Clerkship Requirements

The following 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 related policy information. For additional resources and information regarding clerkship scheduling, please visit the Clerkship Fishbowl website.

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Students must have successfully completed all pre-clerkship courses prior to beginning clerkships. A minimum of 64 weeks (96 units) of clerkship training 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 - Students are required to complete 5-6 electives to reach the minimum of 64 weeks of clerkship training.

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
  • Periods 15 & 16 of the final clerkship year are not available for Core Clerkship scheduling.

 

end Section 4.7; updated September 2020

Clerkship Fishbowl

For additional resources and information regarding clerkship scheduling, please visit the Clerkship Fishbowl website.