SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Preceptorship in One Health and Outbreak Investigation
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Students must complete an application process & undergo selection to participate in this course
Responsible Faculty Director:
Matthew Dacso, MD, Msc
Other Faculty:
Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD; Susan McLellan, MD
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 4/25/2022 - 5/20/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment
no max

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Applications will be submitted online and will be reviewed by the One Health Course Committee. Questions may be directed to Caroline Weldon at

Goals & Objectives
 Goals: 1) Employ a One Health approach to identify the social, economic, environmental, and cultural determinants of population health 2) Develop the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills to participate effectively in the evaluation of an outbreak 3) Expand knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and “ways of thinking” for the various disciplines and professions involved in improving global public health 4) Work in teams to develop and practice the fundamental leadership skills involved in addressing emerging public health threats 5) Explore the evolution of an emerging public health problem from a variety of learning environments Objectives: 1) Describe the "One Health" approach to emerging epidemic threats 2) Explore how various institutions, agencies, and actors approach an outbreak response 3) Enhance knowledge on pathogen and immune diagnostics and development. 4) Strengthen knowledge on disease epidemiology and public health response 5) Apply theoretical public health knowledge to real-life situations to solve problems. 6) Reflect upon the benefits and challenges of working in an inter-professional environment 7) Develop teamwork and critical thinking capabilities.

Description of course activities
 One Health is defined as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals, and our environment. Implementing this approach requires breaking down professional silos and engaging medical and veterinary professionals, laboratory scientists, the public health community, policymakers, and experts from the biomedical, social, and environmental sciences. This 4 week course will take a OneHealth approach to the problem of emerging infectious diseases, from various points of view, including (but not limited to) veterinary, public health, laboratory, and clinical. Using innovative and highly inter-professional learning approaches and guided by experts in the field, students will travel between various universities to observe regional differences in the social, economic, cultural, and environmental determinants of population health. Topics that will be addressed include animal/veterinary health, vector dynamics, sample collection and processing, molecular diagnostics, countermeasure development, biocontainment/biosecurity, clinical management of potential infectious threats, communications skills, inter-professional teamwork, and public health system response. This course is an inter-professional rotation for DVM, MD, PhD, MPH, and other graduate-level students. It provides an opportunity for training in translational team science, from the field to the lab to the bedside. The course will use scenario-based learning (SBL) as an active learning strategy, thus optimizing the conditions for development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Students will be observed clinically during the clinical portion of the course, which takes place in week 3 of the field course.
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    During the public health response portion of the course, students will present the findings of the outbreak investigation. In their group activities they will be presenting information gathered to colleagues and faculty supervisors.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    1-2 times a week
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Format of oral presentation of outbreak is provided in advance.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Students will work as a team to submit one paper by the end of the course, describing the outbreak. Other writing assignments may be assigned according to area of research focus during the outbreak scenario.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Students will be provided with a structure/format for the written product.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    The content will relate to the veterinary, human, and environmental health aspects of the outbreak.
  F. Audience - Who assesses the student’s written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Students should expect to participate in a variety of experiences throughout the elective, including animal necropsy, lab work, vector collection from the field, patient interviews, clinical simulation, public speaking, and written communications.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  Grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) will be based on attendance and participation in assigned activities at each field site, completion of assigned task(s), evaluations/feedback from the course mentors, and submission of a final report to the course committee by the student summarizing their internship experience and outcomes.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe