For the student to be eligible for the clinical rotations he/she must have successfully completed the Com-prehensive Basic Medical Science Examination conducted by the National Board for Medical Education (NBME) at the end of the 5th Semester of the Basic Medical Science program.
The clinical program falls in the third and fourth year of medical education.
The clinical rotations are performed at hospitals in the United States & Saint Lucia. The program in USA is conducted at ACGME affiliated teaching hospitals through our clinical administration office located in Maryland, near Washington D.C.
These clinical facilities are state-of- art teaching hospitals under green book category. These facilities provide the student with superior clinical exposure that will ensure better career options. To undergo the Clinical Clerkship Program in USA, a student should complete Basic Medical Science Program along with USMLE STEP 1.
The clinical program in Saint. Lucia allows such integration to be possible. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge and skills creatively, whether it concerns the human body in health or disease. The prevention of disease and the promotion of good health are considered important aspects in educating a well-rounded physician.
|Mandatory Core Rotations – 44 weeks|
|Internal Medicine||12 weeks|
|General Surgery||8 weeks|
|Family Medicine||6 weeks|
|Electives – 28 weeks|
|Emergency Medicine **||Neurosurgery|
* Is now required for licensing in certain states
** Is highly recommended
Students can stay in one city and complete all the Core and Elective Rotations.
Description of the Mandatory Core Rotations
Internal Medicine Duration: 12 weeks.
In this rotation, students learn the steps necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment of actual patients. Students learn how to complete medical, personal and family histories to do a diagnostic “workup” and to develop a plan for managing a patient’s care. They participate in clinical conferences where they learn to report their findings and logical conclusions.
General Surgery Duration: 8 weeks.
In this course of the Surgery rotation, students learn about conditions requiring surgical intervention and have opportunities to observe how surgical patients are managed. In the process, they become familiar with policies and procedure followed in the operating room.
Family Medicine Duration: 6 weeks.
During this rotation students begin to understand the role of a family practitioner. They acquire the basic skills and knowledge required to care for patients of all ages. They are exposed to both inpatient and outpatient activities. They understand how a patient enters the health care delivery system, as well as the progress through it. This experience prepares the student for the role in patient management and coordination of health care for the individual and for the family unit.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Duration: 6 weeks.
During the rotation, students learn about the changes that take place during pregnancy, and the postpartum period, both normal and pathologic. They also become familiar with diagnosis and treatment of family gynecological diseases and various methods of family planning.
Pediatrics Duration: 6 weeks.
This rotation focuses on the issues unique to childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is placed on the impact of family, community, and society on child health and well-being. The role of the pediatrician in prevention of disease and injury, and the impact of disease and its treatment on the developing human.
Psychiatry Duration: 6 weeks.
In a primarily institutional setting, the student will learn about the major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, affective and anxiety disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on the difference between organic and functional mental illnesses through taking a proper psychiatric history and performing a mental status examination.
Evaluation of Clinical Rotation
Clinical faculty members (Preceptors) evaluate the student’s performance in each rotation. The students are under close and frequent observation by the preceptors with special reference to personal and professional attitudes, appearance, knowledge and performance.
Student’s evaluation is based on the following Criteria
- Direct Observation
- Case Presentation
- Case Write-ups
- Participation in Conferences, Case discussions and rounds
- Written Examinations
- Oral Examinations
- Clinical Competency examinations
- Attendance Records
TEACHING AND EVALUATION METHODS
Interactive teaching (power point presentation, access to internet in all classes, audiovisual presentations, labs, direct observation, case presentation, case write-up, participation in conferences, case discussions and rounds)
Evaluation (examinations (oral and written), class quizzes; clinical competency examinations; presentations; lab/group work; assignments; attendance records)
Textbooks, internet, computer-assisted learning, library, movies, labs are additional after class tutorials for smaller class groups are available to facilitate better grasp of class material and promote better performance of students.
GRADING / MARKING SCHEME
Standards & Procedures
Four exam papers will be administered in each of the subject areas.
Exam 1 = 15%
Exam 2 = 15%
Exam 3 = 45%
Quizzes/Labs/course assignments = 20%
95 % attendance
90 – 100 A
80 – 89.9 B
75 – 79.9 C
74.9 – 0 F
Students will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance at exams and, as well on their overall participation in class and communities (case presentations, in-class presentations and community service). The Promotion Committee is responsible for assessing the performance of each individual student and for sanctioning their promotion to the next level of studies.
Students will be eligible for graduation after having successfully completed the required curriculum for the Medical Program (Basic Medical Science and Clinical Rotations)