BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE - For MD/PhD students, the transition to medical school following graduate research can be difficult. We developed a clinical intervention, the Clinical Preceptorship Program (CPP), for MD/PhD students at Vanderbilt to ease the transition to the core clinical clerkship year (the 3rd medical year) following graduate training. In this study, we determined whether the CPP prepared MD/PhD students adequately for medical school reentry.
METHODS - Clerkship grades were obtained for 680 medical students and 50 MD/PhD students for academic years 2004-2010. A student's unpaired t test was used to analyze differences between group grades.
RESULTS - We did not detect significant differences in the grades of the MD versus MD/PhD students. No differences in individual clerkships were detected with the exception of the Surgery clerkship.
CONCLUSIONS - These data suggest that the CPP intervention was successful in preparing MD/PhD students for the core clerkship year. Such a clinical intervention can be an effective preparation for MD/PhD students returning to medical school.