Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

3.4.4 Senior Clerkships

Class of 2009 (admitted 2005) and Class of 2008 (admitted 2004)

The 4th year contains three required clinical senior clerkships (Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Surgery Sub-Specialty), a required humanities course (Medicine and Society) and opportunity for either clinical electives, research or basic science courses .

Class of 2007 (admitted 2003) and Class of 2006 (admitted 2002) - Back to Basics (BTM)

This final block of teaching occurs following the clerkship (POM) rotations. Its primary goal is to reintroduce the student to fundamental principles in the basic sciences within a context quite different from that of the first year. The student will enter Back to Basics having had a broad clinical experience. The basic sciences will be appreciated not only as a necessary foundation, but also as an essential element of future developments. This goal will be achieved by a seminar series that will focus on topics in basic sciences having particular relevance to current clinical practice. The seminars will present an in-depth review of areas where there has been recent scientific development. These will be presented to the students as options; from which they will select three different topics. One of the options selected must be in the humanities.

In addition to the seminar series, students will have continued clinical exposure. They will refine their clinical skills, in an ambulatory care setting, two half-days per week for 12 weeks.

There is a compulsory two-week course in molecular biology. The course will introduce the student to important basic research topics, fields or approaches; focus on overall objectives of research and underlying principles of methodologies rather than on technical details.

There is also an obligatory four-week course entitled "Medicine and Society". This course will allow students to appreciate the complexity and diversity of medical knowledge as they prepare for post-graduate training. Perspectives in history, epidemiology, ethics, and economics will be provided. Issues such as health indicators, alternative medicine, and community health perspectives will be covered.

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