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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 536-Community Project in Homeless Care
Pathway: Care of the Underserved Pathway

Course Director:
Course Faculty:
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Two Week Periods:
Min. Number of Students: Max:  0
Elective Type: Clinical
Matriculating prior to fall 20158
Matriculating fall 2015 and beyond4
Pre-requisites: Medicine & Family Medicine
Open to US Visiting Students: No
Open to International Visiting Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/week, avg. 8 hrs/day Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: 4 Sundays Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This course will not be offered in Fall 2019

This community project elective replaces the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) HOMES concentration. This elective serves as a requirement to complete Care of the Underserved track requirements.

In this elective, students will gain an exposure to homeless health issues, population health for high need, high cost individuals and human trafficking. They will participate in opportunities at HOMES Clinic, Street Outreach, and Healthcare for the Homeless Houston Clinics.

Throughout the month of this elective, students will design a project that works with this population. The project would require approval with clear goals and outcomes tracked.

-Practice behavior in all HOMES Clinic encounters and interactions pertaining to HOMES Clinic.
-Identify healthcare and social issues pertinent to the homeless population.
-Promote a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to patient care that addresses medical, social, and mental well-being of the patient.

Learning Activities
-9 am to 3 pm: Clinical duties at HOMES Clinic

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays:
- 8 am to 1 pm: Clinical duties at a Healthcare for the Homeless Houston clinic site
- 1 pm to 5 pm: Self-directed learning to work on the elective project

- 8 am to 1 pm: Self-directed learning to work on the elective project
- 1 pm to 5 pm: Clinical duties at Street Outreach

Evaluation Methods
Clinical Performance (70%)
- Student will be evaluated using the Student Assessment Form

Reflection Essay (20%)
- Student will receive this 20% upon completion of a three page reflection paper
- The essay should include a description of meaningful experiences

Attendance (10%)
- Student must attend all sessions to receive this 10%

When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Bridget Angel
Contact Phone: 713-798-6590
Contact Fax: 832-787-1307
Contact Location:
Address: BCM700
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