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Peer-Student Taught Clinical Transition Session: Medical Students Entering The Clinical Clerkships

Term: 2009
Published: October 15, 2012
Revised: November 3, 2014

These documents describe a short transition session for medical students entering the third-year clinical clerkships, and features small-group teaching by clinically experienced near-peer medical students. The goal of this course is to supplement the traditional clinical orientation, with experience-based training from peer-students, as well as to provide teaching experience to these clinically experienced peer-students. The two-hour sessions consist of simulated cases specific to the beginning rotation of each new clinical student including practice with daily progress note writing and oral presentations, question-and-answer time, and an overview of basic useful skills like reading patient flow-charts and accessing laboratory and study results. The documents include a narrative description of the course, instructions and recruitment materials for near-peer teachers, example cases for the clinical clerkships (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Neurology), and survey assessments used to determine the effectiveness of the course and for planning future improvements.

About the Creators

Primary Author

James Reinhart, Medical Student, MS4
University of Michigan Medical School


Grum Cyril, MD
University of Michigan

Robert Stansfield, MD
University of Michigan

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