McMaster University

McMaster University


Enrollment Phase 1

Medical students signed up in person, in pairs, on a first come, first serve basis.  Slots were selected based on the timeframe provided by the school of medicine that did not conflict with student’s other curricular activities.  The completed sign up sheets were then taken to our Community Rehab partner and clinicians were assigned dates/times based on the student selections.

This method of allocation proved onerous on clinicians as some had to rearrange their schedules to accommodate students.  18% (29/164) of cases had to be rescheduled, a new clinician had to replace a previous clinician, and/or students had to travel to more distant locations than originally preferred.

group session

Enrollment Phase 2

During this phase, clinicians provided their own slots based on a timeframe selected by the School of Medicine.  Each clinician was encouraged to take 3-4 student pairs. Nursing students were then encouraged to sign up in the slots provided by clinicians and lastly, medical students signed up for the remaining available spots between September 15th-19th, either with a different medical student partner or with a nursing student. 14% (22/162) of cases had to be rescheduled using this method. 2 students were unable to complete the placement - one due to time constraints and another due to medical leave.






" I am now aware that my primary role in this initiative is 'opening the eyes' of the medical students as to the importance and functioning of community care."

— clinician taking part in the training workshop
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