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The Enhanced Clinical Skills (ECS) Track provides residents with additional in-depth teaching in bedside medicine and physical exam skills. Interested residents start the track with a Formative Assessment (similar to PACES, the European practical exam administered to graduating residents), examining patients in a timed setting with real physical exam abnormalities. Immediately after the assessment, observing faculty provide feedback on the findings and best-practices on how to elicit them. Each resident receives a Targets to Improve (TIP) sheet specific to their level of clinical skill. 

The rest of the academic year is spent in monthly break-out sessions learning certain aspects of the bedside exam, from a systematic approach to patients with tremor to point-of-care ultrasound assessing cardio-pulmonary findings, and more! The residents examine patients with actual pathology and learn to hone their clinical skills. By the end of the academic year, participating residents will have a deeper appreciation of the evidence behind these time-honored bedside skills and how to leverage them in a modern clinical setting.

Monthly Bedside and Small Group Teaching Sessions Focus:

  • Cardiac Exam 
  • Cardiac POCUS
  • Pulmonary Exam 
  • Pulmonary POCUS
  • GI Exam
  • Neuro Exam
  • MSK Exam 

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For More Information on the Enhanced Clinical Skills Track, please contact:

Stephen Russell MD

Stephen Russell, MD
Co-Director of Enhanced Clinical Skills Track
Email:  swrussell@uabmc.edu

Keandrea Titer MD

Keandrea Titer, MD
Assistant Professor
Co-Director of Enhanced Clinical Skills Track
Email:  ktiter@uabmc.edu