University of Pittsburgh
Combined Clinical Years

Assessment Week

April 22, 2019–April 26, 2019
1 week

Course Director
Reed Van Deusen, MD
Assisstant Professor
Department of Medicine

Course Co-Director
John Mahoney, MD
Associate Dean for Medical Education
Office of Medical Education

Course Description

The overall goal of this course is to have students complete a series of structured assessments and participate in focused review sessions designed to enhance their preparation for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills exams.

Specific objectives include:

  1. Reviewing common important dermatological conditions and how to describe skin lesions
  2. Reviewing common radiologic findings that every graduating student should know how to identify
  3. Interpreting common and life-threatening EKG findings
  4. Practicing with Step 2 CK exam questions to better understand content and timing of the exam
  5. Practicing common clinical procedures often performed in acting internships
  6. Reflect on personal strengths and opportunities for growth, as part of establishing one's own educational agenda for the senior year

Educational Methods

  • Practice exams
  • Skills sessions
  • Small group cases
  • Self-assessment sessions
  • Standardized patient examination (OSCE)


Evaluation for this course is based on attendance and participation in the course sessions.


This course is graded Complete/Incomplete. Any session that is not attended must be made up before a grade of “Complete” will be registered on the transcript.

Faculty Note

Course Director Reed Van Deusen, MD, is a recipient of the Cohen Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills Instruction. Course Co-Director John Mahoney, MD, is a recipient of the Carnegie Science University/Post-Secondary Educator Award. Ankur Doshi, MD is a recipient of the Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring. Jason Chang, MD is a recipient of the Outstanding Mini-Elective Award. Raquel Buranosky, MD, MPH received the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. In addition, Drs. Van Deusen, Mahoney, Doshi, and Buranosky are members of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Academy of Master Educators.