OLR Bill Analysis

sSB-250

AN ACT CONCERNING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS FOR IN-STATE MEDICAL STUDENTS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires each hospital in the state that provides clinical clerkship programs for medical students to work in good faith with each Connecticut medical school to provide these clerkships to Connecticut medical students.

Starting by September 1, 2017, the bill also requires hospitals to annually report to the Public Health Committee on the (1) number and nature of each clinical clerkship program at the hospital during the previous academic year and (2) name of the medical school for each student participating in a clinical clerkship during the academic year.

The bill's reporting requirement applies to each hospital that in any academic year provides more than 50% of its clinical clerkships to students enrolled in a medical school outside of Connecticut.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Clinical Clerkships for Medical Students

Medical school programs are four years in duration. They generally consist of two years of classroom education followed by two years of clinical training in teaching hospitals (called a “clinical clerkship”) where students follow physicians and observe clinical procedures. Hospitals have limited clinical clerkship slots and may offer them to both U.S. and foreign medical school students.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

26

Nay

0

(03/24/2017)