All third-year medical students engage in clerkships that build real-world clinical skills; these are preceded by the Transition to Clerkship course, which is designed to prepare them for clerkship training. This course facilitates the transition to the clinical realm with simulation-based procedural skills training, communication skills training with standardized patients, and small- and large-group didactic sessions in which concepts of professionalism, patient safety, medical errors and health systems are discussed.
During clerkships, students function as members of the onsite clinical team with attending physicians, residents, interns, nurses and allied health professionals. Through supervised patient care, conferences, lectures, feedback and teaching rounds, students apply what they’ve learned, receive mentorship and grow in confidence, competence and responsibility.
Third-year clerkship rotations include: