Clerkship comprises the last two years of the MD Program (Clerkship I & Clerkship II). Clerkship is an integrated learning experience that enables the students to further develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes introduced in preclerkship, as they learn to care for patients effectively, efficiently and humanely. This is achieved through practical application in clinical settings as part of a health care team. As clerks, the students will learn to master patient care, in all settings like in hospital, at community-based charity organizations and public health institutions. The Faculty’s goals with regard to clerkship are to facilitate learning, to stimulate curiosity, to promote independent thinking, to encourage compassionate, caring, respectful and excellent care, and to equip students for a lifetime of education. In Clerkship I, each student will have an educational experience in the core areas of internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, ENT, radiology, dentistry and anesthesiology.
During the Clerkship II, there will be the continuation of practice in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, with the following additional courses such as emergency medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology as well as public health courses like community rural attachment, research methods, forensic medicine and health service management as a block courses.
Clerkships provide students with an intense opportunity to improve their current fund of knowledge, basic history-taking and diagnostic skills, and to apply these to multiple situations and settings. Although observing staff physicians and house officers at work is beneficial, experiential learning is more effective. For students, most clinical situations will be new and it is understandable to feel uncertain. During the clerkship rotations, students will find that having a willingness to challenge themselves with new experiences will be a vital aspect of their education. This is a new and more participatory learning process when compared to the first two years in the program. The more the students ask to participate, the more they will learn and develop their skills as a physician in training. They should not remain a bystander or simply report facts. During clerkships, students must make a transition from beyond the role of a “reporter” to demonstrating some evidence of beginning to function as a reasonable “interpreter.”
Throughout the clerkship years, students will continue their longitudinal clinical experience by rotating in different departments. Currently, for most of the clerkship courses, students are attached in our own hospital; MCM General Hospital except in the case of psychiatry, ENT and dermatology departments for which students are attached to the public universities’ hospitals having these departments with specialized instructors. The clerkship activities in our college done by the involvement of highly qualified specialists at each department and is supported by well equipped clinical simulators. During their clerkship rotation times, students will be expected to fill their patient encounters and procedure exposure on their log book which will help the instructor to identify the deficits and try to compensate for the students, the students will be expected to submit full history of their patients in written to the supervising physician and the students will be expected also to submit written evidence based medicine report by choosing any case from the cases that they have been exposed and review 3-4 literatures. The assessment of the students will comprises 3 parts, the continuous assessment, practical exams and final written exams.
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