Medical Science Educator

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 285–287 | Cite as

Evaluating the Impact of Early Clinical Role Exposure to Ease Transition to the Clinical Year

  • Tanmay A. Gokhale
  • Saumil M. Chudgar
Short Communication


The transition to clinical training is a well-documented source of medical student stress. While students are taught the essential skills of patient interviewing and physical examination, exposure to their role on the ward team may be limited. We designed an opportunity for pre-clinical medical students to shadow clinical students to better understand the role of the student on the clinical team. Participants were surveyed before and after to evaluate their understanding and comfort. They reported increased familiarity and comfort with the clinical student’s role after shadowing and that the experience was worthwhile and reduced their anxiety about the transition.


Transition to clinical work Medical students Student role 



This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health grant 5T32GM007171 (to TAG/Duke Medical Scientist Training Program).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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© International Association of Medical Science Educators 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Scientist Training ProgramDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineDuke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA

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