The purpose of the Clinical Tutorials course is to allow second year medical students to begin to integrate basic science knowledge, preclinical training, and history and physical skills to prepare them for third year clinical clerkships. This includes practical application of acquired knowledge and skills with six real-life patients. Students are expected to be able to complete a thorough history and physical, including eliciting a chief complaint, a pertinent review of systems, and most likely diagnoses.
They are also expected to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and professionalism by development of rapport with patients and families as well as hospital staff and colleagues. Students are expected to present and intelligently discuss their six cases in a small group setting in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of the clinical significance of their findings, thought processes in development of differential diagnoses, and understanding of pathophysiologic mechanisms.