The Post-clerkship Period of Advanced Clinical Training:
Toward the end of the third year and in the fourth year, students engage in an extensive Electives program that allows students to pursue their own interests. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students choose clinical rotations, basic science and humanities courses and research activities. Medical students are required to complete at least one Advanced Clinical Elective during their fourth year. Clinical rotations are available at sites in Salem, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Fairfax, and Charlottesville. Programs are tailored to meet individual interests and needs, including a selection of programs in other domestic and foreign settings in appropriate community medicine programs, or in other activities of suitable educational merit.
In sum, students engage in a continuum of science, clinical skills, and professionalism experiences throughout the Systems and Clinical Performance Development experiences, the clerkships, and the post-clerkship period of advanced clinical training. Students are presented within and across each period with multiple examples of knowledge, skills, professionalism, and decision-making.