Master of Science in PA Studies Program Clerkships

The clinical phase of the program is 12 months long and exposes students to medical care across the lifespan, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.  They will be exposed to women’s health, including prenatal and gynecologic care; care of conditions requiring surgical management, including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative; and behavioral and mental health conditions.  Supervised clinical care experiences will occur in the outpatient and inpatient settings, the emergency department, and the operating room. 

The majority of rotations are expected to take place within the Stanford Medicine community, as well as other select sites in California.  Current clerkship experiences include the following: 

  • Family Medicine/ Primary Care Medicine I (6 units)
  • Family Medicine/ Primary Care Medicine II (6 units)
  • Internal Medicine I (6 units)
  • Internal Medicine II (6 units
  • Behavioral Medicine/ Mental Health (6 units)
  • Pediatrics (6 units)
  • Women’s Health including Prenatal and Gynecologic Care (6 units)
  • Emergency Medicine (6 units)
  • Surgery (6 units)
  • Elective I (6 units)
  • Elective II (6 units)
  • Elective III (6 units)


Clinical sites and preceptors for core and elective clerkships will be provided by the program.  Students are not required to solicit clinical sites or preceptors.  Students may not suggest sites or preceptors for core clerkships. Students may suggest sites or preceptors for elective rotations, but are not required to do so.  Student-suggested elective sites and preceptors will be reviewed and evaluated by the Program for educational suitability, but placement is not guaranteed. Housing and transportation stipends are not provided for elective rotations.