Clinical Curriculum

I think the clinical curriculum is one of the best aspects of the College Program. The immediate exposure to patients and the mentorship of the longitudinal preceptors gives you a great introduction to real patient care.

Michael Khair
Class of 2009

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The goal of the clinical curriculum is to ensure that all graduates of CCLCM develop broad-based clinical expertise. The program uniquely integrates patient care experiences with basic science and research beginning in year 1. Clinical experiences include a half-day longitudinal case experience with a primary care physician every other week in year 1 and every week in year 2. In year 1, observation of student performance is aimed at providing feedback correlated to skills being taught in the physical diagnosis and communication skills sessions. Students have opportunity to evaluate new patients and to maintain continuity with past patients during these two years. Relevant clinical experience is maintained by students during their research experience in years 3-5.

All students:

  • Work with a primary care longitudinal preceptor throughout years 1 and 2 to refine physical diagnosis and communication skills and longitudinally follow patients
  • Maintain patient journals to facilitate tracking the breadth and depth of clinical exposure in order to assure a comprehensive experience
  • Use ongoing assessment of clinical exposure, basic science and clinical competency, and future professional interests to tailor clinical experiences to their needs and interests

These activities are supplemented by commnunication skills and physical dianosis sessions with standardized patients, simulation modules, and discussion of video taped sessions with faculty.

Advanced clinical experience requirements during years 3-5 are the same for CCLCM students and students in the University track. Students from both tracks may rotate to any of the major teaching hospitals that are part of the CWRU teaching system.