Having a peer-reviewed publication makes it lot more feasible to get a residency (and good ones) in the US hospital. Almost all the US hospitals required doctors to publish or submit at least one or more manuscripts before licensing. If doctors want to purse the academic medicine, they must be proficient in both the areas of research and writing (papers and grant).
In this course, each student is required to re-write one of the previously published clinical case reports or a review article, and make a presentation. It allows student to overcome fear of communication (more important for foreign medical graduates). This has led to peer-reviewed publications with students in the past. The clinical case reports assigned to
the students will also help student to learn new and unusual clinical cases, examples of good SOAP notes, complex differential diagnoses, treatment and follow up protocols
(good universal doctoring skills).