Student Continuity Experience and Faculty Enrollment

In the Student Continuity Experience, or SCE, first- and second-year students are placed in a community-based, continuity-of-care clinical practice under the direction of a physician-mentor. During this experience, you acquire an understanding of the role of the physician in the community setting while developing skills in interviewing, physical exams, problem solving, medical ethics and clinical reasoning.

The preceptor helps your develop your abilities as medical professionals by providing a real-world setting in which to apply theoretical classroom concepts. The SCE also helps you 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 guides students to think about how they want to practice medicine — beginning with their first office visit. SCE is a critical component of 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 SCE, you will accomplish the following:

  • 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 laboratory 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

Faculty involvement

SCE gives primary care and specialist physicians an opportunity to serve as mentors to enthusiastic future physicians.

Preceptors need to make time for the following:

  • Mentor students for two half days per month during a two-year period
  • Work directly with students to achieve the program objectives
  • Assess and evaluate student attendance, motivation, interpersonal skills, effort and commitment
  • Provide feedback regarding the program

How to volunteer

If you are interested in enriching a student’s education by participating in Rush’s SCE program, please complete the enrollment form.

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

Cynthia M. Waickus, MD, PhD
(312) 942-5225