Liaison Committee on Medical Education



Supervision of medical student learning experiences at an institution that offers a medical education program must be provided throughout required clerkships (or, in Canada, clerkship rotations) by members of the institution’s faculty.


Database Questions

The following questions relate to standards ED-25 and ED-25-A.

  1. Describe how the medical school ensures that students are appropriately supervised during required clinical clerkship rotations and other required clinical experiences.  Include copies of policies describing the accountability of physicians and non-physicians who supervise medical students.

  2. List any required clerkship rotations in which students may be supervised (assessed or graded) by physicians who are not medical school faculty members (do not include residents/fellows).  What steps are taken to provide faculty appointments to those physicians participating as teachers/supervisors in required clinical clerkship rotations?

  3. Where direct teaching of students is carried out by individuals (physicians and non-physicians) who do not hold faculty appointments at the medical school, describe how the teaching activities provided by these individuals are supervised by medical school faculty members.

  4. How is it assured that medical students are supervised by individuals acting within their scope of practice?

  5. How do the clinical department and/or the central medical school administration assure that the level of responsibility delegated to a student within the clinical setting is appropriate to that student’s level of training?

Self-Study Questions

Comment on the adequacy of the supervision of medical students during required clinical experiences. Note the program’s success in ensuring that all individuals with responsibility for supervising/assessing medical students hold faculty appointments. Discuss the effectiveness of efforts to ensure that all individuals who participate in teaching, including resident physicians, graduate students, and volunteer faculty members, are knowledgeable about the objectives of the courses and clerkships in which they teach and are prepared for their responsibilities in medical student teaching and assessment. How does the educational program ensure that supervision is provided by members of the faculty and by other health professionals acting within their scope of practice to ensure student and patient safety.

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