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Clerkships for Medical Students

The core clerkship experience consists of the following rotations:

Medicine/Emergency Med/AIM (12 weeks)
Surgery/Peri-Operative/Surgical Specialties (12 weeks)
Pediatrics/Ob-Gyn (12 weeks)
Psychiatry/Family Medicine/Neurology (12 weeks)

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.

Geriatrics Clerkship is offered in the fourth year of the curriculum.

See Clerkship Directors for faculty responsible for each clerkship.

See Evaluation/Grading Policy for Clerkships.


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