In the clinical years, the focus shifts toward full-time learning in a clinical practice setting.  During Years 3 and 4, a student undertakes a series of clinical attachments in medicine and surgery that includes rotations in Mental Health, Anesthesia & Critical Care, ENT, Ophthalmology and Dermatology, in addition to longitudinal rotations in Emergency Medicine.  In Year 4, students rotate through the following placements:

This shift from pre-clinical to clinical studies does not come at the expense of any of the program's themes.  The Community & Doctor and Personal & Professional Development themes play an especially important role, as students are taught to deal with ethical issues that might arise.


Progressive assessment integrated with student activities, and a focus on the interaction between student and supervisor are important features of the assessment program. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to evaluate their own progress and learning needs in preparation for a lifetime of learning in their professional practice.

Assessment is both formative and summative during Phase III blocks:

  • Formative assessment provides the opportunity for feedback to be given to the student in a practice situation without the level of performance being recorded.
  • Summative assessment contributes to decisions for passing the block.

The assessment would consist of:

  • Continuous Assessment constitutes 40% of the total mark:
    • Written Examination in the form of best single answer: 15% of the total mark.
    • Portfolio assessment: 25% of the total mark.
    • Frequent sessions of Mini-CEX and CBD.
  • Final Assessment constitutes 60% of the total mark:
    • Written Examination in the form of best single answer: 25% of the total mark.
    • Projected/Printed Data interpretation: 5% of the total mark.
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination: 30% of the total mark.