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If you are interested in enriching a student's education through your participation in the Student Continuity Experience, please complete the enrollment form found on this Web page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the program director at:

Phone: (312) 942-5225


Cynthia M. Waickus, MD, PhD

Program Description

In the SCE, students are placed in a community-based, continuity of care clinical practice under the direction of a physician-mentor. During this experience, the students acquire an understanding of the role of the physician in the community setting while developing skills in interviewing, physical exam, problem solving, medical ethics and clinical reasoning. The preceptor helps students develop their own abilities as medical professionals by providing a real-world setting in which to apply theoretical classroom concepts. The SCE also helps to foster a collegial relationship with a physician mentor, while providing exposure to issues inherent in medical education and practice necessary for professional and personal growth.

The program helps students think about how they want to practice medicine?from the very first office visit. It is a critical component of their medical training, cultivating the connection between doctor and patient as part of the formal medical education process and helping to train physicians who are poised to meet the future challenges in health care delivery.


Through the continuity experience, the student will:

  • Observe and participate in the direct patient care activities of the preceptor.
  • Appreciate the special nature of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Gain experience in a continuity of care practice.
  • Practice interviewing and history taking skills.
  • Develop physical diagnosis skills.
  • Learn to integrate the basic science content of coursework with clinical experiences.
  • Practice self-directed learning.
  • Be exposed to the psychosocial and ethical aspects of patient care.
  • Learn methods of information management.
  • Gain knowledge of available community resources.
  • Become familiar with medical decision making.
  • Understand the appropriate use of laborotory testing.
  • Understand the cost of the U.S. Health Care System.
  • Obtain useful career guidance.
  • Develop mentoring relationships between students and community physicians.
  • Develop a professional identity and demeanor.

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