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Clinical Core Rotations

Clinical Core Rotations

Core Clinical Rotations: The Core Clinical Rotations that begin in the spring of the 2nd year are a part of the joint clinical curriculum that is shared by both the University and College Programs.

Core Clinical Rotations: Beginning in March of their second year, students undertake their core clinical rotations: Core 1 (Family Medicine, Geriatrics and Internal Medicine), Core 2 (Pediatrics and OB/Gyn), Core 3 (Neuroscience and Psychiatry), and Core 4 (Emergency Medicine and Surgery). Cores 1 and 2 are 12 weeks in duration and Cores 3 and 4 are 8 weeks. Each of these clinical rotations is offered at all of the School of Medicine's hospital affiliates (including University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center).

In all Core Clinical Rotations, students experience both the breadth and depth of health and disease, with opportunities to reinforce, build upon, and transfer knowledge and skills. Clinical learning is integrated across disciplines whenever possible, and the roles of basic science, civic professionalism, scholarship, and population health in clinical care are addressed. Students have patient care responsibilities that are progressive in complexity and increase as their level of clinical skill and knowledge increases. Learning objectives and assessment methods are the same for a given rotation, regardless of the clinical site.

Additional Clinical Requirements

Students must have a total of 96 weeks of required activities in the last two years of the medical program.

  • 72 weeks of clinical training consists of:
    • 40 weeks of Clinical Cores
    • 8 weeks of Acting Internships
    • 22 weeks of Clinical Electives
    • 2 weeks of clinical training will be credited to students for completion of Community Primary Care Preceptorship (CPCP) in years one and two
  • 10 weeks of clinical/non-clinical training
  • 16 weeks of research and scholarship.

Reading or research electives do not qualify as clinical electives.


March of 2nd Year

Core I: Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
(12 weeks)

basic science

Core II: Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
(12 weeks)

Core III: Neuroscience, Psychiatry
(8 weeks)

Core IV: Surgery and Emergency Medicine
(8 weeks)

June of 3rd Year