Early Introduction of Clinical Skills Improves Medical Student Comfort at the Start of Third-Year Clerkships

  title={Early Introduction of Clinical Skills Improves Medical Student Comfort at the Start of Third-Year Clerkships},
  author={M. Whipple and C. Barlow and Sherilyn Smith and E. Goldstein},
  journal={Academic Medicine},
Background To determine whether introducing clinical skills during the second year of medical school, via a competency-based College system approach, improves comfort level for medical students entering third-year clinical rotations. Method From 2003–2005, two cohorts of third-year medical students at the University of Washington were surveyed on their comfort level in the categories of history taking, physical examination, communication, and patient care. Results The cohort of students exposed… Expand

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