Yale Wednesday Evening Clinic
The Wednesday Evening Clinic (WEC) is a student-run longitudinal primary care clinic in Yale's Primary Care Center that has been in operation for over 50 years. It provides primary care services to diverse members of our New Haven community.
Integrated Primary Care
WEC functions as a group practice, and is divided into three patient care teams, each supervised by a designated team attending.
Students manage general health maintenance including: basic OB/GYN care, age-appropriate screening, urgent visits for acute problems, chronic conditions (such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension), and coordinate care for complicated problems seen by specialists.
Most patients in our clinic are from low-income households with many barriers to healthcare access.
You may be your patient’s only access to medical care, and you have the potential to improve the lives of your patients and of their families.
Longitudinal Clinical Experience
All patient care is provided by the medical student assigned to that patient, or by one of their student colleagues.
You will be listed as the PCP for a panel of 30-40 patients.
Continuing Medical Education
Students will develop clinical skills while actively caring for patients under the close guidance and mentorship of PCC attendings.
There will be opportunities to prepare case reports for publication, and partake in primary care-related outcomes and quality improvement research.
Completion of a one-year rotation grants primary care elective credit, necessarry for particular residency applications such as in California.
- Commitment for at least one year for maximum patient/provider benefit.
- Up to three months of time off (12 Wednesdays) allowed.
- Completion of at least Internal Medicine or Primary Care/Mental Health combined clerkship.
- Completion of OB/GYN in particlular can also be helpful.
- Clinic runs from 5PM to 9 PM every Wednesday at the Yale Primary Care Center.
- At 5 PM, providers arrive for dinner and a 30 minute preclinic conference.
- Patient vists start at 5.45 PM.
- You are assigned to one of three clinical teams.
- Each team is managed by a Primary Care Center attending.
- Most students typically see 2-3 patients on a given night.
- New providers see 1 patient for the first month and then 2 maximum for the second month.
- History/physical are performed and assessment developed independtly.
- Providers then discuss an apropriate plan with attending.
- Providers are responsible for following up on tests/results with patients.
- Providers help coordinate referrals and follow-up.
- Providers respond to medication refills and patient calls.
- Providers are listed as PCP in patient chart.
He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more than even the whole man. He must view the man in his world.
"One of the biggest strengths of the clinic is autonomy."
“WEC was also the only rotation where I felt like I totally owned my patients’ care: refill prescriptions, fill out paperwork, make management decisions—often highly independently.”
"WEC provides a great opportunity for me to keep up my clinical skills during my PhD years."
"At the clinic, I regularly see how poverty breaks down, isolates, and sickens individuals...and that perspective has permeated my ideas and plans."
"You watch them start as clumsy ducklings and then blossom into competent and caring clinicians."