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Phase 2 (Year 3) Curriculum


Transition to Clerkship is an exciting segue into clinical medicine. It prepares the student to transition from classroom learning to hands-on learning fully immersed in the clinical environment. Students are required to participate in the Transition to Clerkships course before they can begin their Phase 2 core clerkships as it provides essential material to be successful in the transition. It consists of didactic sessions, simulated scenarios, and small group discussions.

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The curriculum requirement for phase 2 is that students satisfactorily complete 48 weeks of core clerkships and electives.

Clerkship rotations occur at our two healthcare partners: OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Carle Health. Students may rotate at other clinical sites throughout Central Illinois also serve as clinical sites.

  • Internal Medicine – 8 weeks
  • General Surgery – 8 weeks
  • Pediatrics – 6 weeks
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology – 6 weeks
  • Psychiatry – 6 weeks
  • Family Medicine – 6 weeks
  • Neurology – 4 weeks
  • Elective – 4 weeks

The core tenets of core clerkships are immersion in patient care. Students will work closely with a healthcare team including attendings, residents, peers and additional healthcare team members. Students will follow patients in the clinical setting utilizing the history, physical exam skills and clinical decision making learned during Phase 1.

Core curriculum, in addition to patient care experiences, pertaining to each clinical rotation will be offered.

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