Ross Medical School Clinical Rotations
MEDICAL SCHOOL CURRICULUM: YEARS 3 & 4
medical school Clinical Rotations
Ross students complete the clinical portion of the curriculum—and the majority of their training—in the United States at leading teaching hospitals across the country during years 3 and 4 of the program. During these years, students will also prepare and take the United States Medical License Exams (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS).
Because our students are given hands-on experience from semester one, they transition into the med school clinical rotations with confidence and the tools they need to succeed. Additionally, Ross students have the option to complete all of their core clinical rotations in one single geographic location. This is important because it not only helps to ensure a consistent clinical experience as they rotate through different disciplines, but it also helps to lower related expenses of moving.
The clinical curriculum is without a doubt one of the most exciting – and most complex – periods of our students’ entire medical education experience. We understand how challenging it can be to progress through your rotations while staying on track to earn your medical degree and prepare for residency. This student support feature links every Ross clinical student with their own team of dedicated advisers who will be with you every step of the way, so you can stay focused on the important task at hand – your clinical training. Learn more here.
List of Med School Core Rotations
Students beginning a core clerkship track must complete their entire core clerkship track prior to completing any clinical elective rotations outside of their initial track schedule (unless approved for clinical electives). Once students begin a track, they may not exit the track for any reason until all six core clerkships are completed.
The total number of clinical credit hours required for graduation will remain unchanged, however, the distribution of the core clerkships and clinical electives rotations are dependent on when the student successfully completes the required core Surgery clerkship as outlined in the tables below:
The internal medicine clerkship will introduce you to the foundational knowledge, skills and behaviors required to diagnose and treat common medical problems in the adult patient.
You will explore conditions requiring surgical intervention and have opportunities to observe how surgical patients are managed. In the process, you will become familiar with the policies and procedures followed in the operating room.
During your pediatrics rotation, you will learn special skills and knowledge required for the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents.
Through your family medicine rotation, you will learn principles of family medicine and of how they apply in community practice. Emphasis is placed on continuous and comprehensive healthcare for people of both genders and all ages within the context of their families, social groups, and communities. Particular attention is paid to the diagnosis and treatment of common medical problems and to health maintenance, ambulatory care, and continuity of care.
Here, you will learn about the changes that take place in a woman during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period—both normal and pathologic. You'll also learn about the diagnosis and treatment of major gynecological diseases and various methods of family planning.
During your psychiatry clerkship, you will learn about the major categories of mental disorder, including diagnosis and some methods of therapy. In the process, you'll learn how to take a psychiatric history and how to evaluate a patient’s mental status.
List of Medical School Clinical Rotations
Students complete 48 weeks of cores, 42 weeks of electives.
In order to be eligible to begin clinical core clerkships, students must meet all of the following prerequisites:
- Successfully complete all the requirements of the Medical Sciences curriculum;
- Pass the USMLE Step 1 and submit USMLE Score Report;
- Approved Health Clearance; and
- Complete background checks.
Required clerkships (48 weeks) are in CAPITAL letters; subspecialties in each area follow; for example, all recognized medicine subspecialties are numbered 321 through 338.
|320 MEDICINE||321 Cardiology||329 Nephrology|
|322 Critical Care Medicine||330 Oncology|
|323 Emergency Medicine||331 Pulmonary Disease|
|324 Endocrinology||332 Rheumatology|
|325 Gastroenterology||333 Rehabilitation Medicine|
|327 Infectious Disease||336 Sports Medicine|
|328 Allergy and Immunology||337 Tropical Medicine|
|338 Medicine Sub-Internship|
|410 OBSTERICS/GYNECOLOGY||411 Obsterics/Gynecology Sub-Internship|
|490 PEDIATRICS||491 Pediatrics Sub-Internship|
|610 SURGERY||611 Colon and Rectal Surgery||620 Trauma Surgery|
|612 Neurological Surgery||623 Ophthalmology|
|613 Orthopedic Surgery||626 Hand Surgery|
|615 Plastic Surgery||627 Surgical Sub-Internship|
|617 Urology||628 Pediatric Surgery|
|618 Vascular Surgery||640 Burn Surgery|
|619 Otolaryngology||641 Shock Trauma Surgery|
|642 Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|710 FAMILY MEDICINE|
The final 42 weeks of your clinical experience will be spent participating in elective clerkships:
|ELECTIVES||820 Neonatology||837 Intensive Care Unit|
|803 Neurological Pathology||839 Ob/Gyn Anesthesia|
|805 Ambulatory Internal Medicine||840 Medical Ethics|
|806 Neurology||851 Pathology|
|807 Anesthesiology||853 Pediatric Infectious Disease|
|808 Emergency Room||854 Pediatric Genetics|
|812 Clinical Pathology||857 Preventive Medicine|
|813 Clinical Radiology||858 Primary Care|
|815 Radiation Oncology||859 Psychiatry Elective|
|816 Radiology||866 Substance Abuse|
|817 Dermatology||872 Pediatric Orthopedics|
|819 Public Health||873 Surgical Elective|
|821 Electrocardiography||875 Medicine Elective|
|822 Family Medicine Elective||877 Podiatry|
|825 General Surgery Elective||879 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit|
|828 Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Care||882 Pediatric Elective|
|830 Gynecological Surgery||892 Ob/Gyn Elective|
|833 Perinatology||896 Adolescent Medicine|
|834 Infertility||897 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|RESEARCH ELECTIVES||860 Pediatrics Research Elective|
|870 Clinical Research Elective|
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