EPIC Module 10
Working with the Community

A key reason that health professions schools send students outside of the academic setting for training with community practitioners is to give students a broader picture of the health problems typically encountered in community practice. Community preceptors can offer a unique perspective on patients' lives within the context of the community as well as an understanding of the multiple community-based influences on health and illness. In addition, they model for students the life of a professional in a community practice.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Describe community-based influences on health and illness and the health practitioner's interaction with those influences on health and illness and the health practitioner's interaction with those influences.

  • Design activities to introduce students to the community and its resources.

  • Identify the five essential features of Community-Oriented Primary Care and develop activities to teach students how to apply them.

  • Articulate the importance of understanding sociocultural differences among members of the practice population.

  • Illustrate for students the health care provider's role as a professional, a community member, and a family member.