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Hi all,

 

I'm looking to understand how COVID has impacted the delivery method of medical education to pre-clerks across Canada (I'm a pre-clerk myself). I'd like to have data from every Canadian medical school, so I would really appreciate it if you would take the time to fill in my short survey below.

 

School:

Year (1 or 2):

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]):

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]):

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]):

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]):

 

If your school has other components of pre-clerkship, please feel free to add them to the list.

 

Thanks in advance!

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School: Sherbrooke

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): no lectures, but PBL sessions are partly online and partly on campus (1 week online, 1 week in person)

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): no optional shadowing for the time being, mandatory clinic visits are based on teacher’s discretion (mostly in person)

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): in person

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): fully online

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School: Dalhousie

Year (1 or 2): Med 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): In-person

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Mixed in-person/virutal (weekly sessions involving interactions with an in-person pt and a virtual pt)

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): "Research in Medicine" (RIM) is mainly online due to COVID but it is up to the discretion of individual research director/student pairs to decide if they want some in-person

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School: Ottawa

 

Year (1 or 2): 1

 

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online. We have supplementary cadaveric Anatomy sessions in-person. 

 

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): not permitted atm

 

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): interviewing lessons have been online. P/E sessions are in-person. 

 

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): I guess not applicable in the standard stream. MD/PhD research is permitted if necessary. Elective research is largely online. 

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School: USask

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online (mix of pre-recorded and live)

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): In-person, though it was suspended for a bit in between. Also, only few specialities are currently open for shadowing.

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online introduction + in-person practice sessions (at least twice a week)

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Don't really have a dedicated research module. Most people I know who have approached others for research have mostly an in-person approach.

 

If your school has other components of pre-clerkship, please feel free to add them to the list: We have in-person anatomy labs in addition to the clinicals.

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School: Mcgill

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online with a mix of live and old recordings from 2019 (depends on the unit). Anatomy labs have been reduced to 25% in person, 75% digital learning.

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Dedicated family medicine shadowing course has proceeded, although depending on the fam doc you are following, it varies. It can be in-person consults, in-person telemedicine in a clinic, etc... Small clinical encounters that are part of another course are still allowed (ex: spend 1/2 day in OR) at the discretion of the doctor you are assigned to. 

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Mostly online. Ultrasound training has been shortened from 1h to 15 minutes but has remained in person with proper precautions.

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Not familiar with research in first year so I don't know. 

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School: UBC VFMP (main site)

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): All online, mix of asynch and synch. Includes Anatomy-Radiology/Histology-Pathology Labs. CBL online.

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Shadowing is not permitted. Clinic Visits, mix of telehealth and/or inperson, depends on preceptor: 4 half-days (3-4 hours each) or 2 full-days (6-7 hours each).

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Mostly online, few in-person sessions (vaccine practice, vital signs, H/Neck and Cardio exams practice)

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Seems that we'll be able to do FLEX in-person if necessary. However, online is encouraged. Only when necessary.

 

There's more a blended model for distributed site (Eg some CBL are in-person, some anatomy labs in-person.

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School: Queen's

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method: Online. Lots of self-directed learning (DILs) ; live zoom lectures + PBL/SGL 

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method: Shadowing/observorships have been postponed until Jan 21' for first year pre-clerks. Second year pre-clerks are proceeding with observorships as usual.

Clinician skills delivery method: Interviewing component taught online - P/E sessions done in person during red zone (see below)
Anatomy labs are squeezed into a 5-week red zone (rip).

Research delivery method: Not as familiar with this one, but mostly online, from what I can tell.

Our school has adopted a Green, Yellow, Red zone system to accommodate in-person teaching:
Green Zone - Online learning online. Students follow normal public health guidelines.
Yellow Zone - 14 Day Quarantine period preceding a red zone - minimizing community contacts.
Red Zone - Periods during which anatomy labs and clinical skills (hands on) takes place - Not allowed to leave Kingston during this time, no outside visitors, etc.

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School: McMaster

Year (1 or 2): 1

Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): online tutorials (PBL) and online live and archived lectures

Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): not permitted, some electives may begin March 2021

Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): fully online, in person 1x/week starting January 2021

Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): online

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