The pre-clerkship experience comprises the first two years at Queen’s and is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed for clinical experiences in clerkship and in residency. The curriculum is designed to combine teaching on foundational basic science knowledge and principles of physician roles, along with clinical teaching, both in the classroom and in clinical skills. In addition to attending large-group classroom based sessions, students will work closely with tutors in small groups, and will learn in a variety of settings, including laboratories, clinical skills centers, the simulation laboratory, and in hospital and community settings.
The clerkship experience at Queen’s provides students with a wide breadth of clinical experiences to prepare them for future practice. Encompassing the final two years of medical school training, it is a blend of clinical rotations in core disciplines, classroom based consolidation experiences and elective opportunities. Students can engage in either block based clinical rotations, or integrated clinical experiences, which are anchored in Family Medicine and combine clinical opportunities from a variety of disciplines. Clerkship is delivered in a Regional format, and students are expected to spend anywhere from one third to three quarters of their time outside of Kingston at Regional sites all across Ontario.