Winter 2022 proved to be a record-breaking quarter for Sherman College’s Practice Management Observational Elective (PMOE), with 36 interns participating. The PMOE course offers students the opportunity to spend their final quarter of study out in the community gaining valuable lessons at a host site/clinic, focusing on business practices and allowing them to see every aspect of how a practice runs and operates.
Participating students spread out across the continent, traveling to 18 different states, territories and provinces for the 11-week program, cumulatively totaling more than 9,100 hours. Many of the students’ biggest observations centered on the importance of staff relationships and training as it relates to building a successful practice.
Throughout the quarter, the students are required to observe of many different aspects of the host clinic. They also engage with each other by participating in weekly accountability calls that focus on specific learning objectives, and the students take lead roles in these discussions. Having this connection to each other allows students to share their learning experiences, broadening their understanding of the differences in practices and business models.
Alumni who would like additional information on becoming involved in the program should contact the program coordinator, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Dr. Heath Treharne.