Primary Care Clerkship Support
The Primary Care Clerkship comprises a 6-week clinical rotation and is undertaken by all medical students during their 3rd or 4th year. 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.
Everyday, students will see patients of any age at the attending health care facilities and assess them 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. The final grade is fail, pass, high pass or honors.
Fuller details are in the Primary Care Clerkship Syllabus.
Clerkship Director: Mohamud A. Verjee, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Associate Clerkship Director: Zahirovic, Sumeja,, MDFP
Staff Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration of each rotation: Six weeks