Direct Observation of a Mentor’s Practice


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Every Coleman palliative medicine fellow is paired with a mentor from his/her discipline or profession who is highly skilled in palliative care and well-suited to provide observational opportunities befitting the fellow. Mentors may collaborative to provide fellows with exposure to a wider variety of established palliative care practices, settings or patient populations.

WHO ARE THE MENTORS?

  • Physicians, nurse specialists, social workers and chaplains
  • Leaders and seasoned practitioners at academic and community hospitals and hospices across Chicago and the outlying areas
  • MEET THE MENTORS

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DIRECT OBSERVATION?

  • Coleman palliative medicine fellows are required to complete a total of 40 hours of direct observation by March, 2017.
  • Fellows will be asked to report the date, time and activity observed at the end of every month.

 

WHAT WILL THE OBSERVATION CONSIST OF?

  • Fellows’ observation will be largely clinical.
  • In some cases, it may include observation of mentors’ administrative roles, such as running an interdisciplinary team meeting or participating in a quality improvement committee meeting.
  • Direct observation entails NO patient care of any kind.

 

HOW WILL IT BE SCHEDULED?

  • Mentors and fellows create their own schedule for direct observation and consultation.
  • It is strongly recommended to schedule up to 4-6 months ahead.