Early Longitudinal Practice Experience

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Clinical Teaching - Ambulatory

This module reviews the rationale, selected literature reports, and the pilot project of the Longitudinal Practice Experience Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This program places students into a clinical practice early in the first year of medical school. Each student is trained on the procedural skills of a medical assistant, and encouraged to directly participate in the care of 3-4 patients during a half day assignment at the clinical site.


Donald Mack, M.D.

Dr. Mack is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining the OSU faculty, he spent over 20 years in rural family medicine.  He has served in the pilot project on Longitudinal Practice at Ohio State, and is pleased to share his perspectives. 


  1. Review video accounts from a student and a preceptor involved in the pilot project at The Ohio State University.
  2. Describe and compare the important preparation steps for the student and preceptor before beginning this curriculum.
  3. Describe how this has been implemented in the Early Longitudinal Practice Experience at Ohio State.
  4. Describe the changing model and benefits of early integration of practice experiences in medical education.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.