PHASE II: PRIMARY CLINICAL PHASE
Transition to Clinical Care
In this two-week course, students acquire the skills to function effectively in the clinical environment. Focus is on communication skills, clinical documentation and presentation skills, learning environment, academic success, patient care quality, humanism and other clinical skills.
Primary Clinical Clerkships
The Primary Clinical Clerkships are aligned in four 12-week units:
- Medicine (8 weeks) and Primary Care (4 weeks)
- Pediatrics (6 weeks) and Ob-Gyn (6 weeks)
- Surgery (8 weeks), Anesthesia (2 weeks) and Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)
- Psychiatry (6 weeks), Neurology (4 weeks) and Radiology (2 weeks)
The duration and requirements of the clerkships are not significantly different, the placements have been altered to make learning more contextual. Core clerkships require the successful completion of the NBME subject exams for a pass grade. Each core clerkship has a specific set of clinical skills and clinical conditions that students must encounter and document electronically. Students are given access to electronic cases and materials to augment their clinical experience.
Additionally, all clerkships have formative and summative Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) in the Clinical Skills Center at the Renaissance School of Medicine. Each 12 week block is followed by a one-week “Translational Pillar” that focuses on cutting edge basic and translational research relevant to the clerkship the student just completed.