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Clerkships for Medical Students
The clerkship experience consists of the following rotations:
Medicine (12 weeks - General Medicine, AIM, Emergency Medicine)
The clerkships are designed to provide a strong and varied background
of clinical experience for all medical students regardless of their future
career plans. During clinical clerkships, students learn through a direct
patient contact approach in which they function as important members of
the health care team. House staff and attending clinical faculty instruct
students in the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Patient
care issues direct teaching, which occurs as a combination of ward rounds,
lectures, conferences, and seminars. In addition, students have the opportunity
to witness and perform diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions
and other technical patient management skills.
In the face of ever changing health care delivery systems, exposure
to non-University settings during the clerkships is considered
an important experience. For that reason, and also to avoid an overload
of students on the wards at the UVa Hospital, complementary clerkships
rotations (or segments thereof) take place at the Veteran's
Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Bonsecours in Richmond and INOVA Hospital
in Fairfax. Attending physicians at those hospitals hold appointments
on the University of Virginia faculty, and UVa hospital house staff members
from some departments (mainly surgery) rotate through these hospitals.
Every student may spend approximately 16 weeks of the 50 weeks of clerkships at outlying facilities.
Clerkship Directors for faculty responsible for each clerkship.
Policy for Clerkships.