Clinical Skills











The preclerkship years refer to Years 1 and 2 of the Medicine program. These first two years of study will provide you with a solid grounding in the basic and clinical sciences.

 Course Structure

  • Series of 7 systems-based courses per year plus Clinical Methods and Community Health
  • Learning occurs in a variety of ways: lectures, labs, small groups, case based learning, self study
  • Weekly learning often focuses on cases which are examined through a variety of teaching methods

Clinical Skills

As a Schulich Medical student you will be exposed to early patient contact beginning with Clinical Methods in Years 1 & 2.  Patient Centred Clinical Methods is a weekly practical learning experience  which takes place in state-of-the-art Clinical Skills learning suites

  • You will learn the art and practice of medicine through the use of standardized patients – giving you real time exposure to those experiences you will encounter in your future health career
  • Your successful completion of these courses will provide you with the ability to interview patients and perform physical exams, and practice your clinical reasoning and decision-making skills
  • Some of your PCCM sessions may take place in the hospital  setting

Patient-Centered Context: Integration & Application

  • In each systems course, you will meet weekly with your peers and a facilitator to discuss the not so black and white issues that are a part of the diverse set of roles that physicians play.  Issues related to your future role as a  communicator, health advocate, learner, collaborator, resource manager, scientist, and person are discussed
  • At the end of the two years you will have a deeper understanding of the process of Doctor-Patient interaction and the skills, attitudes, and practices that lead to successful interactions

Community Health

  • You will examine the concepts of population health and understand how these relate to clinical medicine
  • The course examines epidemiological methods, determinants of health and illness, professional and ethical issues in the doctor-patient relationship, health promotion, disease prevention, occupational and environmental health, and the Canadian Health care system

 Discovery Week

  • At the end of your first year, you and the rest of your classmates will have the fantastic opportunity to participate in a week-long experience in rural/regional Southwestern Ontario.  This experience is organized through the SWOMEN partnership ( http://www.swomen.ca/)
  • You will gain valuable clinical exposure to rural and regional medicine in community hospitals and clinics, as well as a more developed understanding of the communities in which your patients live and work