Clinical Clerkship

Part I - Student Application:

All students must complete both the Handa Medical Group student application form along with the student application submittal list. Once they have completed the application form they can begin to collect all documents listed on the application submittals list.

**Student applications will NOT be processed until a completed application is submitted with ALL required documentation**

After the student has compiled a completed application package including ALL required documents on the submittals list they can submit their documents via e-mail to or fax. A clinical representative will contact the student and acknowledge receipt of documents. The student will then receive a correspondence that all documents have been processed and the student is clear to contact the scheduling department to schedule their clinical clerkship.

**We require a 4-weeks notice in order to ensure you are placed in the clinical placement of your choice**

Part II - Student Orientation:

Students who are beginning the clinical aspect of their education are required to attend a mandatory orientation. Orientations are always held a week prior to the clinical clerkship start date. If the student requires an immigration letter to obtain a visa, our staff should be notified as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate documentation is received by the student, in a timely manner, in order to process this request.

Clinical Orientation

Prior to the commencement of clinical rotations, we at Handa Medical Group understand how difficult it can be to start rotations without prior experience. We have designed a student orientation, in an effort to ease the nervousness and confusion most students experience on their first day. The orientation will expose students to the clinical aspect of their education before they are sent independently to their assigned clerkship.

The orientation consists of 2 parts:

1. Classroom Education Training

  • A HIPAA training session
  • Do No Harm & Time out safety training
  • Hospital codes training
  • Hazardous material training
  • Bloodborne pathogens training
  • Occupation health and safety training
  • A TB mask fit test
  • Students receive a Handa Medical Group student ID badge

Once the above training is complete our assigned student services staff will provide history and physical examination review class.

During this class students will learn how to:

  • Perform a physical examination for each specific specialty
  • Perform physical examinations for each system (head, eyes, ears, throat, neck, etc.)
  • Conduct a full history taking
  • Compile a proper and thorough SOAP note
  • Read and write a prescription
  • Students will be given blank patient forms to practice filling out patient notes
  • A review of the most commonly used medical abbreviations

Students will be split into groups of 2 with one of our instructors. Here the students will be able to apply what they have learnt in the beginning half of the orientation. Our instructors will walk them through the entire history and physical process. The students will then demonstrate what they have learned completing a physical examination and filling out a patient chart.

At the end of class, students will be given the opportunity to have one on one time with our advisors to voice any questions or concerns they may have regarding clinical rotations, and can request extra assistance if required at that time.

2. Clinical Education Training

Once the student has completed the in-class component of the orientation, they will be assigned to one of our designated clinics for orientation. During this time our medical students in the clinic, who already have prior experience regarding clinical rotations, will train the new students.

During the orientation the students will learn the following:

  • How to check height and weight and basic vitals
  • Proper use of a manual blood pressure cuff
  • Interpret lab results
  • Be informed of important pages and notes to look for in a patient file
  • Proper technique of drawing blood
  • Administering immunizations
  • Writing out a prescription

The students will then shadow their assigned trainer during each clinical encounter having the opportunity to ask questions and also interact with the patient.

During the orientation, students should begin to have a fairly good grasp on the history taking and physical examination encounter. They should also now be familiar with how to introduce themselves and how to check vital signs.

The students will now be given the opportunity to see patients independently. If the student feels comfortable and confident to do so they can take the patient’s history, physical, and complete the patient chart. Students must make sure to have one of our training medical students look over the chart once completed.

Once the student has completed the orientation and we feel that they are ready to begin their rotations independently, they can commence their scheduled clinical rotation the following week.

**We assess students during the orientation based on punctuality. There will be a sign in sheet allowing our representatives to record students’ sign-in and sign-out times, to ensure clinic guidelines are being adhered to. In addition, assessment will be based on the student’s professionalism towards patients, staff, instructors and colleagues as well as willingness to learn.

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