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Clerkship (Year 3)

Third Year Courses

The third and final year of medical school is the Clinical Clerkship. During this time, students will work in hospital wards, ambulatory care clinics, doctors’ offices, and the Emergency Room. Some students will spend from four to six weeks in community hospitals in southern Alberta learning Family Medicine as well as some specialties.

During the clerkship year, students rotate through a variety of specialties spending from two to ten weeks in each. These specialties include Surgery, Anesthesia, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Emergency Medicine. A small number of students will have an alternative clerkship experience – the University of Calgary Integrated Longitudinal Clerkship (UCLIC) described below.

During clerkship, students also have the opportunity to rotate through 10 weeks of electives. Electives allow students to explore medical domains in a more in-depth fashion than is otherwise permitted in the core curricular components. It is also intended to allow students to develop their own specific interests, and sample disciplines potentially suited for future career choices and residency training applications. Students may do electives at Canadian or International centres of excellence.

While in clerkship, students will:

  • Reinforce and apply the knowledge learned in the first two years, and will develop their clinical skills so they can diagnose and manage common clinical problems.
  • Evaluate patients and manage their medical problems by conducting a comprehensive medical history and thorough physical examination; formulate accurate hypotheses as to the causes and solution of their clinical problems; and formulate and implement a management plan to effectively deal with the problems.
  • Demonstrate the fundamental concepts of disease prevention and health promotion for individual patients and incorporate them into treatments plans as appropriate.
  • Communicate and interact effectively with patients, families, medical staff and others involved in the delivery of health services. During this time students will accept increasing responsibility in patient care as the final year advances.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary clinical teams of nurses, physiotherapists, residents and faculty.
  • Develop and apply high ethical principles and standards in all aspects of medical practice and will exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal professional behaviors.

In the clerkship, as in the whole of the curriculum, it will be clear that the physician can serve patients to the highest possible standards only if he/she continually acquires new knowledge and skills for as long as he/she practices medicine.

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