Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Rural Medical Track - Selectives

Selective Syllabus

Course Coordinator: Duane Koehler, D.O., Assistant to the Associate Dean for Rural Health
Course Contact:   Vicky Pace, M.Ed., Director of Rural Medical Education

The Selective is designed as an integral part of the OSU-COM Rural Medical Track program and is under the direction of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Center for Rural Health. The purpose is to:

  • Gain specialized medical knowledge through the clinical experience.
  • Prepare for the increased knowledge and skill level needed in specialty areas that the rural primary care physician could benefit from to better serve the rural population.
  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the relationship between the rural primary care physician and the specialist.
  • Provide the opportunity to gain added experience in identified, specific areas of need or interest

Meeting Times/Locations:
The rotation is a 4 week clinical experience designed to develop a student’s decision-making and cognitive skills, as it relates to the patient, while he or she continues accumulating further knowledge in medicine.

Student Responsibilities and Professionalism:
University policies will be strictly enforced.
Students are expected to

  • Exhibit professionalism and behave in an ethical manner at all times.
  • Demonstrate reliability and dependability by arriving prior to the expected start time. (If you are unable to attend you must contact the preceptor and the OSU Coordinator. Make-up work is at the discretion of the Preceptor and the Course Coordinator.
  • Prepare for and participate in assigned activities and to complete assignment as directed by preceptor and be prepared to discuss.
  • Communicate respectfully (Disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.)
  • Engage in active learning through participation.
  • Accept and apply constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrate a desire to exceed expectations.
  • Dress appropriately and wear a clean, pressed, white coat unless instructed otherwise.
  • Identify himself/herself as a non-graduate medical student by utilizing College-approved identification, and never represent himself/herself as a medical graduate, nor function as a licensed physician.
  • Insure that an on-site physician is in attendance at all times while the student is in the facility for training purposes.
  • Observe, evaluate, and participate in the discussions and medical care of patients, at the discretion and under the supervision of an assigned physician.

Course is Pass/Fail Graded   

  • Successful completion of the course is an OSU-COM requirement for graduation.
  • 100% attendance and participation required.  Any absence will require an Exception to the Rotation Form to be completed and returned to the Center for Rural Health Office and may require make-up time or assignment.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to go online and complete a site evaluation.  The site evaluation is a course requirement, and must be completed by 7 days after the completion of the rotation.
  • Readings and other assignments may be required as directed by the preceptor.
  • Final grade will be determined by the Course Coordinator after reviewing the preceptor’s evaluation of the student.
  • Students with disabilities or requiring special accommodations should go through the college’s procedure for this then notify the Course Contact at least 30 days prior to the start of the rotation.
  • Questions about grades should be directed to the Course Coordinator for the course.  If a grievance cannot be satisfactorily resolved in this manner, the student should contact the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management regarding a formal grade appeal.

Students taking this course that feel they have a disability that requires special accommodations to enable full participate, should advise the Course Coordinator of this as soon as possible. The Course Coordinator will work with that student and the Office of Student Services to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that the student has a fair opportunity to perform. 

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