The Clinical Trunk comprises two distinct phases:
Transition to Clerkships
Building on your Interprofessional Education, Scientific Trunk sequences, Chief Concern and Doctoring courses, you will learn how to function in the clinic. This four-week introductory course focuses on:
- Health care team function
- Clinical problem solving with patients
- Integrated science learning with patient interactions
- Directed teaching and feedback from Doctoring faculty built around clinical skills
In this phase, you will enter into departmentally organized clinical rotations in seven core clerkships. You will rotate in your teams over the course of 48 weeks, fully prepared with a robust skill set and ready to hit the ground running. The focus is on:
- Immersion into care teams
- Skills of patient care and management
- Pre-Branch exploration
These required core clerkships cover the following departments:
12 weeks each:
- Internal Medicine
- Surgery and Applied Sciences (a combination of Surgery, Pathology, Anesthesiology, Anatomy and Radiology)
Six weeks each:
Four weeks each:
- Family Medicine
Beginning in 2024-25, our M2 students will receive Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail grades during core clerkships that are flexible within each grading tier. In other words, students will be graded not against their peers but rather on their own performance in relation to specified criteria within each clerkship. Students will be able to distinguish themselves for their future residency application process while still focusing on learning the material and collaborating with their classmates.
Clinical Trunk Intensive
About half way through the Clinical Trunk, students leave their rotations and come back together over four days to expand their knowledge on the different components within Health System Science and the important roles they play in addressing problems with the current state of our health care in the United States.
USMLE Step 1
The Step I exam is taken after the entire Clinical Trunk is complete following a dedicated eight-week study period. The Clinical Trunk naturally segues into the Branches phase of the curriculum with the continuity of clinical rotations integrated with scientific learning.
- Transition to Clerkships course
- Patient evaluations in a variety of clinical settings
- Multidisciplinary clinically driven learning
- Immersion in department-based clinical care teams on core clinical rotations
- Science and Practice of Medicine course
At a Glance
Please note, these diagrams are provided for reference only. Curriculum details are subject to change.