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Introduction

Within the realm of medical education, the acquisition of clinical skills is of paramount importance for the medical student and the future practicing physician. Included in the Department of Medical Education’s goals and mission is the aim to provide educational services and instruction to enhance both learning methods and student assessment.

The clinical skills unit will strive to achieve this aim by exploring educational aspects of clinical skills acquisition, developing and implementing strategies to enhance the medical student’s learning experience within the skills session, and bridging gaps between instructional methods utilized for skills sessions and student assessment.

The main guiding principles are:

1. The clinical skills taught should be relevant to the block and to clinical practice.

2. Clinical skills sessions should encompass physical examination skills, communication skills and procedural skills.

3. The skills sessions should be structured in a way that enhances student learning.

4. The skills sessions should utilize available resources (mannequins, simulations, equipment, etc.) to enhance the learning process.

5. Adequate training should be required for faculty in conducting clinical skills sessions or assessments.

6. Assessment of clinical skills should be aligned with the content and process of the clinical skills sessions.

7. Simulated patients should receive training and should be utilized during skills training and assessment.