Year 3 clerkships, which begin immediately following the Transitions to Clerkships block, are composed of 44 weeks of core clerkships, each of which includes an orientation that prepares students with information and skills needed in the specific rotation. Students will have ample opportunity to engage in patient care both in inpatient as well as outpatient settings.


The Intersessions course is designed to provide the opportunity for all third- and fourth-year students to return to campus to engage in content that is best addressed while students are actively involved in patient care. Intersessions also allows students to come together as a class for collaborative and reflective time as they are progressing in their journey of becoming a physician.

Longitudinal Patient Care

The Longitudinal Patient Care program provides students the opportunity to work in interprofessional teams with a community health mentor throughout year 3 of the medical curriculum. Students will meet with their community health mentor as a group nine times to learn about the mentor's medical condition, barriers to health care, communication and collaboration.

Scholarly Project Year 1-4

During the Scholarly Project course, which spans the entire four years of study, students learn about medical information literacy, life-long learning, teamwork, effective communication, research methods, evidence-based medicine approaches and ethics related to scholarly inquiry. Each of these topics will be explored in depth as the student completes an individual hypothesis-driven research project over the course of this four-year experience.

Year 3 Sample Curriculum