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Clinical Faculty are directly responsible for:
- Quality assurance of patient care.
- Supervising the activities of student clinicians and technicians assigned to them.
- Teaching clinical care either by demonstration or discussion.
- Evaluating clinical proficiency of students in accordance with the policies established by the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
- Advising students and the Associate Deans of Clinical Affairs and Student Affairs of those who are in need of remediation.
The following actions are required to meet these responsibilities:
- Observe each student and furnish help with any problems encountered through advice or demonstration.
- Review each patient record after completion of the examination, checking for thoroughness, validity of findings, and the student’s analytic sense in diagnosis, treatment decisions and follow-up.
- Repeat ophthalmoscopy and anterior segment or any other procedures deemed necessary to student evaluation or patient care.
- Record any additional findings in the patient’s record. Correct any incorrect clinician health assessment findings.
- Review all tabs for completeness, including fee and coding information, and sign-offs of the clinician and faculty as indicated.
- Ensure that the clinician follows through with the case disposition and patient education of findings, diagnosis, treatment plan and advice regarding referral to other Clinic services, outside referral and recall.
- Ensure that appropriate referral letters are written and sent to any professional to whom individual cases may be referred and are uploaded to patient’s record.
- Evaluate the performance of each student clinician on each patient and give feedback to the student.
- Help student clinicians reach the expected levels of proficiency in clinical skills and judgment.
- Observe and evaluate the performance of student clinicians.
- Record student clinician attendance, punctuality and appearance.
- Monitor the waiting room area and the appointment schedule to ensure that patients are assigned to available clinicians and the examination starts on time.
- Arrange for excess patients to be seen in another module as quickly and efficiently as possible with the least inconvenience to the patient.
- Instruct students to maintain the waiting room and seminar room in an orderly manner to present a professional appearance for patients. For example, clipboards and pencils should be returned to the Front Desk when convenient.
- Act as a facilitator and resource by providing a didactic program on a frequent basis: demonstrating/teaching new or advanced examination techniques; holding case conferences or seminars to review conditions the student has seen; and holding discussions on journal articles that are distributed to the student.