Real Clinical Rotations of Medical Students

Here are Clinical rotations that actual medical students have followed from some of the top medical schools in the United States. These schools were picked at random but they will give you an accurate idea of what to expect during your required clerkships.

Differences between institutions may arise due to the diversity of curriculum options during years 1 and 2 of medical school.

Also differences can arise due to the mission and goals of each respective medical school such as an institution with a focus on primary care versus a medical school that focuses on research.

It should be noted that to be an accredited medical school there are certain clinical rotations that all medical students regardless of where they attend medical school must undergo. 

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

3rd Year
  • Medicine: 12 weeks
  • Neurology Clerkship: 4 weeks
  • Obstretrics & Gynecology Clerkship: 6 weeks
  • Primary Care Clerkship: 4 weeks
  • Psychiatry: 4 weeks
  • Surgery Clerkship: 12 weeks

4th Year

  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 2 weeks

Harvard Medical School

3rd Year Clinical Rotations
  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences Program: 1 month
  • Medicine I: 12 weeks
  • Surgery: 12 weeks
  • Women's & Children's Health: 12 weeks
  • Radiology: 4 weeks
  • Neurology: 4 weeks
  • Psychiatry: 4 weeks
  • Medicine II: 4 weeks

4th Year

  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences Program: 1 month
  • Electives

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

3rd Year
  • Doctoring
  • Internal Medicine Clerkship: 8 weeks
  • Obstretrics & Gynecology Clerkship: 8 weeks
  • Pediatrics Clerkship: 8 weeks
  • Primary Care Clerkship: 8 weeks
  • Psychiatry Clerkship: 8 weeks

4th Year

  • Learning Experiences: 32 weeks

As you can see medical schools use a variety of schedules for their students. The intent is to get you familiar with the type of clinical rotations to expect, along with their respective length.

Since fourth year medical students take electives it is not possible to accurately show the rotations they will be taking. This is because these students once they've met their graduation requirements may do more advanced rotations, otherwise known as "auditions" in medical specialty areas that they hope to Match into for residency.


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