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Clinical Years (Med III & IV)


The clinical program consists of two years of clinical training in the workplace involving acute and ambulatory settings at the main LAU Medical Center – Rizk Hospital and other affiliated healthcare facilities. In the first clinical year (Med III), students rotate in 7 core clerkships: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Primary care, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. Integration of basic and clinical sciences will be ensured through common class activities on a weekly basis. In the senior clinical year (Med IV), rotations are scheduled to accommodate students’ selections and facilitate career choice. Core rotations in Med IV include Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Radiology, Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation. Students have the flexibility to choose and schedule their elective rotations throughout Med IV. Learning objectives, educational strategies, and assessment in the clinical years are developed, structured and organized to enable the overall MD program outcome competencies, which are adapted from the AAMC General Physician Competencies framework. The 8 competency domains of this framework include:

Learning during the clinical years is substantial. Educational strategies involve multiple methods that facilitate both, homogeneous, structured and formal education, and deliberate practice. Students have a wide exposure to diverse learning encounters, some of which are special and unique. They benefit and learn not only from planned teaching activities (rounds, bedside teaching, case discussions, tutorials, PBL sessions, TBL sessions, simulation-based education, clinic hours, etc.), but from feedback and role modeling as well.


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