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Completion of core clinical experiences

Completion of the core clinical experiences for a rotation is a joint obligation between the student, the student’s clinical instructors, and the site director. In turn, logging and reviewing the completed experiences in E*Value Case Logs helps the site and clerkship directors see when students are meeting these goals. The process of reviewing the experiences periodically may also provide students and supervisors convenient opportunities to give and to get feedback about the rotation. Core clinical experience logging is intended to help students meet the educational goals of the clerkship.

Students must log their experiences in E*Value Case Logs in an ongoing manner throughout the clerkship based on clerkship requirements. As described below, failure to complete all required clinical experiences will result in a grade of "I" (incomplete) until those activities or alternative activities are completed. If the experiences are still not completed after the final deadline, the student will be assigned a provisional non-passing grade of "E."

What do you do if your core clinical experiences are not completed?

Each student should discuss any outstanding clinical experiences with his or her attendings and residents along the way during the rotation, and with the site/course director. Each clerkship must also have a system in place to check with students for outstanding clinical experiences prior to the completion of the rotation. If a student is unlikely to accomplish all of the core clinical experiences through patient care experiences, despite best efforts, the student and site/course director should discuss alternate ways of learning that material.

Alternative activities will be scheduled on an individualized basis, based on the likelihood of the student getting the core clinical experience during their time remaining in the rotation. However, each clerkship must specify a time point (e.g. one week prior to the end of the rotation) when an alternative activity will be triggered. Available alternatives for each core clinical experience are listed on the clerkship website on iROCKET. These methods might include directed reading or web-based or paper cases, or additional clerkship time. If a core clinical experience is met through an alternative activity, this must be documented as such on E*Value Case Logs. If a core clinical experience is not met by 5 PM on Friday of the fifth week after the end of the rotation, a grade of "I" (incomplete) will be assigned until the core experience is completed and the student will also receive notification about being at risk of receiving a physicianship form. A student who does not complete the experiences within the next week – six weeks after the end of the course – will receive a physicianship form and notification about being at risk of receiving an "E" (provisional non‐passing) grade. A student who does not complete the experiences by seven weeks after the end of the course will receive an "E" grade.