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Clinical Curriculum: Year 3

Year 3 of the curriculum consists of 48 weeks of instruction – 40 weeks of seven required clerkship, plus two 4-week rotations of selectives. Additionally, all students participate as a class in four day-long sessions as part of Introduction to Clinical Medicine III.

Core Medicine (MEDC 530)

The Core Medicine Clerkship is an 8 week rotation consisting of two 4-week inpatient experiences. Students work as part of a health care team caring for adult and geriatric patients with complex, undifferentiated medical illnesses. Students are assigned to two of four teaching hospitals representing University, VA, and community sites. An optional sub-specialty outpatient experience is available. Students are provided with daily teaching rounds with assigned faculty and supervisory residents and attend conferences on a variety of Internal Medicine topics. All students complete a computer-based Core Curriculum using Simulated Clinical Cases.

Core Surgery (GSUR 530)

The Core Surgery Clerkship is an 8 week rotation during which students will obtain the necessary surgical knowledge and skills to prepare for their career as a physician. They will obtain this through participation in patient care in the clinical wards, operating room, trauma resuscitation arena, and outpatient clinics as well as specific lectures, small groups and conferences. Based on their preferences, students are assigned one four week general surgery rotation, one two week sub specialty rotation and one two week trauma rotation. Completion of case logs, CEX, H&P, consent and web-based procedure log will ensure a complete experience for all students.

Family Medicine (FAPH 530)

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a 4-week rotation during which students gain exposure to the breadth of the practice of family medicine. Based on their preferences, students are assigned to work at either our university-based faculty and residency practice or with a community preceptor. Students spend the majority of their rotation working in the outpatient setting alongside family physicians. Other required experiences are a half day in dermatology clinic and a full day experience in palliative care. Optional experiences include house call visits, Healthcare for the Homeless, inpatient family medicine, and low risk obstetrics and newborn care. Students are excused from their clinical obligations once weekly for didactics.

Neurology (NEUR 530)

The Neurology Clerkship is a 4-week rotation during which students gain exposure to inpatient and outpatient neurological presentations. The goal is for students to gain neurological symptom-based and disease-specific knowledge. Based on their preferences, students are assigned to work at either the University of Maryland Medical Center or Baltimore VA Medical Center. Students may spend time on the inpatient general neurology service, inpatient stroke service, neurologic intensive care unit, inpatient consultation services, and/or outpatient subspecialty clinics. Students are excused from their clinical obligations daily to attend lunchtime didactics as well as a variety of other simulations and interactive teaching sessions.

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OBST 530)

The Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship is a 6-week rotation during which students learn about all aspects of Women's Health. The Clerkship is divided into three two week blocks: Labor & Delivery, Gynecology Surgery, and Ambulatory Clinic. Students will work directly with patients alongside Residents and Faculty Midwives/Physicians in all of these settings. Participation will include deliveries, surgeries, and clinic visits. Students are excused from their clinical obligations for weekly didactics, twice weekly Faculty Preceptor meetings, and an OSCE exam.

Pediatrics (PEDI 530)

The Pediatric Clerkship is a 6-week rotation introducing students to the clinical aspects of Pediatrics. Students will rotate through an inpatient unit, a pediatric emergency department or urgent care setting, the full term nursery and an outpatient general pediatric practice. Opportunities for interdisciplinary involvement and pediatric subspecialty exposure as well as home visits with families of children with chronic illness are available. Three afternoon didactic lecture sessions along with structured small-group tutorials present important material about the development and treatment of pediatric patients. Completion of patient logs, CLIPP cases and formally observed and submitted history & physicals ensure a complete experience for all students.

Psychiatry (PSYH 530)

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a 4-week rotation during which students gain exposure to the practice of Psychiatry. Students are assigned to work on one of the inpatient or consultation units at the University of Maryland Medical center, or one of the inpatient units at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a free-standing psychiatric hospital. In order to ensure that students understand the breadth of Psychiatry, they have required experiences in outpatient psychiatry, Psychiatric Emergency Services, on-call shifts, and attend a 12-step meeting. Optional experiences include spending a day with our mobile treatment team, and overnight call. Clinical work is supplemented by attendance at didactics, case conferences, and Departmental Grand Rounds.


Students have two 4-week rotations in which to schedule electives in the third year. Students must have completed all prerequisites in order to register for electives that require them. Many electives in the catalog do not require any prerequisites. A student with a selective rotation in the the fourth quarter of the year may register for a subinternship if any additional prerequisites have been met.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine III (ICME 530)

Last Revision: 12/23/2019