Students in First Class Begin Clinical Clerkships
For the first class of KU School of Medicine–Salina students, the next phase of medical education began on July 1, when they started their clinical clerkships.
Medical education is divided into two phases. Students spend the first two years learning the basic sciences and the foundations of medicine. During the third and fourth years, students receive hands-on training in various specialties at clinics and hospitals. These rotations are called clerkships.
Now third-year students, the original “Salina Eight” will spend the next 48 weeks completing clerkships in internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, family medicine and geriatrics. The clerkships are supervised by physicians in Salina who are designated as assistant clerkship directors.
Students are evaluated based on the core competencies required of being a physician. They consistently rate the clerkship experience as one of the best parts of their medical education.
"Our students are very excited to begin the clinical phase of their medical education," says Scott Owings, M.D., associate director clinical experiences. "Students ultimately go to medical school to be rewarded the privilege and honor of caring for patients. After many years of hard work and dedication they finally have the opportunity to be directly involved with patient care." read more >>
Also in this issue:
Executive Vice Chancellor Affirms Support for the Salina Campus
Faculty Spotlight: Michael Robinson, Ph.D., associate director of basic sciences
Student Spotlight: Jeff Horinek, second-year student from Atwood