Student Rotations (Clerkships)
Transitioning from basic science curriculum to clinical rotations requires careful planning, preparation, and new time management strategies. Much of what you have been learning as a medical student will begin to be applied in the clinical setting, further preparing you for medical practice while providing a broad exposure to various specialty tracks. While working through your clinical rotations, you will also start to determine which specialty you will pursue as a medical career.
Required clinical rotations usually consist of rotations in 6 basic specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Psychiatry, and General Surgery. Depending on your school's program, your required rotations may also include Emergency Medicine, Community Medicine, and/or other surgical specialties.
Keep an open mind during all of your rotations, and be especially mindful of your interactions with the teams at the hospitals. A large component of your evaluations and future residency consideration will weight heavily on your communication and professionalism skills. Remember to request letters of recommendations from supervisors during your best rotation experiences.
For more information on clerkship rotations, you can visit the AOA website: www.osteopathic.org, and view "Tips, Tactics, and Truths: A Guide to Making the Most of Your Osteopathic Medical Education", in the Students section.
You can also search for Clerkship Rotations available from SCS member hospitals