Patient Encounter Tracking

The faculty of a medical school define the types of patients and clinical conditions that medical students are required to encounter, the skills to be performed by medical students, the appropriate clinical settings for these experiences, and the expected levels of medical student responsibilities. (LCME 6.2)

A medical school must also have in place a system with central oversight that monitors and ensures completion by all medical students of required clinical experiences in the medical education program and remedies any identified gaps. (LCME 8.6)

Upon completion of the core required clerkships, all University of Minnesota Medical Students will have learned about a common set of conditions, procedures, and presenting symptoms used for Patient Encounter Tracking (PET). This list for students starting clerkships in AY20/21 was created by an interdisciplinary team made up of clinical faculty, foundational science faculty, and students from both campuses to encompass high yield learning opportunities that any medical student, regardless of speciality, should experience and learn. Successful completion of PET is a requirement for graduation. The PET item list for students starting clerkships in AY19/20 and prior can be found here.

As logging and tracking of these patient encounters is completed, the data is viewable by students and faculty. This system helps ensure that all students encounter the specific diagnoses and procedures needed to meet the objectives of the overall clinical education program. 

Class Specific PET Logging Instructions