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- Typically starts participating in clerkships in various clinical departments and medical/surgical specialties beginning in the third year of medical school.
- Generally “shadows” resident physicians, participates in rounds and educational conferences, etc.
- Does not provide patient care other than under direct supervision.
- Supervised by a clinical faculty member who is designated as the clerkship director and by members of the clinical physician team.
Who is a Medical Student?
What does a Medical Student do?
In most U.S. medical schools, students spend the first two years of study primarily in classrooms, seminar sessions, and laboratories, and only enter the clinical setting for basic training in medical history taking and physical examination or as observers.
What education, training, and experience must one have to function as a Medical Student?
How and by whom is a Medical Student supervised?
What are the typical day-to-day activities of a Medical Student?
Medical Students’ day-to-day activities depend on the clinical department or area to which they are assigned. Much of their time is spent with the resident physicians to whom they are assigned. Under direct supervision, they may perform or assist in some procedures.
Must a Medical Student be licensed or certified to function in his or her role as part of the health care team?
What types of patients would benefit from the care of a Medical Student?
Since Medical Students do not provide unsupervised care, it is difficult to speculate on the benefits patients experience from being exposed to them. However, many patients are receptive to having a role in the training of future physicians.
How and when does a Medical Student become involved in the care of a particular patient?
Professional organizations for Medical Students:
Gerald P. Whelan, MD, FACEP, ECFMG