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Clinical Education

Our clinical education program provides our third- and fourth-year medical students with academic and clinical training to build expertise in the two major areas of healthcare:

  • individual patient diagnosis and management
  • health prevention as well as being actively engaged in evidence-based population health and inter-professional team-based learning

Based on the variety of clinical settings available to you through our NYCOMEC system (OPTI; at least 35 hospitals/teaching institutions) and other established rotation opportunities, our curriculum incorporates an approach that helps you excel in diverse clinical settings. During your clerkship, you’ll focus on the following competencies:

  • patient care to effectively diagnose and treat people
  • medical knowledge and an understanding of biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, biomechanical, and social and behavioral sciences
  • practice-based learning and improvement using evidence-based medicine
  • professionalism that demonstrates high moral and ethical standards
  • system-based practice in which you’ll identify healthcare resources across large systems needed for optimal care
  • interpersonal and communication skills that build and advance the physician-patient relationship
  • osteopathic manipulative medicine that encompasses the psychosocial, biomedical, and biomechanical aspects of health and disease—while stressing the body’s relationship between structure and function

NYITCOM clerkships include positions at large urban medical centers, suburban community hospitals, rural healthcare facilities as well as individual medical practitioners approved by the medical school .


Clinical Education Institutions


Clerkships in the third and fourth years of the continuum provide a variety of clinical experiences, from one-on-one preceptorships in a physician’s private practice to serving as team members in tertiary care hospitals.