During the Pre-Clinical Medical Science Program students partake in ICM as the beginning of their clinical education, which serves as preparation for their clinical rotations.
It is essential, for medical students’ success on medical board examinations and in performance throughout their clinical clerkships, for medical students to learn how to interact with patients and professionals, and progressively to elicit relevant histories, undertake relevant examinations and perform procedures, under the guidance of clinical staff.
The goal of the ICM program is to familiarize students with the appropriate clinical knowledge and physical examination skills necessary to effectively transition to clinical rotations. We further expect students to gain competency, understanding, and intuitiveness about the clinical process so they can more effectively engage in the clinical practice of medicine during their clinical clerkships.
IUHS believes a comprehensive integrated approach to learning is the most effective way to ensure students will not only understand concepts but also have the ability to convert this knowledge into the clinical setting. This is accomplished through a combination of online distributed lectures (integrated with our preclinical block curriculum), clinical simulation – performance-based learning activities and team competencies, and direct supervision activities with our associate clinical faculty in real clinical patient encounters
Students will learn to:
- incorporate all aspects of the patient encounter from the initial interview to the physical exam, ordering of tests, working diagnosis and treatment.
- properly manage a patient in a clinical and hospital setting.
- appreciate the integral role the medical team plays in providing optimal care.
- become familiar with the complex and meaningful integration of all the medical disciplines and the vital role of the practitioner in orchestrating this process in the clinical theater.
Virtual patient simulation
The University uses DxR Clinician, a web-based patient simulation software for teaching, learning, and evaluating key clinical reasoning skills.
Students are challenged with a multitude of clinical case problems throughout the preclinical period using our DxR interface. Students are required to work through each clinical case systematically, which provides them with insight and a clear, concise understanding each procedure.
Associate Clinical Faculty
Beginning in the first pre-clinical block, students are partnered with IUHS Associate Clinical Faculty/Mentors. These faculty members are practicing medical doctors in good standing with their jurisdictional medical authorities, who will engage students with meaningful IUHS curriculum and activities throughout the students’ pre-clinical education. This “hands-on” instruction provides students with clinical experiences designed to integrate fundamental knowledge and develop the clinical skills necessary to interview, assess patients and ultimately make clinical decisions. When students are in clinical rotations and residency, the understanding of clinical decision making and the integration of skills will be essential for the modern student to perform well.
Students spend approximately 30% of their preclinical period engaged in “hands-on” meaningful curriculum.
Each Associate Clinical Faculty member is not intended to be a content expert on every topic. Following a defined curriculum, he or she will demonstrate and instruct the student on relevant clinical and physical examination skills related to each pre-clinical block. These faculty will motivate and guide students to discuss and explore the practice of medicine and challenge them to integrate their studies with patient care.
Associate Clinical Faculty members (also known as Mentors) are expected to:
- meet regularly with students and engage them in clinical experiences commensurate with the ICM program curriculum and students current block of study.
- act as a catalyst to stimulate the student to explore current medical issues and work through problems which may arise in a clinical setting.
- discuss and explore issues with students, bringing their clinical experience forward to explain the significance of important basic sciences and clinical issues. In addition, they will reinforce the key concepts and principles introduced through the case studies, as well as any other issues which arise in discussions.
- assist the student in gaining extra clinical exposure where possible, aligned with the problems being studied.
- provide opportunities to take patient histories, write orders and complete physical exams on patients when appropriate.
- provide additional insights, commentary, and inputs relevant to the students’ needs.
- assist in testing of these skills when necessary.