Broadlawns Medical Home Clerkship

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Organization Type: 
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other Element(s): 
Quality Improvement Projects
Program Description: 

The Broadlawns Medical Home Clerkship is an elective rotation for fourth-year students at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine that offers structured clinical and coordinated care experience under direct supervision at the Broadlawns Family Health Center.  Students gain a basic understanding of the various aspects of a medical home as it pertains to enhanced patient care in the primary care setting. 

The clerkship has three areas of focus: (1) didactics, (2) clinical processes, and (3) projects. The program’s didactics focus on PCMH healthy policy, chronic disease management, chronic disease registries, and quality improvement projects. Clinical processes focus on pre-visit planning, hospitalization readmission reduction, referral tracking, patient reminders, and provider feedback.  For the project, students choose a medical home topic to evaluate current practice methods and propose an improvement plan, which they will then implement for evaluation using the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model. 

Targeted Professions
Family Medicine
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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