MED 8720 Clinical Skills IV Class of 2024

MED 8720: Clinical Skills IV
Academic Year 2023-2024
Class of 2024

Assessment Plan

Provides learners with opportunities to advance their procedural and clinical skills to promote patient safety and work effectively in team settings.

Course Objectives
The learning objectives and linked course goals are listed on C-Blue. They have been mapped to the following Entrustable Professional Activities for Phase 4:

EPA 1: Obtain a history and perform a physical examination adapted to the patient’s clinical situation.

EPA 2: Formulate and justify a prioritized differential diagnosis.

EPA 3: Formulate an initial plan of investigation based on the diagnostic hypotheses.

EPA 11: Perform general procedures of a physician.

Each EPA has been independently mapped to the Program (CanMEDS) Objectives.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The required content will be delivered to the learners through both lectures and small group sessions. Learners will also participate in an OSCE examination.

Attendance is required for the Clinical Skills IV course. Any absences must be requested and approved by the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) office.

Course Timing/Duration
This course will occur during the last 2 weeks of Phase 4.

The EPAs as described above will be assessed in the following ways:

EPA 1 -3:
Learners will receive summative assessment as an OSCE examination that will be based on Phase 4 clinical content.  This exam will be linked to the appropriate EPAs and assess all CanMEDS roles.  

EPA 11:
Summative Assessment as part of the checklist used in the simulation lab.
Learners will be assessed as either entrustable or pre-entrustable in each Mandatory Procedure.

Any learner who is not assessed as entrustable in the above EPAs will be given remediation and be reassessed thereafter.  Remediation for the OSCE is individualized and developed by the Clinical Skills IV Lead and the Phase 4 Lead based on the deficits of the learner. Remediation and reassessment for simulations occurs on the same day, with supervised direction and practice in the simulation lab.

Course Success Criteria

To pass the course, a learner must:

  • Pass the OSCE examination or reassessment
  • Achieve entrustability in all mandatory procedures
  • Pass the simulation checklists or reassessment
  • Attend all sessions as per the course requirements
  • Have no outstanding concerns with professionalism

Learners will receive their grades from the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) office via One45.

As outlined in the MD program objectives, the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University values professionalism as a core competency and a requirement of the MD program. Recognizing that medical learners are developing their professional identity, professionalism lapses will be remediated where possible and appropriate. Unsuccessful remediation will result in failure of the Phase.  Professionalism lapses may render a learner incompatible with continuation in the MD program (as outlined in the Memorial University Calendar Regulation 10.5 Promotion).

As outlined in Section 10.5.2 and 10.5.3 of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine in the University calendar, learners with a Fail grade in any course cannot be promoted to graduation. Even in the absence of any Fail grades, a learner for whom substantial concerns about performance have been expressed may either be required to repeat the Phase or required to withdraw conditionally or unconditionally.

Version date:  January 18, 2023
Reviewed by SAS: January 25, 2023
Approved by UGMS: February 15, 2023