Academics

THird-Year Clerkships

Clinical educational experience as a third-year medicine student

Students in their third year of medical school at NEOMED are required to complete seven core clinical rotations or clerkships. 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 eight competencies identified by the Association of American Medical Colleges: patient care, knowledge for practice, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, and personal and professional development.

Clerkship benefits

Clerkships provide students with the opportunities to:

  • acquire the knowledge, behaviors and attitudes essential to good patient care
  • refine history-taking and physical examination skills, and to develop differential diagnoses based on those findings
  • interpret diagnostic tests and perform laboratory procedures to confirm or clarify diagnosis
  • develop a rational, evidenced-based approach to the evaluation, management and care of patients
  • promote preventative medicine, and to identify and make use of information about psycho-social-environmental detriments of health that directly influence disease and promote better patient outcomes

Emergency Medicine Clerkship

The Emergency Medicine Clerkship is a continuous three-week clinical rotation that is focused on the undifferentiated patient in the acute care setting. This core curriculum is designed to provide all M3 students with an introduction to the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of emergency medicine that are essential to the fundamental education of all physicians.

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Family Medicine Clerkship

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.

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Internal Medicine Clerkship

The Internal Medicine Clerkship is a nine-week clinical rotation that 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 will be on the internist’s method and approach to the care of the patient. Both cognitive and non-cognitive learning will be primarily patient oriented.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship is a continuous three-week rotation focused on the undifferentiated patient in the acute care setting. This clerkship is designed to provide all third-year medicine (M3) students with an introduction to the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of emergency medicine that are essential to the fundamental education of all physicians.

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Pediatrics Clerkship

The Pediatrics Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation that is designed to develop clinical competence, foster appropriate attitudes toward professional responsibility as a physician and introduce the student to collaborative patient care in the specialty of Pediatrics. The emphasis will be on the pediatrician’s method and approach to care of the patient.

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Psychiatry Clerkship

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation that 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. A foundation for continued learning and self-improvement will be established, and an awareness of the role of systems within psychiatric practice will be developed.

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Surgery Clerkship

The Surgery Clerkship is a nine-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 the specialty of Surgery. The emphasis will be on the surgeon’s method and approach to the care of the patient. Both cognitive and non-cognitive learning will be primarily patient oriented.

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