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Clerkship Updates

Clerkship Updates

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 2:30 PM

Class of 2021,

I hope you are staying well!  Please let us know if we can help you during this time.  Some of you may be feeling lonely and others may have too much family time right now.   Either way, we can get through this by staying connected.  Please reach out if there is something you need or if you just need to talk. 

We wanted to provide some information on your clerkships, schedules, NBME’s, and OSCE’s.  Your clerkship will be contacting you soon if they have not already with details specific to the clerkship.

  • In order for students to access patient encounter and procedure logs for the clerkship without data loss, we need to keep you in your clerkship from the day you start to the day you finish.  So most students will be scheduled in a clerkship for 9 or 12 weeks.  (You will either be scheduled in two clerkships that overlap or you will have electives overlap with clerkships.)
  • In order to make it clear which students are starting clerkships on May 4 and May 25, here is the change we have made:

Short Clerkships

  • Block 3 (April 13th) clerkships are now scheduled for 12 weeks = May 4 – July 26
  • Block 4 (May 25th) clerkships are now scheduled for 9 weeks = May 25 – July 26
  • Remember EACH short clerkship will run frontloading TWICE.  One starting on May 4 and again starting on May 25.  These are 2 different groups.  There was no way to “pair” clerkships for the 6 weeks.  We need all 4 to run twice because all schedules were different. 

 Long Clerkships

  • Block 2 (April 13th) clerkships are now scheduled for 8 weeks = May 4 – June 28 

NBME shelf exams

  • Students will take their NBME exams on Friday of the last day of the frontloaded portion of the clerkship.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to retake the NBME exams on the Friday of the last day of the clinical portion of the clerkship.
  • There is no penalty for failing the exam or retaking the exam.  The higher of the two scores will be used for grades.  (If you fail both attempts, the regular policy applies.)

OSCE/Oral Boards

  • Surgery will hold their oral boards during week 7 of the clerkship.
  • Psychiatry will hold a virtual/telehealth OSCE during week 6 of the clerkship (or last week of your clinical portion)
  • Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics are planning to hold regular OSCE’s in the CLRC with standardized Patients the week of July 27th.
    • Virtual/telehealth versions are being planned if needed.
    • More details on which OSCE’s on which days will be forthcoming. 
    • If you have 2 clerkships, you will take both OSCE’s during this week.
    • If you are on Step study or Elective during this week, you will be granted excused absences to take your OSCE’s.

Clerkship Updates

We know this is a lot of information.  Please contact us if you need anything or have questions.

Dr. Dickey