Medical students programs

In cooperation with New York Clinical Skills Prep (NYCSPREP)
Founded in 2011, the NYCSPREP program was born out of the desire to reach out to foreign medical students and graduates to create a platform to deliver equal educational experiences and opportunities to all medical students.
The NYCSPREP Clinical Program is hands-on clinical experiences that help medical students learn about the American Health Care system. NYCSPREP ensures educational training delivered will be within teaching hospitals.
The clinical programs provide opportunities to acquire the necessary skills relevant to the six physician competencies assessed by the ACGME. Medical Students and graduates within the program will obtain opportunities to rotate in several hospitals and familiarize themselves with the US health system, insurance and documentation processes.
Students will rotate alongside other American medical students, residents and attending physicians within our many hospitals located within the state of New Jersey and New York State.
NYCSPREP currently has 8 main hospitals that participate with our program. We are currently in the process of bringing several more hospital into the program. Students are randomly assigned to any of these hospitals based on student and preceptor schedule and
hospital policies.
NYCSPREP has successfully matriculated over 360 students through our network of hospitals. Students, who complete their rotations with NYCSPREP, gain the necessary skills to be highly competitive during the residency match. In 2014 & 2015, 26 of our students applied for the residency match in various places throughout the United States and successfully matched. This year we have had over 30 students who had applied for the match.

 

We make you our priority

Recommended courses to all Medical students:

Clinical programs 2017

  • USMLE Step Exam Preparation & USMLE step2  Clinical skills workshop Step 2 CS 
  • Clinical Clerkships Program; Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry 
  • Clinical Clerkship Assessment and Evaluation  (Graduation Competencies)
    Patient care, Medical Knowledge, Practice- Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice
  • Medical Rotation Specialty Curriculum; Patient care, Medical Knowledge, Practice- Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice


    
Clerkship Policies and Procedures

Prerequisites

Each student shall be responsible to upload the entirety of their required documents to the NYCSPREP website prior to their selection for an interview and before commencement of your clinical rotations. All documents will be submitted to each of hospitals upon request.

 

The following documents are required:

1. Clear copy of Passport Identification Page
2. Clear copy of valid status in the US – VISA, Green Card, Citizenship etc.
3. Proof of enrollment in the Medical School – e.g. bona fide certificates, official letter of enrollment, transcripts or diploma, no objection certificates
4. Official school transcript showing an overall course pass rate of 70%
5. Copy of student’s current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
6. Copy of signed contractual agreement with student
7. Letter of Eligibility or Long-Term Clerkship Certificate (New York State Requirement)
8. Completed application for Malpractice Insurance*
9. Proof of immunization and Annual Health checkup
10. Proof of ACLS, BLS, & CPR certification
11. Proof of HIPPA/HIV/Infectious Disease and Barrier Control certification
12. Proof of Background check*
13. Proof of health insurance*

 

Malpractice Insurance

Each prospective student will be required to acquire and maintain limited liability insurance for the entire duration of their clinical rotations; this can be provided by the School or NYCSPREP. This insurance is available directly through a NYCSPREP approved agency at an additional cost to the student. NYCSPREP will procure and maintain in force during the term of this agreement, insurance in amounts that are reasonably necessary to protect the hospital against liability arising from or incident to the use and operation of the facility by Students.

 

Background Checks

Upon request, NYCSPREP shall provide proof of a lawful background check, which shall include At a minimum: a felony criminal search.

 

Health of Students

NYCSPREP shall provide to the hospital and preceptors, satisfactory evidence that each student is free from contagious disease and does not otherwise present a health hazard to the preceptor, patients, employees, volunteers or guests in the hospital. Such evidence shall include without limitation the results of a recent tuberculin skin test, chest x-ray and evidence of immunity from rubella and measles.

 

Student Program Description and Responsibilities

The clinical experience of each student during assignment at the hospital shall be governed by the following rules and regulations:

1) Students shall be supervised by a licensed physician (D.O. or M.D.)
2) Students shall assume responsibility for and perform their assigned duties in accordance with the rules and regulations of preceptor and the hospital.
3) Students shall not be permitted to accept financial compensation or any form of gratuity for rendering patient care.
4) Students at the sole discretion of the supervising attending shall be assigned to specific patients. History and physical examinations should be completed on those patients whom the student will be following on the service to which they are assigned.
5) Students should perform "pre-rounds" on patients or chart review, and accompany the preceptor on rounds, conferences and consultations when appropriate.
6) Draft progress notes, using SOAP model, maybe written by the students only under the direct supervision of the supervising physician.
7) Students shall not order any examinations, tests, medications or procedures. Students shall not write prescriptions for medicine, devices or anything requiring the authority of a licensed physician.
8) Attendance by students is required at all conferences, discussions or study sessions, and any other programs of an educational nature designed specifically for students each conference should be documented with an attendance record. In addition, students should be encouraged to attend lectures for interns, provided these do not interfere with the student's own program.
9) Students are to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner and shall follow the dress code of the training institution and College at all times.
10) Students shall become familiar with patient's rights in accordance with hospital and preceptor’s rules and regulations, and applicable State and Federal regulations.
11) Following the clinical and administrative policies, procedures, rules and Regulations of hospital and preceptor.
12) Arranging for their own transportation and living arrangements when not provided by NYCSPREP.
13) Arranging for and assuming the cost of their own private health insurance.
14) Assuming responsibility for their personal illness, necessary immunizations, tuberculin test, and annual health examination.
15) Following dress code of the hospital and preceptor and wearing name badges identifying themselves as Students.
16) Attending an orientation of preceptor and hospital facilities.
17) Keeping all patient information confidential. No student shall have access to or have the right to receive any medical record, except when necessary in the regular course of their clinical experience. The discussion, transmission or narration in any form by students of any patient information of a personal nature, medical or otherwise, obtained in the regular course of the program is forbidden except as a necessary part of the practical experience.
18) Students participating in any clinical activities that put them in contact with patients or physicians at the hospitals or in clinics are expected to dress appropriately for that occasion.

The word ‘appropriate’ might be difficult to define; therefore on the first day of each rotation students should consult with their preceptors to ascertain what is expected vis-à-vis dress and appearance. Traditionally, clothing items such as jeans, flip-flops, torn or dirty sneakers or sleeveless shirts should be avoided at all times in any rotation.

Selection/Retention of Students

NYCSPREP shall be responsible for the selection of the programs’ Students, and any disciplinary action taken with respect to these students, including termination of their contract. Each prospective student performing their clinical rotations will be subject to an online and real-time interview prior to their selection for the program. Training Supervisor may make recommendations to NYCSPREP regarding the selection, retention and disciplining of the students.

Students must also meet other health, drug testing, immunization and infection control training criteria required by the hospitals. All students must show proof of BLS, CPR, ACLS, and all other certificates required by the hospital and State in which they are completing their clinical rotations. Each person must comply with all medical center policies, rules, regulations and procedures while on rotational assignment at the medical facilities.

 

Hospital Orientation

Each student will be required to attend all of the required hospital orientations prior to their initial rotation start date. Upon completion of the program’s orientation, each student will be assigned a hospital orientation appointment schedule. Successful completion of the orientation is mandatory in order to rotate through the hospital. We ask that the students adhere to the schedule given them and refrain from requesting changes in the schedule that was provided them. Each hospital will also provide a hospital identification card which must be worn in accordance with hospital policies.

 

Didactic Class Sessions

NYCSPREP believes in promoting the highest level of educational standards. Students rotating through our program will participate in weekly didactic sessions. Classes will be held at least once per week at each of the hospitals, and is open to all students, residents, and interns.
Lectures feature the most current medical advancements and also those topics that are most pertinent to those students studying for their USMLE board exams.

 

Vacation/Study Time

Students will be required to request their vacation time and is subject to NYCSPREP approval.
Medical students completing will follow the assigned vacation allotments and times set forth by their medical school. Those students must obtain permission from their doctor and NYCSPREP to take sick leave. In the event of prolonged illness, or inability to continue with the training program due to any health conditions, please see “past time completion clause” below for administrative action protocol.

 

Personal Appearance

Students participating in any clinical activities that put them in contact with patients or physicians at the hospitals or in clinics are expected to dress appropriately for that occasion.
The word ‘appropriate’ might be difficult to define; therefore on the first day of each rotation students should consult with their doctor/preceptor to ascertain what is expected vis-à-vis dress and appearance. Traditionally, clothing items such as jeans, flip-flops, torn or dirty sneakers or sleeveless shirts should be avoided at all times in any rotation.


 
Letter of Completion

Upon completion of the entire Studentship/Clinical Clerkship training program, each student will be given an Official Letter of completion, clearly outlining the time spent in each medical specialty. Students are free to approach staff and attending’s they work with to procure letters of recommendation, based on their performance. Students shall not approach any one staff member more than once per month, and no more than two separate staff members per month. Failure to
comply with this may result first in documented, verbal reprimand, and on repeated infraction, subjection to (“aberrant behavior and deviation from contract clause”).

 

Course Locations : NEW YORK

• All our sessions are held twice a month at our state of the art, OSCE Center. The OSCE is an Objective Structured Clinical Exam facility, with about 8 examination rooms where our Mock Test as well as practice sessions are held. These rooms resemble the actual test venues.
• We provide access for our students to practice at our facility after the course. Students may practice Monday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. These sessions are guided by our Medical faculty.
 

POST COURSE FOLLOW UP

We would encourage all our students to start practicing cases and type and send us the notes for evaluation, till the time of their test – the patient notes template is available on our website.

 


New York Clinical Skills PREP, Tutoring Program

The following programs are also offered by NYCSPREP:

1. One-on-one USMLE Step 1/Step 2CK Tutoring
• We need not emphasize that achieving competitive scores on your Steps has become the absolute first step to get a Residency interview. Everything else comes after that.
We at NYCSPREP have created a highly successful 1-on-1 tutoring session, wherein we will pair you up with a Tutor, who has scored in the 245’s and above in their respective steps and who is extremely smart, dedicated and teaches with a passion.

• This unique approach provides you with an insight from the brightest into how to do well in your Steps. They will work to clarify doubts from the syllabus, reinforce concepts and good learning techniques, keep the student motivated and on pace.

• We can tailor a 1month structured course, focusing on Key concepts, and Test taking skills.
The course begins with a pretest evaluation and a custom tailored program follows-where we will be crafting a comprehensive and customized study plan to ensure you progress efficiently and effectively from the start to your ideal test date.

• Our program will chart your progress and test preparedness regularly. This practice will create a familiarity with the testing process, so that you will eventually become comfortable with the test. Our tutors will help you succeed in a test, where they themselves have excelled. They will work to clarify doubts from the syllabus, reinforce concepts and good learning techniques, keep you motivated and on pace.

• Obviously, we can’t guarantee scores but we have found this tutoring system to be an
effective learning tool.

Additional Programs Offered by NYCSPREP
2. Hire an SP for USMLE Step 2CS
3. Spoken English Proficiency Training for USMLE Step 2CS
4. ERAS Residency Application
5. Personal Statement Review
6. Mock Interview Training for Residency

 

Other Specialties Available

Determined, authorized and subject to change. The following clerkships can be tailored and organized according to the semester in which the rotation is taught and set forth by your Medical School. Sample of what we have done so far:

 

 5th Semester:   1. Internal Medicine  4 weeks
 2. Family Medicine  4 weeks
 3. Psychiatry  4 weeks
   
 6th Semester:   1. Pediatrics  6 weeks
 2. General Surgery  8 weeks
 3. Obstetrics & Gynecology  6 weeks
   
 7th Semester:   1. Endocrinology  4 weeks
 2. Infectious Disease  4 weeks
 3. Neurology  4 weeks
 4. Dermatology  4 weeks
 5. Clinical Nutrition  4 weeks
   
 8th Semester:    1. Pain & Palliative Medicine  2 weeks
 2. Orthopedic Surgery/Trauma  2 weeks
 3. ENT (or Ophthalmology)  4 weeks
 3. ENT (or Ophthalmology)  4 weeks
 3. ENT (or Ophthalmology)  4 weeks
 3. ENT (or Ophthalmology)  4 weeks
 4. Urology  4 weeks
 5. Ophthalmology  4 weeks
 6.Geriatrics  4 weeks