Clinic hours of operation: Every Tuesday 1:30-5:00pm
Bedlam Longitudinal Clinic was created in August 2006 and serves patients who have been referred by the Bedlam evening clinics. This clinic serves individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or hypertension. The clinic is one of the first of its kind to follow the uninsured, chronically ill patients on a monthly basis. Staffed predominately by faculty from Family Practice and Internal Medicine physicians and students, this clinic provides free medical services to underserved individuals who otherwise would not receive on-going treatment. The goal of the clinic is to form a triadic relationship over time between medical student, attending, and patient. Maintaining continuity to patients through commitment to the group practice is the essential element in this project.
Clinic staff use a ‘round up’ and ‘round down’ approach before and after every clinic session. Prior to opening of the clinic, staff gather ‘round up’ which is to discuss each patient, what services/treatments are needed, and the history of the patient. At the end of every clinic, staff gather to ‘round down’ – which is to brief each other on each patient and create a plan to follow the patient over the next month.
This clinic provides an essential teaching component to OU medical, pharmacy, nursing and social work students. Hands-on training strengthens clinical skills, overall curriculum and cultural competency while orienting students to poverty and underserved health issues and fostering an appreciation for volunteerism and efficient clinic operation.