Learners and clients

Wayne State Medical Students

  • Second Year


    The Physical Diagnosis (PD) unit of Clinical Medicine II (Second year of medical school) builds upon the Interview, History Taking, Physical Examination and Clinical Decision-Making (EBM) skills students started learning in their first year. PD sessions begin in November and commence with a practical exam, scheduled throughout March. A written exam is also given in April. At the Clinical Skills Center, students will work with standardized patient teaching associates and faculty to:

    • Refine history taking skills
    • Build on their knowledge of pathophysiology
    • Perform physical exam maneuvers on all five organ system / regions of the human body. (Head and Neck, Abdomen, Cardiovascular / Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neurological)
    • Additional special sessions are facilitated by staff of the clinical skills center; these include:
    • Harvey: Small group faculty-led sessions utilizing the Harvey cardiopulmonary simulator. Here students have the opportunity to learn how to identify normal and abnormal heart and lung sounds.
    • Ultrasound: Students work with faculty from Henry Ford Hospital, learning how to capture and interpret ultrasound images (cardiac, musculoskeletal, abdominal).
    • Male GU / Female GTA: Students work in small groups with plastic models to learn the basic clinical skills associated with performing the male genitourinary exam and the female pelvic exam.
    • Eye Exams: Students attend faculty-led didactic and practical sessions where they have the opportunity to discuss anatomy, pathology and practice performing eye examinations on each other.

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    • Elicit a comprehensive patient-centered history
    • Perform a comprehensive physical exam on a patient, in the proper sequence.
    • Recognize / elicit abnormal findings
    • Recognize the elements of presenting in an organized fashion
    • Define a problem list and generate differential diagnoses for the main problem
    • Recognize symptoms and physical findings of common medical conditions
  • Third Year
    • Gynecological Teaching Sessions
    • Clinical Refresher Course – Offered to rematriculating third year students
    • Year III OSCE – Clinical Skills Exam offered to students near the end of their third year to assess their ability to perform a focused clinical encounter and effectively write a post-encounter note.
    • OB/GYN Clerkship High-fidelity simulation
  • Fourth Year

    End of Life Scenarios

    Wayne State University MS4 Advanced Surgical Skills Elective (ASSE)
    This is a clerkship/rotation offered primarily to 4th year medical students who are planning on entering a career in General Surgery or another surgery subspecialty. However, it is not limited to students who are planning on surgery as a career. Students entering into Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Radiology have been accepted into the clerskship/rotation. The clerkship/rotation is a month long. The time commitment is eight hours per day, fiv days a week, 40 hours per week, or 160 hours per month, depending on how you want to look at it. The elective is designed to prepare the student for their upcoming PGY-1 residency job which starts July 1. The elective includes cognitive teaching and surgical skills training.

    There are five parts to the elective and these are listed below:

    • Pre-training Assessment and Testing The students undergo initial testing on the first day of the clerkship/rotation. They undergo three surgical skills tests and seven cognitive exams.
    • Surgical Skills Modules There are 14 different surgical skills we teach. They include basic and intermediate open and laparosocpic skills. Each surgical skills module is taught by a clinical surgery faculty member from Wayne State/DMC or Henry Ford Hospital. Each module has a syllabus with stated goals and objectives for the surgical skill being taught.
    • Patient Management Problems (PMPs) There are 16 PMPs which are the most common problems a PGY-1 resident is most likely to encounter to during their first year of residency. Students are responsible for the teaching of these modules and lead the discussion within the group along with a faculty moderator/proctor.
    • Anatomy Module There are 14 anatomy modules. Students are responsible for the teaching of these modules and lead the discussion within the group along with a faculty moderator/proctor. We use both web-based anatomy illustrations as well as fresh cadaver dissections to teach surgical procedure-based anatomy to the students.
    • Post-training Assessment and Testing The students undergo final testing on last day of the clerkship/rotation. They undergo the same three surgical skills tests and seven cognitive exams they received on day one of the clerkship/rotation.
  • Other Learners

    Allied Health Professions

    Physician Assistant Students

    • Skills sessions and Problem Oriented Physical Exams (POPEs)
    • Comprehensive skills examinations
    • Year II OSCEs

    Pharmacy Students

    • Physical exam and communications skills practice
    • Practical Exams

    Residents/Fellows OSCEs to assess ACGME competencies, including communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. High Fidelity Simulation.

  • Faculty and Clients

    Internal Clients

    • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    • Wayne State University Genetics Counseling Program
    • Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies
    • Wayne State University Pharmacy Program
    • Wayne State University Graduate Medical Education Sole-Sponsored Programs

    External Clients

    • Beaumont Hospital
    • Children's Hospital of Michigan
    • DMC – Harper Hospital
    • DMC – Sinai Grace Hospital
    • Henry Ford Hospital
    • Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education
    • St. John Hospital and Medical Center
    • St. John Providence Hospital
    • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
    • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
    • University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry


    • Highly customized services are offered to clients and stakeholders to clearly identify training and assessment needs. The Assistant Director of Clinical Evaluation and Director of Operations work closely with faculty to design and implement comprehensive teaching and testing in a variety of clinical areas.
    • Interested in a quote for services? Please contact DeShaun D. Harris (ddharris@med.wayne.edu) for additional information.


    • Video records of learner performance, available streaming online or in hard-copy.
    • Learner performance reports, delineated individually and/or customized aggregate/cohort reports.