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Phase 2 (Year 3) Curriculum

The information provided here pertains specifically to the Phase 2 for Chicago campus. For an overview of the Phase 2 Curriculum, you can access it on the main college website.

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The third 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 Phase 2(Year 3) Elective Offerings which are available as a way to expose third year students to specialties in a two week experience.  There are also many other electives available in the various specialties. Electives taken in the third year may be applied toward the elective requirement in the fourth year. For more information, please see fourth year graduation requirements.

The Graduation Competency Examination

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

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

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Clinical Intersections course occurs longitudinally, spanning all of Phase 2 and occurring in 5 encounters. The goal of Clinical Intersections is to reinforce clinical knowledge and skills in parallel with core clinical experiences of clerkships and electives. Clinical Intersections includes online preparatory assignments, procedural skills practice, and discussion based active learning sessions to develop students’ skills, knowledge, and clinical confidence.

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