Specific Learning Objectives; Job Description; Skills Development

MedVantage Internship at SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center


Upon completion of the floor duties and various rotations in their volunteer position at SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center, the student will learn:

Emergency Department

  1. An understanding of patient flow in the patient care spectrum.
  2. An insight for universal precautions.
  3. To apply book learning to the real world patient setting.
  4. To interpret how one patient may communicate an illness differently than another.
  5. To observe minor medical processes and procedures to patients and to relate the process and procedure to normal anatomy and physiology.

Inpatient floors – including Oncology/Hospice, Respiratory, Surgical and Telemetry Units, if available.

  1. To identify specific precipitating health risk factors that contribute to the disease processes primarily treated on the specific units.
  2. To understand that a patients health is more than just physical.
  3. To analyze medical terminology and learn new terminology through independent research.
  4. To observe the operation of some medical equipment and understand the use in patient care.
  5. To discern proper body mechanics.
  6. To analyze food and fluid intake and elimination based on the patient’s illness through observation and research.
  7. To perform as a team with other health care professionals in the total spectrum of patient care.

Cadaver Laboratory (if available)

1. To correlate structure and function of the human body.

Surgical Department (if available)

1.  To maintain a sterile environment in the operating room.

2.  An understanding of the particular surgery being viewed.

Emergency Department Physician Shadowing (If available)

  1. To examine the thought processes which go into making a medical diagnosis.
  2. To comprehend the steps of wound management.
  3. To understand the identification of an ill versus healthy person.
  4. Skills necessary to understanding and being an asset to the operations of the emergency room.

Other Departments depending on need and interest

  1. Anatomy and Physiology that is reviewed when observing complete physical examinations.
  2. An insight that a person’s well being is not just centered on physical health.
  3. To compare a nurse practitioner’s medical philosophy to that of a physicians philosophy.
  4. To understand and analyze the physiology and medical practice differences among children, adults, and neonates.


  1. Hands on and shadowing experiences on a medical floor.
  2. Observation rotation in cadaver lab, ER, surgery and off-site clinic as available.
  3. Perform and interpret minor routine laboratory tests.
  4. Monitoring and reporting patient’s heart rhythms.
  5. Various other monitoring and volunteer services.


1.Specific competencies/skills/knowledge to be developed on this job:

    1. Complete physical examination procedures through observation.
    2. Clinical isolation techniques through observation.
    3. Surgical procedures through observations.

2. Formal or on-the-job training: Rotation through ER, off-site clinics, inpatient floors, cadaver lab, surgery, and health care professional shadowing.

  1. Machinery/lab equipment/written material to be used on the job: Student will use/be exposed to all equipment used in the above activities and provide written materials as required or necessary in performance of associated duties.