Students identified as having difficulty with course activities are referred to staff for additional one-on-one skill building activities. The objective is to intervene early to prevent students from falling behind their classmates. Also, we want students to feel confident in their skills, so they seek out opportunities to work with patients at our clinic or during their Community Clinical Experience activities during the first two years of medical school.

Standardized Patient (SP) Encounter

Students can expect to have the following SP encounters during the course and may see some of these problems more than once with different presentations.

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Adolescent risk assessment (HEADSS exam).
  • Breast Lump.
  • Chest pain.
  • Chronic fever.
  • Confusion.
  • Cough.
  • Delivering Bad News.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Double Vision.
  • Edema.
  • Fatigue.
  • GYN exam.
  • GU exam.
  • Headache.
  • Jaundice.
  • Knee Pain.
  • Lymphadenopathy.
  • Motivational Interviewing (weight loss).
  • Mole.
  • Palpitations.
  • Pelvic pain.
  • Preschool Encounter.
  • Night Sweats.
  • Tremor.
  • Weakness.
  • Weight Gain.

Standardized Patient Encounter – Demonstration Video