One of the best ways to learn is through hands-on experience, also known as experiential learning. Therefore, the School of Medicine aims to give students as many experience-based learning opportunities as possible.
Lots of Benefits
Experiential learning has many benefits. It allows students to apply academic knowledge to solve real-world problems in a professonial context. In addition, students obtain the valuable skills of history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning as well as abilities in decision making, communication and empathy.
Through the School's affiliated hospitals, medical students gain real-world experience during their first week when they start clinical work and participate in community-based healthcare field experiences. By the second month, students commence the Rotating Apprenticeship in Medicine Program which takes place in multiple patient-care settings.
Intensive, Inpatient Experiences
During clinical rotations, students have patient care responsibilities that are progressive in sophistication and increasing in amount as their level of clinical skill and knowledge increases. Students complete advanced clinical rotations and internships during their third and fourth years.
Evaluate Research Environments
Graduate students also obtain hands-on experience during their first year through research laboratory rotations. They acquire new techniques, learn about the laboratory's research areas, interact with lab staff and trainees, and get to know faculty members. Moreover, students attend journal clubs, research seminars and lab meetings. This experience helps students evaluate the research and environment that best suits their interests.