Third Year Curriculum



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The third-year curriculum begins with a five-week sequence of introductory courses preparatory for the clinical curriculum that follows immediately thereafter. The first two of those weeks are dedicated to two concurrent courses, Clinical Pharmacology and Anesthesia, Ventilation and Circulation. Description of these courses can be found in the section dedicated to the educational program of the respective departments.

The final three weeks of the introductory period are taken up by the Introductory Clerkship taught by the department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and several of its affiliates. In July, the clinical rotations begin. These consist of 56 weeks of clerkships lasting from four to eight weeks each in all the major clinical fields, including medicine, primary care, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and general surgery and surgical specialties. These are complemented by short courses in clinical ethics, health care systems and anesthesiology. Students completing this clinical core curriculum are sufficiently acquainted with the various clinical specialties to identify their primary areas of interest, both in the clinical and basic science fields. Accordingly, they are prepared to plan an educational program for their final year in medical school that is best suited to their interests.

In the spring of the third year, each student chooses a senior faculty member as an advisor to help in planning the fourth-year program.
Introductory Clerkship
 
3-Week Course: June 2 - June 27
The Introductory Clerkship is a 3-week course taken at the beginning of the third year immediately prior to entering the clinical clerkships.
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Anesthesia, Circulation and Ventilation
 
June 16 - June 20
The goal of the Anesthesia, Circulation and Ventilation clerkship is to introduce the student to the wide spectrum of anesthesiology. This includes patient management in the operating room, the ICU setting and pain control. The course emphasis is on the clinical application and interaction of pharmacology and physiology.
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Medicine, Patients, and Society III
 
2-Week Course
A two-week course for third year students that will help to promote self-reflective and humanistic practice. The course will have a special focus on improving competency in end-of-life patient care. Pre-requisites: Medicine Clerkship.
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Primary Care Clerkship
 
6-Week Course
The motivation behind the creation of the new Primary Care Clerkship is largely twofold. First, public debates and attempts at health care reform have shed new light on the importance of the primary care physician.
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Medicine Clerkship
 
12-Week Course
Students serve as members of the medical team on an in-patient medical service, actively caring for patients under the tutelage and supervision of faculty and house staff.
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Pediatric Clerkship
 
6-Week Course
This six-week rotation is offered at six different sites, and is aimed at introducing students to the clinical practice of Pediatrics.
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Psychiatry Clerkship
 
6-Week Course
Students are assigned to an in-patient psychiatric unit or to outpatient work which combines experiences in the psychiatric emergency room, the consultation-liaison service, and the Child evaluation clinic.
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Anesthesia Clerkship
 
1-Week Course
A one-week clerkship which is taught within the surgery clerkship emphasizes the practice of anesthesia building on the principles taught in the second year.
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Neurology Clerkship
 
1-Month Course
A one month clerkship which provides both in-patient and out-patient experiences. Pre-requisites: Medicine Clerkship.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship
 
6-Week Course
The six-week clerkship combines theoretical instruction with clinical experience in obstetrics and gynecology.
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Surgery Clerkship
 
12-Week Course
Students will learn about "surgical" illnesses; irrespective of the area of medicine chosen for a career, they will be able to diagnose and plan for the care of patients who require surgery.
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