The Clerkship Period

Midway through the second year student engage in more advanced clinical training. Students complete clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, geriatric medicine, peri-operative (anesthesia) and emergency medicine, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology. There is extensive direct contact with patients, and students work with a well-balanced patient population, which includes primary, secondary, and tertiary care.

Teaching is related to the patient on rounds and in small tutorial seminars, lectures and group discussions. Emphasis is given to the principles of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and the continuing integration of clinical medicine with medical sciences and the psychological factors that influence health.

Students also work in small groups and rotate among many clinical services. Students gain practical experience under supervision in the wards and outpatient clinics of the University of Virginia hospitals, Bon Secours Hospital in Richmond, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem, the Western State Hospital, and INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. The teaching programs at the affiliated hospitals allow students to observe the practice of medicine in multiple settings and gain exposure to a somewhat different spectrum of illnesses than that seen at the University of Virginia. During their third year, students may spend as much as 16 weeks away from Charlottesville in affiliated clerkship locations.