|What is Clinical Clerkship?
Tyler Cymet, DO
Published: January 15, 2018
A large part of medical education for both osteopathic and allopathic physicians in occurs in clinical settings. Historically, medical education has been divided into two distinct fields; basic sciences and clinical sciences. Basic sciences are taught in classroom settings. While clinical sciences are taught during clinical clerkships and are set in non-traditional learning environments, hospitals, and community-based practices.
As a result clerkship learning experiences have a different dynamic than traditional classroom teaching. Clinical clerkships are organized in rotations by fields of medicine in distinct time periods. For each clerkship rotation, medical colleges establish curriculums and objectives that students must meet before advancing to the next rotation. This article reviews the evolution of clinical clerkships and defines the learning experiences.