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Phase 3

Career Differentiation and Exploration

The advanced clinical experience phase is time for learners to complete their core curriculum requirements and explore their own interests in medicine through sub-internships and electives. The required core rotations include medicine, critical care, emergency medicine and health system and interprofessional healthcare experiences.

Requirements for advanced clinical experiences

Activity Curriculum overview* 
Required rotations
Advanced clinical experiences including Medicine sub-internship, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Health Systems Interprofessional Sciences.
Elective rotations
Elective opportunities to enhance student learning and expand knowledge in specialty areas, research, medical humanities and teaching. 
Transition to residency
Students participate in a variety of in-person and virtual sessions that will prepare them for transition into the graduate medical education phase of their training.

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

Phase 3 required courses

MD 900 Medicine Subinternship (4 weeks)
The internal medicine (IM) subinternship provides the motivated Phase 3 student the opportunity to prepare themselves for the clinical work of residency in a way that will allow them to perform efficiently and effectively. IM residency program directors identify the following four core skills that they expect from new interns:

  • Managing time wisely
  • Communicating effectively within healthcare teams
  • Recognizing sick vs. non‐sick patients
  • Knowing when to ask for assistance

Organization and time management are critical for the busy intern and resident. During this rotation you will begin to develop a routine that will organize your daily tasks, learn to prioritize competing demands and to develop insight into your limitations and the need to ask for help.

Communication in healthcare takes many forms including the clinical documentation, oral presentation, handovers, calling consultants, communication with nursing and pharmacy, discharge planning and more. Complete, concise and accurate communication are critical for quality of care and patient safety. The sub-internship is the time to practice these communication forms not typically performed by the Phase 2 student.

Exposure to a broad range of patients in the inpatient setting will prepare students to gather clinical data, synthesize the information, determine acuity and prioritize patients’ needs. Most importantly students should recognize the need to call for help for unstable patients. This means recognizing one’s own limitations of clinical skill and knowledge, but also being aware of the process by which accesses help.

MD 903 Critical Care Medicine (4 weeks)
MD 903 fulfills the critical care graduation requirement. During this rotation, you will gain advanced clinical experience in critical care medicine by working in a designated intensive care unit. During this rotation, you will function as a first-year resident under the direction of faculty and residents. By the conclusion of this rotation, Phase 3 students will:

  • Acquire more in-depth knowledge about critically ill patients
  • Attain further clinical skills, knowledge and professional behaviors required to evaluate and care for critically ill adult patients
  • Become familiar with the intensive care unit and working with the multidisciplinary team
  • Learn multitasking skills to allow you to care for patients with complex needs simultaneously
  • Value the role of palliative care medicine principles in the intensive care unit setting

MD 911 Emergency Medicine Clerkship (4 weeks)
The emergency department provides the safety net of care for the modern American healthcare system. While emergency medicine is a specialty built upon the nuanced, timely and critical care of the acutely ill, the specialty also administers acute unscheduled care when access to other providers or resources is limited. Emergency medicine is an inclusive and diverse specialty that crosses cultural and socio-economic boundaries on a minute-to-minute basis and is a field that requires a unique set of cognitive skills to manage the dynamic nature of patient and system needs. The primary goal of this clerkship is to structure the development of skills in the assessment and treatment of a broad range of clinical conditions, by offering the learner an abundance of patient care experiences through participation in the delivery of emergency medical care in a manner that fulfills learning needs. The faculty recognize that each student will have an independent set of needs and interests and opportunities to participate in the delivery of emergent, urgent and unscheduled care. A structured format is provided to objectively assess student progress, and to set appropriate expectations, but should be viewed as a framework on which to build a successful experience. 

MD 9015 Health Systems Interprofessional Selective (4 weeks)
The purpose of this health systems selective is to broaden the Phase 3 student experience while gaining exposure to the practical aspects of healthcare delivery. Through the selective, students will explore themes such as social determinants of health, population health, high value care and an appreciation for similarity over various clinical settings and within healthcare teams.