Core Rotations

Clinical training in hospitals with ACGME residency programs

Clinical core rotations are full-time clerkships wherein Caribbean medical school students evaluate patients in a clinical setting. This provides an opportunity to utilize skills and information previously acquired in the Medical Sciences courses and Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses. As active team members of the student and house staff, AUC students are supervised by attending physicians as they evaluate laboratory data and diagnose patients. Each student’s clinical supervisor evaluates his or her performance according to standards set by AUC.
Clinical core rotations occur during the third and fourth year of medical education. The core rotations are completed over the course of 42 weeks.
Medical school students are covered by the AUC Professional Liability Fund malpractice insurance when participating in rotations.

Internal Medicine Core Rotations, 12 weeks

This clerkship is designed for students to participate in general internal medicine areas, granting exposure to the diagnostic and treatment process as it unfolds. Students develop competence in evaluating broad clinical problems and patient management skills. Their “hands-on” patient experience is supplemented by tutorials and didactic sessions.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6 weeks

Students will be assigned primarily obstetrical and, occasionally, gynecological patients for evaluation. Participation in normal newborn deliveries will be stressed. Introduction to the newborn nursery and neonatal ICU will be encouraged. As time permits, students will follow patients through completion of their delivery and treatment.
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Pediatrics, 6 weeks

This clerkship provides a broad overview of general pediatrics. Students will gain experience in in-patient and ambulatory pediatric care. Pediatric intakes and ward rounds are the basis of in-patient care. Ambulatory care experience is gained in general pediatric clinics by evaluating patients with common complaints and disorders.
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Psychiatry, 6 weeks

This clerkship builds upon classroom knowledge developed during the first and second years of the Medical Sciences. Treatment of psychiatric patients in the in-patient setting comprises the majority of the rotation. Resources available for care of psychiatric patients are presented. Skill in the evaluation and diagnosis of the psychiatric patient is developed through direct patient interviews and didactic sessions.
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Surgery, 12 weeks

The core clerkship in surgery aims to develop skills that general physicians expect of students as well as skills unique to surgery. Students further develop abilities in data synthesis and problem solving, and become oriented to the clinical setting related to surgery. Ideally, students follow patients from admission through discharge. Students are expected to participate in all aspects of patient care including assisting in the Operating Room, Emergency Room and Acute Care Units.
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