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Clinical Skills

Group of students practicing clinical skills

The Clinical Skills Course spans the first eighteen months of school for all medical students. Students begin to develop and refine their clinical skills, the essential elements of “doctoring” that physicians use during patient encounters. In Clinical Skills (CS), students 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. Students are also introduced to point-of-care ultrasound. 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. Students pass the course by attending all class sessions (attendance is mandatory) and performing a competent history and physical exam in a standardized assessment session at UConn. Course content is practiced and supplemented in the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) and the Medical Coaching Experience (MCE). The Clinical Skills Program continues through the four-year curriculum with more advanced topics during the clerkship and elective years.

Clinical Skills Director

  • Jaideep S. Talwalkar

    Clinical Skills Director

    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Director, Yale Cystic Fibrosis Adult Program, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine; Associate Program Director, Yale Combined Med-Peds Residency Program; Director of Clinical Skills, Office of Education; Faculty Advisor, Yale Resident Spanish-language Initiative

  • Tracy Yale

    Manager of Clinical Skills Program

    Student Services Officer 4, Medical Education; Manager, Clinical Education Programs

  • Matthew Ellman

    Director of End of Life Skills

    Professor; Director, Yale Internal Medicine Associates; Director, Medical Student Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

  • Michael Green

    Director of Clinical Skills Assessment

    Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Director of clinical skills assessment, Office of Education; Director of Student Assessment, Teaching and Learning Center

  • Andrés S Martin

    Director of Standardized Patient Program

    Riva Ariella Ritvo Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry; Medical Director, Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital; Director, Standardized Patient Program, Teaching and Learning Center; Director of Medical Studies, Yale Child Study Center, Child Study Center

  • Thilan Wijesekera

    Director of Clinical Reasoning

    Assistant Professor; Director of Clinical Reasoning, Yale School of Medicine; Section Leader of Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience, Yale School of Medicine