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Clarissa

I Love the Student Run Clinic!

Feb 6, 2014, by Clarissa · Leave a comment

The Student Run Clinic (SRC) is run by students in the Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Medical, and OT programs at USC.  I think the interdisciplinary aspect is so cool and the fact that students run the entire organization amazes me.  The clinic operates on Saturdays in the Eisner Family Medicine Center in downtown Los Angeles, which is a primary care clinic.  Currently, OTs do not have a strong presence in primary care, which is so unfortunate because OTs have a lot of potential to impact patients’ lives upon their first encounter with health care.  We’re working on bringing OT into this new field though! Being part of this emerging practice area is really exciting! 

My position on the SRC board is Care Team Coordinator (CTC), which means that I act as the team leader.  Each team consists of representatives from the occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, and medical schools.  Each individual discipline goes in to see the patient before we all huddle together for a treatment plan.  Our preceptors are also there to assist with the learning process.  My job as the CTC is to guide the team through the protocol with the patient and facilitate discussion between the team members.  On certain clinic dates, I also have the opportunity to volunteer as the OT instead of the CTC.  Acting in both roles has been great because I’ve been able to work on different skill sets with each.

I’ve learned a lot since my initial involvement with the Student Run Clinic! When I’m the OT volunteer, I practice treatment planning with the interdisciplinary team, collaborating with the patient about their goals, proper documentation, and how to educate other professions as well as the patient about OT. When I’m the CTC, I learn how to put together various pieces of the puzzle.  Multi-tasking is a key aspect of being a CTC – I need to ensure the team has a good learning experience, the patient receives the care they need, and that the team moves efficiently.  I definitely am learning how to be assertive! It’s been a challenge and I’ve had my share of uncomfortable “I don’t know what to do” moments but who doesn’t while learning?

To sum it all up—Student Run Clinic rocks!

Here’s a picture of my team and our preceptor from the last time I was in the clinic:

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