Re-entry to the Wards for MD/PhD Students

Rationale

It is essential that students who have been away from clinical pursuits have the appropriate clinical skills when they return to the wards.  The Educational Policy Committee in conjunction with the MD/PhD Program has determined that after any prolonged absence, i.e. approximately one year or longer, students must engage in a “warm-up” period. Students who have participated in a longitudinal experience generally do well when re-entering the clinical setting. It is vital that students have choices to accommodate their at times complicated schedules and laboratory commitments. 

Schedule

To assure flexibility, the following tracks have been created:


Experience/Action

TRACK A

TRACK B

TRACK C

Clinical experience prior to entering research or other non-clinical pursuit

6 months clinical experience in the third year prior to absence

6 months clinical experience in the third year prior to absence

No or brief clinical experience in the third year prior to absence

Clinical experience during research or non-clinical pursuit

1 year of longitudinal experience, e.g., Wednesday Evening Clinic or other appropriate weekly or equivalent of weekly clinical experience

None

None

Actions required 6 months prior to re-entry

Mandatory meeting with Dean for Student Affairs

Mandatory meeting with Dean for Student Affairs

Mandatory meeting with Dean for Student Affairs

Actions required prior to re-entry

1. Participation in WEEKLY Wednesday Evening Clinic or equivalent within 1 year prior to re-entry. If students are away from clinical pursuits for greater than approximately 1 year, they may need to follow track B after consultation with Dean for Student Affairs or designate

2. Meet with Dr. Fred Gorelick to discuss elective

1. Elective at consult service, elective @ HSR, pediatrics, or other appropriate clinical sites for at least 1 month

2. Meet with Dr. Fred Gorelick to discuss elective

3. UCONN patient evaluation (You will also have done this at the end of 2nd year)

1. Special re-entry program developed individually for students using private offices or other appropriate clinical sites for at least 1 month

2. Meet with Dr. Fred Gorelick to discuss elective

3. UCONN patient evaluation (You will also have done this at end of 2nd year)

Additional Requirements:

  1. All Tracks must notify the registrar six months prior to entry who will schedule appropriate re-entry clerkship
  2. Survival Fair must be completed prior to entering the wards.  If students have been away from the wards for longer than a year, they will need to repeat parts of survival fair as needed.
  3. Upon re-entry for all students, clerkship directors will be notified to facilitate optimal placement for the student