I had to take 593 out of the usual order students take it, which is with 591. My peds course (592A) was cancelled for the summer 2020 semester due to COVID. I didn’t want to be held back so I scrambled to get into any other open class. This course is relatively easy compared to other clinical courses because it is an elective course. You may choose to do it in your women’s health clinic assignment so you don’t have to find a second preceptor. However, I was taking this course alone and happened to have a provider at my work who let me do cardiac outpatient hour to fulfill the requirement.

Surviving Didactic

The key to this didactic course is to stay on top of the assignments. If you struggle with writing, I would plan out when to start working on each assignment (brainstorm topic, research articles, start paper, revise, submit). There are no quizzes or exams.

However, you may find yourself studying (like I did) if you are doing your clinical portion in a speciality (ex: cardiology). Don’t let yourself miss any discussion posts or assignments because that is where a significant amount of points for your grade will come from. I only used previous books I already had for this course (common symptom guide) and used google books to read enough excerpts from the required textbook to do assignments. I did purchase a cardiology book recommended by my preceptor to help me understand our cardiology patient. I highly recommend Pathophysiology of Heart Disease by Leonard S. Lilly if you do your elective in cardiology.

Surviving Clinical

This portion consists of your clinical hours, clinical evaluation, SOAP notes, mid-term OSCE, and progressive OSCE.

I was already acquainted with my preceptor so I was not as nervous as I normally am, but I would still follow the general tips listed in my last post. I used the UpToDate app provided by APU for all my SOAP notes. Overall, this was my favorite course thus far because it was in cardiology (an interest of mine) and had no exams!