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Quality assurance in medical clerkships

Physicians help LAU’s School of Medicine develop the university’s first clerkship program at the University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital.

Physicians at the University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital help LAU's medical school develop a clerkship program during a two-day workshop.

Dr. Connie Bowe (standing), a senior consultant at Partners Harvard Medical International, engages with physicians during the workshop.

With a commitment to deliver a top-notch clerkship program for medical students, LAU’s School of Medicine, in collaboration with Partners Harvard Medical International, set up a two-day workshop for physicians from the University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital, February 11 and 12.

Building on a workshop organized for the physicians in October 2010, last week’s event was held in anticipation of the first clerkships of the medical school’s founding class expected to begin in early summer.

“The students are going to show up at our doorstep before you know it so we are relying on your input,” said Dr. Lynn Eckhert, interim dean of LAU’s School of Medicine, as she explained to the UMC–RH physicians the importance of designing a successful clerkship program.

Also known as clinical rotations, clerkships will allow LAU students to perform the duties of physicians in different departments and specializations at UMC–RH. Under the supervision of UMC–RH doctors, the students will perform medical examinations, treat patients, and assist physicians with their medical tasks.

All medical students will be required to complete clerkships during their third and fourth years.

A key goal of the workshop was to help the physicians understand and meet a set of “global competencies” such as skills in communication and care giving, as well as professional standards in ethics and teamwork to pass on to the students.

According to Dr. Connie Bowe, a senior consultant at PHMI and one of the workshop presenters, setting consistent, universal medical standards remains a critical step to ensuring quality.

“Consistency in medical education has been a global concern,” Bowe said. “So this is how we can guarantee the public that the students we are graduating are in fact safe practitioners and that we vouch for their capabilities.”


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