Event Title

Building rapport with your students during medical outreach missions

Location

Resnick

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

24-1-2015 2:05 PM

End Date

24-1-2015 2:35 PM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: After extensive expertise as a preceptor in third world countries, and reviewing pertinent literature, we identified a set of issues and experiences that help develop rapport with medical students in Outreach Missions serving underserved populations.

PURPOSE: Rapport is “the ability to maintain harmonious relationships based on affinity.” The presentation aims to introduce the issues and experiences that affect students-preceptor rapport and the value of these experiences in training future health care providers. Qualitative data about students’ perceptions of a mission and its effect on students-preceptor rapport will be presented.

METHODOLOGY: Issues and experiences working with underserved populations include: one-to-one relationships, humanistic aspects of contact with indigenous populations, real life experiences that students and preceptor face together, and preceptor’s guidance to find optimal solutions to health-care issues in precarious conditions. Students’ perceptions of the overall experiences during a mission were collected.

RESULTS: Students’ perceptions about a mission and its effect on their relationships and rapport with preceptors have been analyzed qualitatively and will be reported. Data also show that the majority of participating students were from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, few from Physician Assistant program and very few from Dental College at NSU, and almost half of them volunteered to participate to another Medical Mission.

CONCLUSIONS: The identified issues could have educational and personal benefits, increase other students’ interest in medical outreach missions, and help avoid barriers that may affect future students’ participation. It appears that working together with real patients in the field, with a scarcity of means is helping to bond with students.

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Building rapport with your students during medical outreach missions

Resnick

INTRODUCTION: After extensive expertise as a preceptor in third world countries, and reviewing pertinent literature, we identified a set of issues and experiences that help develop rapport with medical students in Outreach Missions serving underserved populations.

PURPOSE: Rapport is “the ability to maintain harmonious relationships based on affinity.” The presentation aims to introduce the issues and experiences that affect students-preceptor rapport and the value of these experiences in training future health care providers. Qualitative data about students’ perceptions of a mission and its effect on students-preceptor rapport will be presented.

METHODOLOGY: Issues and experiences working with underserved populations include: one-to-one relationships, humanistic aspects of contact with indigenous populations, real life experiences that students and preceptor face together, and preceptor’s guidance to find optimal solutions to health-care issues in precarious conditions. Students’ perceptions of the overall experiences during a mission were collected.

RESULTS: Students’ perceptions about a mission and its effect on their relationships and rapport with preceptors have been analyzed qualitatively and will be reported. Data also show that the majority of participating students were from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, few from Physician Assistant program and very few from Dental College at NSU, and almost half of them volunteered to participate to another Medical Mission.

CONCLUSIONS: The identified issues could have educational and personal benefits, increase other students’ interest in medical outreach missions, and help avoid barriers that may affect future students’ participation. It appears that working together with real patients in the field, with a scarcity of means is helping to bond with students.