MD-PhD Clinical Connections
The clinical connections program has been designed for MD-PhD students in the graduate phase of the program. Students are matched with a physician-scientist clinical preceptor in an area of interest to them. The goals of the program are 1) to help the student to stay in touch with his/her clinical skills and knowledge base, 2) to pair the student with someone who can offer insight into physician-scientist career paths in a clinical area of interest to him/her. Experiences on the wards of a busy teaching hospital offer only a small glimpse of the life of a faculty physician-investigator. Clinical Connections is a way to see the bigger picture.
How it works:
The student and preceptor are to set up a mutually agreeable schedule which totals anywhere from 4 to 8 half days over the course of the semester. (This can be done in any way that works for both parties, ie it could be one or two half days per month over four months or two solid days in a row at some time during the semester or anything in between. The total number of hours should be at least 16 and no more than 40). As soon as a schedule is determined the student should report it to the Combined Degree Office. (The CD office must be given some schedule information within two weeks of the start of the term, even if all the details are not finalized). Students must have the permission of their thesis advisor to participate.
At the end of the experience, the student must complete a questionnaire, which appears below.