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Clerkships

Surgery

In the Surgery Clerkship, you will see a breadth of surgical problems, with exposure to general surgical issues and specialty surgical issues. Your experience will be based primarily in the inpatient setting, both on the wards and in the operating room; however, you will also participate in outpatient care. We have an extensive didactic program prepared for you, which you will supplement with independent study.

Medicine

The Internal Medicine Clerkship serves as a focal point of your second-year education. It is the backbone of your training in medicine and the most intensive in-patient experience offered in the department. During this rotation, you will experience the breadth and diversity of disease. You will learn both the science and the art of medicine and how the two complement each other. You will expand your history and physical diagnosis skills, develop the ability to prioritize patient problems and generate a differential diagnosis, and implement patient management strategies and observe their effects.

Pediatrics

In the Pediatrics Clerkship, students participate in all phases of diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of illnesses of children and infants. 3 1/2 weeks are spent on the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital inpatient pediatric wards. 2 1/2 weeks of the clerkship includes work in pediatric clinics, Meharry Hospital, or community sites. Besides teaching rounds on the wards and
nursery, student lectures are held three times a week.

Obstetrics/ Gynecology

The OB/GYN Core Clerkship is a six-week introductory course that involves a wide breadth of exposure to the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology. The students spend approximately two weeks each on obstetrics, gynecology, and in the outpatient setting. Through these learning opportunities, students learn about both high risk and low risk obstetrics, genetics, ultrasound, colposcopy, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and outpatient gynecology. Most students spend their entire six weeks at VUMC, but a few travel to Northcrest and Cool Springs to be involved in a community setting. During the clerkship, all students are part of a faculty seminar group where written assignments and history and physicals are reviewed, and patient cases are discussed on a weekly basis.

Neurology

The rotating students of the second-year class are alternately assigned to two 2-week (total 4 weeks) rotating blocks of clinical neurology inpatient and outpatient experience. Students are given direct responsibility for the evaluation and care of patients under the supervision of house staff and faculty. This exposure is intended to provide the students with an approach to patients with diseases of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and skeletal muscles.

Psychiatry

Basic goals of this clerkship, which includes psychiatry clinical rotations, are to learn the fundamental
techniques of psychiatric assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment intervention. Activities include direct patient care and clinical rounds in the company of assigned faculty. The five 1/2-week placements include Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt
(Adult/Adolescent/Child).

Schedule Example

Clerkship Schematic

In Year 2 (FCC), longitudinal elements have protected didactic time on the 1st and 5th Mondays of each 8-week clerkship block. Some elements will have pre-work, and some will have post-work. But the majority of student responsibility is handled during this protected time so our students do not feel pulled away from their clerkship experience any more than necessary.