Operations at Stony Brook HOME center around a student-run model where students manage and deliver care to the patients. An attending physician is present at all times and will see each patient as well. After sign-in, preclinical students meet with the patients to identify their immediate needs and concerns and to take their vital signs.Next, clinical students take the medical history and conduct the physical exam for their patients. The clinical student then presents the patient’s case to the volunteer attending physician, and together they develop an initial diagnosis and treatment plan. The physician ensures quality care for patients and acts as a mentor to medical students as they hone their clinical skills.
Stony Brook HOME gives the next generation of physicians an unique opportunity to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions and to gain insights into providing culturally sensitive care to patients from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Students learn to work cooperatively and effectively as a healthcare team and to perfect fundamental clinical skills, such as obtaining a medical history, conducting a physical exam, developing and refining a differential diagnosis, and formulating an appropriate assessment and customized clinical plan. The clinic provides a venue whereby Stony Brook medical students can use their knowledge and skills to serve their Long Island community in a direct, unfiltered manner.