Academics

THird-Year Clerkships

Educational experience as a third-year medicine student

Students in their third year of medical school at NEOMED are required to complete six core clinical rotations. These clinical educational experiences are discipline-focused, and span 42 weeks of instruction and active engagement in clerkship-related activities. The curriculum is an integrated outcome-based model that defines a successful, competent medical school graduate based on the six competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice.

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation that is designed to provide all students with an introduction to the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of family medicine that are essential to the fundamental education of all physicians. Students are provided opportunities to apply these basic knowledge, attitudes and skills to the care they deliver to patients and families during the rotation as they develop a working knowledge of the role of the family physician in the health care delivery system.

Clerkship Goals

Mastering the delivery of care for patients of varying ages, from birth to geriatrics in the in-patient and out-patient family medicine environment regardless of the student’s career focus, and include:

  • the development of basic clinical skills essential to practicing medicine effectively utilizing a family medicine approach to the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in the family medicine setting
  • the establishment of effective physician-patient relationships encompassing empathy and compassion and a demonstrated respect for the individuality, values and rights of the patient and his or her family
  • the development of an understanding of the principles of health promotion, disease prevention, and patient education
  • the further development of his or her professional role as a physician

The Internal Medicine Clerkship is a nine-week clinical rotation. This core curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence, to foster appropriate attitudes toward professional responsibility as a physician and to introduce the student to the specialty of internal medicine. The emphasis is on the internist’s method and approach to the care of the patient. Both cognitive and non‑cognitive learning are primarily patient oriented.

Clerkship Goals

Mastery of basic core competencies that are essential for practice as a competent physician, regardless of the student’s career focus, and include the:

  • acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the recognition and management of patients with common medical diseases and disorders, and for the provision of appropriate patient care
  • refinement of history-taking and physical examination skills, and the development of diagnostic decision-making skills
  • development of an evidenced-based approach to the evaluation, management and care of patients
  • commitment to ethical principles and behaviors that promote effective patient and professional relationships, including honesty, integrity, reliability and compassion
  • recognition of the constantly evolving nature of knowledge and the value of intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation. Patients allow students the privilege of sharing in some of the most intimate aspects of their lives – including the birth of a child and the vulnerability of undergoing surgery and pelvic examinations. Students are exposed to extensive and unique experiences, and our expectation is that they gain new insight into the exciting and challenging specialty of obstetrics and gynecology.

Clerkship Goals

Mastery of the delivery of obstetrical and gynecological care regardless of the student’s career focus, and include the:

  • acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the management of common ambulatory and surgical gynecologic conditions, and aspects of health maintenance and disease prevention for women
  • development of an understanding of the effects of pregnancy on other health conditions as well as recognition of the effects of various illnesses on pregnancy
  • development of clinical reasoning skills, and thought processes  used by the general obstetrician gynecologist
  • development of examination and procedural skills specific to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology

The Pediatrics Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation. This core curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence, foster appropriate attitudes toward professional responsibility as a physician and to introduce the student to collaborative patient care in the specialty of pediatrics. The emphasis is on the pediatrician’s method and approach to care of the patient. Both cognitive and non-cognitive learning are primarily patient-oriented.

Clerkship Goals

Mastery of the delivery of health care of children from infancy through adolescence, regardless of the student’s career focus, and include the:

  • acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses
  • development of communication skills that will facilitate effective clinical interaction with children, adolescents and their families thereby ensuring that complete and accurate data are obtained
  • understanding of the influence of family, community and society for health promotion as well as disease and injury prevention for the child
  • development of physical examination and procedural skills specific to the practice of pediatrics
  • the development of clinical reasoning skills and thought processes used by the general pediatrician
  • commitment to ethical principles and behaviors that promote effective patient and professional relationships, including honesty, integrity, reliability and compassion

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation. The core curriculum is designed to provide for the acquisition of clinical competence and basic knowledge in psychiatry, the development of interpersonal skills and the promotion of attitudes commensurate with high standards of professionalism. Students will establish a foundation for continued learning and self-improvement and are provided opportunities to develop an awareness of the role of systems within psychiatric practice.

Clerkship Goals

Mastery of the delivery of compassionate and effective patient care regardless of career focus, and include the:

  • acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the recognition and management of patients with psychiatric disorders, including psychosomatic, organic and substance abuse disorders (as well as the suicidal or homicidal patient)
  • development of a set of attitudes and values that reflect a doctor/patient relationship built on basic acceptance of and concern for patients with a non-judgmental approach to their care
  • commitment to ethical principles and behaviors that promote effective patient and professional relationships, including honesty, integrity, reliability and confidentiality as it relates to all patient contacts and duties
  • awareness of systems issues and complexities that impact psychiatric care, and strategies for optimizing patient access to appropriate treatment
  • appreciation of the importance of continual assessment and evaluation of patient care practices

The Surgery Clerkship is a nine-week clinical rotation. This core curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence, to foster appropriate attitudes toward professional responsibility as a physician and to introduce the student to the specialty of surgery. The emphasis is on the surgeon’s method and approach to the care of the patient. Both cognitive and non-cognitive learning is primarily patient oriented.

Clerkship Goals

Mastery of the delivery of surgical care regardless of the student’s career focus, and include the:

  • acquisition of a body of knowledge and skills necessary for the recognition and management of patients with disorders that may necessitate evaluation by a surgeon
  • development of clinical reasoning skills, manual techniques and algorithmic thought processes used by surgeons
  • commitment to ethical principles and behaviors that promote good patient relations and management including, but not limited to, patient education, emotional support and rehabilitation as well as legal and financial issues
  • development of attitudes and attributes that promote effective patient and professional relationships, including honesty, integrity, reliability and compassion
  • recognition and appreciation of one’s own limits, values and need for growth and recognition of one’s own response to critique
Questions? Please Contact:

Susan Labuda-Schrop, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Curriculum
Phone: 330.325.6769
Email: sschrop@neomed.edu