The third year begins with a two-week foundations course, Transition to Clerkships (formerly known as Clinical Foundations), is designed to provide students the key elements for success in the clinical clerkships. Course lectures, simulation, and skill building help students bridge previous knowledge and skills with new concepts, practices, expectations, and attitudes that they will encounter on their upcoming clinical rotations.
Areti Tillou, MDAntonio Pessegueiro, MD
Transition to Clerkships 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. Click on the Clerkship to learn more about their sites, leadership, and their educational course objectives. Clerkship required clinical experiences can be found here. A list of Clerkship Chairs, Site Directors and Coordinators can be found here.
Three longitudinal courses continue throughout the year:
If needed, please use the policies and procedures outlined in this document to request an alternative site/team.
Phase II ends with a required Clinical Performance Examination (CPX). All students are required to complete and pass the examination which consists of eight clinical cases which are decided on by the California Consortium for the Assessment of Clinical Competence, CCACC. Each case is portrayed by standardized patients and requires a focused work up and is followed by a written exercise. Individual feedback is provided for purposes of improving history taking, physical examination, information sharing, and patient/doctor relationship skills.
Estebes Hernandez, MDDaniel Kahn, MD