What is C-STAR?

The CSTAR acronym stands for Clinical Skills Training and Assessment Room. This academic project aims at increasing opportunities for students to acquire and perfect their skills of patient assessment. A CSTAR room is now available in the Meredith annex for students to practice their clinical skills for autonomous study. CSTAR has furthermore designed an academic program inspired in structure by our block-based medical curriculum. One peer-guided workshop for each block will serve as an additional complementary resource for students looking to further their mastery of the techniques of interviewing, examining and applying clinical reasoning when interacting with patients. The goal of these tutored sessions is to review the physical examination manual and then go over some clinical cases. We also hope that medical students involved in this program will find teaching a useful way to review the material and consolidate their own understanding of it. The peer teaching program will also give an opportunity for the different cohorts to meet, work together and reciprocally learn from each other.

Furthermore, the CSTAR team is now currently working on the production of various academic materials in order to facilitate the students’ learning experience. Such projects include a student manual that emphasizes the key skills of the physical examination as well as case files on common and important problems encountered in the clinical setting.

CSTAR is looking for motivated and committed M2 and M3 students in order to create the and run some learning sessions. They will be in charge of creating each workshops, from the organization details to promoting student participation. The CSTAR tutors are also expected to further research the material presented to be comfortable enough to discuss it beyond what is written in the guide and come up with alternative explanations and scenarios. A one-year commitment is required.


The tutor is the facilitator of the tutorial process. The tutor is not a content expert but guides the group, and ensures the participation of all the members, The tutor has :

  • To facilitate an open, rigorous and non-threatening learning climate. It is important that the tutor put students at ease, and make them comfortable enough to identify their difficulties openly to challenge one another.
  • To create and run the workshops
  • To further research the material being presented during the workshop in order to be able to further explain and to come up with learning scenarios for the students.
  • To encourage evidence base learning and critical thinking for the students
  • To refer students to the appropriate resource needed
  • To be familiar with the learning objectives for each block and workshop.
  • Personal learning sessions are scheduled on the CSTAR website
  • Before using the room, students must sign the agreement sheet stating that the applicant agrees that:
    • They have red and understood the “General Rules and Regulations” regarding the CSTAR room Use. Failure to abide by these regulations may result in a forfeiture of the right to any future use of the room;
    • They accept financial responsibility for any and all damage caused to the building or equipment beyond normal wear.
  • Personal learning sessions must be held during (Schedule)
  • No food nor drinks are allowed in the CSTAR room
  • The CSTAR room must be free and open to all medical students at all times, therefore, if someone is using the room and another student wants to use it as well, they should be able to share the room.
  • General courtesy and safety are required.
  • The CSTAR room must not be used for any other purpose than academic practice.
  • Students must use the medical equipment carefully and respectfully. The material has to stay in the CTSAR room at all times.
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