Phase 2 (M3 Curriculum) 


Family Medicine Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year; Year Three


The Family Medicine clerkship is a required primary care ambulatory rotation. The clerkship teaches the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to provide continuing, comprehensive and preventive care to individuals and families who represent a broad spectrum of ages and cultures in the outpatient setting.


During the six-week clerkship, students will increase their ability to:

  1. Diagnose and manage common acute and chronic ambulatory problems in a well-reasoned manner
  2. Provide comprehensive patient care with a family and community perspective
  3. Recognize and address personal knowledge, skill, and/or reasoning gaps that arise during patient encounters
  4. Behave in a professional and ethical manner.


Students spend approximately 1 and ½ days per week at the UIC Department of Family Medicine where they:

  1. Work in small groups on typical family medicine problems
  2. Participate in workshops designed to enhance particular skills

Students spend the remainder of the clerkship in a clinical practice site where they are supervised by Family Medicine attending physicians and residents.


Students’ clinical performance is evaluated by faculty members using Department’s Clerkship Evaluation form. Students are also required to pass a Family Medicine multiple-choice national examination and may be required, as well, to complete locally developed clinical performance assessments.


Program Number: CLER 606

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director:  Sagina Hanjrah

Program Email: 

Telephone: 312-413-8493

Clerkship Coordinator: Tralisa E Ware


Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: At some sites

Weekends: At some sites

Students Accepted:

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 8

Laboratory/Independent Study: 3-5

Outpatient: 30-40

Inpatient: 0-5

Total Hours /Week: 50-55

KEY WORDS: Family Practice, ambulatory care, primary care, continuing, comprehensive and preventive care, care of individuals in the context of the family, care of the family as a unit, biopsychosocial approach, patient-centered medicine, culturally competent care, doctor-patient relationship.

Click here to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Core Clerkships.

Updated: 11/15/22

Medicine Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year; Year Three


The basic Internal Medicine clerkship is designed to expose students to the comprehensive approach to adult patients with nonsurgical disease. The emphasis is on perfecting the fundamental skills of data collection, clinical reasoning, and understanding of pathophysiological processes. The experience is patient-centered, supplemented with didactic presentations and student readings appropriate to the care of their own patients. In their first exposure to Internal Medicine as a discipline, students simulate the role of a trained internist under the close supervision of resident trainees and faculty members.



The Department of Internal Medicine will provide an educational experience for clinical clerks offering graduated supervised responsibility for patient care in the area of general internal medicine.  During the clerkship each student will gain an awareness of the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that internists strive to acquire and maintain throughout their professional lives. Students will have graduated, supervised responsibility for patient care, learning to integrate clinical knowledge with practical experience. During the course of the clerkship, the students will gain competencies in 8 core areas: Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice based learning and improvement and systems based practice, interprofessional collaboration and personal and professional development.


At the end of the clerkship, the student should be able to demonstrate competencies in each of the competency domains as outlined below:

Medical Knowledge:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of each of the diagnoses or clinical conditions as outlined by the AAIM Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum Guide:
  • Describe how biomedical, ethical, and psychosocial-behavioral factors apply to the clinical presentation of the disease in their patients
  • List the indications, contraindications and benefits of the following common procedures: ABGs, thoracentesis, paracentesis, and lumbar puncture
  • Describe the indications for the following tests: complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, coagulation studies, chest Xray, abdominal x-rays, EKG, PFTs, and interpret results of these tests for their patients

Patient Care:

  • Obtain an accurate, pertinent history from all appropriate available sources, perform a thorough and accurate physical examination, and record all findings in a complete and well-organized manner. (EPA: 1 and 5)
  • Perform and record a thorough physical examination, and review the physical findings with the faculty
  • Based on history and physical examination findings as well as any laboratory or diagnostic tests done, develop an appropriately prioritized and detailed problem list for each patient
  • Utilize clinical reasoning to develop appropriate differential diagnoses to assess the patients’ problems. (EPA 2)
  • Select a working diagnosis and formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for their patient(s) based on gathered clinical information and laboratory data. (EPA: 2 and 3)

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

  • Document and deliver oral case presentations on new admissions (full H&P) and document and present daily progress notes (SOAP notes) that are generally accurate, concise, organized, and complete. (EPA: 5 and 6)
  • Communicate with patients and their families in a clear, respectful manner, responding to verbal and non-verbal cues.
  • Demonstrate respect and courtesy when communicating with all members of the health care team, including staff, nurses, residents and faculty
  • Describe the key components of informed consent, and when, applicable, participate in obtaining informed consent prior to performing procedures in their patients. (EPA 11)
  • Demonstrate ability to actively engage with patients, families and other members of the health care team to coordinate care. (EPA 9)
  • Demonstrate ability to discuss management plan with their patient and explain pathophysiology to them without using medical jargon


  • Discuss how psychosocial, educational, economic and religious backgrounds of patients may underlie their diverse belief systems, and demonstrate this understanding in the approach to the management of individual patients
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to, and an understanding of, the ethical dimensions of patient care, and demonstrate this sensitivity in the approach to the management of individual patients
  • Develop professional relationship based on trust, mutual-respect, empathy and conscientiousness with patients, peers and other health care members at all times
  • Demonstrate ability to work hard, accept patient responsibility and respond appropriately to feedback provided
  • Demonstrate respect, compassion, integrity, and honesty at all times

Practice Based Learning and Improvement:

  • Develop and research clinical questions that arise during patient care and management, using evidence-based resources. (EPA 7)
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills by analyzing selected journal articles, and identify characteristics of effective medical articles. (EPA 7)
  • Choose pertinent issues related to the care of their patients and research them independently. (EPA 7)

System Based Practice:

  • Participate, whenever possible, in coordination of care and in the provision of continuity of care including transfer and discharge.
  • With supervision, students should begin to learn how to identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement (EPA13)

Interprofessional Collaboration:

  • Describe the roles of other health care professionals in the care of patients in internal medicine.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust. (EPA-9)

Personal and Professional Development:

  • Develop the ability to use self-awareness of knowledge, skills, and emotional limitations to engage in appropriate help-seeking behaviors
  • Demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms to respond to stress
  • Manage conflict between personal and professional responsibilities
  • Practice flexibility and maturity in adjusting to change with the capacity to alter one’s behavior
  • Demonstrate trustworthiness that makes colleagues feel secure when one is responsible for the care of patients
  • Recognize that ambiguity is part of clinical health care and respond by utilizing appropriate resources in dealing with uncertainty

M3 Role & Responsibilities

  1. A) Patient Care Responsibilities (EPA: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13)
  • Obtain a thorough history and physical exam at the time of patient admission
  • Write & present full H&P(s) on new admissions
  • Write & present daily progress notes (SOAP notes) on the patients they are following
  • Pre-round on assigned patients & follow-up on tests and consultation notes and updates
  • If feasible, accompany patients to tests (e.g., colonoscopy, stress test, etc.)
  • Participate in family meetings and multidisciplinary rounds
  • Participate in sign-out rounds
  • Actively practice EBM & Read and bring in articles or other educational materials related to your own or team patients.
  • Assist interns and senior residents with the care of any patient with supervision commensurate with their level of training and particular skill i.e., calling a consultant about a case.
  • Ask for feedback about write-ups, presentations, participation, etc. consistently and especially at midpoint
  • Communicate collaboratively and effectively with nursing, pharmacy staff, social workers, patient’s outpatient physicians, inpatient consultants and other staff members to enhance patient care.
  • Students may perform, under supervision, procedures on their patients commensurate with their level of training (e.g., BLS, EKG placement, venipuncture, insertion of an i.v.). (EPA 12)
  1. B) Call Responsibilities:
  • The students are expected to be on call with their team for the duration of the call.
  • Students will work with their teams on weekends, and on average will get 1 day off per week (at the discretion of the team). These (off days) are typically weekend days, unless the team is on or post call. Days off for special circumstances must be requested in advance with the Clerkship Director and Coordinator. Days off may be required to be made up at the discretion of the Clerkship and Site Director.  The supervising resident, attending and team must also be notified in advance.
  • Students should not exceed work hour rules set by UICOM:
  • Students should respond to the blue alerts/Code Blue as part of the code team.
  1. C) Floor Responsibilities:
  • Students are expected to participate in pre-rounds and sign-outs and follow patients with their intern –M3s may admit 2-3 new patients a week (no >2 on a given call day) and follow 3-5 patients daily depending on complexity.
  • Students are expected to pre-round on their patients and follow up on (and inform the team) all test results and consultant recommendations
  • Students are expected to write daily notes (SOAP notes) on their assigned patients
  • The students are expected to participate with the medical team in the “sign-out” of patients at the end of the day
  • Students are not expected to write discharge summaries, but may practice if desired.
  • Students should try to contact the PCP at discharge with the supervision of their residents to inform them of the follow-up plans.
  • Students should try to participate in family meetings, end of life and code discussions, and emergent bedside management of their patients when needed and discharge planning.
  1. D) Mandatory Requirements
  • Students are expected to attend all mandatory student didactics/meetings as assigned by the Clerkship director
  • Students must complete:
    • IM Patient Log form (BenWare)
    • 4 direct observation Forms (formerly Mini-CEX)
    • Assigned Aquifer Cases
    • Formative SP exam
    • Other assignments designated by the clerkship directors
  • Students must complete a Mid-term Evaluation/Feedback meeting
  • Students should complete Qualtrics surveys & Evaluation of Clerkship

UICOM Student Work Hour Policy

  • The maximum number of required hours at clinical sites (hospital, clinic, nursing home, etc.) should not exceed 80 hours per week.
  • There should be no required consecutive call.
  • Night call should be assigned no more than an average of every fourth day (Q4) over the duration of the experience.
  • Night call should not be required the day before administration of the end of clerkship examination.
  • Students should have an average of at least one day (24 hours) each week free of clinical responsibilities (including lectures, seminars, clinic, and rounds).
  • Any time off including getting off early on scheduled work days must be approved by the Clerkship office/Director.

The above restrictions do not include independent study time apart from clinical duties or optional activities in which the student voluntarily participates.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 13 Core EPAs

EPA 1 Gather a history and perform a physical examination
EPA 2 Prioritize a differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter
EPA 3 Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests
EPA 4 Enter and discuss orders and prescriptions
EPA 5 Document a clinical encounter in the patient record
EPA 6 Provide an oral presentation of a clinical encounter
EPA 7 Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care
EPA 8 Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility
EPA 9 Collaborate as a member of an interprofessional team
EPA 10 Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management
EPA 11 Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures
EPA 12 Perform general procedures of a physician
EPA 13 Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement


All students will be placed at our academic sites: UIH or VA for at least ½ the rotation.  Additionally, some students will be placed at our community sites (St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph of Chicago Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Christ Hospital, and Illinois Masonic Hospital) or on an IM subspecialty ward at UIH (cardiology or oncology).  Students will have call and weekend responsibilities. In general, students will get 1 day off per week at the discretion of their team (generally a Saturday or Sunday depending on the call schedule).


Written clinical evaluations from residents and attending physicians, and a clerkship examination given at the end of the rotation.


Program Number: CLER 605

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Asra R. Khan, MD,  Nabeela Rabbani (Coordinator)


Duration: 8 Weeks

Night Call: No

Weekends: Yes

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Medicine Clerkship.

Updated:  04/19/2022

Surgery Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year; Year Three


The General Surgery Clerkship is designed to be an introduction to Surgery and selected surgical subspecialties. Students are assigned to the inpatient surgical wards and clinics. The students are taught the approach to the surgical patient and participate in pre- and postoperative care as well as perform certain invasive techniques safely. By the end of rotation, students are expected to know the indications and the contradictions and the role of ancillary services in managing surgical diseases.


As a result of attending this clerkship, the student should be familiar with and be able to perform the following functions:

  1. Perform a complete and competent history and physical examination on surgical patients on the wards and in the Surgical Clinics
  2. Review, record, and communicate clinical observations both in the chart and on rounds
  3. Perform a variety of invasive procedures including nasogastric intubation, venous access, arterial puncture, wound dressing, and closure of simple wounds
  4. Know when to order and how to interpret common diagnostic tests and laboratory results in surgical patients
  5. Be familiar with sterile technique, common operative procedures, and the operating room environment
  6. Detect and anticipate common postoperative complications
  7. Gain initial exposure to selected surgical subspecialties (site specific)
  8. Understand indications per various surgical procedures and their timing.


The students are expected to participate in all activities of the service. These include daily rounds with the Surgical Residents, outpatient clinics, teaching rounds, Interdisciplinary Conferences, conferences with the Attending Staff, and informal teaching sessions. Students will be required to take hospital night call according to a schedule developed at each site, but with a frequency not to exceed every fourth night. Students are expected to become familiar with sterile technique, common operative procedures and the operating room environment. “Scrubbing” on actual surgical procedures is encouraged during all phases of the rotation. A didactic lecture series is offered to the students and is given by the faculty in Surgery. The lecture series is attended by students from all sites, occurs on Thursday afternoon and is mandatory. The lecture series is meant to supplement and not rep lace the student’s reading and independent study.


Students are evaluated clinically by the Attending faculty and Senior level residents (2/3 of the grade) and have a final examination (1/3 of the final grade).


Program Number: CLER 604

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Thomas Sims, MD

Assistant Program Director: Francesco Bianco, MD

Assistant Program Director: Alejandra Perez-Tamayo, MD

Program Coordinator: Tricia Harvat


Telephone:312-996-6765 or 312-996-1734  Fax:  312-355-3722

Duration: 8 Weeks

Night Call: Q4

Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: All

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/ Faculty Contact: 6-8

Laboratory/Independent Study: 6-8

Outpatient: 18

Total Hours/Week 36-42

Key Words: General Surgery pre-and post-operative care, wound management, surgical subspecialties

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Surgery Clerkships.

Updated:  11/16/22

Pediatrics Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year; Year Three


The clerkship provides extensive clinical experience with diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, as w ell as with normal infants and children. Patients are seen in a variety of clinical settings, including the newborn nursery, the pediatrics inpatient units, and a variety of outpatient settings as well as in the emergency room. Normal processes of growth and development are emphasized, and diseases are approached within this frame of reference. The student will develop basic skills in the evaluation and management of infants and children, and will gain an understanding of the attitudes and approaches of pediatric medicine that are intended to foster optimal physical and psychosocial development of the child.


In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies: 1) An understanding of normal growth and development from the newborn period through adolescence; 2) The ability to identify and assess clinical problem s in pediatric-age patients; 3) The knowledge and experience to develop an appropriate medical management plan for infants, children, and adolescents; 4) An understanding of the role of psychosocial factors on child health and welfare; 5) Knowledge of the principal elements of preventive pediatrics, including immunization and anticipatory guidance; 6) The ability to communicate effectively with patients/caretakers.


Varies somewhat from site to site. However, the general structure is:

  1. One week is spent in the Normal Nusery, three weeks in Ambulatory, which may include call in the Pediatric Emergency Room, and two weeks on a general pediatrics inpatient unit.
  2. There is a core lecture series that students are required to attend
  3. There are various other lectures and conferences, including weekly Grand Rounds are also elements of the educational program
  4. Students are required to complete a series of web-based interactive clinical cases.


A composite performance evaluation is prepared by the site coordinator from in formation supplied by the faculty members and house staff who worked with the student in the nursery, outpatient setting, inpatient unit, and the clinics. A clerkship examination is also given at the end of the rotation.


Program Number: CLER 603
Location: Various Sites as Assigned
Program Director: Ana Mauro, MD
Co-site Director: Karen Hayani, MD
Phone: 312-996-1789
Program Coordinator: Austin Snyder
Telephone: 312- 996-3076
Duration: 6 Weeks
Night Call: call until 10:00 pm on 4 occasions
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted:
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences: Vary in Quantity by Clerkship Site
Laboratory: No
Outpatient: 2 Weeks
Inpatient: 2 Weeks
Total Hours/Weeks: 40-60

KEY WORDS:  Pediatric medicine, infants, children, adolescents, comprehensive care, health maintenance, immunization, health promotion.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Pediatric Clerkships.

Updated:  11/16/22

Psychiatry Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year; Year Three


In the core psychiatry clerkship, students learn how to understand, diagnose and treat patients with psychiatric disorders. They are trained to conduct diagnostic interviews and perform comprehensive mental status examinations. They learn to work with multidisciplinary teams to provide psychiatric treatment in inpatient, consult/liaison, outpatient and emergency room settings, and to use a biopsychosocial framework to understand psychiatric illness.


In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies:

    1. Perform and articulate a comprehensive mental status examination, including psychiatric and neuropsychiatric elements
    2. Conduct psychiatric interviews with a wide variety of patients, demonstrating ability to establish rapport and obtain information pertinent to diagnosis
    3. Identify and collect other clinical data needed to diagnose behavioral disturbances, including relevant laboratory studies and psychological testing
    4. Formulate a comprehensive and accurate differential diagnosis for psychiatric symptoms, using standard diagnostic nomenclature
    5. Use a biopsychosocial framework to describe biological, intrapsychic, familial and sociocultural influences on patients’ presenting complaints
    6. Understand the indications for, and basic principles of, commonly used psychiatric treatments, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, family therapy, group therapy, pharmacotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy
    7. Recognize psychiatric emergencies and perform basic emergency intervention.


Inpatient psychiatry units, outpatient psychiatry clinics, psychiatry emergency services, child psychiatry clinics, psychiatry consultation/liaison services, and lectures.

Reporting Instructions:

All students report to orientation at 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 361, 9:00 AM on the first Monday with Drs. Blitzstein, Cooper and Graciela Bernal, instructions for site reporting will be given at this orientation.


Clinical evaluation, standardized patient examination, written clerkship examination.


Program Number: CLER 602

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Sean Blitzstein, MD –

Coordinator: Graciela Bernal –

Telephone: 312-413-5664

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: Yes

Weekends: Yes, if on call

Students Accepted: 38/clerkship

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty: Contact: 6

Laboratory/Independent Study:

Outpatient: Varies

Inpatient: Varies

Total Hours/Week: 36-40

KEY WORDS: Mental status examination, psychiatric interview, biopsychosocial framework, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, organic mental disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, somatoform disorders, childhood psychiatric disorders.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Psychiatry Clerkships.

Updated:  7/27/16

Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship


Completion of M2 Year, Year Three


The overall objective oh the Third Year Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology is that students acquire and apply the basic information and master the basic skills needed by all physicians who provide care for women.  Further, students will be exposed to a variety of patients with obstetric and gynecologic problems; including normal and high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy wastage and infertility, gynecologic endocrine abnormalities, infections, psychosomatic, and neoplastic problems.  Students will also encounter patients who desire contraceptive advice or have problems in the psychosexual sphere.  Students spend three weeks on synecology ambulatory and surgical services, evaluating patients in general gynecology, gynecologic oncology, family planning, and endocrine clinics.  During the three weeks on the obstetrical services, students rotate on prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and antepartum/postpartum wards.  These are subject to change as the clerkship is revised; also, there may be some site variations.


Within the context of human reproduction and the various physiological and psychosocial aspects of health and disease, students will demonstrate ability to:

  1. Obtain and record a gynecologic and sexual history, as well as an obstetrical history
  2. Perform a pelvic examination satisfactorily
  3. Perform and interpret a breast examination
  4. Evaluate a patient’s pain and therapy
  5. Assess the status of a woman in labor.


Students rotate onto three wards – labor and delivery, antepartum /postpartum , and gynecology. Patients are seen in ambulatory sites in the clinics: antepartum, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, reproductive/endocrine, and family planning. Students have a variety of didactic sessions to attend including subspecialty seminars, core lectures, visiting faculty lectures and seminars, grand rounds and teaching rounds. Students are encouraged to present patients to attendings and senior residents. Students also participate in the pelvic teaching associates program where they develop their breast and pelvic examination skills on women who are trained to act as patient models. This allows review of skills and methods prior to examinations of patients.


Performance is evaluated by residents and faculty members using the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation Form, by means of clinical pathophysiology/management cases as well as through direct observation during clinical activities. Student’s cognitive knowledge base is assessed through the National Board of Medical Examiners multiple choice examination in Obstetrics/Gynecology.


Program Number:CLER 601

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Clerkship Director: Catherine Wheatley, MD,

Program Coordinator: Rose Cazares –
Coordinator Phone: 312-996-7430

Telephone: 312-355-3534

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: 6-10 hours

Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: 2-10 per site

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 6/3/10

Laboratory/Independent Study: Pelvic Exam (Clinical Performance Center)

Outpatient: Varies

Total Hours/Week: 42 plus 6-10 hours of call

KEY WORDS: Ambulatory Care, Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology, Perinatology, Infertility, Contraception, Antepartum/Postpartum, Cervical Dysplasia, Amenorrhea

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship.

Updated: 6/20/19

Neurology Clerkship


Must be a current M3 or M4 student.

Be aware that paperwork for the VA paperwork is needed 6 weeks in advance.  Students are not allowed to start their rotation at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center without it.


Student clerks spend four weeks on the Neurology Service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVA) or the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UICMC).   Paperwork must be completed 6 weeks in advance at JBVA, please see forms section of the website: Clinical Site Compliance Requirements & Forms

Students must be present for orientation on the first Monday of the Clerkship.  Unexcused absence from orientation will require rescheduling of the Clerkship.  Each medical student will be allowed no more than 2 days in the rotation for excused absences.  All absences must be cleared by the Clerkship Director no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the Clerkship.  Students will be assigned to one resident and one faculty member. If any students are interested in Neuro ICU rotation that option is available.


In the process of completing this course students acquire the following competencies:

  • Become proficient with a basic neurological examination.
  • Increase knowledge and skills in performing a more comprehensive examination.
  • Learn and apply the principles of neurological localization to clinical diagnosis.
  • Know the major categories and cardinal manifestations of neurological diseases.
  • Be able to recognize common neurological emergencies.
  • Be familiar with major modes of neurological therapy.


The clerkship has a four-week structure with an orientation at the beginning, and a final exam at the end of the clerkship. Students will be provided with the learning objectives and the basic neurology course on blackboard.


The NBME exam will be scheduled the last Friday of your rotation. The final course grade is based on the clinical assessment from your supervising preceptors (neurology attendings with input from the neurology fellows and residents) and your NBME score (2/3 of grade clinical evaluations and 1/3 NBME exam).


Program Number: CLER600

Location: JBVA/UICMC

Program Director: Yasaman Kianirad, MD –

Associate Director: Yara Mikhaeil-Demo, MD –

Program Coordinator: Jeannette Hernandez –

Telephone: 312-996-16635  Fax: 312-413-1388

Duration: 4 Weeks

Night Call: Sites may require it

Weekends: Sites may require it

Students Accepted: 10 at UICMC, 4 at JBVA,

Housestaff Used as Faculty: No

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10-15

Laboratory/Independent Study: Not required, research opportunities available

Outpatient: Varies per site

Inpatient: Varies per site

Total Hours/Week: 40

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for Neurology.

Updated:  01/05/23

The third (M3) year consists of clinical clerkships in core disciplines and the Clinical Connections and Competencies (CCC) 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 physician’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 lifelong learning required by their profession.

Students may choose to fill their unscheduled time with M3 Elective Offerings which are available as a way to expose M3 students to specialties in a two week experience.  There are also many other electives available in the various specialties. Electives taken in the M3 year may be applied toward the elective requirement in the M4 year. For more information, please see M4 graduation requirements.

The Graduation Competency Examination (GCE), a graduation requirement, takes place at the end of the M3 year.  Satisfactory completion of the core clerkships, CCC, 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.

Related Links for the Core Clerkships:

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Clerkship Hospital Affiliation Listings
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Clinical Connections and Competencies and Professionalism and Laboratory Medicine Absence Policy​
Map of Clerkship Site Locations
M3 Clerkship Examination Schedule
M3 Scheduling and Clerkship Tracks Schedule
M3 Scheduling Forms
M3/M4 Clinical Experience Absence Policy
M3/M4 Clinical Experience Excused Absence Request Form
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Required & Recommended Textbooks