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MECO (Medical Education Community Orientation)

MECO (Medical Education Community Orientation)

The goals and objectives of MECO (Medical Education Community Orientation) are to introduce post-M1 medical students to the total scope of health care in the hospital component of the health care delivery system. The MECO program also orients the student to the community and to the way in which the health care delivery system contributes to its structure and function. They receive experience with history taking and physical exams to prepare them for more of their clinical work in their M2 year. Students return from the experience refreshed and ready to take on their M2 year.

“(I) really enjoyed the small town setting and how much the physicians seemed to enjoy their jobs and work together! This really made me want to practice in a small town.”

MECO will

  • Introduce post-M1 medical students to the total scope of health care in the hospital component of the health care delivery system.
  • Introduce students to the community and its cultural, political, economic and environmental determinants of health.
  • Orient students to the community and to the way in which the health care delivery system contributes to its structure and function.

“I was able to see many patients and practice history taking especially in the ER… I vastly improved my ability to take a accurate concise history.  I also feel much more comfortable interacting with the patients.”

MECO Logistics and Details

  • Information will be distributed to all M1 students in mid-January.
  • Students will have an opportunity to learn about the participating hospitals and communities before the application due date.
  • We usually have approximately 30 openings at 20 Iowa hospitals.
  • Average stipend earned is ~ $370-433/week (4 – 12 weeks).
  • Most participating sites provide housing either within the hospital or in hospital-owned housing.
  • Meals are usually provided by the hospitals.
  • Students assist with labor and delivery, suturing and many other clinical procedures.

“I learned a lot about how my personality fits into certain specialties and I got a better idea of what specialty I would be a good fit for.”

MECO Sites, Summer 2017

  • Anamosa: Unity Point Health Jones Regional Medical Center
  • Boone: Boone County Hospital
  • Council Bluffs: Methodist Jennie Edmundson 
  • Davenport: Genesis Health System
  • Dubuque: Mercy Medical Center
  • Grundy Center: Grundy County Memorial Hospital
  • Independence: Buchanan County Health Center
  • Iowa City: Mercy
  • Manchester: Regional Medical Center 
  • Manning: Manning Regional Healthcare Center
  • Marshalltown: Central Iowa Healthcare
  • Osceola: Clarke County Hospital
  • Oskaloosa: Mahaska Health Partnership
  • Waterloo: Northeast Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program

 

For more information contact Chris Lake, MECO Coordinator (fm-clerkship@uiowa.edu   319-384-7517).