There are many types of clinical students. The main difference between them is the field they’re studying. Some students are interested in basic sciences, others in clinical areas. Some may want to specialize in a specific area of medicine, and still others may be interested in helping people. Some people decide to pursue a career in a field that’s completely different than their own. But, what exactly are the differences between the two types of students?
The study participants identified opportunities to increase student value to the care of patients. They identified specific activities and multiple categories of student contributions. They also proposed strategies and reorientation of student roles to improve the quality of care. These activities included providing information needed for decision-making, advocating for patients, and providing evidence-based medicine. The researchers identified three unifying principles that help clinical students add value. They include time, technology, and a connection with patients.
Medical students don’t usually interact with patients until the third year of their studies. But some medical schools introduce patients earlier. Some schools may even require incoming students to obtain an EMT or EMS certification to begin their education. While the students are not required to see patients, their involvement in patient care is a necessary part of learning and developing clinical skills. And students can help the field by reporting observations to the leadership.