Department of Clinical Skills and Community Engagement

Clinical Skills

Welcome to the Clinical Skills Department and Community Engagement Department. The Clinical Skills Program offers a wide variety of "hands-on" training programs for medical students so they can develop their clinical skills in the areas of medical interviewing, physical examination, professionalism, community service, and critical thinking.

Among these programs the Department manages a Standardized Patient Unit and offers training through a Community Preceptorship Program. These programs introduce the medical students to clinical experiences at the beginning of their training and continue throughout the four years of study.

The Community Preceptorship Program provides the opportunity to be exposed to private office practice at an early stage, and to become familiar with the practice method of health delivery and the role of the physician in this process. These experiences help the students to develop and improve clinical skills, verbal and written communications skills, life long learning and professional and ethical decision making.

The Department also offers several courses throughout the Curriculum. Doctoring introduces the student to the proper interviewing techniques and professional behavior. Introduction to Clinical Skills reinforces clinical history interviewing techniques and introduces the student to the physical examination. The Clinical Skills I and II courses prepare the student to develop a differential diagnosis as it introduces clinical medicine to the history taking, interviewing techniques and physical diagnosis skills previously acquired.

The Standardized Patient Unit includes 12 examination rooms outfitted with examinations tables, simulation technology equipment, remote observation and video/audio capture, computerized data entry and an intercom system. The Center is used for medical interview and physical examination training and practice, procedural skills training, training and evaluative activities and Standardized Patient assessments as well as for small group discussion sessions.


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