Gain experience with the multifaceted procedures and details involved in providing longitudinal outpatient care at a variety of settings.
In our continuity clinics, you’ll have the opportunity to follow patients over many months, which will enable you to:
One of our attending physicians supervises each continuity clinic and assigns you new patients; you will follow a panel of patients on an ongoing basis. Because of the long-term nature of patient-physician interactions in the continuity clinic setting, you will develop the skills you need to establish close, effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
You’ll gain experience diagnosing and treating the broad range of gastrointestinal disorders commonly encountered in an outpatient setting.
We’ll allow you to become more independent as you advance through our continuity clinic rotation. We expect you to assume primary responsibility for patient care decisions, but our attending physicians are always willing and eager to guide you through questions and concerns. You’ll have opportunities to discuss all new and returning patients with our attending physicians.
Our continuity clinic rotation has priority over your other clinical or research duties. We will excuse you from continuity clinics only during designated vacation months and approved electives out of the Buffalo area.
You’ll receive valuable patient-feedback: two times per year, we ask continuity clinic patients to evaluate your performance in areas including professionalism, interpersonal skills and communication skills.
Our continuity clinic rotation enables you to gain leadership experience when you serve as a role model to residents and students attending the clinic; we expect you to help guide their educational activities.
You will also learn to collaborate with social workers, nurses and other health care providers and sharpen your writing and oral skills as you communicate with GI physicians and medical professionals from other departments.
You’ll see a diverse mix of patients, including patients from urban and suburban settings, and patients from a veteran population.