Clinical Sciences Program

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The Clinical Sciences Program is structured into two components: compulsory core and elective courses. Accredited hospitals, either assigned by the institution or chosen by the medical students themselves, host clerkships as per the regulations.

The Academic Year is divided into three terms, and it is mandatory for students to officially register for each term.  Course registration occurs through the online portal, where students can easily view their registered courses and corresponding schedules, including information about course timings, locations, and instructors.

Clinical clerkships (core and electives) are based on a 1-credit-per-week model, which includes 55 contact hours of clinical practice, with the total number of 72 credits granted across the two years of Clinical Sciences.

The academic eligibility criteria for graduation are:

  • pass grade in all the clinical sciences internal exams.
  • obtain a minimum score of 61% of the overall grade of the standardized achievement test NBME Comprehensive Clinical Science Examination (CCSE).

The CCSE is a general, integrated achievement test covering material typically learned during core clinical clerkships. The exam will assess the following Systems and Physician Tasks.

System

Range

General Principles, Including Normal Age-Related Findings and Care of the Well Patient

1%–5%

Immune System

1%–5%

Blood & Lymphoreticular System

5%–10%

Behavioral Health

5%–10%

Nervous System & Special Senses

5%–10%

Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue

1%–5%

Musculoskeletal System

5%–10%

Cardiovascular System

5%–10%

Respiratory System

5%–10%

Gastrointestinal System

5%–10%

Renal & Urinary System

1%–5%

Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium

5%–10%

Female Reproductive System & Breast

5%–10%

Male Reproductive System

1%–5%

Endocrine System

5%–10%

Multisystem Processes & Disorders

5%–10%

Biostatistics, Epidemiology/Population Health, & Interpretation of the Medical Lit

1%–5%

Social Sciences, Incl. Medical Ethics, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice, & Patient Safety

10%–15%

Physical Task

Range

Diagnosis: Knowledge Pertaining to Diagnostic Studies, Diagnosis, & Patient Outcomes

40%–50%

Patient Care: Health Maintenance

10%–20%

Patient Care: Pharmacotherapy, Intervention, & Management

40%–50%