The 63-week Clinical program consists of three phases: Transition to Residency, Clerkship Foundations, and Transition to Residency.
The Transition to Clerkship period (3 weeks) was jointly developed and delivered through collaboration of the Pre-Clerkship, Clinical Skills, and Professional Competencies teams. This phase will focus on: (a) practical skills sessions; (b) opportunities for in-depth orientation/introduction to specific clinical environments such as the operating room (e.g., “scrubbing in”), clinic, and ward; (c) review and practice of common practical skills; (d) opportunities to learn and/or practice objectives and skills currently taught in specific rotations; (e) opportunities to revisit and transition concepts introduced through the Clinical Skills and Professional Competencies curricula that are important for Clerkship.
The Clerkship Foundations phase (44 weeks) begins immediately after the three-week Transition to Clerkship phase. This phase includes 9 core rotations and 12 weeks of electives. There will be 7 core rotations that are 4 weeks in duration (IM, OB/Gyn, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine). There will be 2 rotations that are 2 weeks in duration (Anesthesia and Orthopedics).
The Transition to Residency phase (16 weeks) will consist of 6 rotations of 2 weeks duration in: Specialty Selectives, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Family Medicine. Five of these rotations (all excluding SS) will be “Plus Two” rotations allowing students to revisit rotations they experienced in the Clerkship Foundations phase. There will be a total of 4 weeks of electives in this phase with 2 weeks occurring prior to the 3-week residency interview period.
The compulsory components of the Clinical program are carried out in teaching practices and in all the teaching hospitals in the regions of each campus: Waterloo, Niagara and Hamilton. As well, many clinical placements occur in the communities associated with the Rural Ontario Medical Program.
Because of the proposed changes to the pre-clinical portion of the renewed curriculum, students will be better positioned to call upon and consolidate knowledge and skills during their clinical rotations. During the national residency interview period, students will be able to focus on interviews and clinical responsibilities consecutively rather than concurrently.