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Continuing Medical Education

Undergraduate Medical Education | Central Oregon

Clinical rotations for medical students, physician assistant students and nurse practitioner students.

Starting Oct. 1, 2019, requests from visiting students are considered on a space-available basis for clinical rotations beginning in April 2020 and onward.

St. Charles Health System is committed to educating physicians of the future, and offers a robust Clerkship Program with clinical rotations program for third and fourth year students enrolled in good standing at an Oregon-based medical school.

Each year, more than 200 medical, PA and NP students participate in core and specialty rotations such as Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine (hospital-based and Ambulatory), Neurology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Radiology.

Preceptors work with medical students to ensure they are “residency-ready” by focusing on the AAMC’s 13 Core Entrustable Professional Activities as well as the American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s

Core Competencies

·  Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Show an ability to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence and improve the practice of medicine.
·  Patient Care and Procedural Skills: Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
·  Systems-based Practice: Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility to the larger context and systems of health care. Be able to call on system resources to provide optimal care (e.g. coordinating care across sites or serving as the primary case manager when care involves multiple specialties, professions or sites).
·  Medical Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
·  Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and, at times, as a leader).
·  Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.

Visiting student requests for clinical rotations
Clinical rotations for nurse practitioner students, physician assistant students and out-of-state medical students may be offered with clinical rotation fees waived, on a space-available basis, if the NP, PA or visiting medical student meets the following criteria:

  • Is a St. Charles Health System caregiver or employee of another regional health care organization on educational leave while pursuing an advanced degree to become a provider
  • Has demonstrable ties to Central Oregon and intends to practice in this region upon graduation and licensure
  • Has been accepted into the AHEC Scholar Program for the state in which their graduate program is physically located
  • A valid Placement Letter of Agreement (PLA) exists between St. Charles Health System and your medical school, NP or PA Program.

To determine if you qualify, contact the clinical rotations coordinator at your school.

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, St. Charles caregivers, Central Oregon health care providers, visiting students and clinical rotation coordinators from unaffiliated schools may view clinical rotation availability online.

Applications will be submitted electronically through and are due by the following deadlines:

2021 target time frame Application deadline

Q2 2020: April 1 - June 30

Oct. 1, 2019

Q3 2020: July 1 - Sept. 30

Jan. 1, 2020

Q4 2020: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31

Feb. 28, 2020

If you would like to apply for a Job Shadow (observation only) experience, visit the Cascade East AHEC website and follow the instructions included here:

In addition to full and engaged participation in the clinical rotation, the educational experience at St. Charles includes mandatory attendance at weekly Grand Rounds, student teaching sessions, clinical conferences and committee meetings.
Each participant may be assigned a disease state on which to produce and present either a PowerPoint or a research paper to the other students and preceptors in their cohort. Students are responsible for compiling and presenting his/her own research in the best educational format suited to their subject matter.
Students may also be assigned to write a needs assessment for a Continuing Medical Education activity, which will be due for submission to the St. Charles Clerkship Specialist by the end of their rotation.

Visiting medical, NP and PA students from unaffiliated programs are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing and transportation.
The housing market in Bend is challenging, and it can be difficult to find reasonably priced accommodations on a short-term basis. Our office maintains a brief list of St. Charles employees and Central Oregon residents who may have rooms available to rent during clinical rotations. If you would like to request this list, please email us at or call 541-706-4680.