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    Skate4Ever09 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Question concerning clinical classes

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    Hello,

    I am currently in my second year at this university and I want to know how do the clinical classes look like starting in the third year? I know there is a big problem at the moment concerning the lack of patients during these classes, but specifically how many? How many patients will a student be able to work with throughout the entire length of a clinical course? I am getting a little bit worried because after having Physiology of Masticatory Organ classes in the Paediatric Department, I saw fourth year students during their Paediatric clinical classes. There were about 10-15 students and only one patient one day. Another day there were two patients but that is not enough for the entire class. The students who were not working with a patient were sitting around a dental chair talking; learning and doing absolutely nothing.

    Thank you for any responses in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skate4Ever09 View Post
    Hello,

    I am currently in my second year at this university and I want to know how do the clinical classes look like starting in the third year? I know there is a big problem at the moment concerning the lack of patients during these classes, but specifically how many? How many patients will a student be able to work with throughout the entire length of a clinical course? I am getting a little bit worried because after having Physiology of Masticatory Organ classes in the Paediatric Department, I saw fourth year students during their Paediatric clinical classes. There were about 10-15 students and only one patient one day. Another day there were two patients but that is not enough for the entire class. The students who were not working with a patient were sitting around a dental chair talking; learning and doing absolutely nothing.

    Thank you for any responses in advance.
    Unfortunately, the majority of your clinical rotations are a complete waste of time. Some rotations you will see 1-2 patients a day in a group, but even worse others will spend the whole week making you sit through useless lectures on basic sciences and you won't even see any patients. There are some exceptions and some of the faculty are truly committed and excellent physicians, but they are the minority. If you do your any rotations in another country you will be way behind in things like patient management, history taking, and physical exam.

    I would advise you to seek out some of the good faculty and try and work with them one on one on your own time, this can be an outstanding experience. Otherwise, know your basic sciences inside and out, it will be your one redeeming quality when you do rotations elsewhere, because when it comes to anything hands on you are likely going to struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumstudent View Post
    Unfortunately, the majority of your clinical rotations are a complete waste of time. Some rotations you will see 1-2 patients a day in a group, but even worse others will spend the whole week making you sit through useless lectures on basic sciences and you won't even see any patients. There are some exceptions and some of the faculty are truly committed and excellent physicians, but they are the minority. If you do your any rotations in another country you will be way behind in things like patient management, history taking, and physical exam.

    I would advise you to seek out some of the good faculty and try and work with them one on one on your own time, this can be an outstanding experience. Otherwise, know your basic sciences inside and out, it will be your one redeeming quality when you do rotations elsewhere, because when it comes to anything hands on you are likely going to struggle.
    I don't know what program/year you are in, but some of the things you post could be further from the truth. One thing the uni does well is providing clinical experience. There are so many unique patients that you encounter. Doctors will let you take the lead on procedures. Some students take advantage of it, others don't.

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