Clerkship Scheduling

The clerkship scheduling program, MedHub, works to maximize the chances that the majority of students will get one of their top schedule choices, but this is not guaranteed. At the end of second year, an informational meeting will be held explaining how to enter schedule preferences and the process by which the system optimizes these preferences to schedule the required clerkships.

Clerkship sites

Clinical clerkships are completed mainly on the wards and clinics of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the St. Raphael's Hospital campus.  Students also rotate through private physician offices and affiliated institutions.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clerkship sites. A few affiliated institutions provide apartments for students who want to live close to their clerkship site.

Site assignments

Site assignments are handled by the department that oversees the clerkship. While departments try to be sensitive to transportation issues, a lack of a car won’t necessarily prevent you from being assigned to an affiliated hospital in a different city.

Students should submit their preference forms to the department by the posted deadline date. Failure to do so will result in the student being assigned to any available site.

Deferring a clerkship

  • One clinical block may be deferred to the fourth year to do research, take a career-defining elective or to attend to a major personal event, such as getting married or having a baby.
  • Clerkships that may be deferred are Ambulatory Medicine, Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Permission must be obtained from the associate dean for student affairs and the student's academic advisor.
  • Students must apply for a deferment with the registrar at least four weeks before the clerkship (six weeks before Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry)

Note: Deferred clerkships should be taken as early as possible in the fourth year and must be taken before October.

Clerkship scheduling for students in combined-degree program

Students considering a joint degree must discuss their plans with the associate dean for student affairs. In all cases except for the MD/PhD program, students must complete the third-year clerkships as well as both parts of USMLE Step II before starting course work toward a second degree. MD/PhD students usually complete half the required third-year clerkships and must take Step I before entering the lab or starting their research work.

Clinical preparation for students returning to the wards after time away