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Clerkship or rotation courses imparts practical knowledge to students to assist their patients in cases of emergency and helps them to practically perform surgeries and to gain an in depth knowledge about the subject.The clerkship program usually takes place after the USMLE step 1 program.

Categorization of Clerkship

There are 2 types of clerkship programs:

1.Core clerkship

2.Elective clerkship.


1.Core Clerkship:

The general medical syllabus is covered within the core clerkship program.

  • Duration: 48 weeks (1 year)

Courses include:

  • Internal medicine

  • Obstetrics-gynecology

  • General surgery

  • Pediatrics

  • Psychiatry

  • Family medicine and/or neurology


2. Elective Clerkship:

  • Mainstream/super specialty courses are generally pursued in this elective.

Courses like:

There are about 15 to 20 departments like:

  • Intensive Care Units

  • Emergencies

  • Plastic surgeon

  • Urology

  • Cardiology

  • Nephrology

Students diagnose patients and perform the required treatments.Hence it enables a bonding between the doctor and patient and as said with experience comes knowledge.

How important is to work in a well versed hospital compared to normal clinics?

  • The end product of what is acquired is always important,as a result of which practicing in a good accredited hospital is important.

  • With all these prior experiences and USMLE scores, a student is placed in the top of hospitals for his residency programs.

Top layer of college tie up's:

  • John Hopkins Hospital

  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center

  • Northwest Hospital

  • Bon Secours Hospital

  • Willoughby Beach Pediatrics

Hence, clerkship programs in these top cream layer colleges is necessary to pursue a best carrier as a doctor.



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