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Clinical Experiences I


As part of the Complete DO course, each KCOM student completes three (3) two-hour observation experiences in healthcare sites during their first year in Kirksville. The ATSU AHEC office organizes these assignments. Students will:

  • Observe / follow a nurse in the hospital, nursing home, or other agency
  • Observe / follow a physician / nurse practitioner in a clinic / nursing home
  • Observe / follow the care team in the hospital emergency department

The goal of the program is to showcase healthcare teams and the roles and responsibilities of team members in a variety of care settings.


By the end of the three observational experiences, students will be able to:

  • Describe the range of personnel involved in patient care
  • Differentiate among types of skills displayed by providers at the three site types
  • Describe care provided in different settings
  • Describe vulnerabilities in populations served at each site and barriers that affect their healthcare encounters

The Process:

Observations are scheduled during first and second semesters. Within the community experiences component of the Complete DO course, the goal is to have each student complete three (3) two-hour observation assignments - one in the NRMC emergency department, one in a hospital care unit/department, and one with a physician (in the physician's office or with the physician / nurse practitioner in the nursing home). Communication with students about these assignments includes a classroom lecture and emails.