MS3 Clerkships

Orientation Schedule

  • GLIC I June 13 – June 15, 2016
  • GLIC II January 3 & January 4, 2017

Clerkship Schedule

8-Week Clerkships

4-week Clerkships and Electives

2-Week Clerkships and Electives

Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery

Family Medicine, Neurology, OB/Gyn, Psychiatry, and Vacation Month


June 16 – August 8

June 16 – July 12

June 16 – June 28

June 29 – July 12

July 14 – August 8

July 14 – July 26

July 27 – July 8

August 10 – September 29

August 10 – September 4

August 10 – August 22

August 23 – September 2

September 6 -  September 29

September 6 – September 16

September 19 – September 29

October 3 – November 23

October 3 –  October 26

October 3 – October 13

October 14 – October 26

October 31 – November 23

October 31 – November 10

November 11 – November 23

November 28 – January 30

November 28 – December 21

November 28 – December 8

December 9 – December 21

January 5 –  January 30

January 5 – January 17

January 18 – January 20

February 1 – March 22

February 1 – February 26

February 1 – February 13

February 14 – February 24

February 27 – March 22

February 27 – March 9

March 10 – March 22

March 27 – May 15

March 27 – April 19

March 27 – April 6

April 7 – April 19

April 20 – May 15

April 20 – May 2

May 3 – May 15

Vacation Days:

  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • September 5 (Labor Day)
  • November 24 – 27 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • December 22 – January 2 (Winter Break)

Campus Connection Days:

  • July 13
  • August 9
  • September 30
  • October 27
  • October 28
  • January 31
  • March 23 or 24 (Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam given other day; campus-dependent)

Clerkship Objectives

3rd Year

  • Anesthesia
    Upon completion of Anesthesia Clerkship, learners will be able to: Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    A-01: Participate in and be able to discuss the perioperative management of a variety of patients including their preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative concerns. Patient categories for discussion include a normal adult patient, a pediatric patient, a patient with cardiac disease, one with pulmonary disease, an obstetric patient, and a patient for deep sedation. PC2
    A-02: Describe the indications and contraindications for a variety of procedures including endotracheal intubation, intravenous access, arterial access, and central venous access. The student must attempt endotracheal intubation and intravenous access under expert guidance. PC6
    A-03: Describe and discuss the indications and contraindications of a variety of anesthetic techniques including general anesthesia, various regional techniques, and sedation management. MK4
    A-04: Demonstrate competence in performing effective bag/mask ventilation including recognizing when ventilation is ineffective, as well as the need for airway adjuncts such as an oral or nasal airway. PC6
    A-05: Perform, discuss, and/or observe, as appropriate, each of the tasks listed in the anesthesia task log. PC6
    A-06: Participate in the transfer of care in the recovery room and describe the components of a safe handoff in the transfer of care. PC7
    A-07: Be able to discuss the utility, indications, and limitations of the most commonly used patient monitors including EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and capnography. MK4
    A-08: Achieve a passing score on a comprehensive final examination based on the case-based teaching modules and presentations available online. MK4
  • Family Medicine
    Upon completion of the emergency medicine clerkship, learners will Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    FM-01: Demonstrate medical knowledge of the problems commonly seen in family medicine with emphasis on the Core Diagnoses. MK3
    FM-02: Demonstrate proficiency in completing focused histories and physical exams. PC2
    FM-03: Perform an observed physical exam of the head/neck, shoulder, hand/wrist, low back/hip, knee and foot/ankle. PC2
    FM-04: Perform an observed focused history. PC2
    FM-05: Develop appropriate diagnoses and management plans for both undifferentiated and common chronic medical problems. PC3
    FM-06: ncorporate health promotion and disease prevention strategies into all patient visits based on health risk factors. PC5
    FM-07: Discuss, and when possible demonstrate, the impact of whole patient and whole family care on patient health outcomes. SBP1
    FM-08: Integrate biopsychosocial information into patient care in a manner which will improve patient outcomes. SBP3
    FM-09: Engage with other healthcare team members to develop strategies to meet specific patient care needs and healthcare barriers. SBP2
    FM-10: Identify non-physician healthcare professionals that work in collaboration with Family Medicine physicians. SBP6
    FM-11: Demonstrate responsibility for one’s own learning through timeliness, preparation, initiative in patient care, initiative in information gathering and response to feedback. PBLI1
    FM-12: Apply relevant current, evidence-based literature determine patient management. PBLI3
    FM-13: Apply the basic principles of motivational interviewing in a virtual patient experience. ISC2
    FM-14: Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills which facilitate accurate, pertinent and comprehensive information gathering. ISC3
    FM-15: Identify and discuss the family, support system, community, cultural, ethnic, religious, occupational and economic factors influencing patient management and outcomes. P1
  • Medicine
    Upon completion of the Internal Medicine clerkship, learners will Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    ME-01: Gather accurate and appropriately detailed histories from patients and other sources (including patients’ medical records) and perform appropriately detailed physical examinations of patients in a variety of different settings (admission inpatient H&P, daily follow-up progress, and outpatient clinics), i.e., “Reporter” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-2
    ME-02: Identify and generate a complete problem list for each patient, i.e., “Reporter” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-2
    ME-03: Accurately record the complete medical history, physical exam findings, test results, and complete problem list into the patient’s chart (write-ups), i.e., “Reporter” function of R-I-M-E framework. ISC-5
    ME-04: Adapting the write-ups to verbally present patient case findings to colleagues in a clear, organized, and concise fashion, i.e., “Reporter” function of R-I-M-E framework. ISC-5
    ME-05: Begin to prioritize patients’ problems according to degree of clinical importance/urgency, i.e., “Interpreter” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-4
    ME-06: Begin to analyze and interpret all patient data to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for each undiagnosed problem, i.e., “Interpreter” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-3
    ME-07: Begin to defend/refute each differential diagnosis based on the collected data and prioritize each differential diagnosis according to likelihood, i.e., “Interpreter” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-3
    ME-08: Begin to develop reasonable diagnostic and therapeutic plans (with several options), tailored to the individual patient’s circumstances and continually adjust in response to new data, i.e., “Manager” function of R-I-M-E framework. PC-4
    ME-09:Begin to pose clinical questions related to patient care, independently seek answers, and share new knowledge with colleagues and/or patients, i.e., “Educator” function of R-I-M-E framework. PBLI-3
    ME-10: Communicate effectively with patients and their families by listening attentively, using terms appropriate for the patient’s understanding, and providing concise updates and rationale for treatment plans. ISC-3
    ME-11: Communicate effectively with team members to ensure every team member is updated on patient care issues and on tasks needing done. ISC-1
    ME-12: Demonstrate cognitive proficiency in the evaluation and management of the core 17 training problems of this clerkship. MK-4
    ME-13: Demonstrate altruism by placing patients’ and team’s needs before self-interests. P1
    ME-14: Demonstrate duty, responsibility, and accountability to patients, team members, and required assignments. P2
    ME-15: Demonstrate receptiveness and responsiveness to feedback; and demonstrates appropriate adjustments in response to stress. PBLI- 1
    ME-16: Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all of student’s daily work as they relate to patient care activities as well as required clerkship assignments and activities. P2
    ME-17: Demonstrate respect to all healthcare team members (both immediate team and interdisciplinary team at-large) and functions effectively as a team member. SBP2
  • Neurology
    Clerkship Learning Objective Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    NC-01: Perform and interpret a neurological examination. PC2
    NC-02: Explain the clinical presentation (history of illness), abnormal neurological signs (findings on examination), and appropriate laboratory and radiological evaluations for common neurological afflictions. MK3
    NC-03: Interpret and integrate data from multiple sources to create a basic differential diagnosis and approach. PBLI3
    NC-04: Describe the treatment/management of common neurological afflictions as expected for level of training. MK4
    NC-05: Explain the indications and contraindications and procedure for lumbar puncture, including the interpretation of CSF results. MK4
    NC-06: Advocate for patients’ needs while subordinating self-interest. P1
    NC-07: Participate fully and completely in clerkship activities and lectures. P2
    NC-08: Demonstrate compassion, honesty, integrity, responsibility and respect in all interactions. P2
    NC-09: Effectively communicate with patients. ISC2
    NC-10: Modify communications depending on the situation, setting and audience. ISC3
    NC-11: Prepare and deliver oral presentations. ISC5
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • OG-01: Obtain an accurate problem-focused history and physical examination of both obstetric and gynecologic patients. (PC2)
    • OG-02: Present a plausible plan of care for patient’s chief concern. (PC3)
    • OG-03: Participate in common gynecologic & obstetric procedures including, but not limited to observed history, cesarean delivery, vaginal delivery, pelvic exam, and pap smear. (PC6)
    • OG-04: Participate in the care of pregnant patients, including antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care. (PC2)
    • OG-05: Recognize clinical presentations & explain the pathophysiology of common obstetric and gynecologic complaints. (MK3)
    • OG-06: Describe the treatment or management of common gynecologic & obstetric afflictions as expected for level of training. (MK4)
    • OG-07: Explain and participate in the preventative care of obstetric and gynecologic patients. (MK4)
    • OG-08: Demonstrate effective team work through collaboration with patients, their supporters, multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals and other staff in the delivery of healthcare to obstetric and gynecologic patients. (SBP2)
    • OG-09: Exhibit the attitudes and approach to the female patient necessary to establish rapport and trust of the patient. (ISC2)
    • OG-10: Prepare and deliver oral presentations. (ISC5)
    • OG-11: Interpret and integrate data from multiple sources to inform clinical practice as expected for level of training. (PBL13)
    • OG-12: Respect the needs, dignity, and privacy of the patient. (P1)
    • OG-13: Act in a professional manner, including being punctual, conscientious, responsible, and honest. (P2)
    • OG-14: Participate fully in all clerkship activities and administrative requirements. (P2)
  • Pediatrics
    Upon completion of the emergency medicine clerkship, learners will Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    PED-01: Acquisition of basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiologic and psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence. MK1
    PED-02: Acquisition of the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses. MK3
    PED-03: An understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children and adolescents. PC1
    PED-04: An understanding of the influence of family, community and society on the child in health and disease. SBP3
    PED-05: Development of communication skills that will facilitate the clinical interaction with children, adolescents and their families and thus ensure that complete, accurate data are obtained. ISC3
    PED-06: Development of competency in the physical examination of infants, children and adolescents. PC2
    PED-07: Development of clinical problem-solving skills. PC4
    PED-08: Development of strategies for health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention. MK6
    PED-09: Development of the attitudes and professional behaviors appropriate for clinical practice. P2
  • Psychiatry
    Upon completion of PS690 Psychiatry Clerkship, learners will Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    PSY-01: Obtain, perform, document and present a psychiatric evaluation, including the gathering of historical information, information from the patient, information from family when possible, the mental status exam and relevant physical and laboratory findings. PC2
    PSY-02: Formulate a differential diagnosis using DSM V established diagnosis, including at least three possible diagnostic options and defend a primary choice. PC3
    PSY-03: Outline a basic plan of treatment specific to the needs of the particular patient with pharmacological and behavioral interventions including basic psychotherapy options and social interventions. MK4
    PSY-04: Demonstrate the ability to obtain information and convey treatment options/plans effectively including use of the understanding of the communication style of student and patient. ISC4
    PSY-05: Identify the role and contributions of the various members of the multi-professional behavioral health care team and establish respectful effective relationships. SBP6
    PSY-06: Recognize the psychiatric emergencies of acute psychosis and suicide/homicidal ideation and know basic assessment and treatment options. PC3
    PSY-07: Observe the psychiatric treatment modalities of ECT and chemical dependency treatment. PC2
  • Surgery
    Upon completion of [clerkship number and title], learners will Maps to Institutional Learning Objective
    S-01: Demonstrate surgical skills through faculty or resident verification, including an understanding of the indications, performance steps and potential complications of the skills listed on CANVAS. PC6
    S-02: Construct a complete write-up of a patient’s history and physical examination that incorporates a written outline of assessment and care-plan including a pertinent list of differential diagnoses with corresponding processes of assessment for each potential diagnosis that employs appropriate application of diagnostic laboratory and radiologic testing in patient assessment, for formal review by a faculty member. PC2
    S-03: Outline a global process of peri-operative patient care from initial consultation to final outcome that demonstrates the aspects of patient assessment, medical record and study review, medical documentation, patient consent, patient and procedure verification, pathologic study review, order writing, physiologic monitoring and resuscitation. PC1
    S-04: Outline a process of self-directed learning and review of medical references that incorporates the assessment and evaluation of the medical literature related to the treatment and care of specific patient conditions that is illustrated through the presentation of patient care, diagnosis, and derived care-plans to the surgical team, regarding those patients for which students have primary responsibility. PC4
    S-05: Recognize and discuss aspects of disease-specific or symptom-specific evaluation and plan-of-care development for specified, required Clinical Encounters that incorporates review of medical knowledge, medical literature, and aspects of surgical intervention. PC2
    S-06: Identify and demonstrate aspects of maximal barrier precautions and sterile preparation/technique in the performance of common procedural and operative skills, including Hand Washing, Gloving and Gowning, and Aseptic Technique (Intercession). PC2
    S-07: Collaborate in a small-group setting to construct a differential diagnosis for a variety of patient signs or symptoms and outline a plan of assessment to reach the clinical diagnosis utilizing the application of surgical principles applied to clinical vignettes, including conditions listed on CANVAS. MK4
    S-08: Through on-line didactic sessions, outline the diagnosis and treatment considerations regarding subspecialty surgical problems as listed in the handbook. MK4
    S-09: Through on-line modules, compile a knowledge base regarding surgical diseases as listed on CANVAS. MK4
    S-10: Critically reflect on personal performance and skill in various domains of patient assessment and care to construct a personal plan of further development, including these domains, as reflected in the clerkship Formative Feedback Process detailed on CANVAS. PBLI1
    S-11: Construct entries into the patient medical record for Admission Notes, Progress Notes, and Outpatient notes that incorporate a written outline of assessment and care-plan, including a pertinent list of differential diagnoses with corresponding processes of assessment, for review by a faculty member. ISC5