SCHULICH STUDENTS: DISCOVERY WEEK (Year 1 )
- Week 1: May 27 - 31, 2013
- Week 2: June 3 - 7, 2013
ABOUT DISCOVERY WEEK
In 1997 the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario introduced a new curriculum to provide exposure for all undergraduate medical students to rural regional medicine. To achieve this goal, the curriculum included rural-oriented medical education with both compulsory and elective components.
Discovery Week, one of the compulsory components, is a mandatory one-week placement at the end of the first year for all undergraduate medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. These placements are in more than 30 participating rural and regional communities in Southwestern Ontario.
Students have the opportunity to shadow family physicians and learn what their typical workday encompasses. In addition, they also experience a wide variety of medical specialties and practices. Numerous physicians and other health care staff and administrative personnel are involved each year to provide this opportunity for students. As there are many communities and they vary greatly in size and available health care services, the experiences of the students vary; for instance students often shadow in the ER, OR, clinics, etc. The week also involves socializing with the physicians and gaining a sense of the community. At the end of the week, students meet with the Assistant Dean Rural Regional for a wrap-up discussion of their experiences, and they share the highlights of their week.
DISCOVERY WEEK GOALS
Introduce all undergraduate medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry to the opportunities and challenges of living and working in a rural or regional community. Involve students first-hand in patient care in rural regional settings while developing an understanding and appreciation for rural regional medicine and health care providers. The long-term goal is to inspire students to practice in small and mid-sized communities in Southwestern Ontario upon completion of their medical training.
DISCOVERY WEEK OBJECTIVES
- Orientation and Awareness: This will provide an opportunity for students to become familiar with the parameters, dynamics and systems involved within rural/regional medical practice.
- Inter-Professional Education/ Inter-Professional Care (IPE/IPC): This experience is to provide exposure to team work and collaboration undertaken within a rural/regional site.
- Medical Care in a Rural/Regional Site (with a focus on acute or chronic disease): This will allow an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the challenges of delivering and receiving acute or chronic care within a rural/regional site.
- Working with Diverse Populations: This will provide an opportunity for students to develop an awareness of the challenge with chronic/acute disease management in diverse patient populations.
DISCOVERY WEEK IN THE NEWS
Read about Discovery Week in our partner communities:
- CEE Hospital welcomes medical students
- CKHA hosting UWO medical students for Discovery Week
- Real-life training for med students
- City greets future docs
- UWO Medical Students Check out Huron
- Medical students visit Lambton County
- A taste of Tillsonburg
- Path to med school not always the most obvious, medical students tell high schoolers
- Med students gain first-hand experience in Goderich
- Med students enjoyed Meaford
- University students get taste of rural medicine in Palmerston
- Learning all about rural medicine during Discovery Week
Rural Regional Medicine Placement Coordinator
Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN)
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
London, ON N6G 4X8
t. 519.858.5152 ext. 86225