Third and Fourth Years


For more information on the courses, modules, and clerkships listed, see the Yale School of Medicine Bulletin.

Students rotate through clerkships to master the core knowledge and basic skills of each discipline:

  • Ambulatory Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Anesthesiology (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Neuroscience (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (8 weeks)
  • Primary Care (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)
  • Surgery (8 weeks)

Medical decision-making and clinical skills are taught, developed, and assessed by rotating on hospital ward teams, in private offices, and meeting with senior clinical faculty preceptors, who mentor, teach, and assess the students.

In addition there is a required capstone course entitled “Integrative Clinical Medicine” (3 weeks) in the fourth year. Additionally, students have time to participate in electives locally and around the world and to continue their thesis research project.