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The third (M3) year consists of clinical clerkships in six core disciplines and the Essentials of Clinical Practice & Professionalism (ECPP1) course. In each clerkship, students develop competencies specific to the disciplines as well as to the practice of medicine in general. Care of hospitalized and ambulatory patients at affiliated hospital and clinical sites throughout the Chicagoland area* gives students their first experience with both the time commitment and the emotional demands of the physicians's life. The habits of information gathering and study developed in the basic science years are now brought into play in "real time" situations, further preparing students for the life-long learning required by their profession.

Students also take Neurology in the M3 year and may choose to fill their unscheduled time with electivesM3 Elective Offerings are also available as a way to expose M3 students to specialties in a two week experience.

 The Graduation Competency Examination (GCE), a graduation requirement, takes place at the end of the M3 year.  Satisfactory completion of the six core clerkships, Neurology, ECPP1, and the GCE are graduation requirements for the M3 year.

* Students are responsible for their own transportation to affiliated sites.  Site preference cannot be given to students who do not own a car.