The Goals and Objectives of the ROME program are as follows:
- Provide the student with a comprehensive, broad-based primary care medical education
- Provide the student an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of rural health care providers
- Develop data collection and problem-solving skills
- Learn principles and interventions for health promotion and disease prevention
- Develop an awareness of the impact of family and culture on health care
- Experience the scope of care provided in a rural setting, including experiences appropriate to family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and surgery
- Learn about patients/families in the context of continuous care in the rural environment
- Learn principles of community-oriented primary care (COPC)
- Address course requirements and expectations for traditional Year 3 clerkships in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics and Surgery
20 to 28 during Phase 2.
The home campus works with the ROME sites to endure ROME students earn appropriate amounts of credit in the ROME community. Credit is grants for family Medicine, OBGYN, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine at all ROME sites. Surgery credit is granted at all sites except Devils lake (due to lack of full-time general surgeon in Devils Lake at this time. Should a general surgeon become available in Devils Lake, there is a chance that the ROME experience in Devils Lake would be lengthened to incorporate credit for General Surgery).
Prior to or during the first week with a new preceptor, an orientation meeting should occur between the student, the site coordinator and the identified preceptor(s) to discuss your educational needs and expectations for the forthcoming weeks. Completion of the Learner Contract, including weekly review, may assist in monitoring progress or pursuing necessary changes. Review progress, using both the learner contract and the student evaluation form, midway through and at the end of each clinical rotation.
Other issues for discussion include:
- Expectations for case presentations, plus patient evaluation and management responsibilities
- The preceptor's approach to:
- Health care
- Interaction with the health care system
- Continuing education
- Community responsibilities
- The daily patient schedule for the clinic and hospital
- The on-call schedule (every third night is the accepted norm)
- Allotted time to study and complete research (allow one-half day per week)
- Set time and expectations for mid-clerkship formative evaluation