4.7: Required Clerkship Curriculum

The following outlines the current clerkship requirements for Stanford medical students. Please refer to Section 4.3 of the MD Program Handbook and Policy Manual for related policy information, including requirements by academic year. For additional resources and information regarding clerkship scheduling, please visit the Clerkship Fishbowl website.

Note: Students must have successfully completed all pre-clerkship courses prior to beginning clerkships. A total of 99 clinical units (66 weeks) are required for graduation.

  • Core Clerkships (Required)
    • These clerkships must be completed within the student’s first 12 periods of clinical rotations:
    • MED 300A: General Medicine Core - 12 units (8 weeks)
    • SURG 300A: General Surgery Core - 12 units (8 weeks)
    • Two of the clerkships below (assigned by draw process) must also be completed within the student’s first 12 periods of clinical rotations:
    • ANES 306A or 306P: Critical Care Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • EMED 301A: Emergency Medicine Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • FAMMED 301A: Family Medicine Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • MED 313A:  Ambulatory Medicine Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • NENS 301A: Neurology Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • OBGYN 300A: Obstetrics & Gynecology Core - 9 units (6 weeks)
    • PEDS 300A: Pediatrics Core - 12 units (8 weeks)
    • PSYC 300A: Psychiatry Core - 6 units (4 weeks)
    • Students must begin the following clerkships no later than Period 7 of the final clerkship year:
    • MED 300A: General Medicine Core
    • OBGYN 300A: Obstetrics & Gynecology Core
    • PEDS 300A: Pediatrics Core
    • SURG 300A: General Surgery Core
    • Students must begin the following clerkships no later than Period 10 of the final clerkship year:
    • ANES 306A or 306P: Critical Care Core
    • EMED 301A: Emergency Medicine Core
    • FAMMED 301A: Family Medicine Core
    • MED 313A:  Ambulatory Medicine Core
    • NENS 301A: Neurology Core
    • PSYC 300A: Psychiatry Core
  • Selective/Elective Clerkships
  • Note:
    • Graduation requirements for clinical training are subject to change.
    • The total number of units required to graduate is subject to change dependent upon individual clerkship length.
    • Periods 5 & 6 of the final clerkship year are blocked for interviews and USMLE Step 2 preparation.
    • Periods 11 & 12 of the final clerkship year are not available for Core Clerkship scheduling.
    • For details on clerkship scheduling processes and procedures, see the Clerkship Fishbowl website.  

 

updated August 2021