Photograph showing a male resident tending to a patient's arm with the supervision of his preceptor

These are opportunities for first and second year medical students to get first hand medical experience. These are observerships in the community which offer a different perspective on medicine compared the academic centres.

Clerkship is the time where third and fourth year medical students get to have hands-on experiences with real medical practice. In the community, there is more one-on-one interaction between the student and the preceptor. There are fewer learners at these sites and typically the students get to deal with all of the interesting cases.

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