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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 Length of time by clerkship
Transition to Clerkships/Orientation 2 weeks
Family Medicine 8 weeks, containing 2 days per week Family Medicine, 1 day per week Pediatrics, 1 day Musculoskeletal Medicine and 1 day Geriatrics
Medicine 4 weeks Medicine, 2 weeks Medicine-ambulatory, 2 weeks Medicine-consultation
Women’s and Children’s 4 weeks Pediatrics, 4 weeks OB/GYN
4 weeks Surgery-core, 4 weeks Surgery-specialty
Neuroscience 3 weeks Neurology, 3 weeks Psychiatry, 2 weeks Neurosciences selective
Bridge weeks 5 weeks (each week occurs after the end of each clerkship block)