The clinical medic
The clinical years are designed for students to further their medical knowledge and establish competence in the hospital. This is achieved by clerking patients, shadowing doctors, and attending teaching sessions and clinical procedures whenever possible; for, as members of the medical profession, “we have a duty to maintain a good standard of practice and care and to show a respect for human life.” What's more, the healthcare professionals with whom medics work in their clinical years have distinct responsibilities and roles that allow them to use their technical skills to provide and maintain good treatment and management of patients. Students observe all members of the multidisciplinary team working together to practise patient centred medicine; and yet, they still remain unsure of their role in this process.
During the preclinical years, there is little need to define a specific role for students because few people rely on their capabilities and performance.