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Clinical Education

Medical School Curriculum: Years 3 & 4

Clinical Rotations

Upon successful completion of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1, Ross students embark on Internal Medicine Foundations (IMF), an intensive, physician-supervised clinical clerkship in Miramar, Fla., specifically geared to build competence in the principles and practice of Internal Medicine and facilitate success in subsequent Internal Medicine rotations and in the USMLEStep 2. 

This additional eight weeks of hands-on training conducted at affiliated hospitals and ambulatory clinics, allows students to further hone their physical examination, diagnostic, critical thinking, and communication skills through direct patient care. It also serves as an important bridge between the first four semesters and the clinical portion of the curriculum. 

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. And because our students are given hands-on experience from semester one, they transition into the clinical semesters with confidence and the tools they need to succeed. Additionally, Ross students have the option to complete all of their 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.

The clinical portion of the 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. Which is why we implemented the

Rely OStudent Service (ROSS) model. This student support feature links every Ross clinical student with their own team of dedicated advisors 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 Core Rotations

  • Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
  • Surgery (12 weeks):
  • Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (6 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)

List of Clerkships

Students complete 48 weeks of cores, 36 weeks of electives and 8 weeks of IMF.

Required clerkships (48 weeks) are in CAPITAL letters; subspecialties in each area follow; for example, all recognized medicine subspecialties are numbered 321 through 338. 



The final 30 weeks of your clinical experience will be spent participating in elective clerkships:


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