Your Practice-ready Preparation
After passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, it will be time to begin the Clerkship portion of the curriculum (semesters 6 through 10). Comprising the last two years of your medical education, your clinical rotations (75 weeks) will take place at our partner hospitals in the US and give you the opportunity to shadow physicians and residents, have direct access to patients, and gain valuable hands-on experience.
In year three of your training, you will receive broad exposure to the major medical disciplines designed to help you become active participants in providing patient care.
During this time, you will receive comprehensive, hands-on learning experiences that will allow you to grow your skills in several key areas, including medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning, and system-based practice.
Our tracked Clerkship program will allow you to complete all six core rotations at one location in your third year of medical school. Your core rotations (48 weeks) will include:
- Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
- Surgery (12 weeks)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks)
- Pediatrics (6 weeks)
- Family Medicine (6 weeks)
- Psychiatry (6 weeks)
In your fourth year – which is the most tailored in terms of the curriculum – you will work with your faculty mentor to complete elective rotations (27 weeks) in targeted subspecialty areas based on your goals as a physician, and prepare to begin applying for residency.
As a Western Atlantic University School of Medicine (WAUSM) student, clerkships are your opportunity to put your classroom learning into actual practice. And because our medical program is specifically geared toward training students to think quickly and critically from day one, when the time comes for you to examine a patient you will be able to ask appropriate questions, interpret the information, and determine the best course of action.