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Transition to the Wards
This course bridges the pre-clerkship curriculum with the clerkship curriculum that begins in late March of Year Two. The aim of this course is to provide knowledge and hands-on training to enable students to function competently and confidently in the hospital-based clerkships from day one. Topics include practical procedural skills; ethical, legal and professionalism issues in medicine; accessing and interpreting the medical literature; interacting with other health care providers; and basic EKG, radiology and ophthalmology skills.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Interact appropriately and effectively with patients in the hospital setting as part of a team.
- Face serious illness with competence, confidence and compassion.
- Perform specific procedures safely and interpret findings competently.
- Manage information and seek appropriate evidence sources to solve clinical problems.
- Make well-reasoned, evidence-based and patient-centered diagnostic decisions.
- Summarize, present and document clinical cases effectively.
Greg Prokopowicz, M.D., M.P.H.
Time Commitment and Course Length
The course runs for three full weeks. The schedule for this course includes a number of activities, including simulations, procedure training, hospital-based precepting and small-group discussions. Students are generally working in college groupings and the actual schedule can vary.
Typical weekly schedule for Transition to Wards:
|8 AM||Basic Life Support||Medical Documentation||IV Theraph
(Classroom and Partial Task Traners)
|Medicolegal Case Discussions in Small Group|
|10 AM||Professionalism Debates|
|Team-Based Learning Interpreting EKG|
|1 PM||Team Communications in Sim Center||Library Resources in Learning Studio||Acute Care Simulations in Sim Center||Fundus Exam in Sim Center||Interprofessional Shadowing with Hospital Staff|
|3 PM||Phlebotomy Training with Partial Task Traners||Hospital Precepted Clinical Skills|
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