Community Outpatient Practice Experience (COPE)

Your SECOND priority!

Our continuity clinic is based among our community physicians. Please read the introduction below and complete the questionnaire. Your class coordinator will review your answers and furnish you with 2-3 physician’s names with whom you must set up interviews by early June. We will hold a mini-match during Orientation and announce the pairing of COPE preceptors and new interns.


  • COPE questionnaire: You will complete this requirement in Qualtrics.
  • Intern orientation: Tentative dates are June 14 – June 28, 2024.
  • Preceptor interviews: Schedule preceptor interview dates as soon as possible. Interviews take place before or during orientation.
  • Preceptor rank list: Email the preceptor rank list as soon as you have completed your interviews and no later than July 19, 2024.
  • COPE match: Resident/preceptor match will be complete by July 26, 2024.

COPE questionnaire: You will complete this requirement in Qualtrics.  The COPE questionnaire is designed for you to provide input regarding what type of COPE practice setting you prefer and any particular areas of interest you might have regarding your COPE experience.  Late in May, our COPE coordinator, will contact you and provide instructions on contacting a few of the COPE preceptor physicians with whom you should schedule an interview early in June before orientation.

Contact us

COPE Program
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
One Children’s Place, 3S34
St. Louis, MO 63110-1077
Office: 314-454-2887 or 314-454-6005

COPE directors

Erin Orf, MD

Erin Orf, MD

Associate Program Director
Assistant COPE Director

Casey M. Pruitt, MD, FAAP

Casey M. Pruitt, MD, FAAP

COPE Director