Clinical Skills

This course spans the first 18-months of school for all medical students. Students will begin to develop and refine their clinical skills, the essential elements of “doctoring” that physicians use during patient encounters. In Clinical Skills (CS), students will learn to: communicate with patients, families, and other members of the care team; examine patients; develop clinical reasoning skills; and understand the important role of a student-doctor in a patient’s care. Multiple teaching modalities are utilized in CS, but the bulk of the experiences are designed to be hands-on, offering students the opportunity to develop clinical skills with direct faculty observation and feedback, frequently with the use of standardized patients. Throughout CS, emphasis is placed on taking a patient-centered approach to care.


The Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) is a complimentary program at Yale School of Medicine in which groups of 3-4 students from YSM, Yale School of Nursing, and the Yale Physician Associate’s Program see patients at a specific site alongside faculty mentors. Groups meet approximately once a week throughout the first 18 months of school. LCE sessions provide students with opportunities to practice clinical skills, with specific emphasis on interprofessional teamwork, quality & safety, and other issues related to the healthcare system. The pilot students will participate in the traditional Clinical Skills course but will practice and reinforce their in-class learning with patients in a clinical setting in lieu of the traditional Clinical Skills Tutor Program.