Transition to Clinical Medicine (TCM) is an institutional student support and professional development program. Unlike a traditional course, TCM is an effort to develop a community of practice for students as they navigate through the clinical years of medical school. TCM groups are facilitated by Clinical Fellows who are recent graduates of AUC and are trained in group facilitation and professional development techniques. Students are given the opportunity to take charge of their own learning goals by choosing as a group what authentic tasks to work on and discuss during TCM meetings. Topics can range anywhere from applying to residency, USMLE® Step 2 CS preparation, managing time, difficult patients and situations, as well as events that impact the formation of a physician’s identity.
Participation in the TCM program is mandatory. At the beginning of TCM, students are required to participate in 5 weekly meetings lasting up to two hours. The rest of the TCM program requires 60 minutes per month of each AUC student’s time throughout their third year in clinical clerkships. Meeting times are consistent and are scheduled far in advance so students are able to notify attendings ahead of time if their TCM meeting takes place during clinical clerkship time. To reduce the interruption to clinical time, TCM sessions take place virtually and are accessible from any internet connected computing device, including smartphones and tablets. In the rare case where internet is unavailable, students may call in to a TCM meeting on a toll free line.
AUC students are always encouraged to contact their Clinical Fellow to make alternate arrangements in the case of an irreconcilable conflict. Clinical Fellows are willing to work with students to find a time that works best for the group, but this can only be done when students are proactive in communicating their issues before a meeting is missed.