Introductory Clerkship

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Course Description

The Introductory clerkship is a 2-week course taken at the beginning of the third year immediately prior to entering the clinical clerkships. The course is taught in lecture and small group format at the college. There is an inpatient component to the course in which some mornings and afternoons are spent at Hamad General Hospital, where students will see hospitalized patients, write notes and present them to a preceptor/ tutor.

Course Goals

The goal of this clerkship is to provide students with the basic knowledge that is needed to enter the major clerkships with some degree of comfort.

Course Objectives

By the end of the Introductory Clerkship, students should be able to:

  1. Write and organize an admission note that would be suitable for a hospital chart
  2. Write and organize a progress note that would be suitable for a hospital chart

  3. Present a patient as one would on rounds in the hospital

  4. Read and interpret electrocardiograms 
  5. Interpret Chest x-ray
  6. Discuss radiological modalities and their safety
  7. Be credentialed in venipuncture

  8. Discuss the clinical reasoning in approaching common clinical problems (Chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath and change in mental status).
  9. Be comfortable in the hospital environment.


This course is a Pass/Fail course. A variety of methods are used to assess students throughout the course that include both formative and summative evaluation.

Course Director: Mai Mahmoud, MBBS, FACP  

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