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September 2014

Resuscitating Inpatient Clinical Clerkships: A Medical Student Perspective

Author Affiliations
  • 1Transitional Year Program, University of Texas Southwestern–Austin, Austin
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(9):1440-1441. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3233

Inpatient clinical clerkships in the third year of medical school are the touchstones of traditional medical education in the United States and have remained so since they were originally suggested by Abraham Flexner in 1910.1 Historically, the third year is when a physician is forged from a student and when classroom experience is transformed into clinical acumen. It is a pivotal time for medical students to adapt to the work of the hospital and to revel in the responsibilities of patient care.

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