Internal Medicine Education Continuity Clinic
The Continuity Clinic experience is designed to teach residents the practice of ambulatory general internal medicine care in a longitudinal setting.
We use a 50/50 scheduling model. This means that we are primarily on a 4+4 system, but each year most interns and senior residents will have a 2 in a row block of inpatient rotations and all senior residents will have at least one 2-3 in a row block of outpatient/consult rotations. We have made changes to our clinic schedules as a result. Each resident goes to a full day of clinic during the outpatient/consult block, whereas, the clinics are canceled during the inpatient blocks. The feedback after the change has been overwhelmingly positive because of the improved continuity of patients and improved learning experience. The residents work closely with same preceptors over 3 years to learn the skills to manage patients in the outpatient setting.
We have 5 clinic sites for Continuity Clinic. Each clinic offers a unique learning experience and patient population.
Our Continuity Clinic Sites
- University of Minnesota Primary Care Center
- Community University Health Care Center
- HealthPartners University Avenue Clinic
- Center for International Health
- Minneapolis VA Health Care Systems
Continuity Clinic Curriculum
We have also introduced a case-based Continuity Clinic Curriculum. At the start of each clinic session, your preceptor will review with you a case-based teaching session designed around ambulatory medicine topics. The full curriculum and references are also available online.
Continuity Clinic Immersion
One four week block during your intern year will consist of an "immersion experience" at your continuity clinic. You will spend an entire month at the clinic site, seeing patients but also learning how the clinic operates, from scheduling appointments to following up test results to shadowing social work consults and nurse visits. This allows for an opportunity to build upon your panel of patients and feel more comfortable in the outpatient setting.