Clerkship (medicine)

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Clerkships in medicine, also called clinical clerkships, are rotations by medical students at hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities with the aim of providing practical experience to students in medical training.

Purpose of Clerkships[edit | edit source]

The primary objective of clinical clerkships is to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom and real-world medical practice. They allow students to observe and participate in patient care under the supervision of experienced physicians and healthcare professionals.

Structure of Clerkships[edit | edit source]

Clerkships typically occur during the latter part of medical school and include rotations in core medical fields such as:

Clerkship Activities[edit | edit source]

During clerkships, students are expected to:

  • Take patient histories
  • Perform physical examinations
  • Participate in diagnosing and treating illnesses
  • Learn procedural skills
  • Attend rounds, medical procedures, and teaching sessions

Evaluation and Assessment[edit | edit source]

Students are evaluated on their clinical skills, professionalism, ability to communicate with patients and healthcare teams, and their application of medical knowledge to patient care.

Role in Career Selection[edit | edit source]

Clerkships also serve as an essential period for students to explore various medical specialties and make informed decisions about their future medical careers.

Global Perspectives[edit | edit source]

The structure and duration of clerkships may vary globally, reflecting different educational systems and healthcare delivery models.

Challenges and Adaptations[edit | edit source]

Clerkships are continuously evolving to address the changing landscape of medical education and healthcare needs, including the incorporation of telemedicine and other innovative care models.

See Also[edit | edit source]

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