UTMB Practice of Medicine 1 (POM1)
Every 1st year
medical student at UTMB is required to take the Practice of Medicine (POM1)
course. This course requires each 1st year medical student to work with a
community based teaching physician for a total of 12 hours over a period of 7
months. The 12 hours of clinical time are divided into four days at three hours per visit. The
3 hours of clinical time must be in the afternoon
since 1st year medical students are in the classroom during the morning hours.
MD or DO
Board certified in their discipline
to practice in Texas
No disparaging marks on the
Texas State Medical Board
Practice site is within 35 miles of the
Any discipline that allows
students to interact with patients and practice performing histories and
Community Teaching Physician
commitment per student
4 half days per student (2pm - 5pm). In other words, 12 hours per student
split between 4 afternoon clinical site visits. The clinic site visits
will take place between 9/15/14 to 4/27/15.
An example would be that a student arrives at
your clinic for 3 hours in Sept., 3 hours in Oct., 3 hours in Jan and 3 hours in
March. This would be the 12 hours of clinical time needed by one UTMB 1st
year medical student.
Expose students to the practice
environment of community-based physicians, and allow them to practice the
interview and examination skills they are learning during the on-campus
components of the course. While students might function initially in an
observation/shadowing role, the interviewing and physical examination skills
they are learning during the on-campus component of the Practice of Medicine
course usually allow them to advance to a more participatory role with the
POM1 preceptors will need to
fill out an evaluation form for every student after every site visit. Each
student will come to your office 4 times, which means you will evaluate each
student 4 times over the year. The student will arrive at your office with
the same evaluation form. Preceptors will be able to reflect on how they
graded the student during the previous site visits and hopefully see progress
over the course of the year.
Physician and Site Responsibilities
This link provides information
about what is expected when a UTMB POM1 medical student arrives at your clinic
Benefits to UTMB Community Teaching Physicians
We ask that community-based
teaching physicians volunteer their time to teach for the POM1 course.
UTMB does offer perks to our preceptors, however. This link describes the
benefits UTMB offers to our community teaching physicians.
If you are interested in teaching medical students for the UTMB POM1 course, please contact