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Clerkship for class of 2008 February 20, 2006 Objectives for tonight: Review the basic structure of clerkship Explain information that will help you make appropriate requests and choices regarding: Rotation sequence in core clerkship Electives and family medicine “specials”

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Clerkship for class of 2008

February 20, 2006


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Objectives for tonight:

  • Review the basic structure of clerkship

  • Explain information that will help you make appropriate requests and choices regarding:

    • Rotation sequence in core clerkship

    • Electives and family medicine “specials”


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NOT objectives for tonight: (July 24 – 28, 2006), there will be more information given on issues such as marking systems, the Medical Student Performance Record, call, etc.

  • Explain marking system in clerkship

  • Details about specific clerkships

  • Information regarding choices of sequence in senior clerkship.


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You are here! (July 24 – 28, 2006), there will be more information given on issues such as marking systems, the Medical Student Performance Record, call, etc.


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Reminder: (July 24 – 28, 2006), there will be more information given on issues such as marking systems, the Medical Student Performance Record, call, etc.

  • Clerkship for the class of 2008 is somewhat different than clerkship for the class of 2007.

    • Clerkship starts 8 weeks earlier

    • Family medicine is now 8 weeks, instead of 4.

    • Emergency medicine is now a required clerkship

    • Surgery is “split” – 4 weeks in 3rd year and 4 weeks in 4th year.


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  • Practice of Medicine (POM) = clerkship. (July 24 – 28, 2006), there will be more information given on issues such as marking systems, the Medical Student Performance Record, call, etc.

  • Third year – Core clerkship

  • Fourth year – Senior Clerkship

    • Back to Basics will no longer be a separate component of the curriculum, although some of the content (Medicine and Society, basic science options) will still be taught during Senior Clerkship.


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Reminder – dates: (July 24 – 28, 2006), there will be more information given on issues such as marking systems, the Medical Student Performance Record, call, etc.

  • ICM ends – June 23/06

  • Vacation – June 24 – July 23/06

  • Introduction to POM – July 24-28

  • Core clerkship – July 31/06 – July 1/07

  • Vacation – July 2 – July 29/07

  • Senior clerkship – July 30/07 – April 25/ 2008

  • Graduation – end of May/08


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General Principles for core clerkship Dean’s office must be notified if this is done.

  • There is no advantage of any particular rotation sequence.

  • Assignment to the sequences will be at random.


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Exceptions to the general principles . . . Dean’s office must be notified if this is done.

  • Personal

    • Eg. getting married, want your vacation month during that time.

  • Research

    • Because summer research projects are 8 weeks, these students will do research during their vacation (4 wks), attend Intro to POM for 1 week, and then start with an elective (4 wks) during which they will complete their research.


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Exceptions (cont’d) Dean’s office must be notified if this is done.

  • Structured international health elective

    • Pilot project of a group international health experience in Guatemala with an NGO (Pueblo Partisans)

    • This will take place March 12 – April 8th, 2007. Interested students should request the sequence with an elective during this block.


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  • If these exceptions apply to you, we need to hear from you – please register at http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/ugme/curriculum/coreclerkship_form_en.htm (address in the handout)

  • You have until Feb. 28th to register.

  • We will then generate the schedule, which should be available by mid March.



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Overlap period – July 31 - August 27, 2006 – please register at

  • Because the class of 2008 is starting clerkship early, there will be a 4 week overlap period with the class of 2007.

  • Class of 2007 will be doing their last month of clerkship while Class of 2008 will be doing their first month.


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Electives – please register at

  • Students in groups 3 or 4 (elective or family medicine in the first two periods) should act by April or May regarding electives and family medicine requests.

  • Our deadline for the first elective (July 31 – Aug 27) is June 9, 2006.

  • Deadlines for all electives are on the UGME website (under electives).


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Elective in Core Clerkship – please register at

  • Use it to broaden your experience

  • Try out areas that you might be interested in as a career, especially if they are not a required part of the curriculum.

  • Remember that you will have at least two, and possibly 3 or 4 other electives before your MSPR is sent into the resident matching service.


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Elective in Core clerkship – please register at

  • Those of you who are interested in a surgical career may wish to do an elective in a surgical area.



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Electives – please register at

  • Elective application forms are available from Eva and are also on the web.

  • A binder with a list of various elective experiences from all over the world is also available at the counter in front of Eva’s desk.


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Family Medicine – please register at

  • Family medicine consists of two rotations of 4 weeks each, an urban and a rural experience.

  • Some public health teaching is included within the family medicine rotation.

  • Family medicine will on occasion authorize “specials” – ie family medicine rotations done outside of the usual McGill sites.

  • All requests for “specials” go to Dr. Lisa Graves, clerkship director, Family Medicine.


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