Clerkship Requirements

This information is for current Stanford students, and is related to the required clerkship curriculum. Required clerkships are closed to visiting students. Please refer to Section 4 of the MD Program Handbook and Policy Manual for additional information.

Students must have successfully completed all pre-clerkship courses prior to beginning clerkships. A total of 96 clinical units are required for graduation.

NOTE: Graduation requirements for clinical training are subject to change.

Core Clerkships (Required)

These clerkships must be completed within the student’s first 12 months of clinical rotations:

MED 300A: Internal Medicine Core Clerkship - 12 units (8 weeks)

SURG 300A: Surgery Core Clerkship - 12 units (8 weeks)

Two of the clerkships below (assigned by draw process) must also be completed within the student’s first 12 months of clinical rotations:

ANES 306A: Critical Care Core - 6 units (4 weeks)

FAMMED 301A: Family Medicine Core - 6 units (4 weeks)

MED 313A:  Ambulatory Medicine/Emergency Medicine Core - 6 units (4 weeks)

NENS 301A: Neurology Core - 6 units (4 weeks)

OBGYN 300A: Obstetrics and Gynecology Core - 9 units (6 weeks)

PEDS 300A: Pediatrics Core - 12 units (8 weeks)

PSYC 300A: Psychiatry Core - 6 units (4 weeks)

Selective/Elective Clerkships

These clerkships may be completed any time prior to graduation:

Selective I: Fundamentals of Clinical Care - 6 units  (4 weeks)

Selective II: Subinternship - 6 units (4 weeks)

Elective - 9 units (6 weeks)


  • Periods 5 and 6 of the final clerkship year are blocked from scheduling core clerkships for residency interviews and USMLE preparation. Students wishing to schedule a core clerkship during these periods may petition the Registrar’s Office should they need to schedule during these periods.
  • Medicine and Surgery must be completed in first 12 months of starting clerkships
  • Pediatrics, OBGYN Must be started by period 7 of the graduating year
  • Family Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine, Critical Care, Neurology and Psychiatry must be started no later than Period 10 of the graduating year

Click here for a full list of available clerkships.

For details on clerkship scheduling processes and procedures, see the Clerkship Fishbowl website.

updated August 2019

Clerkship Fishbowl

The Fishbowl system enables the scheduling of Stanford's medical students  clinical clerkships.

Visiting Clerkships

Stanford School of Medicine offers up to three months of elective rotations to students in their fourth or final year at an accredited LCME medical school.

Clerkship Resources

Clerkship Evaluations