We take pride in our curriculum, especially that hands-on clinical training begins as early as the first semester. Studies have shown academic and professional benefits to clinical training, apart from cementing your clinical skills earlier than many U.S. medical school students. Here are some benefits you can expect:
Develop Teamwork Skills
Remember House? Don’t be like House. Clinical training, which requires working closely with attendings, residents, physicians, hospital administrators, and your peers, is just a preview of your post-grad medical career. Getting this experience early will teach you how to work as a team to provide your patients the best healthcare possible. Besides, House was a gunner anyway.
When you study medicine during Basic Sciences, you think like a student. Early clinical training will make you think like a physician. As you apply what you learned from your lectures in AUA’s on-campus simulator and clinical skills labs, you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect in rotations.
Learn Bedside Manner
In clinical rotations, you’ll interact with and treat your first patients. You’ll be better prepared for that experience with the practice clinical training provides. AUA simulates doctors’ offices with professional actors representing the variety of patients you will encounter in hospitals. Through trial and error in a low-risk setting, you’ll discover the best way to engage with and put them at ease.
Understand Professional Responsibilities
Your MD comes with great power and, as Spider-Man fans know, with great power comes great responsibility. You can really feel the weight of that duty during your first clinical rotation. Luckily clinical training tackles ethical queries and embeds the ideals a physician needs to succeed early on, allowing you to focus on your rotations.