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What did students acquire from their general medicine clerkship? A qualitative analysis of student descriptions

What did students acquire from their general medicine clerkship? A qualitative analysis of student descriptions

Sapporo Medical Journal 71(3-4): 39-45

We qualitatively studied what medical students acquired from a general medicine clerkship. Immediately following a 5-days general medicine clerkship intended to help students acquire the skills and behaviors of a basic clinical competence, all students were required to write descriptions of their clerkships. These were collected, then analyzed independently by three individuals. The results of this analysis showed that students felt little impact from traditional types of clerkship, such as inpatient medical interviews. A much bigger impact was felt from the medical interview clerkship, which took the form of clinical clerkship. Through this, medical students participated in real patient care. In particular, they were very impressed by the process of making formative assessments of simulated patients, and they recognized the importance of caring for patients as whole person. However, little impression was made on students of the distinctive aspects of general medicine. From these results, I think it is important that we design a clinical clerkship curriculum and also make an appropriate clerkship assessment style. In addition, it is important, to avoid future problem, that we resolve to teach an appreciation for the distinctive aspects of general medicine.

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