Welcome to the Specialty Selective Clerkship Program.
As part of medical training, entry into the clerkship rotation marks the transition point of the student from learning the principles of medicine to application. This is a two-week core rotation. The Specialty Selectives (SEL) program offers a unique student learning environment in allowing this shift toward pragmatism to occur. Medical students are “provided opportunities to observe and actively participate in clinical interactions in order to acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviours, attitudes and judgement required for future practice.”
Clinical Clerks should identify that a physician as not just a medical expert but also a communicator, collaborator, health advocate, manager, professional and scholar. One of the major aims of the rotation is to understand the various roles a medical subspecialist portrays and the impact upon patient care.
During the SEL rotation, students are expected to gain an understanding of the values of the profession including duties to their patients, inter-professionals, colleagues, and to society in general.
1. Patient Care (CanMEDS Medical Expert and Patient Advocate Roles)
Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
2. Knowledge for Practice (CanMEDS Medical Expert and Patient Advocate Roles)
Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioural sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care
3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (CanMEDS Scholar and Professional Roles)
Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate one’s care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning
4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills (CanMEDS Communicator Role)
Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals
5. Professionalism (CanMEDS Professional Role)
Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles
6. Systems-Based Practice (CanMEDS Manager and Health Advocate Roles)
Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care
7. Inter-professional Collaboration (CanMEDS Collaborator Role)
Demonstrate the ability to engage in an inter-professional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care
8. Personal and Professional Development (CanMEDS Scholar and Professional Roles)
Demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth
There are 5 mandatory MacDOTs (designed to be similar to EPAs) that need to be completed. They are as follows: