Year 3


Third-year medical students are immersed in an individualized learner-centered experience of the foundational practices of medicine.  

The curriculum integrates the fundamentals of basic science and the foundations of scholarly medicine into the skills of clinical practice and professional development.

  • Core Curriculum: (Eight / Four Week Rotations 34 weeks) in an inter-professional clinical environment
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family and Community Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
    • Surgery
  • Intersession Period: 3 weeks
    • Medical Humanities
    • Summative Clinical Competency Exam
    • Geriatrics
  • Personalized Education Plan (PEP): 15 weeks
    • Selective courses to improve clinical skill/professional development

Evaluations are administered at the completion of each clerkship on a pass/fail grading scale assessing Clinical Skills and Professionalism with an overall rating within the Reporter Interpreter Manager Educator (RIME) schematic.

A comprehensive Summative Clinical Competency Examination (SCCX) is administered during the Intersession Period existing of 14 cases assessing clinical reasoning, differential diagnoses, history and physical exam performance, planned management, patient satisfaction communication, and interpersonal skills.  Students usually take Step 2 of the U.S. Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) following the end of the third-year curriculum.


Year 3 Units

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Mailey teaching students

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