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Phase 2

Core Clinical Immersion

The Phase 2 curriculum provides comparable, high-quality, foundational clinical experiences through both inpatient and ambulatory block rotations.

Students begin the year by participating in the Transition to Clerkships (TTC) and Orientation session. During this foundational experience, students will have the opportunity to hone clinical skills, and receive the necessary clerkship overviews and trainings in preparation to enter the clinical space.

Students then begin their clerkships which are delivered as five, 8-week block rotations inclusive of our seven core disciplines. At the end of each 8-week block rotation, students will have a bridge week.

During this time, students will wrap up the block experience, complete any remaining assignments, sit for their medical knowledge exam and receive orientation for the next 8-week experience. Bridge weeks also afford students the opportunity to explore subspecialty areas of interest, conduct research, follow up on continuity patients and/or meet with mentors and advisors.

A final 2-week Capstone experience culminates the end of Phase 2. The aim of Capstone is for students to reflect on their experiences during the clerkships, to ensure competency of core clinical skills and to prepare learners for transition into the more advanced clinical experiences in Phase 3.

At a glance: Phase 2 – Core Clinical Immersion

Clinical blocks Curriculum overview* 
Transition to Clerkships/Orientation Hones clinical skills and provides necessary clerkship overviews and trainings in preparation to enter the clinical space. Regional orientation sessions also included.
Ambulatory Outpatient experience within Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics and Musculoskeletal Medicine.
Medicine Inpatient and outpatient experience with exposure to general medicine and subspecialty medicine fields.
Women’s and Children’s Inpatient Pediatrics, newborn nursery and pediatric subspecialty areas combined with OB-GYN curricular experiences in labor and delivery, gynecologic surgery and outpatient clinic.
Combined experience with inpatient and outpatient Neurology and Psychiatry services. Neuroscience subspeciality opportunities include Neurosurgery, ENT, Child Neurology, Addictions Medicine, Pain Medicine, Neuropsychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Surgery Core General Surgery rotations with intentional exposure to subspecialty surgical fields.

*Length of curriculum blocks is based on Medical Curriculum Committee review each year.