Integrated Clerkships

The integrated Clerkships feature longer interdisciplinary clerkship blocks with opportunities for continuity, flexibility and integration. These 12-week Clerkship blocks are organized around themes: 

  • The Medical Approach to the Patient (Internal Medicine and Neurology), 
  • The Surgical Approach to the Patient (Surgery and Emergency Medicine), 
  • Women and Children’s Health (Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics), and
  • Biopsychosocial Approach to Health, (Primary Care, Psychiatry and Pediatrics). 

Each block begins with a shared “Precede” experience to that brings all students together to focus on topics and skills that build developmentally as the year progresses. Following the Shared precede period, students will enter their respective clerkship blocks where they will begin with a “boot camp” that focuses on knowledge, skills and behaviors specifically related to the specialties featured in that clerkship.

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Photo depicting the four 12-week clerkship blocks with two 2-week breaks

  • Four 12 week combined discipline blocks
  • Opportunities for continuity with site, patients, supervision, mentors, peers
  • Themes that promote interdisciplinary planning and integration of learning across clinical experiences (shared approaches to patient care, common clinical conditions in individuals and populations) 
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary oversight/governance that:
    • promotes a spirit of shared ownership of the entire clerkship year
    • is responsible for ensuring an integrated, coordinated, student centered curriculum
    • encourages innovative and creative approaches to clinical education and identifies best practices
  • Commitment to ambulatory experience
    • Primary care experience
    • Opportunities for integrated inpatient/outpatient experiences within/across disciplines in each block 
  • Precede period for comprehensive orientation to each block ("boot camp"), including specific skills training, front loaded didactics
  • Opportunities for integrated teaching of common themes within blocks ("combined didactics")
  • Multiple opportunities throughout the year to bring students on blocks together for basic science teaching, clinical skills training, critical thinking, activities that address the overarching goals and other cross-disciplinary longitudinal themes or threads
  • Commitment to assessment/reflection/feedback in each block and opportunities for comprehensive assessment at end of blocks
  • Scheduling paradigm congruent with hospital team and resident transitions and fits the needs of the Physician Associate and MD/PhD Programs
  • Two 2-week vacation periods

Director of Clerkships


David Hersh, MD/PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine). He also serves as the Director of Clerkships.