Third Year Courses

Family Medicine

Duration:  5 weeks


This clerkship will introduce students to the field of family medicine, the concept of patient-centered medical home and the comprehensive continuous evidence-based and patient-centered care provided by family physicians to patients of all ages. The importance of preventive care and the impact of chronic illness on patients and on the health of family members will also be addressed during the clerkship.



General Surgery

Duration:  6 weeks


The overall goal of this rotation is to provide you with the clinical skills and cognitive abilities needed for decision-making in diseases requiring surgical consultation or intervention. We are committed to making your rotation educational, worthwhile, and enjoyable.

While the constraints imposed by the urgent nature of surgical illnesses offer challenges to your education–they also offer you rapidly evolving insights into diagnosis, pathophysiology, pathology, and treatment that are unique to this specialty. The Clerkship has been organized around four guiding principles: 1) Rotations in a public and a private hospital will complement each other and enhance your education; 2) Surgery is a “team sport” and you will learn the most by actively participating in the care of patients; 3) An intensive educational week at the end of the rotation will summarize, review and bring all the concepts together; and 4) Additional proactive self-learning produces improved results.




Duration:  12 weeks

The clerkship in Internal Medicine provides medical students with the clinical skills and cognitive abilities required for problem solving and decision-making in clinical medicine. Those goals are accomplished by providing a structured supervised clinical experience in both ambulatory and inpatient settings, and through small group sessions, resident and faculty role modeling, and critical reading.


The medicine clerkship consists of inpatient and outpatient experiences. The clerkship is divided into three blocks. Students spend eight weeks on the inpatient services of two different hospitals, two weeks on a medicine ambulatory rotation, and two weeks in a medicine subspecialty selective. 



Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Duration:  6 weeks

The clerkship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health course is an introductory experience in the provision of comprehensive healthcare to adult and adolescent female patients.  It is designed to promote a comprehensive approach to women’s healthcare by providing each student with competencies in issues that primarily impact women’s health, including reproductive health, regardless of specialty career choice.

One of the most interesting aspects of the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology is that it encompasses the entire gamut of healthcare including:  preventive medicine, primary care, critical care, surgical intervention, adolescent and geriatric medicine and occasionally end of life care. During the clerkship, all students should have the opportunity to gain exposure to the different aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as, women’s health related clinical issues. You will also be introduced to the subspecialties of perinatology, gynecological oncology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The clerkship has at its core an intensive hands-on clinical experience.




Duration:  6 weeks

The pediatric clerkship addresses issues unique to childhood and adolescence by focusing on human developmental biology and by emphasizing the impact of family, community and society on child health and well-being. Additionally, the clerkship focuses on the impact of disease and its treatment on the developing human, and emphasizes growth and development, principles of health supervision and recognition of common health problems. The role of the pediatrician in prevention of disease and injury and the importance of collaboration between the pediatrician and other health professionals is stressed. As one of the core clerkships during the third year of medical school, pediatrics shares with family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery the common responsibility to teach the knowledge, skills and attitudes basic to the development of a competent general physician.




Duration:  8 weeks; 4 weeks in each specialty


The Psychiatry-Neurology Clerkship consists of inpatient, outpatient and emergency department experiences.  The clerkship is divided into two, 4-week blocks.  Students spend four weeks on Psychiatry Rotations (Inpatient, Consultation/Liaison and Emergency Department). Students attend Grand Rounds, Senior Clinician Rounds and regular case conferences.  There are four weeks in Neurology; students either spend all four weeks on the EOVAMC Neurology Service, or two weeks each on two of the following sites: UH General Neurology, UH Stroke, Pediatric Neurology, or Neurosurgery.  Each service features a mixture of inpatient and outpatient experiences.  All Neurology students attend weekly Chief of Service and Grand Rounds, as well as selected didactic and case conferences.

The clerkship is structured around closely supervised, patient care experiences.  At the end of the first two weeks of the clerkship students receive written formal feedback from Attending Physicians that includes a review of logged patient cases to ensure that mandatory encounters are being met. Didactic lectures that address discipline content are available electronically so students can access at their study pace; additional required reading is available electronically.