Clerkship Director: Mohamud A. Verjee, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Staff Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration of each rotation: Six weeks
The Primary Care Clerkship comprises a 6-week clinical rotation and is undertaken by all medical students (M3 and M4) as part of the MD curriculum to satisfy graduation WCM-Q’s requirements. Clerks spend approximately four weeks in one of six allocated primary care health teaching centres, one week in clinical musculoskeletal teaching at Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, and one week in ambulatory emergency care.
Patients of any age, attending health care facilities daily, are seen and assessed with mentorship from an instructing family medicine physician Preceptor. Responsibility is quickly given to the training clerks to assume charge of the consultations with their preceptor’s guidance, and learn how to take concise histories, perform appropriate examinations, order investigations, suggest prescription medicines, and develop treatment and management plans. Following up patients adds value to appraised outcomes. Facilities at each health centre enable self-directed learning, scholarship, and professional interaction with other doctors, nurses, and allied health professions. Information gathering and processing are essential.
There is no "on-call" requirement, but all students may undertake morning and evening shifts, in addition to interactive Clerkship Director sessions at WCM-Q or other venues. Building a foundation of primary care knowledge is imperative to extracting the best professional experience on your rotation.
Student assessment is by faculty assessment both in class and in the health centres, OSCEs, a Take-Home Examination completed over four weeks, Case Presentations, and an NBME shelf examination. All elements must be taken to qualify for a clerkship course grade, and more details are provided in the Clerkship’s Introduction to the course at the start.
Fuller details are in the Primary Care Clerkship Syllabus.