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Clerkship evaluations: What every medical student should know

During your clinical rotations you will be evaluated on many factors. Your ability to display your knowledge and the other qualities mentioned below will determine whether you are a below average, average, or honors student.

Here is a list of traits and behaviors you should portray on your clinical rotations.

Fund of knowledge
– Understanding of disease mechanisms
– Ability to apply this understanding in clinical situations
– Develop and defend differential diagnoses

History Taking
– Thorough history
– Skills in interview technique
– Adequate creation of symptom list
– Identify patient problems
– Characterize patient problems
– Isolate and focus on key patient problems (comprehensive, thorough, precise, logical)

Physical Exam
• Complete, thorough physical exam
• Accurate physical exams
• Attention to areas relating to problems identified in history
• (thorough, detailed)

Oral Case Presentation
• Clear delineation of primary problems
• Excellent characterization of problems
• Accurate chronology of key events in pt’s illness
• Appropriate DDx information
• Consistently focused presentation

Record keeping (write-ups and progress notes)
• Accurate in recording findings
• Complete problem list
• Write out patient’s difficulties
• Write out DDx
• Write out treatment plan
• (outstanding, conscientious)

Problem solving and clinical applications
• Integration of history, physical exam, and lab/study data in the identification, prioritization and solving of clinical problems
• (consistently)

Professional attributes and responsibilities
• Conscientious
• Outstanding attendance
• Outstanding dependability
• Outstanding punctuality in team activities and patient care responsibilities
• Makes extra effort to be an integral team member
• Assumes high levels of patient care responsibilities

Self-improvement and adaptability
• Solicits and receives criticism with interest and grace
• Able to effect change
• Self-motivated to expand knowledge
• Extensive supplemental reading
• Makes an extra effort to learn patients’ problems (outstanding)

Relationships with patients
• Puts patients and/or family members at ease
• Appropriately communicates medical information to them
• Relates well with difficult patients
• Shows empathy, compassion, and respect
• Enjoys role as a developing physician
• Enjoys patients
• (outstanding)

Interpersonal relationships with other members of the health care team
• Respects the feelings, needs and wishes of all health care team members
• Highly integrated into the team structure
• Relates well to most of the health care team members
• (outstanding)

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