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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine recently held clerkship orientation for third-year medical students. Orientation week gave the students an introduction to their clinical years and included briefings on topics ranging from hospital policies to mini board exams.
This is the third class of students in the USA College of Medicine to use the re-designed curriculum. Students receive instruction in all competencies from the beginning of their educational experience. Milestones of achievement toward competency will be evaluated and documented throughout the course of the four years leading to graduation.
“I am nervous, but ready,” said third-year medical student Leith Bayazid of Birmingham, Ala. “It is almost as if I am starting medical school all over again.”
Daniel Johnson, another third-year medical student from Ellenwood, Ga., said he is most excited to apply the information he has learned the past two years. “Now, things will be more kinesthetic and feel more true to life.”
Alex Wiles of Mobile, Ala., is greatly looking forward to the increased patient interaction. “I chose the field of medicine because of the opportunity that physicians have to get to know their patients and become an integral part of so many people’s lives,” Wiles said. “I am excited to start making these relationships with the patients at USA, and to learn the skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”
Third-year medical student Ashton Todd said third year will carry more responsibility. “We will be responsible for not only keeping up with studying, but also for certain aspects of patient care,” Todd said. “I know finding a balance within these two areas will be a challenge, as well as a reward, as we continue to hone our skills as future physicians.”
Before beginning orientation, the students received their white coats at the annual White Coat Ceremony at the USA Mitchell Center.
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