Eight required clerkships form the core of the combined clinical years. The overall aim of the clerkship experience is to provide students with the essential experiences where they will apply their knowledge and skills as they develop competence in the care of patients. Together, the clerkships, and all other clinical experiences, share a fundamental set of objectives.
Overall, the objectives of the required clerkships are for students to be able to:
• Integrate basic science concepts with clinical reasoning.
• Establish and maintain appropriate therapeutic relationships with patients.
• Obtain a sensitive and thorough medical history.
• Perform a sensitive and accurate physical examination.
• Perform general clinical procedures.
• Participate in discussions and decision-making with patients and families.
• Clearly communicate medical information in spoken and written form.
• Develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice the basic principles of prevention.
• Demonstrate sound clinical reasoning.
• Appropriately assess patients with common signs and symptoms.
• Appropriately use testing to guide diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.
• Diagnose and demonstrate basic understanding of common diseases and conditions.
• Describe therapeutic options and participate in the care of patients with common problems.
• Recognize acute life-threatening medical problems and initiate care.
• Develop the knowledge and exhibit the skills necessary to assist in the management of chronic diseases.
• Participate in care in a variety of settings.
• Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide culturally competent care.
• Use information and educational technology to facilitate research, education and patient care.
• Incorporate ethical and legal principles in clinical practice and research.
• Demonstrate professional behaviors.
• Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.
• Develop an understanding of the impact of nonmedical determinants of health on health outcomes and health equity.