Integrative clinical experience: an innovative program to prepare for internship

Teach Learn Med. 2007 Summer;19(3):302-7. doi: 10.1080/10401330701366788.


Background: Interns experience tremendous challenges on the transition from student to new physician. There is limited literature describing curriculum that enhances medical students' preparation for internship.

Description: To prepare graduating medical students at our institution for the new responsibilities and stressors that they will face as interns, an elective course, Integrative Clinical Experience, was implemented. Over a 2-week period, participating medical students rotate through 1 to 3-hr modules that cover four major domains: managing acutely ill patients, teaching, communicating, and coping with stressors.

Evaluation: Participants evaluated the course qualitatively and quantitatively through verbal and written feedback. Students found the course useful and educationally valuable. They also had a statistically significant increase in perceived preparedness for internship upon completion of the course.

Conclusions: A 2-week, concentrated course is a feasible and effective method for raising students' perceived preparedness for internship.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Medicine / education*
  • Curriculum*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas