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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.

Course Goals

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.

Course Director


Course Co-Director



Terri Hennel
Program Administrator

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:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 AM Basic Life Support Medical Documentation   IV Theraph
(Classroom and Partial Task Traners)
Medicolegal Case Discussions in Small Group
9 AM
Chest Radiography
10 AM Professionalism Debates
Team-Based Learning Interpreting EKG
11 AM
12 PM          
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
2 PM
3 PM Phlebotomy Training with Partial Task Traners     Hospital Precepted Clinical Skills
4 PM

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