During the first eight months of the third year students rotate through all core clerkships. Each clerkship is 4-weeks in duration. The final 15 weeks consist of students selecting from a comprehensive list of selectives that are offered from all departments and specialties within the school of medicine.

During the 4-week surgery core clerkship each student is randomly assigned one faculty preceptor from one of ten surgical specialties. Each preceptor determines the students daily schedules which includes clinic, surgery, and attending educational conferences. Students are allowed to work up to 80 hours per week which includes weekends and night call. Students are immersed completely in the clinical experience of being a physician.