Clerkship Requirements

This information represents section 4.7 of the MD Program Handbook and Policy Manual and is related to the required clerkship curriculum for current Stanford students. 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 90 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 16 periods of clinical rotations:

MED 300A: General Medicine Core - 10 units (6 weeks)

SURG 300A: General Surgery Core - 10 units (6 weeks)


Two of the clerkships below (assigned by draw process) must also be completed within the student’s first 16 periods of clinical rotations:

ANES 306A or 306P: Critical Care Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

EMED 301A: Emergency Medicine Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

FAMMED 301A: Family Medicine Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

MED 313A:  Ambulatory Medicine Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

NENS 301A: Neurology Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

OBGYN 300A: Obstetrics & Gynecology Core - 10 units (6 weeks)

PEDS 300A: Pediatrics Core - 10 units (6 weeks)

PSYC 300A: Psychiatry Core - 5 units (3 weeks)

Selective/Elective Clerkships

These clerkships may be completed any time prior to graduation:

Selective I: Fundamentals of Clinical Care - 5 units  (3 weeks)

Selective II: Subinternship - 5 units (3 weeks)

Elective - 9 units (3 weeks)

NOTE:

  • Periods 7 & 8 of the final clerkship year are blocked for interviews and USMLE Step 2 preparation.
  • Students must begin the following clerkships no later than Period 11 of the final clerkship year:
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
  • Students must begin the following clerkships no later than Period 14 of the final clerkship year:
    • Ambulatory Medicine
    • Critical Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Psychiatry

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

updated July 2020

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