During the clinical phase, students complete 14 four-week rotations (10 mandatory and 4 elective) as well as 2 four-week "rotations" of research.


The clinical phase provides the physician associate student with experience necessary to master diagnostic assessment and managing a wide range of medical conditions. We emphasize professionalism, responsibility and an ethical approach to our diverse patient population. All 14 of the clinical clerkships expose students to a broad range of medical and surgical care.

Our students rotate as members of the medical team with their physician-in-training colleagues while the School of Medicine faculty serve as preceptors. Students learn the integral nature of working in concert with physicians, nurses and other members of the medical team.

Laparoscopy lab

Mandatory Rotations

  1. Internal Medicine I (4 credits)
  2. Internal Medicine II (4 credits)
  3. Primary Care I (4 credits)
  4. Primary Care II (4 credits)
  5. Emergency Medicine (4 credits)
  6. General Surgery (4 credits)
  7. Pediatrics (4 credits)
  8. Psychiatry (4 credits)
  9. OB/GYN (4 credits)
  10. Geriatrics (4 credits)

Elective Rotations

Students may choose to broaden their experience by selecting four elective rotations (4 credits each) in a wide range of medical and surgical subspecialties. Subinternship electives in medicine, psychiatry and emergency medicine are also available. Students interested in international physician associate practice or global health may elect to complete a clinical experience abroad in places such as Peru, Spain and Uganda.

A sample of the elective rotations available to our students follows:

  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric ED
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit