Each week 3-4 days are spent individually shadowing a variety of health professionals in the hospital and/or surrounding community. These shadowing experiences include those of the students’ disciplines and those that are not. This provides an opportunity to witness how inter-professional teams work together in a rural facility as well as how healthcare is delivered at multiple levels.
Students will meet once a week with Dr. Laura Payne, PhD, Faculty Advisor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who will lead group discussions on rural health care practice and theory. Students are asked to keep weekly journal reflections related to their shadowing experiences.
Additional time each week is scheduled to provide students the opportunity to work on the Community Service Learning (CSL) project.
A typical week day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., although some adjustments may be made (for example, students shadowing a procedure in surgery may need to start earlier in the morning).
This preceptorship is a rural immersion experience – students are expected to reside in the community for 6 weeks. Full participation is required, except in emergency or illness situations. Any exceptions or special circumstances must be requested during the application process. The majority of weekends will be free, although we request students stay in the community to get the most benefit from the experience. No experiences will be scheduled during the 4th of July holiday.