Medicine Clerkship

Canvas eLearning 

The medicine clerkship is an active learning experience in which students learn by engaging in the care of patients. The goal of the medicine clerkship is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes related to the practice of internal medicine. The clerkship is an eight-week course taken in phase II of the curriculum of the medical school. Students are assigned to inpatient medical services at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and actively care for patients, under the supervision of faculty and house staff. Students in the medicine clerkship attend regular, small group tutorials and seminars, as well as teaching rounds, professor's rounds, grand rounds, and house staff teaching conferences.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Describe the pathophysiology, epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, laboratory findings, imaging, pathology, and prognosis of diseases commonly encountered in medicine.

2. Perform a complete and focused history and physical examination for patients in medicine.

3. Identify the differential diagnosis and diagnostic approach to commonly presenting signs and symptoms in medicine.

4. Interpret diagnostic and imaging tests for diseases commonly encountered in medicine.

5. Demonstrate skills in diagnostic reasoning and clinical problem-solving, cognizant of ambiguity and uncertainty, and applying the skills of evidence-based medicine.

6. Use an evidence-based medicine approach to answer a clinical question.

7. Outline preventive and management strategies for diseases commonly encountered in medicine.

8. Write complete and accurate clinical notes.

9. Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the medical team.

10. Identify contextual factors that affect care, including psychosocial determinants of health.

11. Recognize the limits of one's knowledge and skills, seeking consultation with more experienced physicians or specialists when indicated.

12. Apply the principles of patient safety, healthcare quality, and minimizing medical error.

13. Identify and respond appropriately to urgencies and emergencies in medicine.

14. Demonstrate a high level of responsibility, including attendance, reliability, accurate reporting, and personal comportment.

15. Demonstrate a commitment to self-directed learning by engaging in self-improvement, accepting constructive criticism, and modifying behaviors appropriately.

16. Demonstrate professional relationships with patients by establishing rapport, showing sensitivity to patient needs and perspectives, advocacy, and confidentiality.

17. Demonstrate professional relationships with colleagues, the healthcare team and systems by showing respect for, and cooperation with, all colleagues, and by using medical records appropriately.


Clerkship Director: Mai A. Mahmoud, MD, FACP

Clerkship Associate Director: Tariq Chukir, MD

Staff Support: ocs@qatar-med.cornell.edu