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Clerkship

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The Clinical Clerkship Program at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is an integrated 52-week course in the third year of the four-year MD program which is distributed across various sites in Southwestern Ontario.  During Clerkship, the student becomes an active member of clinical care teams in the following medical disciplines: family medicine, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Under the supervision of faculty and more senior housestaff, clerks are given graded responsibility in the diagnosis, investigation, and management of patients in hospital, clinic and outpatient settings.  All students in third year are required to complete a community/rural Clinical Clerkship rotation for a minimum of four weeks.

The Clinical Clerkship Program in London is being delivered at the Medical Sciences Building and the Dental Sciences Building at Western University, at the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care and at other regional education sites through the Distributed Medical Education.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry expanded its clinical clerkship program to the University of Windsor in 2002.  In September 2008, the complete undergraduate medical education program was launched in Windsor with the entry of 24 first-year students to the class of Meds 2012.  The Windsor Campus welcomed 30 new first-year students in September 2009, 38 first-year students in September 2010 and 38 in September 2011.

The Clinical Clerkship Program in Windsor is being delivered at the Medical Education Building on the campus of the University of Windsor, at Windsor Regional Hospital, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital and at other regional education sites through the Distributed Medical Education. 

Distributed Medical Education includes faculty located in over 45 communities in the region from Tobermory to Leamington.  Students learn clinical skills in various geographic sites.  The objective is to ensure that Western students at all levels gain an understanding and experience of the practice of Medicine from both a rural/regional and tertiary care/urban perspective.

For more information, including Polices, Guidelines and Curricular Information for the Clinical Clerkship Program at each of our sites, please choose the correct program above.