The third year begins with a two-week course, Clinical Foundations, focused on the basics of clinical care, including a review of the physical examination, BCLS, basic radiology, write-ups and presentations, with an emphasis on professionalism and ethical standards. Clinical Foundations is followed by 48 weeks of core clerkships, each of which includes an orientation period to prepare students with the clinical skills needed in the specific rotation.
Three longitudinal courses continue throughout the year:
Continuity Experience -All students participate in a continuity experience where they have continuity with a preceptor, clinical educator, and/or continuity with a clinical site and select patients.
Phase 2 ends with a required Clinical Performance Examination (CPX) in which students must demonstrate competency in history taking, physical examination, patient/physician interaction, and information sharing skills.
Education Objectives by Clerkship: