Group Visit Training
The Group Visit program is an integrative medicine model of care that features patient care in a non-traditional format.
You will meet with a group of patients with the same or similar medical conditions with three goals in mind: Providing greater access to medical care visits, educating patients about their medical condition, and honing self-management skills for lifestyle and behavioral change.
UCHealth offers visits for Diabetes, Pregnancy, Parenting, Healthy Lifestyles and Weight Management, Chronic Pain, and Care and Recovery for pregnant mothers in recovery from opioid addiction. Each visit type meets on a monthly basis with varying cohorts.
Each session has a dedicated topic related to the medical conditions that address some issues that are associated with the disease.
Each patient has vitals taken, a medication reconciliation done with a pharmacist, and a short, directed individual check-up. The patients then participate in the group. Whereas most traditional medical appointments feature 15-20 minutes of face-to-face time, group visits offer about 90 minutes of patient interaction with providers.
The Resident program is an integral aspect to delivering this model of care. You will be trained in group facilitation and act as a co-facilitator with the Attending Physician in the group. You will also conduct individual visits with the patients and participate in the group discussion.
The program also relies on referrals from providers in the Resident Clinic. When patients with medical conditions related to visit types have routine appointments in clinic, you may decide that the patient would be a good candidate for the visit. The patients will be scheduled to attend a group visit for the next cohort.
The ultimate goal of the program is to empower patients and give them the tools that they need to successfully manage their medical condition. By empowering patients, they can take control and become partners in their care.