Clinical Education Curriculum

A. Third Year Curriculum

The following is an overview of the third year curriculum:

Introduction to Clinical Medicine 4 Weeks
Medicine 10 Weeks
Surgery 10 Weeks
Family Medicine 5 Weeks
OB/GYN 5 Weeks
Pediatrics 5 Weeks
Psychiatry 5 Weeks
Elective 4 Weeks
Total 48 Weeks

1. Clinical Clerkship Orientation Workshops are conducted in the late winter/early spring with second year students by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty. These sessions are followed by a Hospital Visitation Day in which College of Osteopathic Medicine Affiliates for third year clerkships send representatives to discuss the unique features of their program.

In addition, all students must complete the following mandated courses prior to beginning clerkships:

  • NYS & OSHA Infection Control Course; and,
  • HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996—Privacy Regulations.

The curriculum for the third year begins in the first week of July, with the on-campus Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course. This is followed by 40 weeks of “Core” Clerkships, and one (1) 4-week Elective, ending the third week in June of the following year. Each student takes the same core six (6) rotations at College of Osteopathic Medicine Affiliated Hospitals. In addition, several on-campus hospital visitation days and retreats are sponsored with the College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Post-Doctoral Education.


B. Fourth Year Curriculum:

The Fourth (4th) Year Curriculum constitutes the second phase of the student’s Generalist Clinical Education. It also provides exposure to various sub-specialties of Medicine.

Orientation to 4th Year Clerkships is presented in the Fall of the 3rd Year by the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Faculty, in conjunction with the Hospital Day, geared to 4th year clerkship planning as well as Internship/Residency planning.

4th Year Clinical Clerkship Program: Total Curriculum—40 Weeks (10 Rotations)

Ambulatory Primary Care 4 Weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 Weeks
Radiology 4 Weeks
2 Sub-Internships 4 Weeks Each (8 Weeks)

In 2 different disciplines—chosen from:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • OG/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
Selective #1 (Medicine or Pediatric Sub-Specialty) 4 Weeks
Selective #2 (Surgery or OB/GYN Sub-Specialty) 4 Weeks
3 Electives 4 Weeks Each
(12 Weeks)

**One Sub-Internship AND one Selective/Elective must be completed at a NYCOMEC Clinical Campus.

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