A clinical refresher course for medical scientist trainees.
Med Teach. 2014 Feb 14;
Authors: Swartz TH, Lin JJ
Abstract Introduction: MD-PhD students experience a prolonged hiatus away from clinical medicine during their laboratory research phase and some have experienced difficulty transitioning back to clinical medicine during clerkship years. We developed a clinical refresher program that serves to rebuild clinical skills prior to re-entering the clinical clerkship years. Methods: A nine-week program includes a combination of didactic and practical review in history, physical exam, presentation and clinical reasoning skills. The program uses multiple modalities from classroom-based activities to patient care encounters and includes a final assessment using standardized patients. Results: After seven years of experience, we have made modifications that result in our students scoring comparably well on a standardized patient exam to their second-year medical student colleagues. By the end of the course, all students reported feeling more comfortable completing a history and physical examination and some improvement in preclinical knowledge base. Review of clerkship scores showed a higher percentage of MD-PhD students scoring Honors in a clerkship in years after course implementation as compared to years prior to course implementation. Conclusion: We describe a clinical refresher course for successfully retraining MD-PhD students to re-enter clinical medical training. It is effective at restoring clinical skills to a level comparable to their medical student contemporaries and prepares them to rejoin the medical student class at the conclusion of their research phase.
PMID: 24527799 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]