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Clerkships/Clinical Rotations

The third- and fourth-year MD Program curriculum at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison includes core clerkships, required clerkships, Year 4 requirements and electives.

Core Clerkships (Year 3, 40 credits)

Required Clerkships (Year 3 or 4, 10 credits)

Year 4 Requirements (14 credits)

Electives

 

A complete list of all medical student electives is posted in OASIS.

  • Clinically based electives in the UW Clinical Campus - 4 weeks
  • UW, extramural, international clerkship or research - 12 weeks

Clinical Years Curriculum Structure

 

Core Clerkships (Taken During Third Year)

 

Clerkship/

Rotation

Length

Sites (Not Including WARM sites)

Description (Clinical and Didactic)

Evaluation

Director(s)/

Administrator(s)

Internal Medicine

8 weeks

Madison

Marshfield

Milwaukee

La Crosse

Green Bay

Inpatient care with team 6 days a week. Topic Oriented Cases 2-3x/week 16-24 total hours; 3 hours per week of clinical skills preceptor (CSP); 16 admit H and Ps (10 receive detailed feedback from CSP); 2 Learning Reviews; Use of SIMPLE cases.

Clinical 55%

Shelf exam 25%

OSCE 15%

Professionalism 5%

Laura Zakowski, MD;
Sarah Ahrens, MD

 

Tara Loushine, MS

Neuroscience 4 weeks Madison 2 weeks in inpatient neurology setting (stroke, pediatric neurology, general adult or consults); 2 weeks in an outpatient setting (3 options:  primarily a mix of pediatric and adult neurology clinics, schedule may also include rehabilitation and neurosurgery clinics; 2 weeks on neurosurgery combination of ward, or and clinic; substitute one week of neurology clinic time with a week of ophthalmology or Neuro ICU). 3 hours of weekly lectures and 7 hours of weekly case conferences (neurology, neuro-rehabilitation and neuroradiology, includes teaching and student case presentations).

Clinical 60%
Exam 30%
Evidence-based medicine project: 5%

Professionalism: 5%

Marcus Chacon, MD

 

Mary Beth Dunning, MS

Obstetrics and Gynecology

6 weeks

Madison

Milwaukee

Marshfield

Eau Claire

Green Bay

Blended office and hospital, gyn surgery and labor/delivery; some students experience REI, and gyn-onc training; 12 hours of lectures.

Clinical 55%

Shelf Exam 40%

Professionalism 5%

Kathy Stewart, MD

 

Janet Short

Pediatrics

6 weeks

Madison

La Crosse

Green Bay

Marshfield

Combination of inpatient pediatric unit, outpatient clinic, and newborn nursery; Complete CLIPP cases (a set of online simulated patient encounters).

Clinical 50%

Shelf exam 25%

Assignments (EBM; 3 H&Ps) 20%

Professionalism 5%

Kirstin Nackers, MD

 

Cindy Nicholson

Primary Care

8 weeks

Madison

Milwaukee

Eau Claire

Green Bay-Bellin

La Crosse

Appleton

Ambulatory, longitudinal with FM, IM, peds preceptors; one half-day/week small group didactics; 2 half-days Community Engagement Project.

Clinical 50%

Small group10%

OSCE 25%

Written exams 10% Community project, pass/fail

Professionalism 5%

David Deci, MD;

Mark Beamsley, MD;
Kelly Herold, MD

 

Christie Legler

Psychiatry

4 weeks

Madison

Milwaukee

Inpatient and outpatient care. Topic presentations. 12 hours of seminars. Direct faculty observation and feedback on complete psychiatric interviews.

Clinical 50%

Shelf exam 40%

Student presentation 5%

Professionalism 5%

Michael Peterson, MD

 

Kathy Worrall

Surgery

8 weeks

Madison

 

4 weeks general; two 2-week specialty; 32 hours didactics; suturing workshop.

Clinical 60%

Shelf exam 30%

Case discussion participation and attendance, 5%

Professionalism 5%

Ann O'Rourke, MD, MPH

 

Elizabeth Bingman

 

Required Clerkships (Can be Taken in Either Third or Fourth Year)

 

Clerkship/

Rotation

Length

Sites (Not including WARM sites)

Description (Clinical and Didactic)

Evaluation

Director(s)/

Administrator(s)

Anesthesiology

2 weeks

Madison

La Crosse

Green Bay

OR; pain management; standardized cases; clinical journal.

Written exam 50%

Clinical 25%

Clinical journal 20%

Professionalism 5%

Karin Zuegge, MD

Michael Trawicki, MD

 

Kris Frawley

Radiology

2 weeks

Madison

Green Bay

 

 

Reading rooms; 27 hours of seminars/lectures, ultrasound lab experience, case presentation

Exam 30%

Reading room participation 20%

Seminar participation 20%

Case presentation 25%

Professionalism 5%

Jason Stephenson, MD

 

Carrie Poole

 

 

Fourth Year

 

Clerkship/

Rotation

Length

Sites (Not including WARM sites)

Description (Clinical and Didactic)

Evaluation

Director(s)/

Administrator(s)

Internal Medicine Sub-Internship

4 weeks

Madison

Milwaukee

Marshfield

La Crosse

Green Bay

Inpatient care

Clinical 100%

Written exam (pass/fail)

Laura Zakowski, MD;

Sarah Ahrens, MD

 

Tara Loushine, MS

Preceptorship

6 weeks

About 45 sites across state

Apprentice model; 80% primary care; 20% various specialties. Write mid-rotation and final reports including a plan to implement a health intervention in the Preceptor's community and interviews with community members and health systems staff; small group discussions at end-of-rotation symposium.

Clinical 65%
Community Health Reports 30%

Professionalism 5%

Paul Hunter, MD

 

Louisa Zelm

Surgery Selective

4 weeks

Madison

Green Bay

Marshfield

La Crosse

Variety of surgical rotations can fulfill this requirement.

Clinical 100%

Ann O'Rourke, MD, MPH

 

Elizabeth Bingman

Electives (most elective time taken in 4th year but some are taken in 3rd year) 16 weeks Statewide and away 4 credits of clinically based courses in the UW Clinical Campus; 12 credits of UW, extramural, international, individualized clerkship, research. Varied Department-based.

Last updated: 09/12/2014
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