Clerkship Phase

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Maureen Francis, M.D., FACP
Maureen Francis, M.D., FACP

Assistant Dean for Medical Education
Office of Medical Education
College Mentor and Professor
Department of Medical Education
Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine



The third-year curriculum is based on a blended longitudinal integrated clerkship model. The year consists of two 23-week clerkship blocks and 4 weeks of intersession interspersed with one week at the beginning of each block and 2 weeks at the end of the academic year. Block 1 includes concentrations in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Family Medicine. Block 2 includes concentrations in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Surgery. The Blocks are designed to include cross-disciplinary, integrated and shared teaching instructional experiences. In addition, longitudinal clinical experiences in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine span across the entire year. The overall goal of each block is to encourage students to think about patient problems from the standpoint of multiple disciplines and perspectives. In addition, each of the blocks is designed to revisit a number of the clinical presentations (CPs) from pre-clerkship phase, reinforcing basic scientific concepts and diagnostic reasoning, with additional emphasis placed on treatment and management considerations.

The fourth-year curriculum is flexible and student-centered with a focus on preparation for the first day of residency. The fourth year consists of requires courses, electives (both home and away) and flexible time. Required experiences include Emergency Medicine Clerkship, Neurology Clerkship, a Sub-Internship, Critical Care, Bootcamp and 16 weeks of electives, with a requirement for one elective in the basic sciences of research. Flexible time can be used for study, additional elective experiences, test preparation, vacation and travel for interviews for residency positions. Finally, all fourth-year students participate in a two-week long boot camp experience designed to tie together the clerkship phase of the curriculum and to prepare them for the transition from medical student to first-year resident.